the virtual food fight is on
Online bidding battles: Unique dining experiences up for grabs benefittingAustin's Les Dames d’Escoffier
There is a massive food fight underway throughout the city, but this fight won't leave you with a head full of spaghetti and a face full of whip cream. This food fight is a virtual one.
CultureMap Austin is proud to be the exclusive media partner of Les Dames d’Escoffier Austin Chapter (LDEI) third annual Austin Food Fight online charity fundraising event. The online auction is going on now through October 28th.
LDEI is a non-profit made up of highly respected women chefs, winemakers, restaurateurs, writers and other foodies. Members include Chefs like Sonya Coyte of Eastside Showroom Restaurant, Fall Creek Vinyard owner Susan Auler and El Alma Cafe y Cantina chef and owner Alma Alcocer-Thomas.
Throughout the year LDEI members volunteer their time to mentor future women culinary leaders, feed Austin's homeless and support school garden programs.
The 12-day online bidding battle (which kicked off last week with an actual food fight among local food bloggers and chefs) has already raised nearly $10,000 for LDEI. Hundreds of people are logging on to bid on 75 auction items ranging in value from $25 to $750.
LDEI president Cathy Strange (who is also the global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market) said her team of female foodies worked their magic to secure the auction items. Some of the most popular items include brunch for 6 at Second Bar and Kitchen, a 5 course dinner for 2 at Wink, or a 1-night stay at the St. Cecilia Hotel with dinner for two at Perlas.
"Austin Dames have tapped their resources to create bid packages with many food and wine insider opportunities you can't get anywhere else," Strange said. "The best part is the good-natured bidding wars all benefit school gardens and culinary scholarships for women."
Added bonus to participating in this food fight? Knowing that there is absolutely no clean up involved.