Goodness, gracious, great Jambalaya!
Forty people enjoy a down-home jambalaya dinner prepared by the Good Shot Cowboys Cooking Team with Tim Cadiere as the musical backdrop. Tim Cadiere was born and raised in downtown New Orleans in the southern coastal town of Houma, Louisiana. Whether it’s a classic two-step, line dance or tender ballad, the songs that Tim Cadiere sings, writes and plays, are about human emotions and personal experiences, served up with a taste of traditional Cajun Flavor. Enjoy the great cooking of the Good Shot Cowboys while you and your friends relax to the tunes of Tim Cadiere. Expires March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by Tim Cadiere and the Good Shot Cowboys.
St. Simons Island
Relax in the luxurious Penthouse Suite of the Ocean Lodge on beautiful St. Simons Island, Ga. Spend four days, three nights while taking in the sun and sand of the east coast. At your leisure, enjoy dinner for two at the breathtaking Rooftop Restaurant, lunch for two at Tramici’s, and a bottle of champagne and appetizers at Halyard’s. Private, round trip airfare from Greensboro to St. Simons Island will be provided by Chris Hilsman of Pilot Builders. Subject to availability. Advance reservations requested. Expires March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by Chris Hilsman and Pilot Builders, and Joe McDonough, owner of Ocean Lodge of St. Simons Island.
A Slice of Italy
Corrado and April Corrias met in Rome, Italy in 1997. Luckily they have brought a slice of Italy right here to us at Lake Oconee. Corrado and April share a passion for good, quality Italian food and excellent service. Corrado’s mother, Giovanna, has taught April classic Italian methods and recipes. These recipes led to the inception of da Corrado Ristorante. The Corrias’ objective is to provide a warm atmosphere, excellently prepared and delicious meals with unparalleled service. Enjoy an excellent evening of outstanding Italian food for 10 guests in the privacy of your own home on any Sunday or Monday night or another evening in the warm atmosphere of Da Corrado Ristorante. Advance reservations requested. Expires March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by da Corrado Ristorante, April & Corrado Corrias.
South Georgia Quail Hunt
Spend time with family, friends or colleagues at Beaver Creek Plantation, a full service overnight hunting destination. Four guests will travel to Twin City, Georgia and enjoy an afternoon and morning hunt on the challenging terrain and fast flying birds at Beaver Creek. After arriving and settling into your accommodations, hunters will head out with their guide to hunt behind the talented team of pointers. After a successful afternoon of hunting, return to the 6,000-square-foot lodge and get cleaned up for one of the best home cooked meals in Georgia. Get to bed early or stay up late swapping stories of the day’s hunt. After enjoying a delicious, full breakfast, head out with your guide and the bird dogs to challenge the birds again! Subject to availability. Expires March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by Beaver Creek Plantation.
Wine and Cheese Tasting for 20
Where’s the place to meet at the lake for great wine and gourmet food? Why Richard’s Wine Bar of course! This is your chance for 20 of your closest friends to have your own special wine experience with Richard! Five different wines will be featured and paired with artisanal cheeses. Scheduling subject to availability. Must be used by March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by Richard & Kathy Matthews
Alex Davidson and Georgia Butts Barbecue (voted “Best of Lake Oconee”) will cater the best barbecue bash around for you and 30 of your best friends. The feast will include Alex’s famous barbecue recipes while you and your guests enjoy the great tunes of hometown favorite, Eric Dodd. The Who Cares? Bar & No Grill also will throw in a keg of beer to make for a great bash! Advance reservations requested. Expires March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by Eric Dodd, Alex & Kristin Davidson of Georgia Butts Barbecue, Who Cares Bar & Grill
From the Sky Suites to the Sidelines!
Get between the hedges with head coach Mark Richt and his Georgia Bulldogs during the exciting season coming up in 2012. First, stop at Tailgate Station where you will have a reserved spot for tailgating prior to catching the shuttle to the game. Four people will cheer on the Bulldogs as they take on Florida Atlantic on September 15th between the hedges. The luxurious Sky Suites provide the perfect opportunity to watch the Dawgs in style with family, friends or clients from the most prestigious seat in the house. All-American bulldog place kicker, Kevin Butler, or All-Star quaterback, David Green, will stop by your sky suite and take in a few plays with you during the game. After you have enjoyed yourself in the Sky Suite, the four lucky recipients of this item will take a trip down to the sidelines to witness the game up close and personal. Go Dawgs!!! Game day specifics to be coordinated with Jamie Dutton.
~ Provided by Kim & Howell Cullens, Piedmont Financial Partners and Jamie Dutton
Wine and Dine!
Enjoy an evening of Fine Wine and Gourmet Food with professional caterer, Marie Garofalo, and wine connoisseur & owner of The Oconee Cellar, Matt Garofalo, for an unforgettable evening for 16 guests. Enjoy six different premium wines each paired perfectly with heavy hors d’oeuvres. What a great way to throw a party or entertain clients. This will take place in the privacy of your own home. Advance reservations requested. Expires March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by Matt & Marie Garofalo.
So Napa… And SFO too!!
It doesn’t matter what you love… great food, great wine, the arts, outdoor adventure, incredible sunsets, fabulous shopping… you will find it all in Northern California. This 7 day, 6 night opportunity allows you to explore the marvelous wines and wineries of Sonoma and Napa as well as that incredible City by the Bay, San Francisco!
You fly into San Francisco where you will pick up your rental car and head to the wine country for three nights. Your first stop should be the overlook just after you across the Golden Gate Bridge where you can experience the breathtaking view of the City and the bay. Then it’s on to Napa and Sonoma! After three days of enjoying incredible wines, fine food and gorgeous scenery, you return to San Francisco for three nights to experience what this great city has to offer.
Your local NoCal travel experts will work with you to tailor a trip specific to your interests and the time of year you visit. Perhaps the artisanal cheese trail through Petaluma, a ferry ride to Sausalito, unique wine tasting experiences and of course some of the best restaurants in the world! Trip for two includes airfare, four-star hotels, rental car, a 5x5 Tasting for the food and wine connoisseur at Pine Ridge Vineyards Winery prepared by Chef Janet Sheehan, and a Magnum of Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir. Trip must be taken by March 23, 2013 based on availability. Advance reservations encouraged.
Patio Party at the Silver Moon
Enjoy a party on the patio of the Silver Moon with owners Gregg Hawkins and Ginger Ryser. Ginger will prepare a meal for 8, made fresh and made well. Voted “Best Restaurant” at Lake Oconee for 2011, the Silver Moon is known for its bold, American menu and relaxing community pub. Advance reservations requested. Expires March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by Ginger Ryser and Gregg Hawkins of the Silver Moon.
Great Wines of Gatewood
Find new favorites among the many wines that top the list of friends and family from Gatewood Schools. Take home 30 bottles in this wine lot, including top-rated Silver Oak and Jordan Cabernet.
~ Provided by Gatewood Association of Parents
Gourmet Wine Dinner for 8
Richard and Kathy Matthews invite you to enjoy a gourmet multi-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Gerald Schmidt at their wonderful home. Cuisine will be paired with outstanding and classical rated wines from Richard and Kathy’s personal wine cellar. Those of you who have enjoyed Richard and Kathy’s hospitality in the past and are familiar with the culinary expertise of Chef Schmidt know this is an evening not to be missed! Dinner scheduling subject to availability. Must be used by March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by Richard & Kathy Matthews and Chef Gerald Schmidt, Cuscowilla Golf Resort
OHHHH PINOT!! Portland and Willamette Valley
This fabulous trip begins in Portland, Oregon. Whether your suitcase holds hiking boots and binoculars or designer heels and shades, you’ll find plenty of suitable destinations on the streets - and trails - of Portland. From gardens to museums, Portland’s sights will stimulate all of your senses. Explore the great outdoors, enjoy fine food, attend the latest cultural offering or indulge in tax-free shopping. After three days of enjoying the urban delights of this cosmopolitan city, you will head to the wine country!
The picturesque Willamette Valley produces some of the most highly acclaimed pinot noir, pinot gris and syrah wines in the world at over 200 wineries! You will tour some of Oregon’s best such as Domaine Drouhin, Domaine Serene, Archery Summit, Ponzi, Erath, Willakenzie, and Stoller. Also the valley is home to pristine rivers, thriving forests and the nation’s richest farmland. Covered bridges beckon drivers to explore the many back roads, and the valley’s flat terrain and temperate climate make it a favorite for hikers and cyclists.
We will work with you to tailor a trip specific to your interests, and the time of year you visit. This 8 day, 7 night trip for 2 includes air fare, four star hotels, rental car, special winery tastings, a Portland Walking Tours Epicurean Excursion for two (A unique and delicious walking tour where you’ll taste the foods, sip the drinks, meet some artisans & vendors in their shops - while discovering Portland’s amazing culinary scene) and a magnum of Domaine Serene’s award-winning Rock Block Syrah! Trip must be taken by March 23, 2013 based on availability. Advance Reservations encouraged.
A Taste of Oconee: A Farm to Table Experience
Eight lucky guests will experience the the abundance of the Lake Country during a fine meal sourced from locally grown and sustainably raised products from Tink’s Beef and Deerwood Farms. Executive Chef Joe Keegan of Reynolds Plantation will prepare this gourmet meal in your own home! Chef will focus on seasonal ingredients and even share with you some basic cooking techniques and culinary tips. PLUS, the four courses will be paired with Merryvale wines: sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and their wonderful dessert wine, Antigua! Merryvale Winery is committed to crafting premium wines from sustainably farmed grapes and is a member of the Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group. Last year’s successful bidder, Diane McIver stated, “The whole evening was a wonderful experience……I do not think you could improve any part of the night…..Chef was so nice and his dinner was beyond wonderful!” Please schedule 60 days in advance. Dinner scheduling subject to availability any night except Fridays and Holidays. Must be used by March 23, 2013.
~ Provided by Reynolds Plantation and Executive Chef Joe Keegan, Deerwood Farms, Tink’s Grass-Fed Beef and Merryvale Vineyards.
Get out and Grill!
Spring is here and summer is coming. Get the burgers, steaks and chicken ready for your new outdoor living area! This built-in 42” stainless steel GE grill with rotisserie is the perfect addition to any home that enjoys cooking outdoors. This beautiful, outdoor appliance is top of the line and will get the job done in style. Masonry materials will be provided by Oconee Rock Yard and Oconee Stone and installation will be provided by Askew Appliance. Take it home today and start enjoying the outdoors.
~ Provided by John and Piper Loomis, Oconee Stone Yard, Oconee Sand & Gravel, and Askew Appliance.
“Windows to the Sea”
Paradise is not a myth…it is a destination. This morning you awakened on a mountaintop, overlooking pristine crescent shaped beaches, rock palisades framing the Pacific Ocean. Spinning around, a towering fountain of water dancing in a cool fresh water lake enters your view; its background composed of painted mountains deep blue skies and the breathtaking view of the ocean. Cool tropical breezes blow gently all around. You swim in an immense pool with crystal clear water cascading over an infinity wall that stretches across the horizon.
This evening, you watched a glowing sun leisurely descend into the ocean. You were seeking paradise and now you are totally immersed. Is it your imagination; is it a dream; or a perfect piece of art? Pinch yourself, it’s not a dream, it’s real. You have discovered Las Ventanas del Mar, “the windows to the sea,” your doorway to paradise.
Spend seven (7) days and six (6) nights relaxing at this breathtaking destination. Trip includes non-stop, roundtrip airfare for two (2) from Atlanta to Liberia International Airport, luxury 3 bedroom, 3 ½ bath villa, an unforgettable horseback ride for two along the beautiful beaches, a delicious, private meal prepared at your residence by a personal chef and a rental SUV for the week
~ Provided by Gary and Sherrell Carter, owners of Las Ventanas del Mar