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Annual Forum Dinner 2023 | Silent Auction Offerings

August 3, 2023

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.



Overnight in Burlington & Dine in Style with Burlington Beer Company and lunch with Ecobean.

Enjoy a $150 Gift certificate to BBCO’s restaurant on Flynn Ave paired with an overnight stay at the Hilton Lake Champlain on Battery Street. Enjoy lunch at Ecobean at their South Burlington location with four complimentary $20 gift cards.

Enjoy Fine French Dining at Bistro de Margot in Burlington with a complimentary bottle of locally made wine from Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery

Dine with two $100 gift certificates to Bistro de Margot. This package is paired with a bottle of Snow Farm Vineyard’s 2021 Leon Millot Reserve. A lovely red made with grapes from the oldest vines in the vineyard. Dry and smooth with blueberry and plum aromas. Cheers!

A very special jam and cheese pairing experience for four with Blake Hill Preserves

Enjoy a curated flight of artisanal cheese and jam for four at Blake Hill’s flagship store in Windsor. Sip mocktails as Vermont’s favorite jam experts share their love of Vermont cheese and the special ways it can be paired with sweet and savory preserves.

Explore Vermont spirits with Mad River Distillers samples and a distillery tour for four. And thenback at home make your own cocktails using Wolfpeach Nectar of the Gods

Get a taste of some of the best cocktails combinations around with a Mad River Distillers sampler and private distillery tour for four. Get excited to try Bourbon Old Fashioned, Rye Old Fashioned and Maple Fig Madhattan. As a sweet addition, take home a Vermont Fresh Network picnic blanket and an 8oz bottle of Wolfpeach "Nectar of the Gods" to make some of your own creations at home.

Stay & Dine in Style at Essex Culinary Resort

Relax with a two night stay at the Essex Resort and Spa. Enjoy breakfast and dinner for two at their Junction restaurant

Experience the award winning Farmhouse Group restaurants in style

Experience all the award winning Farmhouse Group restaurants in style with this two $200 gift certificate package. Use your gift certificates at Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Guild Tavern, Pascolo Ristorante and El Cortijo. 

Head to Greensboro and enjoy a two night stay at Highland Lodge.

Enjoy a weekend getaway at the classic Highland Lodge in Greensboro. 

Dinner for 6 at Honey Road in Downtown Burlington

Enjoy dinner for six at Honey Road with a Chef’s Tasting menu and Wine Pairings. Honey Road in Burlington offers sophisticated Mediterranean small plates, cocktails & creative desserts in a comfy tavern setting

Overnight stay at Norwich Inn and baking class at King Arthur Flour.

Enjoy a two night stay at The Norwich Inn and a 2 day baking class at King Arthur Flour.

Dine at The Reluctant Panther Restaurant in Manchester and enjoy a  bottle of locally made wine from Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery

Three course dinner for two at Reluctant Panther. This package is paired with a bottle of Snow Farm Vineyard’s 2022 Seyval Blanc. A dry, nicely balanced, and crisp white wine,  Cheers!

Enjoy private educational wine and cheese tasting paired with a vineyard tour at Shelburne Vineyard

Ideal for wine lovers interested in learning more about wine tasting, growing grapes and making wine in Vermont. Conducted by Shelburne Vineyard's Wine and Spirits Education Trust certified staff, your experience will include an expanded, personalized wine tasting plus a charcuterie board with delicious Vermont cheeses, cured meats, fresh bread or local crackers. You’ll also enjoy a tour of the vineyard and winery, with an in-depth discussion about Shelburne Vineyard, and the history and ongoing evolution of Vermont wine country.

Sip and Sample at Stowe Cider's Shakedown Street

Enjoy a Cider tasting for two and appetizer at Stowe Cider's new restaurant

Wine and Dine with friends in Middlebury at Jessica’s at Swift House Inn

Winner of our 2022’s Annual Forum Dinner Best Bite prize!   Enjoy a three course a la carte Dinner for four at Jessica’s at Swift House Inn with wine pairings from our Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list as chosen by sommelier David Herren.

Dig In to a Taste of Vermont

Get a taste of some of the great specialty food products of our Green Mountain State. Sobramesa’s savory kimchi, Red Wagon Plants herb infused vinegars and savory herb salts, Sister of Anarchy’s ice cream for 18, and delicious Green Mountain peanut butter.


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