Talk Toast Taste 2020

The Golden Ticket

$100 each - ONLY 100 chances will be sold!

We have gathered so many exciting auction packages for the St. Louis Public Radio 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 from the list below 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. The winner will be drawn during the April 9th virtual event. See more details about the event.

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A three-level home built from stacked shipping containers

“Can’t contain myself!” Experience St. Louis’ First Container Home

Take a tour of the famous North St. Louis container house! Travis & Gina Sheridan appeared on STL on the Air on May 5, 2019 to discuss this innovative style of building and their love of Old North STL. Following a brief walking tour of Old North STL, the Sheridans will walk you through the Container House, highlighting the art and architecture. Conclude the afternoon with wine and cheese on the patio adjacent to their newly installed boardwalk garden. If you’re lucky, Travis may even dip into his impressive whiskey collection!

Number of guests: 4 to 6.

Mutually Agreeable Date

Glen Echo Golf Course

A Glen Echo Country Club Golf Experience with Diane Sher

Enjoy an 18-hole round of golf, including cart fees, for three with member/donor Diane Sher, at Glen Echo Country Club.

The Golf Course at Glen Echo Country Club delivers an unparalleled, one-of-a-kind experience. It is the oldest golf club west of the Mississippi in continuous operation at the same location. Opening in 1901, Glen Echo has hosted amateur and professional tournaments, including the legendary 1904 Olympic Golf Championship, something no other Club or country had done before or since, until Brazil did so in 2016. Membership has meticulously preserved the unique heritage of the original, world-class design by 1896 U.S. Open Champion Jim Foulis. Simply put, Glen Echo is the best of both worlds; a historic course design mixed perfectly with modern day amenities. gecc.org/course-tour

Mutually Agreeable Date, Monday – Friday on or before 9/17/2021 at Glen Echo Country Club

A hand-crafted guitar with a geode pattern

Hand-Crafted Blue Geode Guitar

This guitar was handcrafted by Ballwin, MO luthier Dan O’Grady. Building guitars is Dan’s passion, not his business. He’s been designing and building a wide variety of woodworking projects since the late 1960s, and playing, pulling apart and putting together guitars since the early 1970s. After a disabling neurological condition forced him to retire from teaching in 2007, he combined these two pursuits into building custom electric guitars and basses as a form of both mental and physical therapy.

Each year, Dan builds fewer than half a dozen instruments. Typically, over 50 hours of painstaking, detailed hand work goes into the creation of each unique, signed & numbered instrument. The finished instruments are most often donated for charity fundraising events that support education, the arts and the general wellbeing of children and families in the St. Louis region.

With a one piece mahogany body and a bound “Blue Geode” fabric top, and hand carved cherry, maple, and mahogany 5 piece fat profile neck, this beautiful guitar was handmade by Ballwin luthier Dan O’Grady.

The incredible 24.56” scale Bound Zebrawood fretboard has a 12” radius, with 22 fret and hand shaped bone nut. This guitar has an adjustable wraparound bridge and Gotoh tuners.

Includes a case, information on the care and maintenance of the instrument for the new owner and contact information should the instrument ever need adjustment.

Carol House Furniture, because you like nice things

Carol House Gift Card

Enjoy this five hundred dollar ($500) gift card towards some new furniture for a spring spruce up! Patio furniture for spring outdoor gatherings or a new conversation piece for the formal drawing room to liven up your home! Gift card delivered with a swag bag of St. Louis Public Radio goodies.


A dinner setting, featuring Champagne, ribs, and pomegranate

Butler’s Pantry Holiday Meal package

You can be the recipient of a year’s worth of worry free Holiday Meals prepared by Butler’s Pantry! Each meal serves up to ten people for your Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving gatherings.

For Pick Up only at Butler’s Pantry (1414 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104) at a mutually agreed upon time. Menu items may be added for additional fees. No substitutions.

A collection of Home oil paintings from artist Elizabeth Moreland

House Portrait

This package includes a custom oil painting of your home by award winning artist and teacher Elizabeth Moreland. Deeply inspired by the paintings of the past, Elizabeth has nearly 30 years of experience, and is an art instructor at St. Louis Community College and a member of the Saint Louis Artist’s Guild. She has spent thousands of hours studying and copying the drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many other artists. She prefers working from nature. Elizabeth feels a deep connection to both the natural world and historical artists from centuries past. Please visit www.bravepainter.com to view more of her oil paintings.

Elizabeth will paint a custom oil paint portrait of your home on standard sized canvas (11 x 14", 12 x 16", and 16 x 20")


Private Chef Experiences from your own kitchen!

A meal kit with everything you need to prepare meat

Southern BBQ Kit with Chef Tregaye Fraser

Winner of the 12th season of "Food Network Star", Tregaye Fraser is a seasoned chef, skilled in creating dishes from 24 different countries. Chef Tregaye will walk you through the meat preparation of your choice (ribs or chicken) and will show you how to create the perfect side dish. She will demonstrate important cutting skills and share tips on getting the juiciest meat! Your Custom Kit Includes: Chef Tregaye’s Secret BBQ Sauce & Spice Rub Set, Jalapeño Cornbread Mix, Denim Apron and Recipe Card.

Join from your computer, phone or tablet - 1 hour event

Package for eight (8) guests. All kit materials will be mailed to each participant. Additional items available for the host to purchase and add to the kits.

A kit with everything you need to prepare professional hand-crafted cocktails

Mixology with Ian Phillips

Join Ian Phillips, our talented mixologist, for a Virtual Speak-Easy Xperience. Ian has tended bar at some of LA’s preeminent restaurants (Bestia, Petit Trois, Tartine, Bar Restaurant) and some of New York’s dodgiest dives. He is an avid amateur chef, collector of all things Tiki and a classic cocktail enthusiast-all three influence his take on libations. He loves talking through the "why" and "how" of making drinks, and believes firmly in the age-old adage, "there’s no such thing as a stupid question."

Choose from a variety of hand-crafted cocktails. Xperience kits will contain ingredients such as mini spirits, syrups, mixers, salts or sugars, garnishes, etc. to create hand-crafted cocktails. Bar tools included such as cocktail shaker, strainer, jigger, and bar spoon.

Join from your computer, phone or tablet - 1 hour event

Package for eight (8) guests to make one (1) cocktail each. All kit materials will be mailed to each participant. Additional items available for the host to purchase and add to the kits.

Chef Michele’s Fresh Italian Gnocchi

Gnocchi Making with Chef Michele Ragussis

Chef Michele Ragussis’ unique personality and quick wit have won over the Food Network. Some appearances include Chopped, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle (Winner), Food Network Star: Season 8 (Runner-Up), NBC Food Fighters, Come Back Kitchen. She is currently a repeat judge on Beat Bobby Flay, where she recently scored a win of her own!

Each participant will get an Xperience kit delivered to their doorstep with ingredients to make an Italian Gnocchi. Chef Michele will walk participants through making gnocchi from scratch with the items and tools included in Xperience kit.

Join from your computer, phone or tablet - 1 hour event

Package for eight (8) guests. All kit materials will be mailed to each participant. Additional items available for the host to purchase and add to the kits.

Chef Penny’s Mediterranean Braised Chicken, with rice

Plates of Persia with Chef Penny Davidi

Born in Iran and raised in California, Chef Penny Davidi is a Persian Jewish Chef & Businesswoman who grew up learning the art of cooking from the women in her family. She used this knowledge as a launching pad to fuse her creativity and personality and develop her own innovative Middle Eastern inspired recipes. Chef Penny competed on Food Network Star - Season 7, Chopped All-Stars Season 2, Cutthroat Kitchen, Kitchen Inferno and Guys Grocery Games All-Stars.

Chef Penny will walk participants through steps to make the ultimate Mediterranean entree. Each participant will receive a predesigned highly curated kit to their doorstep including ingredients to make Chef Penny’s famous Mediterranean Braised Chicken.

Join from your computer, phone or tablet - 1 hour event

Package for eight (8) guests. All kit materials will be mailed to each participant. Additional items available for the host to purchase and add to the kits.

Get Away From It All…Eventually!

The view from the Ocean View Villa Resort in Bali

Romantic Bali Escape “Bali Hai may call you” Amed, Bali

Amed is a stunning coastal town in northeast Bali, famous for its diving, snorkeling and magnificent views of Mount Agung. With peaceful surroundings, this private villa resort offers ocean view villas and suites, a private infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, a massage bungalow, and outdoor dining pavilion. Mosaic stone floor outdoor showers, marble floors and walls and lushly gardened outdoor spaces are just a few of the features you’ll discover in every room’s en suite. Relax on an expansive private balcony, or sit and relax in the beautiful garden and become mesmerized by the water feature teeming with fish.

Take a long soak after breakfast in the jewel toned infinity pool with swim- up pool bar and you’ll find that mornings turn to days, days turn to night. . . .each day, slipping by effortlessly, as Balinese staff and a private driver caters to your every need.

YOUR PACKAGE FOR TWO INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights in a Beautiful Ocean View Villa Resort
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 4 Relaxing Massages in a Private Massage Bungalow
  • Private Driver and Gracious Balinese Service
  • Airport Transportation* (To/From DPS Airport)
  • All Taxes, Fees, Parking and Resort Fees
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
*All reservations are based upon room-type availability and subject to availability. Sunday to Sunday stay. Exclusions-lunch and dinner not included. There over 40 restaurants within walking distance of Villa Candi Matahari.
*Airport transfers may be shared if flight times are similar with other guests.
Purchaser will receive a traveler’s booking form from Philantopia for each travel package. Purchaser has one year from event/purchase date to return completed form to reservations@philantopia.com and book trip. Travel must be completed within two years from date of event/purchase. All packages are non-returnable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable. No Exceptions.

Some elegant rock structures on Medano Beach

Bahia Cabo Luxury Boutique Hotel on the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Bahia Hotel is an urban-chic boutique hotel just off Cabo San Lucas’ most swimmable stretch of sand, Medano Beach, and steps away from activities, shopping, dining and nightlife. The hotel serves as a comfortable home base for daily excursions — surfing, SUP, snorkeling, and other adventures — arranged by the Bahia experience team.

Bahia’s signature restaurants, Bar Esquina and SUR, are widely considered some of the area’s best. Bar Esquina features international Mexican cuisine influenced by Mediterranean flavors with locally grown, organic produce; fresh fish from the Pacific & Sea of Cortez; and the highest quality meats cooked on a mesquite grill.SUR, the only standalone beach house on Cabo San Lucas’ beloved Medano Beach, SUR offers authentic cuisine with views of the ocean. Inspired by Montauk and the Mediterranean, SUR’s beachfront has a vibrant but relaxed atmosphere, with daily DJs, attentive service, and delicious beach-friendly fare.

THIS PACKAGE FOR TWO INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights in a Deluxe room at the Bahia Hotel & Beach House
  • 3 days of either 1 hour stand up paddleboard (SUP), sunset cruise or snorkeling
  • $280 gift certificate for use at the Esquina Bar and Restaurant, Sur Beach House, Coffee Shop, Juice Bar and/or Pool Bar
  • One signature welcome drink for two at the Sur Beach House and preferential seating at the beach
  • Daily coffee & pastries for two (1 fresh drip and pastry from Bar Esquina coffee shop)
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Personalized concierge assistance for activities and transportation
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Blackout Dates: Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Week, New Years Week and the month of March. All reservations are based upon availability. Resort fee not included. Activities are subject to periodically change.
Purchaser will receive a traveler’s booking form from Philantopia for each travel package. Purchaser has one year from event/purchase date to return completed form to reservations@philantopia.com. and book trip.
Travel must be completed within two years from date of event/purchase. All packages are non-returnable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable. No Exceptions.

A sun-lit view of the Fairmont Banff Springs

Fairmont Banff Springs

Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta. Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies”, has been providing legendary hospitality to our guests for more than 125 years.

Fairmont Banff Springs is a year-round luxury mountain resort that offers a championship golf course during the summer, unparalleled skiing in the winter, the award winning European-style Willow Stream Spa, and authentically local dining experiences.

Enjoy a short stroll from the hotel and explore the charming town of Banff, Alberta. Discover local galleries and museums, upscale shopping and restaurants, year-round Banff Lake Louise events, and popular local attractions including the Banff Gondola and the mineral rich Banff Upper Hot Springs.

THIS PACKAGE FOR TWO INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights in a Junior Suite for Two
  • $500 Credit Towards Activities, Dining, and Spa
  • Daily Breakfast for two including gratuities
  • All room-related taxes
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced.
Purchaser will receive a traveler’s booking form from Philantopia for each travel package. Purchaser has one year from event/purchase date to return completed form to reservations@philantopia.com and book trip. Travel must be completed within two years from date of event/purchase. All packages are non-returnable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable. No Exceptions.

A sunrise seen past a vineyard in Napa Valley

Calistoga Getaway in Napa Valley

Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley is the premier boutique Calistoga hotel, celebrating over 100 years of hospitality. The historic Napa Valley hotel is a registered landmark with the National Registry of Historic Places. Experience the Art of Relaxation at the Mount View Hotel & Spa in downtown Calistoga, California. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner, Zagat-rated in Top U.S. Hotels & Spas and member of the Green Hotels Association, the property features luxury accommodations and an award-winning spa to inspire romance, rejuvenation and relaxation in Legendary Napa Valley Wine Country.

Enjoy a chauffeured winery tour and tastings at three of Napa Valley’s top wineries with a chauffeur, entries and tastings at three of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley and a delicious lunch.

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 3 night stay in a King Winery Suite or Artist Cottage at Mount View Hotel & Spa Napa Valley
  • Chauffeured winery tour
  • Entry and tastings at three of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley
  • Delicious lunch while served on wine tour
  • “Celebratory amenity” in room upon guest arrival
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • All resort fees, parking and gratuities
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Blackout Dates: Reservations based upon availability at time of booking. *Wine tour itinerary subject to change.
Purchaser will receive a traveler’s booking form from Philantopia for each travel package. Purchaser has one year from event/purchase date to return completed form to reservations@philantopia.com and book trip.
Travel must be completed within two years from date of event/purchase. All packages are non-returnable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable. No Exceptions.