Silent Auction Items for Japan

You can now bid online HERE.

During the 3 day pop-up dinner at Royal/T on April 17-19th, David Haskell and Chef Joseph Mahon of Magnum will be donating 5% of dinner proceeds to the Japan Sake Brewers Association charity, in addition to the majority of proceeds from this silent auction(*). Read more about “HELPING JAPAN”

TO BID: Click on each link below and leave a comment with your bid and your name, and we will contact you via e-mail to notify you if you win.

Item 1 : Private dinner with top chefs Michael Voltaggio (Top Chef winner season 6, Bazaar), Walter Manzke, (Church and State, Bastide) Joseph Mahon (Bastide, Sona, Cafe Boulud), Craig Thornton (Wolvesmouth), Waylynn Lucas (Patina, Bazaar). This 5 course dinner (up to 8 people) will take place at your house with 5 wines paired by David Haskell (Le Cirque, Aquavit, Bin 8945). All wines donated by Domaine LA. Bid here.

Item 2 : Private dinner with the Magnum crew. 8 courses from Joseph Mahon, 8 wines selected by David Haskell, will take place at your house for up to 8 people. Bid here.

Item 3 : Lunch with Jo Stougaard (aka MyLastBite) at Jitlada Thai for dishes #200-210. Bid here.

Item 4 : Dinner for 2 at Akasha Restaurant in Culver City. Tax and tip not included. Bid here.

Item 5 : Free ice cream for a month at Scoops Westside. Bid here.

Item 6 : Night out with Javier (the famous Glutster) in East LA. Bid here.

Item 7 : Wine class with David Haskell at your house, for up to 10 people. Bid here.

Item 8 : Cooking class with Chef Joseph Mahon at your house, for up to 10 people. Bid here.

Item 9 : Cooking class with Chef Quenioux (Bistro LQ) at your house, for up to 10 people. Bid here.

Item 10 : Private one on one butchering lesson with Erika and Amelia (of Lindy and Grundy) at their shop on Fairfax. Bid here.

Item 11 : Private beer session and tasting with Neil Kwon, owner of Biergarten. Bid here.

Item 12 : Dinner for 2 at Guelagetza. Tax and tip not included. Bid here.

Item 13 : Private wine session with Jeff Zimmitti of Rosso Wine Shop. Bid here.

Item 14 : Private 8 course dinner for up to 6 people by the Daily Dose (Chef Christian Page and Sarkis Vartanian) at location of your choosing. Bid here.

Item 15 :$100 gift certificate to Curious Palate from Chef/Owner Mark Cannon in Venice and at Santa Monica Place (opening in May). Bid here.

Item 16 : Private photo session with photographer Holly Port. Bid here

Item 17 : Basket of Organic tea samplers, Hario glass teapot & Box of dozen XT Patisserie French macarons from Sugarbird Sweets owner Kei Okumura. Bid here.

Item 18 : Dinner for 2 at The Restaurant at The Thompson Hotel, by Chef Brian Redzikowski. Does not include beverage, tax, or tip. Bid here.

Item 19 : Dinner for two at Fabio Viviani’s Chef’s Table, a 5 course dinner (at one of his two restaurants). Does not include beverage, tax or tip. Bid here.

Item 20 : Private artisanal soba workshop with soba tasting, sake & tea pairings and dessert for 2 people by Soba teacher Sonoko Sakai. Bid here.

Item 21 : 2000 Ch. Pichon Longueville de Comtesse : Pauliac, Fr. Bid here.

Item 22 : 2004 Les Clos William Fevre: Chablis, Fr. Bid here.

Item 23 : 1983 Pothier Rieusset Les Rugiens : Pommard, Fr. Bid here.

Item 24 : 1988 .350 Ch. Guiraud, Sauternes, Fr. Bid here.

Item 25 : 1988   .350  Ch. Climens , Sauternes, Fr. Bid here.

Item 26 : 1994 Dow’s Port: Duro, Portugal. Bid here.

Item 27 : 2007  Ridge Montebello Magnum. Bid here.

Item 28 : Private 4-6 course dinner (think dungeness crab, lobster, claypot seabass) for 2 at the original Starry Kitchen featuring dishes for their upcoming restaurant. Bid here.

Item 29 : $25 gift certificate to the Oaks Gourmet. Bid here.

Item 30 : Presqu’ile ’09 Chardonnay MAGNUM. From BW Wine Group’s favorite cult winery that only after two vintages is making a tremendous impact across the country. Bid here.

Item 31 : Presqu’ile ’09 Pinot Noir MAGNUM. From BW Wine Group’s favorite cult winery that only after two vintages is making a tremendous impact across the country. Bid here.

Item 32 :  5 Wooden Nickels (Complimentary Wine Tastings) retail value $60. Receive one complimentary tasting with every Wooden Nickel at their scenic hideaway at Malibu Wines Tasting Room in Malibu, CA. Includes a Malibu Wines Glass. Bid here.

Item 33: Little Saigon eating tour with the Ravenous Couple Hong & Kim! Bid here

Item 34: Personalized signed copy of The French Laundry Cookbook from Chef Thomas Keller. Bid here

Please contact David Haskell (magnumdh@gmail.com) for any interest in contributing items for the silent auction, and inquiries about the Magnum event.  Please contact Tomo Kurokawa (tomokokurokawa@hotmail.com) for questions regarding this sake charity.

Magnum will pop-up at Royal-T Cafe in Culver City
April 17-19 2011

Royal T Cafe
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

For reservations please call 323-798-4648 or email magnumdh@gmail.com

* (a portion of the bids will help cover costs of food & wine at dinner events where they are not donated)

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Helping Japan

Yasuhiko Konno, the owner of Suisen sake, stood in front of a pile of debris that was once his famous artisanal sake brewery in Rikuzentakata, Miyagi prefecture. He narrowly escaped the powerful tsunami that completely wiped out his brewery, destroying with it his prize winning hand-brewed sake plant, more than 200 years worth of history and several employees who are now presumed to be dead.

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook Northern Japan, triggering destructive tsunamis that wiped out many towns along the Pacific coast of Japan. This Tohoku earthquake was the strongest earthquake to have ever hit Japan, resulting in 11,532 deaths, 2873 injuries and 16,441 people still missing.

The earthquake and tsunami caused extensive and severe structural damage, including heavy damage to the Fukushima nuclear power plants, a grave problem that still remains an active issue. The Japanese sake industry was not spared in the natural disasters either. Sake has been an important part of Japanese culture for the past 2000 years, playing a central role in religious and spiritual ceremonies as a symbol of purity, good fortune and new beginnings. Sake breweries in Miyagi prefecture, the epicenter of the earthquake, and Iwate and Fukushima prefectures were the hardest hit, many of them small family owned breweries that produce some of the most highest quality aromatic sakes.

Yasuhiko Konno’s story is just 1 of many, with over 200 sake breweries affected and at least 10 being completely wiped out.  Our initial hopes were to identify a specific sake brewery to dedicate our charity to, but doing so in this acute post-earthquake stage has been difficult.  Suisen, for example, has not been reachable by phone or email, and many others have temporarily shut down their operations, making direct communication impossible.

We have reached out to our friends in the Japan Sake Brewers Association in the hopes of helping the devastated sake industry. They have set up a charity fund where all of the money will go directly into rehabilitation and restoration of all of the affected sake breweries. We feel that donating to this fund is the best way to show our support at this time.

During the 3 day pop-up dinner at Royal/T on April 17-19th, David Haskell and Chef Joseph Mahon of Magnum will be donating 5% of dinner proceeds to this sake charity, in addition to the majority of proceeds from a silent auction that will feature vintage wines, cooking classes and a private dinner by Chef Mahon.

Japan’s sake industry faces a long road ahead to complete revival.  Replanting and tending rice fields, repairing damages to breweries, clearing roads of debris for transportation and reorganizing infrastructure are just some of the challenges that the industry faces.  Through future charity events, we hope to continue donating to this important cause and showing our ongoing support for the Japanese people.

Please contact David Haskell (magnumdh@gmail.com) for any interest in contributing items for the silent auction, and inquiries about the Magnum event.  Please contact Tomo Kurokawa (tomokokurokawa@hotmail.com) for questions regarding this sake charity.

Written by Tomo Kurokawa

Magnum will pop-up at Royal-T Cafe in Culver City
April 17-19 2011

Royal T Cafe
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

For reservations please call 323-798-4648 or email magnumdh@gmail.com

Japan Sake Brewers Association website: www.japansake.or.jp

Photo: Koji Sasahara / AP via SAE News

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Magnum will pop-up at Royal-T Cafe in Culver City
April 17-19 2011

Royal T Cafe
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

323-798-4648 or email magnumdh@gmail.com

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