L101. Risibisi Dinner for 8
Blend delectable cuisine, extraordinary wines, warm hospitality and a dash of Italian charm and what do you get? Risibisi Restaurant and Wine Bar, a Michelin-rated restaurant in downtown Petaluma.
You and seven friends can celebrate a special occasion as the guests of owner Marco Palmieri who will be on hand to greet you. You will be seated at the family table and treated to the Chef’s special menu, including wines selected exclusively for you by the wine connoisseur. Risibisi was recently featured in “Check Please,” a restaurant guide for the Bay Area. Dinner for 8; Sunday through Thursday on mutually agreed upon date.
Donor: Marco Palmieri, Risibisi Restaurant and Wine Bar
L102. Little River Inn Escape for 2
Leave early and drive up the spectacular Northern California coast, to spend 2 nights at historic Little River Inn in a room with ocean view and fireplace. One day, play a round of golf at Little River’s own oceanfront 9-hole course. One evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner in the Inn’s dining room. Be sure to introduce yourselves to owners Susan and Mel McKinney and daughter Cally who graduated from PHS in 1986. Includes 2 nights’ lodging, one (1) dinner for 2, breakfast each morning and a round of golf for 2. Subject to availability; not valid during holiday periods
Donors: Little River Inn, Friends of PEF
L103. McEvoy Ranch Tour and Lunch for 20
Twenty (20) PEF Supporters are offered an amazing opportunity to visit McEvoy Ranch, located in the rolling hills west of Petaluma. McEvoy Ranch uses its crop of olives to produce certified organic extra virgin olive oil that is sold in gourmet markets. Your visit to McEvoy Ranch will begin with a stroll through the spectacular hillside olive orchards. Here you will participate in a discussion of the history of the property and the methods for cultivating Tuscan olive varieties in Northern California. You will proceed to the Frantoio (olive milling room) to view the state-of-the-art equipment and learn the process used to extract the oil from the fruit.Your tour will conclude with a sensory assessment of olive oil and a discussion of its many culinary uses. After the tour, the McEvoy’s resident chef will prepare a gourmet lunch for you, featuring vegetables and greens grown from the organic garden on the property. For 20 on a mutually agreed upon date.
Donor: Nan Tucker McEvoy through our friend Russ Morita
L104. Follow the Leader
A. Day with David Rabbitt for 2
Spend a day with David Rabbitt, Sonoma County Board of Supervisor and
representative of the 5th District (Petaluma). You will learn what goes on during a typical day with an elected official, the challenges of the job and the “ins and outs” of county politics.
Donor: David Rabbitt, Sonoma County Supervisor
B. Ride to School with Dan Fish for 3
Imagine the buzz in your neighborhood when your children are picked up at your home and driven to school by Petaluma Chief of Police Dan Fish in an official police vehicle.
Pretty cool and quite thrilling!
Donor: Chief Dan Fish, City of Petaluma Police Department
L105. Dinner with the Sikoras for 14
Guests will enjoy a private dinner party at the newly remodeled Petaluma hilltop home of Karen and Pete Sikora. You will begin the evening by passing through a secret game room door to enjoy vintage games, fine wine and adult beverages while taking in stunning views of both city lights and pastoral fields from the Sikora’s private bar and lounge. Afterwards, you will meander downstairs for a gourmet dinner featuring our own Petaluma Gap wines.You will wrap up the evening by retreating to the outdoor fireplace to enjoy rum-tasting, courtesy of Dan Dedault, owner of 3-D Spirits and RedRum. Karen and Pete will open up their humidor to guests wishing to enjoy some of Fidel Castro’s finest exports.Dinner for 14 to be held in Spring of 2012 on mutually agreed upon date.
Donors: Karen and Pete Sikora, Dan Dedault of 3D Spirits and
RedRum, Petaluma Gap Wine Alliance
L106. Magical Meadowood for 2
A lucky bidder will spend 2 nights at Meadowood Resort, a luxury resort offering golf, tennis, croquet, hiking, swimming, fitness, spa, wine education and a Michelin three-star restaurant dining experience, all on a private 250-acre estate in the heart of the Napa Valley. Included in your visit is dinner one evening in the resort’s award winning restaurant. Sunday thru Thursday only; not available during September or October
Donors: Meadowood Resort, Lace House Linen
L107. Mollusk Madness in Margaritaville for 30
Raise your paddles to secure your reservations for a festive fish feast on June 23rd, 2012 at the hilltop home of Executive Director Janet Ramatici and her husband Gary. Tiki torches will lead you into a tropical paradise where you will be greeted by “Caribbean Ron” on the steel drums and treated to rum punch, endless margaritas, champagne, raw and barbecued oysters and buckets of clams. Dinner will follow featuring abalone and Alaskan salmon, salads of corn, papaya and avocado, Gary’s famous garlic bread, dreamy desserts and wine provided by Jeff Libarle of Grove Street Brokers and poured by PEF President Cathy Bachman and Pete Schneider. Your hosts, Desiree and Andre Libarle, Emily and Matt Barbour, Stephanie and John Baxman and Janet and Gary have more surprises in store for you. This will be a night to remember! Cost to you? only $100 each person. June 23rd, 2012.
Donors: Desiree and Andre Libarle, Emily and Matt Barbour, Stephanie and John Baxman, Janet and Gary Ramatici, Cathy Bachman and Pete Schneider
L108. SF Giants for 4 & Amy G for a Classroom Visit
Our San Francisco Giants invite you to PLAY BALL! Each spring, the Giants invite the Petaluma Educational Foundation and Petaluma families to PEF night at AT&T Park. You and 3 of your friends will have the opportunity to go onto the field before the game to meet with players and then enjoy the action in the owner’s seats. Before or after the game, stop at ZA Pizza on Russian Hill in San Francisco and indulge in one of Buzzy Campisano’s gourmet treats. For four, during the 2012 SF Giants Home Season on PEF Night: date subject to
scheduling of PEF Night with the Giants.
Donors: San Francisco Giants, ZA Pizza
There’s more for the lucky bidder on this package! Petaluma’s own Amy G and SF Giants In-Game reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will visit your child’s classroom. A Casa Grande High School alumni, Amy G will volunteer her time for a 30-minute Q&A
session about covering the defending World Champion SF Giants and her path to
becoming a sports reporter in the Bay Area. What a way to motivate both students and athletes!
On mutually agreed upon date.
Donor: Amy Gutierrez, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
L109. Diamond Teardrop from Hollingsworth’s
This beautiful teardrop necklace, suspended on a delicate chain of 14 karat gold with almost .5 carats of pave diamonds, is set in 18 karat gold. The value of this very special piece is estimated at $2,400. Bid high tonight and give it to your love!
Donors: Tami and Mike Hollingsworth of Hollingsworth Jewelers
L110. Kunde Estate’s Dinner for 8 on Olive Hill
Spend a starlit evening at Kunde Family Estate’s Olive Hill in Kenwood. This new site is perched atop one of the highest elevations on the property. Olive Hill offers stunning views of Sonoma Valley and extending onward to the San Francisco Bay. A beautiful grove of 150 year-old olive trees, which have been on the property since the days of horse and plow, still bear fruit each harvest.You and your 7 friends will enjoy wines crafted from Kunde Estate’s sustainable farmed vineyards and an elegant meal prepared by Amber Balshaw of Preferred Sonoma
Caterers, one of Petaluma’s most creative chefs. We promise this evening will be one for the memory books!
For 8 guests, including dinner and wine. Must schedule with Kunde Hospitality and Events Department at least 4 weeks in advance on mutually agreed upon date.
Donors: Kunde Estate Winery, Preferred Sonoma Caterers
L111. Artisan Cheese Tasting with Frank Haynes for 10
Spend a day with Frankie and the Cheesemakers. This is not a rock group, but a chance for you and 9 guests to learn about and enjoy the fabulous award-winning artisan cheeses made here in our own back yard! Your tour starts at Mike Hudson Distributing in Petaluma, where host Frank Haynes will show you where and how these cheeses leave our community for food centers around the United States. You will park your cars at MHD and head to West Marin, with drivers, to the oldest cheese manufacturer in the US, Marin French Cheese. Known by locals as “The Cheese Factory”, this company has been crafting artisan fine cheeses since 1865. Their world champion cheese, from goats’ and cows’ milk, includes Triple CrПme Brie, Original Brie, Camembert and Schloss.
Next, it’s on to Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, where our area’s “newest” artisan cheesemakers, the Lafranchi family, have been operating a dairy for over 100 years. The Nicasio Valley Cheese Company is making a name in the cheese world for its Nicasio Square, Fromagella, Halleck Creek and Loma Alta 8.
Now you will head to Cowgirl Creamery’s original store in Point Reyes, where their
renowned Red Hawk cheese is still made. Owners Peggy Smith and Sue Conley will discuss the process of making cheese and tell you about their Mt.Tam, St. Pat and Pierce Point cheeses as well. Farmstead means “from the farm” and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, just north of Point Reyes Station, will be your final stop. Bob and Dean Giacomini have been in the dairy business at this location for 51 years. With their 4 daughters, they
began making farmstead blue about 10 years ago. You will sample their Original Blue and their Point Reyes Toma. The Original Blue was named “Outstanding Cheese” in the 39th “Sofi” Competition by the National Association for Specialty Outstanding Food Trade for 2011.
Lunch with wine follows at “Fork”, a new cooking school and entertainment center,
located on the Giacomini Family Dairy. You can relax and nap on the way home because your drivers will chauffeur you back to Petaluma. For 10 on a mutually agreed upon date.
Donors: Mike Hudson Distributing, Marin French Cheese Company, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, Cowgirl Creamery, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company and Fork - with kudos to Frank Haynes for putting together this fabulous auction treasure
L112. Fabulous Fiji for 2
This is your chance to visit exotic Fiji where you will spend seven (7) romantic nights at privately owned Toberua Island Resort which is a personal favorite of Marilyn Herzog of Marilyn Can Travel. Nestled on an island within the Pacific Ocean, Toberua Island Resort was one of Fiji’s first “Boutique Luxury Resorts” and is a unique and exclusive island paradise located off the eastern tip of Fiji’s Viti Levu. Toberua Island Resort offers a peaceful haven of palm lined white sand beaches caressed by a pristine turquoise
lagoon, perfect for those seeking to relax and revitalize. There is a spa located on the
property. The resort and nearby facilities offer a wide range of activities for those looking for adventure and fun, including snorkeling, swimming, windsurfing and fishing.
You will stay in one of just 15 Oceanfront Bures nestled on the water’s edge among lush tropical gardens. Each includes a unique, open-air private bathroom. All meals, beautifully prepared, are included; a full breakfast, a 3 course lunch and a 4 course dinner.
For 2 - Does not include airfare; includes lodging and all meals for 7 nights, subject to availability
Donor: Marilyn Herzog of Marilyn Can Travel, generous and loyal PEF supporter and mother of Trent Herzog, Coach of the 2010
Championship Casa Grande Gauchos.
L113. Cooking with Meloni and Nancy for 10
Open your home to 9 friends and spend the day with Meloni Courtway, Petaluma food writer and owner and head chef of Courtway Catering and Events, and Nancy Leoni, co-owner of i Leoni, of downtown Petaluma. Meloni will bring everything needed to prepare a seasonal menu; she will shop, set up, prepare the meal with your help and take care of the cleanup. Nancy will act as chef’s assistant and will bring presents - aprons, Epicurean cutting boards, Wusthof knives and dishtowels designed by Jenny Paisley of Blockhead design - for each guest to take home.
Whole Foods Market, with the help of Laura Ludwigsen, is thrilled to join in as a sponsor, providing fresh and organic food products for the event. Zoe’s meats has offered regional charcuterie - salamis, pancetta and prosciutto as appetizers. A selection of Sonoma County wines, courtesy of Leveroni Vineyards, will be poured. Sounds like a perfect arrangement! All you have to do is bid now to secure this prize. For 10 on a mutually agreed upon date.
Donors: Meloni Courtway, Courtway Catering and Events, Nancy Leoni and Angela Crabb of i Leoni, Blockhead Press, Whole Foods, Zoe’s Meats, Leveroni Vineyards
L114. HELP FUND the FUTURE
Kick off PEF’s annual “FUND THE FUTURE” Campaign TONIGHT
to guarantee innovative school programs and fund the transformation of education through classroom technology.
Our goal is to provide over $200,000 to the PEF Major Impact
and Enrichment Grant Program in Petaluma Schools this year and kick-off the PEF Tech Initiative
PEF Board members have personally pledged $45,000 to
“Fund the Future” this year in area schools
With your help we can triple this amount to raise well over
$100,000 during the “Fund the Future” drive in the live auction!
Give our students the future they so richly deserve
L 115: OLE! At Lagunitas for 20
Bid now for this party for 20 at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. You will be treated to a tour of the facility which is undergoing a major expansion translating into “more beer for everyone”. Following the tour, you will gather at the Lagunitas “Party Room” to taste some of the brewery’s best beers before partaking of a buffet of delicious and festive Mexican dishes. Celebrate with a crowd of 20 amigos on a mutually agreed upon date in early May 2012.
Donor: Lagunitas Brewing Company, Friend of PEF
L116. Grass Valley Retreat for 12
If you have ever dreamed of relaxing in a wonderful, private western retreat, this is the place for you. Imagine staying at a 200 acre ranch featuring an incredible, custom built cabin that comfortably sleeps up to 12 guests. Stephanie Rausser and Lawrence Cowell have generously offered the Rausser Family Ranch for 5 nights and 6 days in beautiful Grass Valley. This magnificent country property is nestled in the midst of open space and features a private creek, swimming pond with rowboats and zipline, outdoor kitchen and firepit, lighted tennis court and hot tub. The house was built by custom woodworkers with a floor to ceiling library in the great room, huge fireplace and a large refectory table for lively group dinners. Grass Valley, a 45 minute drive from Sugar Bowl, is close to historic Nevada City and Yuba City where you can browse in antique stores and plan excursions on the Yuba River.
Must schedule upon mutually agreed upon date, excluding major holidays.
Donors: Stephanie Rausser and Lawrence Cowell
L117. Hennessy Barn Lunch for 40
Spend an afternoon “horsing around with Hennessy” at his barn in Novato. Forty of the good old boys will join host Neil to partake in beef and bourbon, cards and cognac in the style of the Old West. You will be treated to barbecued steaks with all of the trimmings, some iced tea, lots of drinks, and real camaraderie. Raise your paddle now so that you don’t miss out on this one.Cost to you: Only $200 each person. Date to be determined by buyers.
Donors: Hennessy Funds, Golden Gate Meat Company, Ray’s Catering and the staff who so graciously prepared tonight’s delicious dinner
L118. Cucina Paradiso Dinner with Kastania Wine for 10
Petaluma’s own Dennis Hernandez and Malena Hipolito, owners of Cucina Paradiso, are renowned in the culinary world of the North Bay and beyond. We have all heard about and enjoyed Dennis’ delicious gastronomical creations at his Zagat-rated restaurant. Here’s your opportunity to have him cook for you at a banquet for 10. When you arrive at Cucina Paradiso, you are greeted with the same graciousness you experience when visiting the home of friends. Chef Dennis and Malena love welcoming guests to their restaurant and serving them wonderful Italian food. Each day, Dennis selects the freshest local produce, seafood, and meat, incorporates the finest imported ingredients, skillfully makes all the pasta, sauces and desserts and presents it with the sensitivity of an artist. It’s no wonder that the meals at Cucina are small masterpieces!
Linda and Hoot Smith of Kastania Vineyards have generously donated their prized wine for your enjoyment. Salute! Bid now and bid high! For 10, including wine: Monday through Thursday only with menu at Chef’s discretion. Must be scheduled 30 days in advance on a mutually agreed upon date.
Donors: Dennis Hernandez and Malena Hipolito of Cucina Paradiso, Hoot and Linda Smith of Kastania Vineyards
L119. Infineon Racing for 4
And Hot Laps for 2
This is the only way for 4 friends to experience the thrill of NASCAR racing. The NASCAR Toyota Savemart 350 Race will happen June of 2012 at Infineon Raceway at Sears Point and you can get closer than ever to the biggest show in motor sports with tickets for the gate, passes for the VIP Tent, the Pit and reserved seats.
For 4 during the NASCAR Toyota Savemart 350 Race, June 2012
Wow! This part of the prize is really exciting! Two brave souls will have the ride of a lifetime at the infineon Raceway when they are driven around the track at brake neck speeds with a professional driver. Not for the faint hearted but definitely worth a high bid. For 2 on a mutually agreed upon date. Certificate for hot laps not valid on race days.
Donors: Infineon Raceway with help from Steve Page and a nudge from PEF Board President Cathy Bachman
L120. Della-Weber Ranch Dinner for 10
Ten (10) guests are invited to the Della-Weber Ranch on Saturday, October 15, 2011 for the last of the ranch’s seasonal dinners for this year. Kathleen and Ed Weber created Della Fattoria in 1996 with the building of their first wood-burning oven outside the kitchen door of the family ranch on Skillman Lane. Son Aaron joined the bakery to help meet the increasing demand for artisan bread. In 2004, Kathleen and Ed opened their cafe in downtown Petaluma, with daughter, Elisa, joining to manage the operation.
In 2009, suppers at the Della-Weber ranch began. Dinner is served family-style on a handmade 25 foot Tamarack table under the wedding oak. Guests are offered local cheeses, Della breads, specialty salumi, nuts and fruit to start. For the main event, the Webers bring out big platters of seasonal salads, roasted, grilled and stuffed veggies and pizzas served with grilled meats from the outdoor flat top wood-fired BBQ. To finish off the evening, coffee and seasonal desserts, made by the Della pastry crew are served.
During the evening, you are invited to take a self-guided tour of the bakery’s wood-fired oven where the master bakers will be in full swing and the aromas of baking bread spread over the ranch. The “dance of the bakers” is magical. You can stroll in the gardens where many of the organic vegetables for your dinner are grown. Dinner for 10 guests on October 15th, 2011. Date cannot be changed. Events begin in the late
afternoon and conclude about 7.30 pm in the evening.
Donors: Kathleen and Ed Weber, Aaron Weber, Elisa Weber and Alicia and Justin Hansel who will be on hand to greet guests and help with serving. Alicia, a PEF Board Member serves on the Executive
L121. Egg Bowl Tailgate with “Clo” for 25
Twenty five (25) lucky bidders will join PEF at 11.30 am on Saturday, October 15th for a tailgate party in the courtyard of Petaluma High School where the Mighty Trojans of Petaluma High face the Championship Gauchos of Casa Grande High School for the cross-town football challenge known as the Egg Bowl Classic! You will be treated to lunch and entertained by the cheer leading squads from each high school. Our favorite football queen “Clo, the Cow” will stop by to serve ice cream treats from Clover Stornetta Farms. Coaches Rick Krist of PHS and Trent Herzog of Casa Grande will swing through to say hello to all of the fans. The 2011 Egg Bowl Classic marks the last time the two hometown teams will meet in a Sonoma County League game. Make it a day to remember while promoting sportsmanship and respectful competition.
Donors: Clover Stornetta Farms, Petaluma High School and Casa Grande High School