[UPDATED] Comment Auction! Bid to Support Gardens of Troy and Attend Michael’s Interactive Cooking Demonstration at the Biltmore

Ben Thacker at Roots in the City Farmers Market with two of his students from Troy Academy participating in the Gardens of Troy horticultural program.

UPDATE: The Biltmore interactive luncheon was a sell-out hit. Plus, Ben and Maggie from Gardens of Troy and some other special guests joined me at Michael’s table.  See how it all went down in our Flickr set, here.

UPDATE: Sold! Thanks to a gracious friend of the restaurant, the Troy Foundation will receive a check for $500.  See you tomorrow at the Biltmore :)

It’s our first auction via comments, and it’s simple.

Talk to your friends, family, Tweeps, etc. about their plans for lunch this Saturday, April 9.  Gather seven of them that are interested in joining you at Michael’s interactive cooking demonstration from noon to 2:00 p.m. (Biltmore Hotel’s Country Club Ballroom, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables,) and comment with the total bid that you all are willing to pay for a table of eight with proceeds going to one of our favorite community non-profits, Gardens of Troy.

You may have read about Ben Thacker and his program in last Sunday’s Miami Herald, and they need our help, big time. These teens are regulars on the local farmers market circuit, selling any handful of the 90+ varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in their garden at Troy Academy, a school on the grounds of the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center near Allapatta.

We’re confident this table will go swiftly, and are accepting bids until Friday, April 8 at noon, when the highest bidder wins. Click to receive notification when comments post so you can keep track of how your bid is holding up, and re-comment to raise it if necessary! Please feel free to base your bids on the value of $65 per person ($52 for Cellar Club Members,) but our goal is to sell the table for $1,000! A check for the total amount or individual checks adding up to the total bid of the party will  be accepted upon arrival on event day and can be made out directly to the Troy Foundation (a 501c3.)

The bonus?  Ben will be the guest of honor at your table, happy to answer any questions about the program, and share its success stories and goals for the future.  Menu for the luncheon follows, straight from the pages of MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD: Down-to-Eart Cooking for People Who Love to Eat, which will be for sale (thanks Books & Books!) and signing by the chef on-site.

Fregola Risotto
Striped Bass with Tunisian Chickpea Salad
Milk Chocolate Cremoso

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