Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 • 5:30 to 8 pm at Solera
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PRIX FIXE SPECIAL EVENTS
1. CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH WITH DON SHELBY
Don Shelby, former ’CCO anchor and now MinnPost journalist and Rocky Horror Show star, will be featured guest at an elegant champagne brunch. Here’s your chance to see the other sides of Don Shelby — and find out if he’s really as smart as he thinks he is. May/June date TBD. Minnetonka location. 30 spots. $60 per person.
2. TASTE OF URBAN LIVING
Visit three homes right across the river from downtown Mpls (in La Rive, Lourdes Square and Village Lofts) plus the offices of the Cuningham Group in St. Anthony Main. Four-course dinner with wine will be served in stages, with a legendary amateur chef preparing the entree. April/May date TBD. 20 spots. $75 per person.
3. DRINKS, APPS & ERIC BLACK
Enjoy drinks and hearty appetizers at a lovely home on Lake of the Isles. MinnPost’s expert political analyst Eric Black will be featured guest, sharing his thoughts about the wild political situation in which we find ourselves. Jan/Feb date TBD. 30 spots. $50 per person fixed price.
4. AN EXTRA-VIRGIN EVENING
Taste and learn more about oils from extra virgin to herb infused, and vinegars from white wine to aged balsamic. Accompanied by light appetizers, wine, and delicious oil and vinegar based desserts. Every participant will go home with a bottle of oil, vinegar or blend of the two. Thursday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 pm, at Vinaigrette, 50th & Xerxes in South Minneapolis. 40 spots. $30 per person.
5. YOU’LL LOOK “FABULISS”
For women of any age and body type. Sasha Westin and her team from fabuliss.com will help you make a great impression with effortless and authentic style. They’ll recommend clothing styles for various body types and how to use hair & makeup to enhance your presentation, and give more personalized advice in small groups. Includes wine and appetizers. Date TBD. Vadnais Heights location. 24 spots. $30 per person.
1. MINNROAST 2012
Front row center seats for two people at the Pantages for MinnRoast 2012 on Friday, April 27, plus tickets for the pre-show reception. After the show, spend the night in luxury around the corner at Graves 601 Hotel, with breakfast the next morning in your room or Cosmos. Value $650. Minimum bid $350.
2. GLENSHEEN MURDER TOUR FOR 10
The public tours of Glensheen, the Duluth mansion on Lake Superior, don’t say a word about the infamous murders that took place there in 1977. But you’ll get the scoop on this private tour led by Secrets of the Congdon Mansion author (& MinnPost journalist) Joe Kimball. Includes up to 10 copies of Joe’s book, admission for 10 to Glensheen, and discussion of the case over wine, beer & appetizers at terrific farm-to-table eatery At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Café. Date TBD. Priceless. Minimum bid $350.
3. FOODIES DINNER AT UNCLE AL’S
Two spots at a special MinnPost-theme dinner at the home of Al Sicherman, longtime Star Tribune food writer, MinnPost humorist-in-residence, and serious cook. You’ll be joining 6 or 8 of Al’s friends. Memorable evening guaranteed. Date TBD. Priceless. Minimum bid $150.
4. YOUR NAME IN PRINT
Julie Kramer, best-selling author of Stalking Susan, Missing Mark, Silencing Sam, and Killing Kate, will name a character after you (or the person of your choice) in her next crime novel. Warning: Not all characters survive. Priceless. Minimum bid $250.
5. DR. GOLF IS ON YOUR CASE
Journalist Ron Way, expert golf instructor and former host of KSTP-AM’s Dr. Golf Show, will teach you how to use this premium, slightly used set of Mizuno irons (4-GW, graphite shafted). In just two hours the good doc will teach you how to hit iron shots, including full swing and short game techniques. Special bonus: the clubs are yours. Priceless. Minimum bid $300.
Join radio personality (and MinnRoast star) Brian Turner in the Cities 97 studio to create a unique voicemail message for your own cell phone. Includes audio production, uploading finished message, burning to a disc, and emailing a high quality mp3 of the audiofile in case you switch phones. Priceless. Minimum bid $150.
7. ILLUSTRATIONS BY HUGH
Artist Hugh Bennewitz creates the illustrations that accompany writers’ bylines on MinnPost. Working from a photo, he’ll create a MinnPost-style illustration of the person of your choice. Two available. Priceless. Minimum bid $150 per illustration.
OUT & ABOUT
1. CANCUN HOLIDAY JAN. 7-14
Start 2012 in style with a week at the luxury five-star Royal Sands in Cancun. Spacious beachview unit has 2 bedrooms, each with private bath. Perfect for two couples to share. Value $2,300. Minimum bid $1,300.
2. RUDY MAXA IS THE SAVVY TRAVELER
One of America’s premier consumer travel experts, Rudy Maxa of National Geographic Traveler and public radio & TV will give you ideas for the trip of a lifetime — and/or tell you what to avoid. Invite him to your home or take him out for a meal. Date TBA. Priceless. Minimum bid $175.
3. SKI-AWAY WOMEN’S ALPINE SCHOOL
Women teach women at Ski-Away. Six all-day ski lessons on consecutive Thursdays Jan. 5 to Feb. 9, 2012. Includes chartered coach bus transportation, coffee, pastries and lots of fun. Tuition does not include equipment rental, daily lift tickets, lunches or additional Ski-Away programs. One full tuition for 2012 season. Value $430. Minimum bid $250.
4. GOLFER’S DELIGHT AT OAK RIDGE
Enjoy a round of great golf with two lively MinnPost supporters at Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins. A unique opportunity to enjoy an award-winning course followed by drinks and dinner. Date TBD. For two people. Priceless. Minimum bid $200.
5. UP, UP AND AWAY
Balloon ride for two in the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon. Donated by RE/MAX North Central. Riders must be age 10 or older. Value $400. Minimum bid $200.
6. MN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
One-year household membership and 2 great T-shirts from the 1968 exhibit. Value $100. Minimum bid $50.
7. BOWL DRINK DINE AT ELSIE’S
Two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pitcher of beer, plus $40 in gift cards. Value $120. Minimum bid $60.
8. BRYANT LAKE BOWL
Gift card good on weekdays for breakfast, lunch, bowling. Value $30. Minimum bid $15.
9. THE SAINT PAUL HOTEL
One night stay at the legendary Saint Paul Hotel. A perfect ending to an evening at the Ordway. Value $189. Minimum bid $95.
Two tickets, plus a selection of fun gear from Minnesota’s original roller derby league — “committed to showmanship, fierce competition, rock ’n’ roll, and a mischievous good time.” Bouts are at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Value $170. Minimum bid $85.
1. OPERA AT THE ORDWAY
Two tickets for Massenet’s “Werther” at the Ordway. Good for any performance Jan. 28 through Feb. 5. Value up to $200. Minimum bid $100.
2. PARK SQUARE THEATRE
Two tix. Excludes prime seating, Ragtime. Good til 7.3.12. Value $80. Minimum bid $40.
3. JAMES BROWN TRIBUTE AT THE ORDWAY
Four tix for “Still Black, Still Proud: An African American Tribute to James Brown.” Artists from the U.S. and Africa create what the Boston Globe calls a “pancontinental funk-soul super group.” At the Ordway on Tues. Nov. 22. Value $176. Minimum bid $90.
4. CHRISTMAS WITH CANTUS
Two tix to a Christmas concert by “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” on Dec. 20, 21 or 22. Plus a copy of their new Christmas with Cantus CD. Redeem for tix by Nov. 15, 2011. Value $95. Minimum bid $50.
5. BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP
Two passes. Excludes Saturday early show & Dec. 15-31. Value $60. Minimum bid $30.
6. ILLUSION THEATRE
Two tix. Excludes rental shows. Value $50. Minimum bid $25.
7. TRIPLE ESPRESSO
Two tix. Good 11/16-20, 12/1-18, and 1/1-5. Value $78. Minimum bid $40.
8. SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Two tix good for any performance now through June 1, 2012. Value $80. Minimum bid $40.
9. COWLES CENTER FOR DANCE & THE PERFORMING ARTS
Two tickets to an inaugural season performance. Excludes Nutcracker Fantasy. Value $72. Minimum bid $40.
10. GUTHRIE THEATRE
Two tix good for first 12 performances of any play. Excludes opening night. Value up to $124. Minimum bid $50.
11. EDO POP AT MIA
Four vouchers for “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints” exhibit at Mpls Institute of Arts. Good thru Jan. 8, 2012. Value $32. Minimum bid $15.
12. OLD LOG THEATRE
Two tix. Excludes Saturday evenings & New Year’s Eve. Value $58. Minimum bid $30.
13. CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRE
Two show-only tix for Tues/Wed/Thurs shows. Some holiday exclusions. Value $130. Minimum bid $65.
14. A WRINKLE IN TIME
At Children’s Theatre Company. 2 tix. Use by 11.20.11. Value $80. Minimum bid $30.
15. STEPPINGSTONE THEATRE
Four tix. Excludes Christmas Pageant. Value $56. Minimum bid $30.
16. COMMONWEAL THEATRE
Lanesboro’s best! 2 tix. Value $60. Minimum bid $30.
17. WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!
Two Twins tix for 2012 season. Excellent seats near 3rd base. Game TBD. Value $130. Minimum bid $75.
18. GOLDEN GOPHER BASKETBALL
Two lower level tix. Choice of several games. Value $80. Minimum bid $40.
19. JUNGLE THEATER
Two tickets for 2011-2012 season. Excludes Saturdays. Good through 12.31.12. Value $70. Minimum bid $35.
20. TAKE YOUR FRIENDS TO ACME COMEDY CO.
Admission for ten people on a Tues/Wed/Thurs night. Good through 7.26.12. Value $150. Minimum bid $75.
21. JAMES SEWELL BALLET AT THE COWLES CENTER
Two tix good for weekend performances between April 13 and 22. Value $64. Minimum bid $30.
22. SEASON TIX TO TWIN CITIES GAY MEN’S CHORUS
Two season tickets! Each includes 3 concerts and all the perks of being a season ticket holder. Value $198. Minimum bid $100.
23. “SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM” AT THE ORDWAY
Two tickets to a holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of “Late Nite Catchism.” At the Ordway’s McKnight Theater. Dec. 13 to Jan. 1. Value $87. Minimum bid $45.
24. SEASON TIX TO MINNESOTA JEWISH THEATRE CO.
Two tickets for the full 2011-2012 season! 4 productions. Sunday matinees but may be changed. Value $148. Minimum bid $75.
25. KATIE MCMAHON’S “CELTIC CHRISTMAS” AT THE O’SHAUGHNESSY
Two tickets for Friday, Dec. 9. Katie McMahon, the original voice of Riverdance, plus other vocalists, Irish dancers, percussion & strings. Value $60. Minimum bid $30.
EAT DRINK & BE MERRY
1. TASTE OF SOLERA
Solera chef Jorge Guzman’s Spanish tasting menu with wine for two people. Value $100. Minimum bid $50.
2. POT LUCK – CITY SLICKERS
Hell’s Kitchen $25 gift card, 2 jars yummy peanut butter, coupons. Blackbird Cafe $50 gift card. Two gift cards $25 each for Blue Plate Restaurants (Longfellow Grill, Edina Grill, Scusi, The Lowry, Groveland Tap). And a $30 gift card for Café Barbette weekday brunch. Value $175. Minimum bid $100.
3. POT LUCK – NORTHEAST
Three great bistros in NE Mpls. Erte $25 gift card. Plus Red Stag $30 gift card, good for brunch or lunch. Plus Amici $50 gift card. Value $105. Minimum bid $75.
4. POT LUCK – GLOBAL
Fine ethnic cuisine. $50 gift card for Gandhi Mahal (Indian). $25 gift card for Everest on Grand (Nepali & Tibetan). $100 gift card Fogo de Chão Churrascaria (Brazilian). Value $175. Minimum bid $100.
5. POT LUCK – WEST METRO
$50 gift card for Jimmy’s Food & Cocktails in Minnetonka. Plus two $25 gift cards for Good Day Café in Golden Valley. Value $100. Minimum bid $60.
6. BRING YOUR PEOPLE TO CITIZEN CAFÉ
Home of “seriously alluring food” by chef-owner Michael Mackay. Dinner for six with wine pairing on a Tues/Wed/Thurs nite. Value $300. Minimum bid $150.
7. FRESH & FABULOUS
Master baker Debbie Ross will create a fresh fruit tart or other specialty dessert to serve eight people. Date TBA. Priceless. Minimum bid $25.
8. THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE CHOCOLATE
Creative collection of goodies to keep the most serious chocoholic happy — at least until Valentine’s Day. Priceless. Minimum bid $125.
9. FROM THE WINE CELLAR
Three great bottles from the personal wine cellar of local aficionados. Value $150. Minimum bid $75.
10. HOT TIMES IN THE OLD TOWN
Gather some friends for an evening of serious tasting at the Muddy Pig, a cozy bistro in St. Paul. 2 packages. Scotch tasting for 4: Value $250. Minimum bid $125. Beer tasting for 4: Value $150. Minimum bid $75.
11. PATISSERIE 46
Open just since summer of 2010, Patisserie 46 was voted CityPages’ “Best Bakery” 2011. Chef/owner John Kraus, winner of the Food Network Chocolate Challenge, will create a four-tier chocolate cake for a special birthday or other important event. Feeds up to 75 people. Value $500. Minimum bid $250.
HOME & GARDEN
1. LASTING BEAUTY FROM BACHMAN’S
Start with a consultation by Bachman’s landscape designer Richard Woldorsky MNLA. When spring comes, choose a shade or ornamental tree from Bachman’s stock of 2” balled and burlapped material and have Bachman’s plant it for you. Home must be in metro area. Value $575-$661 depending on tree selected. Minimum bid $300.
2. INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTATION
Just 2 hours with Sheila Cole of Shecole.com will help you come up with creative ways to enhance your home environment. Sheila is an award-winning full service residential interior designer who collaborates with clients to confidently create change in their homes. Value $250. Minimum bid $125.
3. CALDREA IN A BUCKET
Lighten your spirits with eco-friendly cleaning products. Value $100. Minimum bid $50.
4. LEZA B’S WILL CLEAN YOUR HOUSE
Includes 8 hours of cleaning. Successfully conducting business in the metro area since 1998, Leza B’s customized cleaning services can meet your specifications. Home must be within 60 miles of Mpls. Value $280. Minimum bid $140.
5. THINK SPRING!
Gardening goodies from a master gardener. Includes a colorful hand-crafted vase to show off the fruits of your labor. Value $180. Minimum bid $90.
6. ELY CATHEDRAL
Original framed painting by Chicago mid-century artist George Buehr (1905-1983), known for modernist-leaning landscapes. Appraised value $300-$500. Minimum bid $150.
7. GOLD MEDAL FLOUR
Framed photo by Peter Koeleman, former photo editor of the Star Tribune. Value $175. Minimum bid $90.
8. CALLIGRAPHY BY BECKY
Three different African quotes, hand-lettered by Becky Lourey, matted in African fabric and framed. Priceless. Minimum bid $85 each.
9. MUSEUM-QUALITY, HAND-BLOWN
Museum-quality hand-blown glass vase by Fred Kaemmer of Fred’s Glass. Value $650. Minimum bid $325.
HOLIDAY GIFT BAZAAR
1. JOURNALISTS WRITE & YOU CAN TOO
Intriguing books by national and local journalists plus $50 gift certificate from The Loft. Value $200. Minimum bid $100.
2. FAMILY FUN AT MALL OF AMERICA
Includes passes for Nickelodeon Universe, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, Sea Life Aquarium and lots more. Value $264. Minimum bid $130.
3. WARM HANDS, WARM HEART
Assorted mittens in various sizes hand-made by Pam Neary from recycled sweaters and lined with polar-tech. Very warm, washable in warm water. 13 pairs available. Priceless. Minimum bid $20 per pair.
4. GRAMMY’S BASKET OF FUN
Baby-tested fun, developmental toys and books, as well as a snuggly blanket for Grandma and Baby to use. Perfect gift for a Grammy-to-be. Value $129. Minimum bid $50.
5. KNIT FROM THE HEART
Two packages. Beautiful hand-crafted items for the little ones in your life. Priceless. Minimum bid $25 per package.
6. CHIC FELTED PURSE
Hand-made by fabric artist Marsha Burgeson. Value $50. Minimum bid $25.
7. THE HENNEPIN
Leather shoulder bag/purse with antique brass hardware from Oppidan Boutique. Value $300. Minimum bid $150.
8. KITCHEN UPGRADES
Salt and pepper mills and an elegant collapsible trivet by Alessi. Value $130. Minimum bid $45.
9. EVERYTHING SURLY EXCEPT THE BEER
Four glasses, two T-shirts, one cap. Value $50. Minimum bid $25.
10. WINTER SURVIVAL BASKETS
Almost everything a Minnesotan needs to make it through. Adult basket: Value $100. Minimum bid $55. Kids basket: Value $85. Minimum bid $45.
11. LIQUID DELIGHTS
Two packages, each with 6 Sam Adams glasses. Value $60 per package. Minimum bid $30 per package.
12. TEA FOR TWO
Two glazed ceramic cups with infusers and bowl coaster lid to be used while steeping. Includes wooden box. Value $86. Minimum bid $35.
13. WITH LOVE FROM MINNESOTA
Two baskets of goodies from all over the state. Value $130 per basket. Minimum bid $75 per basket.
Perfect gift card for the person who has everything. Value $50. Minimum bid $30.
15. MN TWINS 1991 — THE GLORY DAYS
Great DVD memories from 1991 World Series. Plus a Twins print autographed by Tony Oliva. Value $100. Minimum bid $35.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
1. VINYASA YOGA
One hour private class for two people. All levels. In your home or the teacher’s St. Louis Park studio. Value $130. Minimum bid $65.
2. BEAUTIFUL YOU
Gift card for salon or spa services at East 42nd Street Salon. Value $85. Minimum bid $45.
3. REVAMP YOUR SKIN
Signature facial at reVamp! SalonSpa. Value $69. Minimum bid $35.
4. BODY ART
Two hours of tattoo artistry at Uptown Tattoo by Tom Strom. Value $300. Minimum bid $150.
5. JAZZERCISE UNLIMITED
Two gift cards. Each card good for two months of unlimited classes at the Edina Jazzercise Fitness Center. Value $100 per card. Minimum bid $60 per card.
6. IN-HOME FITNESS BY PEGE
Get a comprehensive fitness assessment and a great workout session in your own home. Personal trainer Pege Miller will bring bands, balls, floor pads. Hennepin County area. Value $200. Minimum bid $100.
7. THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE BY BODYLINE
Certificates for five one-hour massages at Bodyline in the Kenwood area of Minneapolis. Use them yourself or give as gifts. Or combine the certificates for a day of onsite seated chair massage in your office. Sessions tailored to meet your needs with a variety of techniques. Value $375. Minimum bid $200.
8. NORTHEAST COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE
Three acupuncture treatments. Value $120. Minimum bid $60.
9. NORTHEAST COMMUNITY CHIROPRACTIC
One exam and a bottle of Vitamin D3. Value $110. Minimum bid $55.
10. SALLY CASSELLIUS MASSAGE
Two certificates for one-hour massages. Value $150. Minimum bid $75.
11. MEGAN ODELL ACUPUNCTURE
One initial consultation and acupuncture treatment. Value $85. Minimum bid $45.
12. MARY BOWMAN CLINE YOGA
Six yoga classes (1.5 hours each) plus a yoga mat. Value $85. Minimum bid $45.
13. SPA RENEWAL PACKAGE FROM THE MARSH
Includes therapeutic massage, custom facial, spa pedicure. Value $240. Minimum bid $120.