Best of the West Live Auction Lots!!!!

LA-1A: Swedish Princess Cake from Le Gateau Elegant: Nestled in a small storefront in Walnut Creek, owner and head baker Karen Del Bonta has mastered the art of working with marzipan and rolled fondant. Her consistent attention to detail, personalized service, and quality of ingredients, as well as the love she puts into every cake and dessert is unparalleled. Le Gateau Elegant’s Swedish Princess Cake is an exquisite blend of rich vanilla genoise, velvety custard and sweet, red raspberry preserves, iced with fresh whipped cream and wrapped in marzipan – a house specialty done in the traditional style!

Donated by: Le Gateau Elegant
Value: $55.00

LA-1B: Cowboy Cake from the Old Towne Danville Bakery & Cafe: Located in the heart of charming Danville, this beloved bakery has been delighting locals and visitors alike with its irresistible array of freshly baked goods since 1952. Owner Karen Cordeiro has won numerous awards including the Danville Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year, 2019, recognized both for the quality of her products and the inviting community space she and her family have created. Get your table together to experience this delectable 9” round marble fudge cake, decorated with a fun and festive ode to our Boots to Roots 2024 Gala!

Donated by: Old Towne Bakery
Value: $55.00

LA-2: Fill Your Wine Fridge: In 1924, Gaspare and Caterina Indelicato planted their first vineyard in Manteca, California, where the climate reminded them of their Sicilian homeland. Since that first vineyard’s flourishing, Gaspare’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have honored his legacy through dedication to his steadfast values of family, hard work and integrity. Their contemporary estate along the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley is a testament to the Indelicato family values, and the world-class terroir from which their award winning wines emanate. Included in this lot is a case of the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2021 Chardonnay.

Donated by: Black Stallion Winery 
Value: $1,560

LA-3: Southern Sojourn to Tennessee: Embark on a captivating journey through the vibrant tapestry of Tennessee, where echoes of legendary music and untamed natural beauty converge. Spend 6 days and 5 nights enveloped in the timeless allure of a historic Tennessee farmhouse, nestled amidst the serene landscape of College Grove, just a short 36 miles from the pulsating heart of Nashville.

Immerse yourself in the seamless blend of old-fashioned charm and contemporary comforts offered by this picturesque home. Whether savoring mint juleps or freshly brewed coffee on the expansive wrap-around porch, or venturing out in your rental car to soak in the essence of country music in Nashville, every moment promises to be infused with charm.

Once in Nashville, discover the 130 year history of the famous Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry, before heading south to Arrington Vineyards to sip and savor award winning wines from “Nashville’s Wine Country.” For the best of both worlds, plan your Arrington Vineyards visit for a weekend day when co-owner and Country Music artist Kix Brooks curates live music offerings!

Continue your exploration of Nashville with your VIP passes to The Old Town Trolly Tour. Delight in a culinary journey, punctuated by an exquisite dinner at the acclaimed Husk restaurant, followed by an exploration of Nashville’s famed music scene paired with a delectable meal at Puckett’s restaurant.

  • 5-night stay at historic Tennessee Farmhouse (3BD/2BA)
  • Car rental for stay (Enterprise)
  • 6 VIP passes to The Old Town Trolley Tour
  • 6 Passes to Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour
  • Gift Card to Arrington Vineyards ($60)
  • Gift Card to Puckett’s Restaurant  ($200)
  • Gift Card to Husk Restaurant  ($250)

Booking Restrictions:  Date to be mutually agreed upon between bidder and donor with advanced booking required.  Advanced reservations recommended for restaurants and wine tasting.
Expiration Date: May 31, 2025
Donated By: Ron Wichmann & Leslie de Boer; Nicole & Scott LeBas; Enterprise Rental Car; Old Time Trolley Tours; Ryman Auditorium; Kelly Ratchford; Robert Shimp; Rita Akol; and the Daly Family 
Value: $2,760

LA-4: Lake Tahoe Vacation for 6: The jewel of the Sierras, Lake Tahoe boasts a beauty rivaled by few places in the world. Nestled in the pine trees of Homewood is a classic cabin that is yours for a week. Bring your family to experience all that Tahoe has to offer: Mountain biking, hiking, swimming, and water sports. Love the winter? Skiing, sledding and snowshoeing are right out your back door! While the cabin boasts a beautifully appointed kitchen, we encourage you to savor the great outdoors instead of cooking. Whether enjoying a cozy meal at the Dog and Bear Tavern, taking in the view at the Sunnyside Resort Restaurant, or experiencing contemporary Lake Tahoe cuisine at Christy Hill, this package will have you dining in style throughout your week-long stay!

  • 7-night stay at the Homewood Cabin (up to 6 people)
  • $100 Gift Certificate to the Dog and Bear Tavern
  • $200 Gift Card to the Sunnyside Resort Restaurant
  • $300 Gift Card to Christy Hill Restaurant in Tahoe City

Restrictions: Date to be mutually agreed upon by bidder and donor. Some blackout dates exist.
Expiration Date: May 31, 2025
Donated by: Cheryl & Paul Sass; Dog & Bear Tavern; Sunnyside Resort; Christy Hill; and Robert Shimp
Value: $2,800

LA-5: Disneyland Adventure for 4: Take a trip to the Magical Kingdom, where dreams come to life and enchantment knows no bounds. As you pass through Disneyland’s iconic gates, you’ll be transported to a world of wonder, where beloved characters roam and fairy tales unfold at every turn. Embark on a swashbuckling journey through the Caribbean with Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, or take flight over Neverland with Peter Pan on the classic ride, Peter Pan’s Flight. Feel the rush of excitement as you narrowly avoid the Abominable Snowman as you careen around the Matterhorn, or journey into the unknown depths of Space Mountain for an intergalactic thrill unlike any other. Meet your favorite Disney characters along Main Street, U.S.A., where you can snap photos and create lasting memories with Mickey, Minnie, and all their friends.

Don your Disney swag from your basket of goodies and let your family adventure begin. Your trip includes 4 passes for Disneyland and California Adventure Land, with no black-out dates. Satiate appetites with your Disney gift card, good at any of the concessions within the park. After a full day of adventure, your room at a hotel of your choice awaits you ($800 Visa Card included).  

  • 4 multi-park passes to Disneyland. No blackout dates. Ticket dates to be pre-arranged.
  • 2-night stay at the hotel of your choice ($800 value)
  • $200 Disney Gift Card 
  • Gift basket of Disney 100th anniversary items

Booking restrictions: Ticket procurement to be arranged by the bidder contacting the donor.

Expiration date: May 31, 2025
Donated by: Daniel Parino; Mari Parino; Peggy Huston; Robin Lim; James McGowan; and the Montgomery Family
Value: $2,200

LA-6: Paella Feed for 20: Got a special occasion coming up? Whether it’s an anniversary, birthday bash, or just a reason to celebrate, this auction lot is tailor-made for you. Step into the enchanting Parino Ranchette nestled in the serene Alhambra Valley. Here, renowned master paella chef, Sam Parino, and sous chef extraordinaire, Mari Parino, await to whisk you and your guests away on a culinary journey to Spain.

Picture this: a charming patio adorned with Japanese maples sets the stage for an unforgettable evening. Start off with delectable appetizers and a glass of fine wine sourced from Sam and Mari’s Thieving Crow Vineyard. Engage in friendly competition with a game of cornhole or mingle with the majestic Friesian Horses nearby.

Then, it’s time to indulge in the main event: A sumptuous feast of authentic paella and other Spanish delights expertly crafted by Sam, who has honed his paella skills over years of dedicated practice. Having lent their talents to numerous fundraisers, Sam and Mari know how to throw a party that leaves a lasting impression.

If you’re ready for an experience that’s beyond compare, bid on this auction lot and prepare to be wowed. With Sam and Mari at the helm, satisfaction is guaranteed!

Restrictions: Date to be mutually agreed upon by bidder and donor. This is an outdoor event so summer months are recommended.
Expiration Date: July 31, 2025
Donated by: Sam & Mari Parino; Headlands Brewing 
Value: Priceless!

LA-7: Alisal Dude Ranch: Indulge your love for the wild, wild West while reveling in modern luxuries with this exclusive auction offering! Nestled in the picturesque Santa Barbara Valley, just a stone’s throw from the charming Danish enclave of Solvang, the Alisal Ranch beckons with its unique blend of frontier spirit and contemporary comforts.

Escape for two nights to this sprawling 10,000-acre oasis, where the spirit of adventure knows no bounds..but bid farewell to roughing as you immerse yourself in the lap of luxury! 

Use your $600 Alisal Ranch gift card to choose your own adventures: Embark on exhilarating horseback rides along 50 miles of scenic trails, channeling your inner cowboy/gal amidst breathtaking vistas; cast your cares away while fishing in the tranquil lake; or perfect your swing on the pristine golf courses that grace the property. After a day of exploring the rugged terrain, treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering at the spa, where skilled hands will melt away any lingering saddle soreness with rejuvenating massages.

Regardless of your preferred adventures, you are sure to rustle up an appetite. Executive Chef Eric Sandvan has you covered, with ranch inspired breakfasts and dinners, as well as beer, wine, well drinks, smoothies, and craft coffee included in this complete package! 

While in the area, check out the fabulous wines grown in the Santa Ynez valley with a wine tasting experience at Carhartt Family Wines (included in this package).

This is an experience not to be missed—an invitation to relish the romance of the Old West without sacrificing the modern conveniences you appreciate. Bid now for the chance to embark on a getaway that seamlessly blends past and present, creating memories to last a lifetime.  

  • 2-night stay at Alisal Ranch, double-occupancy; Breakfast, dinner, beer, wine, well drinks, smoothies and coffee included.
  • $600 Gift Card toward activities available on the ranch.
  • Carhartt Family Wines, Tasting for 4

Restrictions: Pre-booking required. Stay is for 2-nights, mid-week. Reservations for wine tasting at Carhartt recommended
Donated by: Greg Welch; Alisal Ranch; Carhartt Family Wines
Expires: May 31, 2025
Value: $4,323

LA-8: Xenophon Ranch Experience: This is an experience that very few get to enjoy. Bring your family or your friends and spend the morning experiencing the magic that is Xenophon. Start your day with a ground work lesson where you will experience how to “join up” with your trained therapy horse. Learn how to speak the language of equines from our experienced handlers. Continue to strengthen the bond with your equine through grooming, then get ready to saddle up! Never ridden before? Not a problem: You will be in qualified hands with our certified instructors. Experience the balance-improving exercises and fun games our clients enjoy. After a jaunt down the sensory trail, it’s back to the arena for arts and crafts, photo ops and a scrumptious catered lunch!

Booking Restrictions: Dates to be mutually agreed upon by bidder and donor; Weight restrictions will apply due to horse size and availability.
Expiration Date: May 31, 2025
Donated By: Xenophon TRC and Staff
Value: $Priceless!

LA-9: Central Coast Excursion for 4: The Central Coast is known for its diverse beaches and coastal valleys, bountiful agriculture, wineries and cuisine, and unique historic attractions and festivals. The Central Coast showcases all the best that California has to offer, from the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the rugged drama of Big Sur, from the wineries and ranch lands of San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara’s sandy beaches. Come experience this first-hand! You and 3 guests will start your stay with 2 nights in a beautiful 2-bedroom, 2-bath Cayucos home, just minutes from the beach. Head to dinner at Windows on the Water with their award-winning entrees and locally sourced California cuisine.  Day 2 begins with a tour of the famous Heart Castle, and then wine tasting at the Hearst Ranch Winery. But wait, there is more! You will also enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Schooners Restaurant. Plus tonight you’ll take home 2 bottles of Lucy by Pisoni Family Vineyards and a magnum of the 2021 Tres Violet Rhone-style red from Calcareous Vineyard- a little something to whet the appetite and get you excited for the adventure to come!

  • 2-nights in a 2-bedroom, 2-bath home in Cayucos (4 guest occupancy)
  • Dinner at Windows on the Water Restaurant ($300)
  • Lucy by Pisoni Family Vineyards: 1 bottle each of 2021 Lucy Pico Bianco & 2023 Lucy Gamay Noir
  • Calcareous Vineyard 2021 Tres Violet Magnum
  • Calcareous Vineyard  – Tasting for 4 & Artisan Lunch (entrée only)
  • Dinner at Schooners ($225)
  • Hearst Castle Tour
  • Wine Tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery

Booking Restrictions: Date to be mutually agreed upon between bidder and donor with advanced booking required. Advanced reservations required for restaurants, wine tasting and Hearst Castle tour.
Expiration Date: May 31, 2025
Donated by: Mat Fend; Calcareous Vineyard; Pisoni Family Vineyards; Schooners; Windows on the Water; Jack & Mary King; Peggy Huston; and the Fontes Family
Value: $1,470

LA-10: Wine and Dine in Napa: Indulge in the epitome of luxury with this exclusive auction item: An unforgettable getaway to the renowned Napa Valley, where opulence meets the art of relaxation. Your experience begins with a two-night stay at the prestigious Silverado Country Club Resort, nestled amidst the rolling vineyards and picturesque landscapes of Napa.

But the extravagance doesn’t end there. Prepare to be whisked away in style with private chauffeur service provided by Squire Livery. Sit back, relax, and let this world-class service transport you to the most exquisite boutique wineries that Napa Valley has to offer. With expert guidance, you’ll explore hidden gems and discover the unique flavors of award-winning wines.

The following day, enjoy a tasting at Robert Biale Vineyards, with their renowned Zinfandels before heading to Faust Winery, where you’ll experience an exclusive wine tasting like no other. Set against a backdrop of sweeping vineyards and breathtaking vistas, indulge your senses in the finest varietals crafted with precision and passion. From crisp whites to velvety reds, each glass tells a story of terroir and tradition, inviting you to savor the essence of Napa Valley in every sip.

No visit to the Napa Valley would be complete without a meal at Mustards Grill. For over three decades, Mustards Grill has delighted its guests with bold flavors that celebrate the essence of California cuisine. From the legendary Mongolian Pork Chop to the decadent Lemon-Lime Tart, each dish is a masterpiece of culinary craftsmanship that promises to invigorate your palate.

Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or simply seeking an escape to paradise, this auction item promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of wine country, where luxury, leisure, and libations converge to create memories that will last a lifetime. Bid now and elevate your senses with the ultimate Napa Valley experience.

  • 2-night stay in a 2-bedroom condo overlooking the golf course at Silverado Country Club.
  • $150 gift certificate towards dinner for 2 at The Grill at Silverado Resort
  • $150 gift certificate to Mustards Grill
  • Car service for the day with Squire Livery Service
  • Wine tasting for 4 at Faust Winery
  • Wine tasting for 4 at Robert Biale Vineyards

Booking Restrictions: Dates to be mutually agreed upon by bidder and donor. Reservations recommended for restaurants. Reservations required for Faust Winery.
Expiration Date: May 31, 2025
Donated by: Susan & Mike Meadows; Squire Livery; Faust Winery; Robert Biale Vineyards;  Silverado Resort & Spa; Mustards Grill
Value: $4,046