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Signature Chefs Auction - Twin Cities

DATE: Thursday, November 15, 2018  |  Time: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Minneapolis Event Centers
ADDRESS: 212 2nd Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

For additional information please contact Maggie Connors at 612-326-9443


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Join Us for the annual Twin Cities Signature Chefs Auction will take place on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at the Minneapolis Event Centers! Community and business leaders will be in attendance and enjoy exclusive food and beverage tastings from the Twin Cities top restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries. This vibrant culinary event culminates with a powerful program, an exciting Live Auction and a compelling appeal to support the March of Dimes mission. 

Event Schedule:
6:00 p.m.                          Arrival and Registration
6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.      Cocktail hour; food and beverage tastings, voting, entertainment
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.      Seated program; dessert, live auction, Fund the Mission
9:30 p.m.                          Event Concludes  
Master of Ceremonies: Marcus Hanson
Auctioneer: Kimberly Fladeboe Anderson, Fladeboe Auctions

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Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present this Signature Chefs event. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this evening possible.

Event Chairs:
Kristofer O'Brien
Shad Follmer

Event Committee:
Alena Johnson
Andrea Sabin
Heather Morris
Jake Sheehan
Jennifer Olson
John Curry
Jon Kreidler
Kim Pepper
Marcus Hanson
Melanie Keller
Miaja Cassidy
Stuart Shwiff
Sue LaCroix
Suzanne Kammann


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our Signature Chefs events, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. For additional sponsorship information or to get involved, please click the above "Purchase Now" button. 

Questions? Contact Maggie Connors at


Parents Eric and Kristin Moan, with twin daughters Dylan and Hayden.

Dylan and Hayden were born in 2013 at 23 weeks and 6 days, weighing in at 1 pound 3 ounces and 1 pound 7 ounces they gave us the 1% chance. We were lucky enough to take the home after spending 119 days in the NICU at North Memorial. From tragedy we created triumph, and through The Potato Head Project and the publication of My Preemie Baby Book – A milestone baby book for families in the NICU, we have made it our mission to help those going through the unthinkable. Thanks to amazing groups such as the March of Dimes it has all been possible and we are so incredibly thankful to be chosen as the Ambassador family.


Tattersall Distilling

Tattersall Distilling is a destination micro-distillery located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis.  Lead by a stable of award-winning bartenders, Tattersall crafts nearly 30 different spirits and liqueurs and sells their products across the Midwest as well as in their critically acclaimed cocktail room.  Tattersall was named one of the Top Ten Micro-distilleries in the country by USA Today and the cocktail room was named one of the top bars in the country by Playboy, Foursquare and  All products are made with only the best, all-natural ingredients and are gluten free.

Instagram: @tattersalldistilling
Twitter: @tattersallco
Facebook: @tattersalldistilling

Small Lot Wine

Small Lot MN is dedicated to bringing Wine with Soul to curious consumers who are ready for suggestions on how to discern between National, branded wines and true wines of distinction that carry a story of the person and the place in the bottle. We do this by establishing lasting partnerships with retail and restaurant establishments that are aligned with our company vision that encompasses passion, integrity, and follow-through.

Instagram: @smalllotwine

Du Nord Craft Spirits

Du Nord Craft Spirits is a small batch distillery producing artisan gin, vodka, liqueurs and whiskeys.  We are a "grain to glass" craft distillery.  We mill, mash, and distill our own product.  Du Nord is committed to working directly with farmers to source our grains and fermentables as locally as possible.​ 
Instagram: @dunordcs
Facebook: @DuNordCraftSpirits

Far North Spirits

The northernmost distillery in the contiguous United States, Far North Spirits makes premium, heritage spirits inspired by Minnesota's character and agricultural abundance.  Far North is dedicated to producing products in a sustainable way by growing all grains except malt barley within a mile of their distillery. 

Instagram: @farnorthspirits
Twitter: @FarNorthSpirits
Facebook: @drinkfarnorthspirits

Forager Brewery

Here at Forager Brewery, we do it every day. Um, forage, that is.  From the fresh ingredients in our beer and food, to the building and its unique salvaged decor! Our beers are made on-sit, in our brewery from  a combination of locally foraged ingredients, regionally native grians, and wild hop varieties.  We believe in inspiring creativity, fostering a relaxing atmmosphere, and bringing this wonderful community together!

Instagram: @foragerbrewery
Twitter: @ForagerBrewery
Facebook: @ForagerBrewery

Revelation Ale Works

Revelation Ale Works has made it their mission to serve people in their communities by brewing up the best beer hops, yeast and barley, providing jobs in rural communities, and partnering with local businesses.  They use fresh, local, Red River hops in their beers to bring a staple line-up of a wide variety products.

Instagram: @revelationaleworks
Twitter: @revelationales
Facebook: @revelationaleworks

RockFilter Distillery

RockFilter Distillery creates small batch organic bourbon and whiskey.  It's our land and toil.  So we can experiment with lesser-known grains, willful ingredients and the  element of surprise.  Embracing the serendipity of nature and sweat that farmers know too well.

Instagram: @rockfilterdistillery

Surly Brewing Co.

Surly Brewing Company. We don’t make beer for everyone. Beer for everyone is beer for no one. Our philosophy? Make great beer. Have fun. Give a Damn about your community. Be independent. Cheers, Surly Nation. This one is for you.

Instagram: @surlybrewing
Twitter: @surlybrewing
Facebook: @surlybrewing

Vikre Distillery

Our Boreal Gins are inspired by the wilderness of this place, by its purity and its quiet astonishments.  We conjured the spirit of our bearded Viking ancestors as well as the culinary background Scandinavian immigrants brought to America in the creation of our Aquavit.  Our Vodka is deep, smooth, and clear, a fitting tribute to the Greatest of Lakes and the city at its Zenith. Our Whiskey is bracing but warming, like a flannel-clad bear hug on an icy winter day.  A little bit crazy, a lot delicious.

Instagram: @vikredistillery
Twitter: @Vikredistillery
Facebook: @VikreDistillery

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is a 30-barrel production craft brewery and taproom located in the beautiful Great Lakes port town of Duluth, Minnesota.  The brewers of Bent Paddle Brewing Co. use the amazing water of Lake Superior to brew the freshest and most dependable craft beer possible.

Instagram: @bentpaddlebeer
Twitter: @bentpaddlebeer
Facebook: @bentpaddlebrewing

Eastlake Craft Brewery

Eastlake Craft Brewery is located inside Minnesota’s original food hall, Midtown Global Market in south Minneapolis. Using locally grown craft malts, Eastlake has been creating award-winning sours, highly hopped ales, and modern malty beers since 2014.

Instagram: @eastlakemgm
Twitter: @Eastlakemgm
Facebook: @EastlakeMGM

Bubly Sparkling Water
PepsiCo, Inc. 

American food and beverage company is one of the largest in the world, with products available in more than 200 countries. It took its name in 1965 when the Pepsi-Cola Company merged with Frito-Lay, Inc. The company’s headquarters are in Purchase, New York.  Out of 337 Pepsi Beverages Company facilities, Burnsville, Minnesota is #1 in sales volume in the country.​

Instagram: @bublywater
Twitter: @bublywater
Facebook: @bublywater


Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine cuisine for an exclusive audience. Our chefs are artists, innovators and philanthropists, and we look forward to sharing their talents at the event.


Brim, Uptown’s new fast-casual restaurant, serves seasonal grain bowls, homemade baked goods, and local beer and wine, fueling the active community around the neighboring lakes.

Straightforward, everyday fare is prepared with a from-scratch philosophy, proving that quick food can still mean quality at accessible prices. Many of the produce and proteins are sourced within 100 miles of the space.

Instagram: @brim_restaurant

La Voya

Featuring  traditional  French  dishes  infused  with  Minnesotan  influences,  La  Voya  delights  with  a  signature  twist  on  favorite  classics.  An  enviable  wine  and  champagne  list,  as  well  as  expertly  crafted  traditional  cocktails,  compliments  the  Brasserie’s  well-rounded  menu,  which  offers  selections  ranging  from  light,  healthy  choices  to  delectable  comfort  foods.  Beautiful  windows  create  bright  and  inviting  spaces  for  breakfast  and  lunch,  while  plush  curtains,  candlelight  and  music  creates  an  intimate, sophisticated  environment  for  evening  dining  and  lingering, late  night  drinking.  Located  inside  the  new  InterContinental  Hotel  at  MSP  Airport,  La  Voya  delights  guests  and  travelers  alike.

Instagram: @intercontinental
Twitter: @InterConHotels
Facebook: @intercontinentalmspairport

Hennepin HealthCare -
Bill Marks, Director of Food and Nutrition Services & Antonio Sanchez, Executive Chef

Twitter: @HennepinHC
Facebook: @hennepinhc


Eli Wollenzien, a Wisconsin native, has been working in restaurants since he was in high school.  After attending culinary arts school at the Art Institutes MN, Eli worked as a sous chef at Zelo Restaurant, where he met the eventual owners of Crave Restaurant.  Eli became the founding chef of Crave Restaurants, eventually leading their national expansion as their corporate executive chef.  Today, Chef Eli has shifted from the corporate to the local in opening his own restaurants; Coalition Restaurant in Excelsior, Coalition Restaurant at 50th & France, and Red Sauce Rebellion in Excelsior.

Facebook: @CoalitionRestaurant

Red Stag Supperclub

The Red Stag in Northeast Minneapolis was the first LEED-CI certified restaurant in Minnesota. The menu is Northwoods supper club fare made with locally sourced, sustainably farmed ingredients, and seafood that follows the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch guidelines. The classic cocktails and extensive beer and wine list, Fish Fry Fridays, and Wisconsin feel pay homage to our neighbors to the east. Private event space is available for groups up to 80ppl. Serving brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night eats.

Instagram: @redstagmn
Facebook: @RedStagSupperClub


Lela Restaurant has a laid-back, fun atmosphere with an overall theme of Intriguingly Simple - captivating design and menu, yet simple and comfortable. Lela Restaurant focuses on fresh ingredients centered around steak, crudos and hand-made pasta paired with inventive beverage offerings. With the open floorplan that showcases the bustling kitchen and the wine room as the focal point upon entrance, guests leave Lela Restaurant captivated by the creativity of the menu and inspired by the ambiance.

Instagram: @lelampls
Twitter: @LelaMpls
Facebook: @LelaMpls

Mallards Restaurant

Chef David Suddath is the owner of Mallards Restaurant. Opening in 2013, Mallards has 2 locations near Stillwater and in Forest Lake. 
David has more than 30 years experience in the restaurant industry. He spent a large portion of his career as a regional VP with Buca di Beppo and a GM for Cheesecake Factory in Kansas City.  Mallards menu is inspired by David's favorites while traveling nationwide.
Restauranteer David introduced Ziggy's Street Food, Cocktails & Live Music to Stillwater in 2015 and was recognized by the media as being in the top 7 street fare in the Twin Cities.

Instagram: @MallardsRestaurant
Facebook: @MallardsOnTheStCroix

It's Greek to Me

As restaurateurs, the Ginakes Karos family has been immersed in the hospitality industry and Greek culture for over 60 years in the United States and Canada. Uncompromising authenticity and quality is their driving passion. With great pride and extreme dedication, they offer you the finest ingredients and
exquisite goods from family artisans in the quaint
villages and thriving markets of Greece today.
While continuing the renown hospitality and traditions of this iconic establishment, Nick and Athena Ginakes Karos are extremely dedicated to bringing a modern authentic Mediterranean menu to the the Twin Cities

Twitter: @itsgreektomeMN
Facebook: @itsgreektome.mpls

Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hinckley


Signature Chefs events feature local culinary talent who create a selection of fine dessert creations for an exclusive audience. 

Edwards Dessert Kitchen

Edwards Dessert Kitchen is the ultimate dessert destination in Minneapolis’ North Loop. Decadent desserts are made in house daily and range from perfectly prepared Chocolate Soufflé to sweet and savory Miso Caramel Pudding and seasonal tasting flights. As an accompaniment to the dessert menu, Edwards Dessert Kitchen features artisan coffee from St. Paul-based True Stone Coffee Roasters and a spirits-forward, carefully crafted cocktail menu developed in partnership with Tattersall Distillery.

Instagram: @edwardsdessertkitchen
Facebook: Edwards Dessert Kitchen


Our event features an exclusive selection of auction packages for your bidding pleasure. These packages provide you with a chance to purchase trips, dining experiences and once-in-a-lifetime moments to share with friends, family, clients and employees. As we secure packages for the event, we will give you a sneak preview of the packages here. Come back soon to check for updates.

Quintess Luxury Vacation

Your Keys to the World! The Beauty of this Package is to go WHERE and WHEN you want!

It’s Your World. Explore It!   The Quintess Collection has a rotating inventory of various weeks in luxurious residences in more than 150 exotic destinations.  The auction winner will enjoy one or more exclusive getaways valued at $10,000 in their choice of luxury residences. From Aspen to Deer Valley, Bali to Hong Kong, Caracas to Cape Town, Costa Rica to London, the Quintess Collection gives you the chance to take the vacation of your dreams. Property selection is based on availability. Guests may book a property valued at over $10,000 for an additional expense, subject to availability.

The Art of Wine

Private wine tasting experience for 8-10 hosted by Marcus Hanson!

Available for in-home tasting or at a host-designated tasting site, presented with 6 varieties of wine, wine history and live opera musical performances. Wine education and opera performances present by the talented Marcus Hanson! You can't pass up this exciting custom party experience!

Proudly donated by: Marcus Hanson 

Captivating Omakase

Enjoy a private omakase dinner for 10 at Lela Restaurant!

Guests enjoying omakase style expect the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes, and the meal can be likened to an artistic performance by the chef. No doubt this experience will be captivating and exclusive! Lela Restaurant was voted "Best Suburban Eats" on City Page's 'Best of the Twin Cities' 2017 list! 

Proudly donated by: Lela Restaurant 


Exclusive Minnesota Vikings Gameday Experience for 4 people!

Experience a Minnesota Vikings game like never before! Cheer on the Minnesota Vikings on December 16, 2018 at 12:00pm as they take on the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium! You will recieve four lower level 50 yard line tickets in the exclusive and luxurious Medtronic club, including food and drink! 

Proudly donated by: Minnesota Vikings

Gameday on the Glass

Get up close and personal with the Minnesota Wild team at an exclusive viewing experience of a game on the glass!

4 tickets "On the Glass" to a Minnesota Wild game, add complimentary food and drink and this package is a hockey lover's dream!

Proudly donated by: Knutson Construction

Oregon Wine Tour

Romantic getaway to Oregon wine country! 

Enjoy an escape from reality with a three day, two night stay in a luxurious guest suite above the stunning Bjornson Vineyard wine tasting room. Bjornson Vineyard, is run by Minnesota natives and located in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills. You and your partner will be treated to a wine tour of beautiful Willamette Valley. Flights won't be a worry with complimentary miles donated by Knutson Construction!

Proudly donated by: Bjornson Vineyard & Knutson Construction

The Art of Food & Wine

WOW your friends with this unique and delightful party!

The Art of Food & Wine for 8 guests: wine pairings from Small Lot Wine and musical entertainment tailored to the dinner at a restaurant hosted by wine connoisseur and opera singer, Marcus Hanson.
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French Fine Dining

SALUT is providing this five course chefs tasting which will include wine and/or cocktail pairings for up to 10 guests on site!

A Cruising Good Time

Presented by the Prouty Project...
  • Lounge and mingle aboard a 33-foot motor craft
  • 3-hour cruise, Mon-Thur Only
  • Up to 16 guests
  • Hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and water provided
  • Captain service - knowledgeable skipper will point out the history of Lake Minnetonka
  • Docking in Wayzata, T&T Boatworks Marina, 294 East Grove Lane

In addition to this boat cruise, the winner of this package will be taking home a Yeti soft sided cooler!

Uncork Your Senses

Cork, Wine Bar & Restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients that will create dinners to fill your belly and warm your heart. Come as you are and enjoy an intimate party with 6 of your closest friends. Enjoy 6 courses with wine pairings. Cork prides themselves on generous portions and a casual, comfortable atmosphere. They invite the winners of this package to “Come as you are and come hungry!”

The Best Table in Town

When the most exclusive dinner reservation in town is at your own table, you are sure to wow your guests. With two locations in Minnesota, Mallards Restaurant, “voted best seafood in the Twin Cities,” is providing the winner of this package with an in-home dining experience for a party of 6. Hosted by executive chef and owner, David Suddath, experience his quality interpretations of classic dishes from all over the country! At Mallards southern hospitality is more than a tradition, it is their passion, and they will take any excuse to throw a party and YOU are invited!

Stock the Bar

Need to stock your bar for the holidays? Look no further! Bid on this package for the chance to win an assortment of wine, beer, liquor bottles, and bar related items donated by our elite beverage sponsors! This package is stocked with exclusive beverages you can’t get just anywhere…like the sought-after Surly’s Darkness brew! Additionally, the winner of this package will be going home with a Yeti cooler tub – perfect for showcasing your drinks at parties.