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Annual Forum Dinner 2019 | Silent Auction Offerings

August 1, 2019

The silent auction has become a fun and important feature of our Annual Forum Dinner. Thank you to all of the wonderful local businesses that donated! We couldn’t be more excited to share this year’s amazing offerings.

Experience the award winning Farmhouse Group restaurants in style

Enjoy four custom dinners for six people each at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Guild Tavern, Pascolo Ristorante, and El Cortijo (guest choice of Winooski or Burlington location). Reservations to be coordinated with Farmhouse Group staff throughout the year.

Unwind at Stoweflake Mountain Spa & Resort and enjoy dinner at Michael’s on the Hill

Enjoy a one night stay for two people at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa including spa access and dine with an $100 gift certificate to Michael’s on the Hill.

Support your health & wellness-- exercise at Rehab Gym, dine at Bliss Bee, and hydrate with TreTap sparkling water

Stay active with a three month membership to Rehab Gym, dine with a $100 gift certificate to Bliss Bee (a new fast casual eatery that supports local farms), and enjoy four 4-packs of sparkling water and three 6-packs of CBD sparkling water from TreTap.

Enjoy a baking weekend in Norwich-- stay at The Norwich Inn, take a baking class at King Arthur Flour, and get a basket of goodies to bring home

Enjoy a one night stay at The Norwich Inn and a baking class at King Arthur Flour and take home over $100 worth of goodies from King Arthur’s retail store (baking mixes, coffee mugs, jam, maple syrup, etc.).

Stay and dine in elegant comfort at Edson Hill, just minutes from the center of Stowe

Enjoy a one night stay at Edson Hill including a three-course dinner and breakfast for two people. Alcohol is excluded. Blackout dates apply: September 20 - October 20, December 21 - January 1, MLK Weekend, and President’s Week.

Take a private bird walk with Bird Diva & Naturalist Bridget Butler

Enjoy a private 2-4 hour bird walk with Bird Diva Bridget Butler for up to nine people at the site of your choice anywhere in Vermont.

Relax at the rustic & modern Hotel Vermont and dine at two of Burlington’s delicious restaurants

Enjoy a one night stay at Hotel Vermont including dinner for two people at Bleu Northeast Seafood and breakfast for two people at Juniper Restaurant.

Enjoy a winter getaway in Craftsbury-- stay at Highland Lodge and ski at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center

Enjoy a two night stay at Highland Lodge and a ski package for two people at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, including a shuttle from Highland Lodge, day passes, rentals (if needed), a lesson, and $30 worth of treats from the cafe.

Have an international experience right here in Vermont-- attend the Vermont International Film Festival and enjoy fine French dining at Bistro de Margot

Dine with an $100 gift certificate to Bistro de Margot and attend the Vermont International Film Festival (October 16th - 27th) with two Gold Passes, which include entry to all festival screenings except the opening night and closing night films. 

Make gardening a breeze with a Vermont-built garden cart from Gardener’s Supply

Take home a durable medium-sized purple garden cart from Gardener’s Supply that can hold up to 400 lbs! 

Forage for wild mushrooms with The Mushroom Forager

Enjoy a private 1.5 hour guided foray with The Mushroom Forager for up to 12 people. Must be within a one hour drive of Richmond. Date/location to be mutually agreed upon with the winner.

Taste the flavors of the Mad River Valley

Take home a Mad River Taste Place basket filled with Awake Coffee, Jan's Farmhouse Crisps, Butterfly Bakery hot sauce, Shelburne Farms 2-year cheddar, Ariel's Honey Infusions, It's Arthur's Fault hot fudge sauce, and Old School Kitchen dark ale mustard. Pick up to be arranged post-event.

Experience a taste of Vermont-- cheese, bread, and butter

Take home a $75 gift box from Cabot Creamery Cooperative, a cheeseboard and cheese knives from J.K. Adams, a $25 gift certificate to Red Hen Baking Co., and cultured butter from Kimball Brook Farm.

Experience a night at the quiet & charming Seyon Lodge and sip cocktails at Caledonia Spirits in Montpelier

Enjoy a one night stay and full continental breakfast for two people at Seyon Lodge in Groton. Treat yourself to cocktails with a $25 gift certificate to Caledonia Spirits in Montpelier and take home a jar of their raw honey, a distinguishing ingredient in Bar Hill spirits.

Tour & taste with friends at 14th Star Brewing Co.

Enjoy a tour and tasting for five people at 14th Star Brewing Co. in St. Albans.

Dinner party made easy-- ravioli from Vermont Fresh Pasta and wine from Maquam Winery

Enjoy a ravioli dinner for 10-12 people from Vermont Fresh Pasta, which includes a 4 lb. box of fresh quattro formaggio ravioli and 1 quart of fresh basil marinara sauce. Order and pickup to be arranged with Tricia from Vermont Fresh Pasta at least one week in advance. Pair with two bottles of wine from Maquam Winery (Blueberry & Pure Vermont Maple Syrup and Country Road Red).

Happy trails-- enjoy a meal and some beer at Long Trail Brewing Co. and take home goodies from J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery

Take home a tote bag filled with a candle, coffee, and maple syrup from J.J. Hapgood and a $75 gift certificate to Long Trail Brewing Company.

Wine & dine-- picnic in the Path of Life Garden with a meal from Artisan Eats Vermont and take home a basket of wine from Montpelier Vineyards

Enjoy a picnic in the Path of Life Garden in Windsor with a full meal (including a non-alcoholic beverage and dessert) from Artisan Eats Vermont. Take home four bottles of wine from Montpelier Vineyards in a French wine caddy.

Work up an appetite-- go climbing at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and then have lunch at New Moon Café

Go climbing at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center with two beginner packages and then dine with a $50 gift certificate to New Moon Café.

Enjoy a night out on the town-- have a drink at Mad River Distillers in Burlington and see a show at Vermont Comedy Club

Purchase tickets to the show of your choice at Vermont Comedy Club with a $50 gift certificate and sip cocktails with a $30 gift certificate to Mad River Distillers in Burlington.

Have a spooky night out in Burlington-- Enjoy a Queen City Ghostwalk with friends and dine at one of the tour stops, American Flatbread

Get four tickets to the Queen City Ghostwalk and then dine with an $100 gift certificate to American Flatbread - Burlington.

Sip with friends at Stowe Cider

Enjoy a tasting for four people at Stowe Cider. Take home a growler and a $25 gift certificate to use when you visit!

Get perks at Smugglers’ Notch with a Bash Badge

Take home a Smugglers’ Notch Bash Badge and get discounted lift tickets! This year’s discounts haven’t been posted yet, but in past years the Bash Badge reduced the cost of an adult full-day lift ticket to $30 and a half-day afternoon ticket to $20-- any age, any day, ski all three mountains all season long with no restrictions. Additional benefits including rental discounts, reduced entry for cross country ski and snowshoe trails, discounted group lessons, and more. 

Sample some of the best beverages in Northfield

Enjoy a tasting for two people at Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery and a Good Measure Brewing Co. growler and fill punch card.

Experience the perfect autumn outing at Champlain Orchards

Enjoy an orchard tour and cider tasting for four people at Champlain Orchards and take home a basket filled with orchard goodies (apples, apple butter, cider donuts, pie, and more). 

Treat yourself to farm-fresh eats from the Market at Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte

Take home a $200 gift certificate that can be used on anything at the Philo Ridge Farm Market.

Bake bread with Brotbakery

Take a 2.5 or 4 hour class at Brot Bakehouse School and Kitchen in Fairfax. Subject to class availability.

Have your friends over for a private cider and cheese pairing class with Eden Specialty Cider

Enjoy a personally curated flight of artisanal cheese and Eden ciders for up to eight people. Eden's very own Retail Director will walk you through a guided, in-home tasting where you'll discuss the cider and cheese making process, agricultural practices, and more!

Save while supporting local with a subscription to the Localvore Passport App

Get a year-long subscription to the Localvore Passport App, which has over 110 offers and incentives from Vermont’s best businesses to help you save money while supporting local.

Get spicy with Honey Road

Take home a $50 gift certificate to Honey Road, a copy of The Spice Companion, a book written by La Boîte Owner Lior Lev Sercarz, and a jar of “Cara Spice,” named for James Beard nominated Honey Road Chef Cara Chigazola Tobin, specially formulated by Sercarz for her use. This spice blend is used in all the lamb dishes at Honey Road!

Keep things sweet and smoky with goodies from Sugar Bob's Finest Kind

Take home a Sugar Bob's Finest Kind gift basket filled with smoked maple syrup, Vermont maple sriracha, maple sriracha nuts, regular maple syrup, sampler pack, and more!

Spend a day in Shelburne

Experience American history, art, and design at Shelburne Museum with a Family Day Pass (two adults & children) and then enjoy a tasting for two people at Shelburne Vineyard.

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