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PRIX FIXE SPECIAL EVENTS
1. M-I-N-N-P-O-S-T COOKS
An unforgettable evening at an extraordinary Manitou Island/White Bear Lake home. Starting with martinis and wrapping up with tiramisu, drinks and dinner courses will spell out MinnPost. Chefs and helpers are MinnPost writers and editors. Uncle Al Sicherman will challenge foodies with trivia questions between dinner and dessert. Date TBD. Proceeds to Watchdog Fund. 30 spots, $75 per person.
2. SIMPLY SUSTAINABLE
Bill Conway, FAIA and professor of architecture at the U of M, will lead a tour of his award-winning “Boomerang House” completed in 2009. Lakeside Edina home and surrounding native prairie landscape are all designed for sustainable living. Home has won two national design awards + 2010 Minnesota RAVE (Residential Architects Vision and Excellence) award for a new home under 3500 square feet. Bill will discuss links between design, sustainability and lifestyle. Local/organic appetizers/wine/beer served. Date TBD. 25 spots, $30 per person.
3. MUSICAL MINNEAPOLIS
A behind-the-scenes bus tour led by MinnPost arts blogger Max (Bunny) Sparber will take you to sites connected with Dylan, Prince, The Replacements, Husker Du, etc. Enjoy finger food, wine, beer and Sparber-style commentary while you ride. Date TBD. 21 spots, $45 per person.
4. GROW ON DAYTON
MinnPost journalist Doug Grow and his wife will be featured guests for an outdoor dinner at a lakeside home in Golden Valley. Doug, former longtime metro columnist for the Star Tribune, will talk about insights derived from covering Gov. Dayton for MinnPost. Date TBD. 10 spots, $75 per person ($125 for two).
5. ZOË BAKES AND YOU CAN TOO
Zoë Francois, celebrated bread and pastry chef and cook book co-author, will teach you recipes from her new book due out this fall, Pizza and Flatbreads in Five Minutes a Day. Date TBD. 8 spots, $75 per person. Includes a copy of Zoe’s new book for each participant.
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6. MARGARITA IN THE HOT TUB
Treat yourself and seven friends to an evening on the banks of the St. Croix. Includes margaritas overlooking the river, delicious dinner featuring the cuisine of northern New Mexico, and optional after-dinner dip in the hot tub. Date TBA. Priceless.
7. DON SHELBY ON THE RIVER
Share a canoe with MinnPost journalist Don Shelby for a unique trip on the St. Croix or Mississippi River. He’ll cook a shore lunch for you. You can bring a fishing rod but he makes no guarantees. Priceless.
8. WEISMAN GRAND OPENING: THE REVEAL
The Weisman Art Museum reopens this fall with five new gallery spaces designed by world class architect Frank Gehry. See it first with 2 tickets for “Grand Opening: The Reveal” on Sat Oct 1. Includes seating at a Board member’s table. The Weisman mission is to create art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking and transformation, linking the U of M and the community. Priceless.
9. FIVE FOR SIX AT SEVEN
A fabulous 5 course wine tasting dinner for 6 people at Seven the Steakhouse. Value $750.
10. SUITE NIGHT AT THE T-WOLVES
Treat your friends to a night of fun in an event suite for a Timberwolves game during 2011-2012 season. Includes 12 tickets on a date to be agreed on (does not include “marquee” games) — plus a team-autographed basketball. Value $1000 to $2000 depending on game selected.
11. BASEBALL HEAVEN
See TWO games this year with excellent pairs of Twins tickets — one pair near home plate and the other near third base. Games to be agreed upon. Plus lots of extras: one buffet dinner for two at the Metropolitan Club at Target Field; a personal tour of ballpark by Kevin Smith, executive director of public affairs for the Twins; a signed copy of Target Field by MinnPost journalist Steve Berg; and Twins memorabilia. Priceless.
12. EXPERIENCE SOMETHING NEW — CIVIL DISCOURSE!
Looking for a new way to connect with people on different sides of an important issue? Craig and Patricia Neal will convene a 3-hour conversational salon for up to 30 people on the topic of your choice. Includes 10 copies of their new book, The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations. Craig was Utne Reader publisher during the formation of the Utne Salons. Craig and Patricia co-founded Heartland Inc. in 1995. Priceless.
13. TWO ROUND-TRIP PLANE TIX TO WASHINGTON DC
Head off to Washington D.C. on Sun Country Airlines. Daily service from MSP to Reagan National (with a stop in Lansing) starts April 1. Travel must start before 2.28.12. Some taxes & fees apply. Blackout dates during holiday periods.
14. 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. TWO packages to bid on. Scotch tasting for 4. Value $200. Beer tasting for 4. Value $200.
15. IN THE LAP OF LUXURY
Make any occasion special with a night at the Graves 601 Hotel plus breakfast in Cosmos or through Room Service. Value $289.
16. MOODY BLUES AND IRISH GREENS
3 great events, 2 tickets each, from Historic Theatre Group. Treat yourself and/or your friends. Daniel O’Donnell concert with Mary Duff. Wed May 18 at the Orpheum. Country music, ballads, 60’s pop and Irish standards. Moody Blues concert. Thurs June 9 at the Orpheum. History before your eyes. 2011 band includes one musician from the original 1964 band, two from 1967. Jim Gaffigan stand-up comedy. Sat Oct 8 at State Theatre. Frequent guest on Letterman & Conan. Value $484 for 6 tix.
17. BAKE AND TASTE AT PATISSERIE 46
Explore the classics of French pastry such as éclair, croissant, millefeuille and Paris-Brest with Patisserie 46 chef John Kraus, named one of Pastry Art & Design Magazine’s “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America” in 2005 and 2006. Enjoy tasting the final products along with a rare selection of teas and coffees. 3 hour class for up to 6 people on a Sunday afternoon at Patisserie 46. Date TBD. Priceless.
18. A STAR IS BORN
Join the cast of MinnRoast 2012 and enjoy a season of hilarious rehearsals. Priceless.
OR STAY HOME IN STYLE
19. LASTING BEAUTY FROM BACHMAN’S
Start with a landscape consultation by Richard Woldorsky MNLA, a landscape designer with Bachman’s. Then 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 to $661 depending on tree selected.
20. CHRISTINE & THE BOYS
The perfect entertainment highlight for a corporate or private party — jazz vocalist Christine Rosholt and two back-up musicians will present a customized 20-minute musical program at your next special event. Choose 8 of your favorite songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and other greats from the ’30s and ’40s. Value $700.
Collection of unusual reds and whites selected by Byerly’s wine experts. Value $200.
22. AND MORE CHEERS!
Intriguing bottles from the personal wine cellar of local aficionados. Value $400.
23. RITES OF SPRING
Lighten your spirits with this eco-friendly basket of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products plus 8 hours of housecleaning by Leza B’s Cleaning Inc. Successfully conducting business in the metro area since 1998, Leza B’s customized cleaning services can meet your specifications. From laundry and dishes to spring cleanings, their fully trained cleaners can do it all. Value $380.
24. MORNING NOON AND NIGHT
Breeze through Minnesota winter with a stack of great Minnesota books and music, plus a festive all-day beverage basket from Peace Coffee. Fair trade Kaisa Grass basket woven by members of Dhaka Handicrafts in Bangladesh. Value $425.
25. HAUTE CHOCOLATE
This fabulous basket by Bea includes everything for the chocolate lover in you. Bars, beverages, sauce, books, a movie and a great mug. Q: How many calories in a piece of chocolate? A: Who cares. Priceless.
26. GIVERNY MEMORY
Photojournalist Peter Koeleman, former director of photography for the Star Tribune, took this photo in Giverny, the small French village where Monet’s Garden is located. Matted and framed. Value $225.
27. PASTA AND POLITICS
Join St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Connie Coleman, Wy Spano and Marcia Avner for a delicious Italian dinner at the Spano-Avner home in St. Paul. With this group of political junkies, you’re guaranteed great talk and a lot of laughs. Up to four people. Date TBD. Priceless.
28. NORTH WOODS GETAWAY
Two-night weekend getaway at the beautiful four-season Garmisch Resort on Namakagon Lake in Cable WI. Relax in a one-bedroom suite with living room and kitchen. Sleeps 2-4. Date TBD. Donor: Ben Marks. Value $280.
29. PORTRAIT IN OIL
Master painter Louise Gillis of Minneapolis will create a 14 by 16 portrait sketch in oil on panel. Two to three sittings required. Framing not included. Value $1500. Minimum bid $500.
A Wall-of-Wine without the wall. Pay $20 up front, choose a numbered cork, and find out which bottle is yours to take and enjoy. All bottles worth at least $15 — many worth much more! Donors: MinnRoast Committee, MinnPost Board and Advisory Council members.
Check out this year’s raffle prize!
Motoprimo Motorsports — the premier dealership for new and used motorcycles and ATVs in Minnesota — has generously donated a sassy new KYMCO Scooter for this year’s raffle. Bright red. Great fuel efficiency with a 50cc engine. Motorcycle license not required. Discover the new you. Value $2,000.
Raffle tickets are $10 each, three for $20, and can be purchased with cash, check or debit card only. To buy raffle tickets before the event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.