2015 Auctions

Toronto Taste offered three auctions featuring exclusive experiences with your favourite celebrity chefs, rare and classic items and luxurious prize packages.

Live Auction
This year's Live Auction was hosted by Food Network’s John Catucci, and supported by auctioneer Allen Fleischman. Listed below are the live auction prizes:

Lot 1 – A Year of Toronto Taste(s)
Taste the very best Toronto’s culinary scene has to offer. Enjoy dinner or lunch each month for a year at 12 Toronto Taste restaurants! Courtesy of Bosk; Buca Osteria & Enoteca; The Carbon Bar;The Chase Hospitality Group – Colette; Chiado; Jacob’s & Co Steakhouse; Paintbox Bistro; Pangaea; Petit Thuet; Pizzeria Libretto; Salt; Tundra. Value: $2,000+

Lot 2 – Wine Lover’s Trove
Come home and unwind with a bottle of fine wine from your personal Electrolux wine fridge. This 45 bottle temperature controlled, fridge comes stocked with fine wines.
Courtesy of Electrolux. Value: $3,600
Delivery of appliances in the GTA included. Must be delivered by September 30, 2015.
Lot 3 – Full-Service Real Estate PackageCourtesy of Andrew Ipekian.
Sell your home and support Second Harvest! Andrew Ipekian, a top Real Estate Representative at Keller Williams Realty, is donating his services to sell one lucky winner’s home free of charge. This prize package includes real estate fees of 2.5% (or 5% if he acts as both the listing and selling agent), home staging advice, maid service, professional photography and virtual tour, open houses, and marketing in multiple digital advertising channels. Andrew is the #1 realtor at Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty. Courtesy of Andrew Ipekian. Value: $34,000
Valid for 5 years, until June 7, 2020. Seller must pay the co operation brokerage fee of 2.5% in the event Andrew does not act as the listing and selling representative.
Lot 4 – Soccer Fans Unite With Dwayne De Rosario!
You and 3 friends will have the exclusive opportunity to watch a TFC game with Dwayne De Rosario – get the inside scoop from the Canadian National Teams’ leading all-time scorer. Enjoy a pre-game chat with Dwayne over lunch at DEQ, take in the game and then head back to The Fairmont Royal York Hotel with
some new signed jerseys. Courtesy of Dwayne De Rosario; DEQ Terrace-Lounge; Fairmont Royal York Hotel and TFC. Value: $2,000
Tickets valid for July 18th game against the Philadelphia Union. Dwayne will watch half the game alongside you, before joining the team in his role as Ambassador. Lunch at DEQ Terrace-Lounge includes one alcoholic drink per quest and gratuity.
Lot 5 – Best of Greece
Discover Greek history and culture, marvel at classic architecture both ancient and modern, enjoy fresh seafood, soak in Cretan culture when you and a guest spend an incredible 15 days in the Mediterranean on a G Adventures trip. Courtesy of G Adventures and SkyGreece. Value: $8,000
Trip must be booked by December 31, 2015 and travel must be taken by December 31, 2016.
Lot 6 – Surreal Dinner in LA with Bob Blumer
You and a guest will fly to Los Angeles on WestJet for a 3 night stay at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. Spend a day at the Hollywood farmers market with Food Network’s Bob Blumer selecting your ingredients and planning your menu. Bob will then prepare a custom, multi-course dinner in his home under the ‘D’ of the
Hollywood sign. Courtesy of Bob Blumer, Sheraton and WestJet. Value: priceless.
Prize is only valid until June 7, 2016 – bookings can only be booked 30 days prior to travel dates. Fees, taxes and surcharges are the responsibility of guests traveling and must be paid for at the time of booking with a valid credit card. Black out dates incl – July 2-5, 2015; July 30 – Aug 4, 2015; Sept 3-8, 2015; Oct 8-13, 2015; Dec 16, 2015; Jan 1-6, 2016, Feb 11-16, 2016; Mar 3-6, 2016; Mar 10-13, 2016; Mar 17-20, 2016; Mar 24-29, 2016; May 23-24, 2016; June 29- July 5, 2016. Changes and extensions to the expiry date will not be permitted. Dinner to be held at a mutually agreeable time by July 31, 2016.
Lot 7 – Moo
Enjoy the pure taste and tenderness of Blue Goose organic beef with an entire pasture-raised, anti-biotic and steroid-free cow. Learn about the art of butchering with a private session, and butchering services, provided by renowned Richmond Station chefs Ryan Donovan and Carl Heinrich. Courtesy of Blue Goose and Richmond Station. Value: $5,600
Date of butchering to be held at a mutually agreeable time by June 7, 2016.
Lot 8 – A Chef’s Dream
Electrolux wants to elevate your kitchen with a new French Door Refrigerator. Fill your new fridge with groceries you pick up on your $1,000 shopping spree at Longo’s. Courtesy of Electrolux and Longo’s. Value: $5,000
Second Harvest will arrange delivery of the refrigerator within the GTA. Delivery must take place by September 30, 2015.
Lot 9 – Feed a Family of 5 for a Full Year
Food – everyone needs it but not everyone has it. It costs Second Harvest $2,500 to rescue and deliver enough food to feed a family of five for a year. You can connect people experiencing hunger with good, surplus food. Please consider putting your hand up to provide food for a family of five for a full year.
All donations are 100% tax receiptable. Assante Wealth Management will match, dollar for dollar, funds raised from personal donations at Toronto Taste 2015, up to a maximum of $25,000. Value: This donation is tax receiptable, although its true value is priceless.

Fine Wine Auction

This year's Fine Wine Auction was an opportunity to uncover premium wines from around the globe.

All fine wines were curated and appraised by Tom Wilson.

For over 20 years, Tom Wilson was Vice President, VINTAGES, the fine wine and premium spirits division of the LCBO. During his stewardship, VINTAGES annual net sales increased from $25 million to $425 million. Following VINTAGES, he worked at the Trialto Wine Group, a national wine agency focused on premium wines as Vice President, Business Development. Tom has a business degree from York University and the upper certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. He has also judged wine internationally.

Wines for this year’s fine wine auction have generously been donated from some of the city’s very best cellars.  These wines have been stored in impeccable conditions and will be perfect additions to your own collections.  The wines donated include some of the most famous chateaux and estates from some of the best vintages, all with stellar critical acclaim. Some of the fine wines donated include:

1997 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne - Domaine Guigal is viewed as the best Cote Rotie producer.  La Landonne is the biggest and sturdiest of Guigal’s three Cote Roties and as such takes longer to mature and lasts longer.  Robert Parker Jr. gave this wine a 98.

2000 Chateau Mouton Rothschild a Bordeaux first growth from the fabulous 2000 “millennial” vintage.  The gold-engraved bottle is one of the most beautiful Bordeaux bottles ever produced – a true work of art.  The wine is exquisite and was rated 96 by wine critic Robert Parker Jr.

1996 Domaine de la Romanee Conti, La Tache – known as DRC, it is the most famous producer in Burgundy and regarded as one of the world’s greatest estates.  La Tache is viewed as one of the best of their eight grands crus.  Their wines garner some of the highest prices at auction.  This wine scored 19.5/20 from Jancis Robinson.

2008 Dominus Estate, Christian Moueix, Napa ValleyDominus Estateowner Christian Moueix, of Chateau Petrus fame, made arguably one of the best Napa wines in 2008.  Robert Parker Jr. gave this a near perfect 99 and said it should drink well for 25-30 years.

2000 Chateau Pavie, St. Emilion – A Robert Parker Jr. perfect wine at 100 points.  He states 2000 Pavie is “one of the most monumental wines Bordeaux has ever produced...exhibits a massive display of richness and extract, yet with pinpoint delineation and vibrancy...”

1996 Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Brut – The 1996 vintage from the famous Champagne house garnered rave reviews from Robert Parker Jr.  “I have had a lot of great vintages of Dom Perignon, but I do not remember any as impressive as the 1996… Moet-Chandon deserves considerable accolades for this prodigious example of Dom Perignon.

Silent Auction

This year's Silent Auction offered an enticing array of unique finds, classic items, restaurant experiences and exciting getaways to bid on. Just a few samples of the silent auction lots offered this year:

RUSH Fan Prize Pack – 2 concert tickets to attend the final tour of this magnitude, a RUSH signed, custom Squire, vintage modified, jazz-based, 70’s style guitar, and RUSH swag. $5,000+ value
$250 gift card to the new McEwan Foods downtown, in the PATH, and a guided tour valued at $400courtesy of The McEwan Group.

The Sony Xperia Z3 smart phone – a premium device that packs amazing features: waterproof, 20.7MP Camera, PS4™ Remote Play, bigger battery. Valued at $700, courtesy of Rogers Communications.