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An Evening of Food and Music - “The Splendid Table" with Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Philip
Donor(s): Cooks of Crocus Hill - St. Paul, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Philip Brunelle
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6-9pm
Location: Cooks of Crocus Hill, 877 Grand Avenue.
Watch and learn from the host of The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, as she prepares a special dinner for you in a private event space at Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul. Soak up Lynne’s insightful cooking tips and enjoy her hilarious anecdotes while you savor every bite of the menu and aevery sip of selected wines. Philip chimes in with musical entertainment between courses - including his amazing “name that composer” variations on a theme. Limited to the first 30 guests.
Cocktail Creations with Maria Jette
Donor(s): Maria Jette + 2 Gingers, Prairie Vodka, Carolyn and Philip Brunelle
Date: Friday, August 17, 7PM
$100/person, Limit: 8 people
When not singing, Maria Jette is in her laboratory, experimenting with arcane ingredients, ice cubes, and a cocktail shaker. Jette shares her hidden mixology talents when she whips up some libations and creative cocktails for eight people at the Brunelle home, complete with hors d’oeuvres and musical numbers with Philip and Maria. Discover (and sample!) some vintage recipes from the Golden Age of Cocktails: The Aviation, Gimlet (with homemade lime cordial) and Corpse Reviver #2; take a break from your usual Martini with James Bond’s favorite, The Vesper, shaken, not stirred, with Minnesota’s Prairie Organic vodka; and try Maria’s own creation,The Wolseley, which features Minnesota’s own Two Gingers Irish Whiskey and Wisconsin’s Bittercube Cherry-Vanilla bitters.
Lawn Bowling at Brit's Pub
Donor(s): Brit's Pub
The lush rooftop courts will be reserved for one hour for you and your friends to enjoy lawn bowling at legendary Brit’s Pub. You’re on your own for food and cocktails, but this experience includes lively chatting and competition. Limited to 32 people for one hour.
At your Service... Brunelle at Vincent’s
Donor(s): Vincent A Restaurant
Thursday, October 11 - 6:30 PM
Philip Brunelle will wait on your table at Vincent (assisted by an authentic waiter). For up to 10 people on the upper level; you are responsible for selecting and funding your own dinner; Vincent will provide hors d'oeuvres and dessert, Jack Farrell will provide appropriate complimentary wines from Haskell's and Philip will demonstrate his mad customer-service skills. Limited to the first 10 guests.
An Evening at Golden Fig Fine Foods on Grand Avenue
July 12, 2012 from 7-9:00pm
Donor(s): Golden Fig Fine Foods
Lovers of everything gourmet - enjoy a private evening at the Golden Fig shop on Grand Avenue. A night of delicious Midwest artisan cheeses, locally baked fresh bread, Minnesota-crafted chocolates, delicious cocktails using Golden Fig's fresh drink mixes and the fine company of your VocalEssence fellow bidders. Plus, 10% of any purchases made at the event will be donated back to VocalEssence! Limited to 50 guests.
Prepare for the Holidays - Baking with the Masters at General Mills
TBD - Saturday, November 3 OR 10, 2012, 9am
Donor(s): General Mills and Zoe Francois, Zoe Bakes and Michelle Gayer, The Salty Tart
Learn from the masters as you head into the holiday season by creating cookie with master bakers in the exclusive General Mills Test Kitchen! This option provides a rare hands on opportunity to make cookies in the Betty Crocker Kitchens. The group will be broken into 4-5 individual groups and each will prepare a different kind of cookies. Not only will you learn new techniques from the experts, you will get to take home your beautiful handiwork Afterwards the groups will do a cookie exchange, so they can take their creations home. Children 6+ with adults are welcome, as well! Limited to 25 guests.