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Two National Treasures from Virgina Share the Love

LOT NUMBER 11

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BRUCE HORNSBY and PATRICK O’CONNELL:

Two National Treasures from Virginia Share the Love at HAMEL FAMILY WINES

“Virginia is for Lovers” is the tourism and travel slogan of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2012, Advertising Age called “Virginia is for Lovers” one of the most iconic ad campaigns of the past 50 years.” “National Treasures” are defined as “a famous person(s) who is loved by many people in a country; a person(s) that is deemed to be of value to an entire nation, usually due to his or her cultural significance.”

What happens when you bring two National Treasures from Virginia together for one magical night at Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma Valley? You get a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is destined to be talked about for years! On June 11, 2016, 100 lucky couples of this buy-in auction lot will enjoy a feast prepared by five-time James Beard Award winner Patrick O’Connell from the Inn at Little Washington, Virginia, and then enjoy a solo performance by three-time Grammy® award winner Bruce Hornsby from Williamsburg, Virginia.

Devoted followers of Hamel Family Wines are likely familiar with the family’s ties to Wisconsin, but may not know that George, Jr. was born in Virginia, met and married Pam in Virginia, and that GIII, John and Luke were all born in Virginia as well. Virginia holds a special place in their hearts, and they are sharing their love of Virginia with you by bringing two of the Old Dominion’s finest—and arguably the nation’s finest—National Treasures to Sonoma Valley for one intimate evening at Hamel Family Wines’ new winery.

Patrick O’Connell, referred to as “The Pope of American Cuisine,” is a self-taught chef who pioneered regional American cuisine in the Virginia countryside. Long before the farm-to-table movement had a name, he began cultivating fruitful relationships with his neighbors, whom have a strong connection to the land and a heritage of self-sufficiency. The Inn at Little Washington opened in a former garage in 1978. The Inn became the first establishment in the Mobil Travel Guide’s history—to ever receive two Five-Star Awards: one for its restaurant, the other for its accommodations. O’Connell and The Inn have won five awards from the James Beard Foundation including Restaurant of the Year, Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic Region and the prestigious Outstanding American Chef Award.

Bruce Hornsby is an American singer and keyboardist known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances. Hornsby’s recordings have been recognized on a number of occasions with industry awards, including the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist for Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the GRAMMY® Award for Best Bluegrass Album and the GRAMMY® Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Hornsby has also achieved recognition for his solo performances, his touring band, his bluegrass project with Ricky Skaggs and his appearances as a guest-musician. He also collaborated with the Grateful Dead, and as an unofficial member of the band, played at hundreds of shows.

Only 100 couples will enjoy the magnificent multi-course Virginia meal prepared by Patrick O’Connell and his team, paired with wines from the Hamel Family, and then enjoy the solo performance by fellow Virginian Bruce Hornsby as the sun sets over the spectacular Sonoma Mountain. This little slice of Virginia with two of the Old Dominion’s National Treasures in Sonoma Valley may help you find that you too, love Virginia, with help from Patrick O’Connell and Bruce Hornsby.

TWO PRICE LEVELS:

$10,000 PER COUPLE: (limited to 25 couples)

LOT INCLUDES:

  • A private champagne reception “meet & greet” with Bruce Hornsby and Patrick O’Connell before the dinner and solo performance. In addition, each couple at the $10,000 per couple level will receive personally autographed copies of Patrick’s latest book, The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession as well as a personally autographed CD by Bruce Hornsby. The wine, food and song event of a lifetime with a private dinner at Hamel Family Wines crafted by “the Pope of American Cuisine” Patrick O’Connell, and a private performance by three-time GRAMMY®-winning legendary musician Bruce Hornsby.

$5,000 PER COUPLE: (limited to 75 couples)

LOT INCLUDES:

  • The wine, food and song event of a lifetime with a private dinner at Hamel Family Wines crafted by “the Pope of American Cuisine” Patrick O’Connell, and a private performance by three-time GRAMMY®-winning legendary musician Bruce Hornsby.

 

DINNER TO TAKE PLACE AT HAMEL FAMILY WINES ON SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016 WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. NO REFUNDS.

 

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