Backers of Bacchus Dinner Live Auction

Lot One
Let’s Taste the Finest Bourbons

An exclusive opportunity awaits you and your guests to enjoy a summer evening partaking of delectable tapas and savoring five exclusive bourbons at the lovely home of Linda and Rob Akenhead.  Bourbon, the true American spirit, was officially recognized as such by the United States Congress in 1964.  

Over 200 years ago, Kentucky farmers began making whiskey out of native corn. The corn was harvested in late summer and the whiskey was made in autumn.  It was then placed in barrels and shipped down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans.  Jacob Beam and others were drawn to Bardstown, Kentucky’s second oldest city in the 1770’s because of the limestone-rich springs and streams. Thus, Bardstown became known as the “Bourbon Capital of the World.”  Evan Williams and the Reverend Elijah Craig, “The Father of Bourbon,” charred the insides of the first oak barrels in 1789.  

Learn even more as the culinary genius of Allen Goetsch and your hosts pair tapas with those most sought after and coveted bourbons on September 20, 2014 for eight fortunate guests.  Bid tonight for what will surely be a fun evening and wonderfully satisfying journey through the American history of fine bourbons.  Date of September 20, 2014 is firm.

Donors: Linda and Rob Akenhead
Peg Rochine and Allen Goetsch
Dee and Richard Kowallik
Anne and George Lewis
Debbie and Ben Washburn

Lot Two
Dazzle and Be Dazzled!

Osborne’s Jewelers offers this spectacular John Hardy Sterling Silver bracelet.  The bracelet features glimmering diamond pavé (0.30 carats) from the Classic Chain collection.  The stunningly complex classic chain technique is a tribute to the ancient chain weaving practiced in Bali since the 19th century when the country was still divided into eight kingdoms, each king competing for status with the beauty of his castles, queens and jewelry.  The first of John Hardy’s  jewelry makers was the grandson of a king's jewelry maker, bringing with him the knowledge of the chain, as had been passed down to him.  The sterling silver links on the classic chain are hand-woven, annealed for a smooth, supple drape and often plated with rhodium to lend a sheen to the metal.  The handcrafting yields a chain that is soft and amazingly comfortable to wear.  First introduced at John Hardy in the 1980s, the motif has evolved to also include the carved chain motif.

Donor: Osborne’s Jewelers

Lot Three
Commissioned Pet Portrait

This commissioned painting of your beloved pet will become a special piece in your family portrait gallery.  Our very own Women’s Guild member, Dee Butler, is well known for her fantastic pet portraits.  Start looking for a special place on your wall and bid quickly, for this item is certain to be a hot item tonight!  Dee will let you choose oil or watercolor for your special portrait.  Canvas size is 18 by 24 inches or smaller.  Contact Dee before February 7, 2014 to make arrangements for your pet’s photo session.

Donor: Dee Hale Butler

Lot Four
Calling all Sommeliers

This six bottle wine collection is an ode to the 2010 Hirsch Pinot Noir.  Hirsch Vineyards is perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fort Ross, California and is the birth ground of great pinot noir on the extreme Sonoma Coast.  

The Hirsch Pinot Noir was named to the Top 100 Wines in 2011.  This is a collection to thrill the sommelier in everyone!

Donor: Donna and Bill Shergy

Lot Five
Around the World in Wine

Make plans to invite twelve of your closest friends for a night of wine merriment and an around-the-world adventure in wine and food at The Wine Cellar.

Annette and Tom Birchfield of The Wine Cellar and Lara Isbell and Lisa Adams of International Wines and Craft Beer will take you on this amazing journey accompanied by a varied sampling of wines and foods from throughout the great wine making regions of the world.  

Each wine will be paired with a small dish created specifically to pair with the wine and the wine region.  You will taste, learn, enjoy and make great memories with your friends!

Date to be mutually agreed upon prior to July 25, 2014.  

Donor: Lisa Adams of International Wines and Craft Beer
        Annette and Tom Birchfield of The Wine Cellar
        Lara Isbell of International Wines and Craft Beer
Lot Six
Konstantino Blue Topaz Enhancer and Rope Chain

Step out feeling pretty this season in this Konstantino London Blue Topaz enhancer.  The faceted London Blue Topaz is surrounded by beautiful 18 karat gold details. This enhancer hangs perfectly off of the Konstantino 18-inch rope chain.  This is just the right touch to finish off the perfect ensemble day or night.

Donor: Rick and Eleanor Loring of Loring and Company

Lot Seven
Calling all Chardonnay Lovers

The six beautiful bottles of wine in this collection feature unique award winning qualities.  These Chardonnays will thrill your palate with a variation of flavors, acidity and textures.  

This collection boasts wines from Failla Keefer Ranch, Testaroosa Sanforda, Benedict Vineyard and Walter Hansel Estate.  

Donors: Donna and Bill Shergy

Lot Eight
Rocky Mountain High
This is your chance to bid on a one-week stay in an Avon, Colorado four-bedroom condo in the Rockies near Beaver Creek and Vail, Colorado.  The 2,400 square foot condominium includes four bedrooms and four baths, a full kitchen, and sleeps twelve.  The balcony presents a grand view of the Rocky Mountains to share with your family and friends.  The area offers hiking, swimming, fun-parks, biking, horseback riding, white-water rafting, and much more.  Vail has a outdoor concert series in July and August.

Available from May 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014.  Cleaning fees are the responsibility of the winning bidder.  No pets allowed.  Transportation is not included.

Donors: Kay and Earl Eastin

Lot Nine
Wine and Garden Party 

Sit by the outdoor fireplace under the covered porch or meander through the garden with a glass of wine on a beautiful sunny day at the lovely home of Kathi and Norm Tew.  Then you and your nine guests will enjoy a delectable seated dinner prepared especially for the party by The Eaves.

Date to be mutually agreed upon between April 1 and November 1, 2014.

Donors: Kristen and Dan Bodeker
The Eaves
Kathi and Norm Tew
Lot Ten
Be a Show Stopper!

You will be the belle of the ball in DePriest Robbins’ stunning  chandelier earrings.  The Gatsby-inspired earrings are white gold with round brilliant cut diamonds.  The sparkling diamonds total approximately 1.25 carats.

DePriest Robbins offers stunning, beautifully designed jewelry. The philosophy of DePriest Robbins is that each client is as precious and unique as the jewelry itself.  At DePriest Robbins, great care is taken in selecting the collections, so there are always fresh pieces from which to choose.

Donor:  Stephanie DePriest Robbins of DePriest Robbins

Lot Eleven
Mexican Fiesta

A Mexican Fiesta for twelve in your own home and you don’t have to do a thing.  Just invite your friends and have fun!  This is the easiest party you will ever host.  Invitations and take-home recipes for your guests will be provided, as well as the following:
Mambo Taxi Margaritas, Red Wine Sangria, Mexican Beer
Mexican Spinach Dip and Chili Cheese Dip
Roasted Red Pepper Dip served with Blue Corn Chips
Homemade Salsa and Chips
Black Bean Salad
Three Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken and Beef “Glenchiladas” in a Red Sauce
Flan with Caramel Sauce

Also included for the party set-up is the use of appetizer and dinner plates, cloth napkins tied with ribbon, table cloths, flower arrangements, all of the serving pieces for the appetizers and dinner, glasses for beverages, pitchers for the drinks, decorative tub for the beer, ice, and baskets with cloth napkins for the chips.  
You provide the atmosphere!  Olé!
Date to be mutually agreed upon prior to January, 2015.

Donor: Paige Beitel

Lot Twelve
A Linne Calodo Sampler

This is a great way to sample the magnificent Linne Calodo wines of Paso Robles, California.  These have been boldly described as big and juicy, dark and lively, crafted with care and delicious, but not over the top gaudy.  

This six bottle sampler includes the 2009 Cherry Red, 2010 Rising Tide and 2011 Sticks and Stones.  Enjoy with your favorite foods or propose a toast on that special occasion.  

Donors: Donna and Bill Shergy

Lot Thirteen
The Quintessential Chef’s Table

Prepare to experience a culinary delight!  Imagine your own home filled with the aromas of delectable foods prepared by award winning chef, James Boyce.

Chef James Boyce is a 25-year veteran and a top honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.  Chef Boyce has worked at world-renowned restaurants such as Le Cirque, The Phoenician, Palace Court at Caesar’s Palace and Loews Coronado Bay Resort.  He was known as one of Southern California’s leading chefs earning critical acclaim and a variety of awards.  Boyce, the two-time Mobil 5 Star chef, relocated his family in Huntsville and developed his own company Boyce Restaurant Concepts.

James Boyce, Alabama’s Restaurateur of the year 2012, and his wife Suzan established Boyce Restaurant Concepts, which now boasts the ownership of Cotton Row Restaurant and Commerce Kitchen on the Courthouse Square, and Pane e Vino at Huntsville Museum of Art.

The Quintessential Chef’s Table with James Boyce begins with a Chef’s Table Cooking Class in the privacy of your own home. Eight guests will have the distinct honor of being instructed and entertained through a culinary journey.  Following the cooking lesson, the fabulously prepared dinner will be served in your home.

What a perfect way to celebrate a milestone birthday, engagement or any extra special occasion.  The evening promises to be a culinary dream come true!!

Donor: Chef James Boyce

Lot Fourteen
Trophy Club Passes to the U.S. Open, June 9 – 15, 2014

As the site of more championships than any other golf course in the country, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, North Caroline welcomes the 2014 U.S. Open Championship.  Pinehurst is nestled among the Sandhills of North Carolina and promises to bring the true spirit of “Southern Hospitality” to the U.S. Open 2014!  Enjoy the beauty of the majestic pines towering over the historic Pinehurst course played by golf legends like Jack Nicklaus and Payne Stewart, just to name a few.

FOUR DAILY TROPHY CLUB PASSES are available to you and three of your golf buddies for the entire week of June 9-15, including practice rounds and the Championship beginning Thursday, June 12.  Should there be a playoff, your passes are also valid for Monday, June 16.  Trophy Club Passes provide access to the grounds of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club (Course #2), as well as the Trophy Club.  The Trophy Club is an on-site air conditioned pavilion featuring big screen TV’s broadcasting live coverage of the U.S. Open Championship, comfortable seating and a nice variety of menu options for purchase.  The Trophy Club will be located just to the right of the 8th and 16th fairways.  Or, if you prefer, perk some of your best customers or clients, use the tickets on a daily basis, and bestow the gift of the U.S. Open for up to 28 recipients.

Experience one of America’s greatest golf courses at the 2014 U.S. Open Championship!

Donor: Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art

Live Auction Rules

The Auction will begin when dessert is served and will continue until all items are sold.

Your bid number is written in large numbers on the back of your program.

Payment may be made by cash, check, American Express, Discover, VISA, or MasterCard.

PAYMENT IN FULL is mandatory the evening of the Auction.

If you are the high bidder, you will pay for your item at the check-out table and a runner will bring your items(s) to you.  Please keep your “paid” bid sheet.

All sales are final and “as is.”  There will be no exchanges, refunds, or substitutions with donors.

The Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art does not warrant any item for any reason, including merchantability and fitness of purpose.  In addition, values set forth for items being auctioned are estimates only and are not warranted for tax or other purposes.

Unless otherwise specified, all auction items and services must be used at a mutually agreeable time within one year of the Dinner and Live Auction.