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Category: Auction

The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions Inspire Even More Generosity

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Photo by Ian Atkins.

See that check?  It’s not accurate.

Kindness is contagious, you see. In The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions, our area’s top restaurants and artisans offered once-in-a-lifetime experiences for whoever pledged the largest donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Though the auctions came to an end last night at Prime 109, our community’s generosity did not. The symbolic check represents the auction’s total benefit to the food bank at end of last night’s bidding. But, even after it was written, that benefit keeps growing.

First, Sussex Farm offered to duplicate its offering for the runner-up in the auction for its Kimchi Forever experience, yielding an additional $1,100 for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Then, UVa Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Bennett doubled up, too. Bennett was the feature in Bodo’s Bagels’ Lunch of Champions auction experience, a lunch in the office of the coach of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions. This was the final item in last night’s live auction at Prime 109, and, in a thrilling finale, bidders drove the bid all the way above $50,000. This morning, Bennett was so moved to learn of bidders’ generosity that he offered a second experience — one for each of the two leading bidders. In turn, the two bidders will each make a $54,000 donation directly to the food bank.

With these additions, the total benefit to the food bank from The 2019 Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions now exceeds $250,000. Thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar can create four meals, meaning that, through the auctions, our food community will have provided more than one million meals to our area’s hungry.

Stay tuned for a full report on the amazing effort over the last two months.

Thank you, Charlottesville.

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JM Stock Provisions Auction: Biscuits and Butchers

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Here is your chance to experience JM Stock Provisions like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Artisan Auctions. As one of the artisans of Prime 109’s August 20 Celebration of Charlottesville Restaurants, JM Stock has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of JM Stock, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

The JM Stock signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Artisan Auctions:

Biscuits and Butchers

JM Stock may be best known for two things: biscuits and butchers, and the auction winner will receive both.

Many consider JM Stock’s ham biscuits the best ever version of Charlottesville’s signature Cville Ham Biscuits. The auction winner will enjoy an entire year of JM Stock’s ham biscuits anytime they want, up to twelve per month. Just walk into JM Stock twelve times each month, and pick up the ham biscuit of your dreams. Or, pick up your month’s dozen all at once, whichever you prefer.

Plus, the winner and nine friends will receive a private modern butchery class from JM Stock’s expert artisan butchers on the craft of sustainable pork production. Many of us never stop to think about how pork products wind up as neatly packaged cuts in market displays. Where do they come from? In a hands-on class about the basics of pig butchery, the auction winner’s group will learn about the various cuts and preparations, as well as what it takes to produce JM Stock’s Autumn Olive Farms pork from start to finish. Throughout the evening, the group will also enjoy plenty of adult beverages and snacks, including JM Stock’s award-winning charcuterie, sausage, and some of the butcher’s favorite specialty cuts.

It’s the ultimate JM Stock experience: Biscuits and Butchers.

Note: Biscuits are not transferable. The auction winner must pick up the biscuits in person. For the class, the auction winner will schedule the experience on a mutually convenient evening with JM Stock, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.

Bidding

Place your bids now by email at charlottesville29@gmail.com. Bidding ends August 20 at Prime 109’s Celebration of Charlottesville Restaurants. Regular updates of the leading bid will be posted below.

Current Bid: $1,500

Paradox Pastry Auction: Beer, Bakin’ and Bourbon for Bros (or Babes, as the case may be!)

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Here is your chance to experience Paradox Pastry like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Artisan Auctions. As one of the artisans of Prime 109’s August 20 Celebration of Charlottesville Restaurants, Paradox Pastry has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Paradox Pastry, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

The Paradox Pastry signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Artisan Auctions:

Beer, Bakin’ and Bourbon for Bros (or Babes, as the case may be!)

Paradox Pastry’s team includes some of the most skilled bakers in town, and the auction winner and five guests will enjoy a hands-on, deep in it, class, where the team will teach them to bake all things manly and manful (or dame-ly and dameful). Take the class yourself, or send your favorite men and women to explore their inner pastry chef while they create plenty of take-home delectables laced with beer, bacon, and a wee bit of bourbon, just for fun. “We promise to teach them how to fish, er, bake,” says Paradox Pastry’s Jenny Peterson, “forever keeping them and their loved ones filled with sweetness.” Plus, Peterson says, the group will not leave hungry or thirsty, as they will enjoy plenty of snacks and adult beverages throughout the class.

It’s the ultimate Paradox Pastry experience: Beer, Bakin’ and Bourbon for Bros (or Babes, as the case may be!).

Note: The auction winner will schedule the experience at a mutually convenient time with Paradox Pastry.

Bidding

Place your bids now by email at charlottesville29@gmail.com. Bidding ends August 20 at Prime 109’s Celebration of Charlottesville Restaurants. Regular updates of the leading bid will be posted below.

Current Bid: $900