2019 Annual Auction
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Chef Heena Patel and her talented team will serve a multi-course family style Gujarati menu paired with cocktails and wine served by the amazing Culinary Crew of La Cocina. Enjoy dynamic flavors served with a shameless attitude. Up to 30 guests.
Private Party at Besharam with Chef Heena Patel
Backyard Lamb Roast with Chef Reem Assil
James Beard Award-nominated chef Reem Assil and La Cocina's Program Manager, Emiliana Puyana, will host the backyard cookout of a lifetime. Together, they will roast a whole lamb and bake over Reem's California Sajj, a picturesque on-site experience. Served with house-made crunchy pickles, Palestinian and globally-inspired spreads influenced by the beautiful bounty of flavors that surround us. Of course, no meal would be complete without a delicious batched cocktail! Up to 40 guests.
Mariko Grady, chef and owner of Aedan Fermented Foods, hand crafts small batches of traditional Japanese foods. For one night only, Chef Mariko and La Cocina Retail Manager, Lisa Murray, will host a private miso-making class in your home, followed by a multi-course dinner paired with Japanese whiskey. What could be better than rich culinary experience of food, friends, and whiskey? Up to 12 guests.
Date Night at Nobu
In-Home Miso-Making Workshop & Whiskey with Chef Mariko Grady
Take a quick trip down the road to sunny Palo Alto, and step into the luxurious world of Nobu. Drop your bags in your Premium King room with views of the Silicon Valley before sitting down for dinner. Enjoy signature dishes like Yellowtail Jalapeño, and Black Cod with Miso served with internationally recognized hospitality that defines the Nobu brand. For 2 guests only.
Oaxaca in Your Home with Chef Rosa Martinez
Chef Rosa Martinez, owner of Origen, will transport you to Mexico with a multi-course meal inspired by traditional Oaxacan smoky flavors, unique spices, and edible insects, typical of her regional cuisine. She, and La Cocina’s Deputy Director, Leticia Landa, will come to your home, and serve dinner for you and your guests. Signature cocktails will be paired with your meal, served by mezcal specialists. You will experience an evening of Oaxacan traditions in your home. Up to 8 guests.
South East Asian Street Food Cooking Class
Learn the secrets to South East Asian street food from La Cocina's Chef Kitty Ditpare of Taco Thai (originally from Bangkok), Chef Thu Hang of Noodle Girl along with our Marketplace Director, Linda Esposito. We will transform your home into a cooking school! In this class, you and your friends will be rolling up your sleeves to learn and cook classic dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, such as salads, spring rolls, noodles and curries. The menu to be decided with the winning bidder. Your meal will be paired with beers from the region. Up to 12 guests.
Private Jet BBQ Tour of the South
Enjoy an unforgettable, finger-licking time in the South when you visit some of Birmingham’s most acclaimed dining hotspots, including a private jet ride. Succulent ribs, slow-smoked meats, and the best dang barbecue you ever tasted. Enjoy the ultimate Southern cuisine experience in this deluxe tour through Birmingham, AL, with legendary chef and restaurateur Nick Pihakis.
As the founder of Birmingham’s now-iconic chain Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Nick is uniquely qualified to lead you around the South’s incredible food scene. You will get a taste for the “low and slow” cooking style when you start your tour with a visit to a Jim ‘N Nick’s together and dig into the delicious beef, chicken and pork roasts on day one of your trip. Then mix it up at a couple other local favorites, including Little Donkey, Nick’s massively popular Mexican restaurant. Complete the night at an intimate dinner with Frank and Pardis Stitt, owners and operators of several Birmingham favorites like Chez Fonfon and Highlands Bar and Grill.
After a classic Birmingham breakfast on your final day, get ready for a whirlwind Southern tour! Ride in a private jet and see some of the South's most beautiful destinations. Your jet will be fully prepared for your arrival, with music favorites and a cooler stocked with your favorite beverage to keep you refreshed during the ride. Soak up the sweeping views of the South, and enjoy each meal in a different city and state. Up to 6 guests.
A signature La Cocina 'round the SF Bay Area package, the Emilia tote by Levi’s Strauss is a classic and effortless bag, 100% handcrafted for all seasons, paired with La Cocina swag, treats and dining experiences. Take your tote across the Bay to Bini's Nepalese Kitchen (SF), Reem's California (Fruitvale) and El Huarache Loco (Larkspur) with a $25 Gift Card to dine at each location!
Treat your sweet tooth the ultimate spread of Neo Cocoa 1/2 lb Sesame Brittle, Clairesquares with Chocolate and Caramel, Assortment of Sal de Vida Soup, Rice and Salt; Kika's Dark Chocolate Caramels and Cookies and Kaleidoscope Kale Chips.
That’s not all! The bag is stocked with swag from La Cocina with a cozy hooded sweatshirt and hat; and a La Cocina tea towel that will add a new element of inspiration to your kitchen.