Talk Toast Taste 2019

The Golden Ticket

$100 each - ONLY 100 chances will be sold!

We have gathered eight exciting public radio opportunities that will be auctioned at St. Louis Public Radio's annual gala, Talk, Toast, Taste. But any one of these could be yours if you buy a golden ticket! Simply choose the item you want when you make your purchase and we will draw a winner and pull the selected item before it hits the auction block. And there is no need to be present to win!

This is a great opportunity to access extravagant public radio opportunities without the extravagant price tag.


Live Auction Items


Peter Sagal speaks at Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me

Wait, Wait… Go!

In the ultimate Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me experience right here in St. Louis, you and a guest can start your day on Thursday, May 9 by joining Peter Sagal on a run through St. Louis, then catch your breath and get ready for an evening of laughter and leisure with dinner at the Grand Tavern, excellent seats at Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me live at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, an invitation to the VIP cast party at St. Louis Public Radio and a luxurious night at the Angad Arts Hotel.

A couple walks through Napa Valley

NPR UnCorked & Napa Valley

Relax and enjoy a 3-night stay at Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley - the premier boutique hotel located in downtown Calistoga, California. You and a guest will enjoy first-class accommodations while experiencing the best wine country has to offer. In addition to continental breakfast, wine tastings and lunch for 2, you will enjoy a 6-hour chauffeured tour and tastings at four of the most prestigious wineries in the region, including a tram tour of Sterling Vineyards, perched high above the town of Calistoga on a mid-valley hill, and the stately Castello di Amarosa, a castle residing on 170 acres and featuring a moat and drawbridge. Leave your worries behind and escape to one of the world’s great destinations for great wine, fantastic foods, and beautiful views. And to prepare your palette, you’ll also get a basket of wines directly from the NPR Wine Club, including All Grapes Considered Pinot Noir, Embedded Cabernet Sauvignon, Weekend Edition Primitivo, Invinobilia - a red blend, and Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me, a 2016 Merlot. It’s a wonderful way to explore the world of wine while celebrating public radio.

(Blackout Dates: Valid for Monday through Thursday bookings and subject to availability. Winning bidder may book Friday and Saturday nights for an extra fee, based upon availability. Travel must be completed within one year from the date of the event. Airfare not included.)


A hand-crafted mahogany guitar, built by Dan O’Grady

Live From (right) Here: A hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind guitar

Inspired by a late ‘50s model Gibson Les Paul, this beautiful guitar was handmade by Ballwin luthier Dan O’Grady. With its non-weight relieved African mahogany body; highly figured, flamed maple top, three-piece mahogany neck; and rosewood fretboard, this guitar has unique elements designed to increase playability and tone. Outfitted with vintage style Grover tuners and a Gotoh 510U bridge, it’s hard to miss the stunning “autumn finish” gorgeously accented by a matched set of Seymour Duncan SH55 “Seth Lovers” pickups - which give it its nickname: Seth. With more than 50 hours of hands-on build time, it is unlike any other.

(Left) A photo of Francis Lam; (right) A set table

Your own Splendid Table

Invite five of your friends to join you and Splendid Table host Francis Lam and producer Sally Swift on Wednesday, August 14 for a small private dinner at the critically-acclaimed Vicia, prepared by James Beard Award Finalist Chef Michael Gallina. Enjoy a custom tasting menu made with the finest, carefully sourced ingredients and served with wine pairings, while enjoying a rare opportunity for an intimate conversation with a public radio favorite.

(Promotional Graphic) WBEZ Chicago Presents - Seven things I’ve learned: An Evening with Ira Glass

This Chicago Life: An evening with Ira Glass & a weekend in the Windy City

Explore Chicago from the luxury of the Four Seasons Hotel on June 21 and 22 as you enjoy a two-night stay in a beautiful Executive Suite. With breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, you’re just steps from shopping on glamorous Michigan Avenue. And be sure to keep Saturday night open, as you and your guest will be VIP guests of WBEZ for a night with Ira Glass as he returns to Chicago for an emotional and thought-provoking presentation of his captivating stage show Seven Things I’ve Learned, including an exclusive, intimate, pre-event reception with Ira.

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Talk, Toast, Taste: Weekend Edition

Back by popular demand! Indulge your passion for food… and public radio! Invite seven of your closest friends and join St. Louis Public Radio’s General Manager Tim Eby and his wife Kathi for a private dinner in their lovely Central West End home. You’ll enjoy a multi-course gourmet meal created and prepared by Gerard Craft (or another Niche Food Group Executive Chef) while enjoying the music of a local pianist.

(Mutually Agreeable Date)


A band plays in the St. Louis Public Radio Community Room

STLPR’s VIP for a Year

You can be the STLPR VIP for a year! You and a guest can join us for exclusive, behind-the-scenes STLPR experiences, including sitting in on an editorial meeting, joining the producers of St. Louis on the Air as they produce the show, and joining Mike Schrand in studio for Morning Edition. You will also be invited to gather seven of your friends to compete in MetroQuest on September 21, AND you are guaranteed two reserved seats to ALL the following STLPR events:
  • Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me and an evening reception with the cast (May 9)
  • Six performances of First Mondays with the Arianna String Quartet (Beginning May 6)
  • Live From Here with Chris Thile (May 25)
  • Kitchen Sink Series events, including Beer and Baseball (June 11), and Mostly Clean Comedy (August 23)
  • Story Collider (July 11 & October 24)
  • The Moth (9/19)
  • Nina Totenberg (10/4)
  • Halloween Movie Night (October 25)
… and any other events that are added to our calendar in the next 12 months! Whether you come to all the events yourself or spread the tickets among friends, this is a great opportunity to see the full breadth of what St. Louis Public Radio does in our community.

(left) A set dining table; (right) Avenue restaurant in Clayton

All Things Considered: A Dinner Party

We’ve considered all the details so that you don’t have to. Host an elegant dinner party in your home so you can relax and enjoy as the staff from Avenue in Clayton do all the heavy lifting. Chef Bryan Carr will prepare a four-course meal for eight right in your kitchen, elegant wine will be paired with each course while a professional server sets up, serves and best of all, cleans up. From place settings to glassware, they will deliver everything you need for a gathering you and your guests will always remember.

(Mutually Agreeable Date)