ARTrageous is the art auction of the year! Featuring live and silent auctions brimming with art, jewelry, and travel and luxury packages, this will be a night to remember with top tier cuisine by Catablu and special surprises. This exciting and luxurious evening at FWMoA raises essential funding to help us continue to serve the community as the largest regional resource for the visual arts.
June E. Enoch Foundation
Morrie Sanderson and
1. Exclusively Epicurean: A Dinner with Chef Aaron Butts
Your group of 10 friends will enjoy a truly unique dinner experience in your home with celebrated local chef Aaron Butts. Package includes unique invitations created by FWMoA staff to suit your personal style, gather your group of 10 to join the most sought-after party in town! Your private party will enjoy an outstanding four-course culinary creation with wine pairings, professional photographer Steve Vorderman to capture the memories, live music by Tommy Saul, and flower arrangements by LML Estate Management all in the cozy heart of your own hearth.
The renowned Chef Butts most recently opened The Golden restaurant in downtown Fort Wayne and spent 15 years at the helm of award winning Joseph Decuis in Roanoke. Two-time James Beard nominated chef for Best Chef Great Lakes, his menu is sure to exceed all expectations of palatal delight. Known for his commitment to supporting local farms and producers, his simple approach and refined technique will ensure a meal to remember. Celebrate the dinner of the year, in your home!
Restrictions: Must be booked by 3/1/19 on a mutually agreeable date & time. Gratuity the responsibility of bidder. Spirits and mixed drinks not included.
2. Belize Getaway for 2
The solitude. The aqua sea. The lapping of the waves gently lulling you to sleep. It’s hard to pinpoint just one thing that makes this property one of the most blissful places on the planet. If you’re looking for the perfect place to unwind and unplug, Belize is your dream come true. And talk about exclusive! The property is situated on a private island and allows only 30 people to stay at any given time, assuring you of peace and quiet any time of year.
This place is amazing! VIP service upon arrival includes all meals provided by a personal chef, concierge, housekeeping, and licensed boat captain! While you stay, you will enjoy activities such as kayaks, paddle boards and snorkeling along with a guided tour for 2. Rest assured, you will have the opportunity to receive pre-trip planning services that ensure it’s the vacation of a lifetime!
The ultimate in serene, rustic elegance exudes from this private island resort with its selection of over-the-water bungalows and ocean-front cabanas. Lounge in a deck chair or sway in your private balcony hammock as you enjoy breathtaking views of the pristine ocean waters or endless stars in the night sky. Cool breezes, courtesy of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea, serve as nature’s air conditioning so you may never need to turn on your AC.
Take off your shoes and relax, or take off in a kayak to a world of adventure. The resort lies along the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. You are invited to explore the Reef’s fascinating variety of marine life in your choice of daily boating, scuba diving and snorkeling excursions.
Being close to nature is what the rustic elegance of the island is all about. After marveling at stunning sunsets and star-studded night skies, retire to your king-sized bed (or two twins) and let the cool sea breezes waft you into utter relaxation.
Restrictions: The nights must be used during one stay. At least one person staying in the residence must be over the age of 25. You have 1 year from the date of purchase to use your trip. A stay can be reserved, based on availability, any time except Easter, Christmas and New Year’s. Unless otherwise noted, all holiday/event weeks start the Saturday before the holiday/event through the Saturday after the holiday/event. No pets allowed. Does not include airfare.
3. Natural Delights
Bid on the most spectacular Fort Wayne private art and dining experience ever created! The evening begins at the FWMoA for a champagne toast and warm welcome for eight by President Charles Shepard. While you are there, enjoy a private viewing of works from the collection specially curated for this party. Leave the museum with a gift for each couple, an original work of art as a memento, hand selected by Charles himself.
Then, you will be chauffeured via limo from to The Tree Farm, Mike & Marilyn Stanford’s home, for a uniquely delicious dining experience created just for your group by fabulous Chef Tony Valenza from Catablu. Chef Tony will prepare and serve a delectable four-course feast paired perfectly with sumptuous wines provided by Brian Shreffler of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. As it’s poured, Brian will offer tasting notes and explanations of each wine. Full and happy, following dinner all guests will be whisked back to FWMoA to travel back home. The most difficult part of the evening, will be deciding, who of the friends get to choose a Fort Wayne Tree from the farm, delivered and planted (with a warranty) to the bidder’s choice location!
Restrictions: Dinner at the Tree Farm will be based on a mutually agreeable time and must be used by February 1, 2019. Spirits, mixed drinks and gratuity not included.
4. Key West Getaway with Private Charter Sunset Cruise for 4
Two couples or your family of 4 will relax for one week in the warmth of Key West at this beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium, located just 2 blocks from the famous Duval Street and Old Key West attractions in the Truman Annex Condos. A shimmering pool awaits you on the property or take a short walk to the beach.
In addition to experiencing all that Key West has to offer, including breathtaking sunsets, wild nightlife, beaches and attractions, the FWMoA has made very special arrangements for a private charter boat with Captain Bryan Miller! All 4 of you will take in 2 hours of sightseeing, dolphin watching and picturesque moments. Captain Miller will pour you each a glass of wine as you take in the sights and scenery.
Only 90 miles from Cuba, it’s only natural we would include 26 Cohiba Cuban cigars, Fidel Castro’s preferred brand!
Travel in style with a 2-piece luggage set by Vera Bradley! Next to your bestie, this might be your favorite travel companion. This much-loved travel set is lightweight and features swivel wheels and telescoping handles. Plus, this essential set is equipped with plenty of perks, such as outside zip pockets and adjustable compression straps inside.
This will be the greatest 1 week vacation ever! Take in the sights and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Restrictions: Available April-November. Does not include airfare, meals and beverages, maid service.
5. Brunch for 20 with Addison Agen at Tolon
Gather 20 friends and family to bond over a private mouth-watering brunch soiree at Tolon Restaurant. Guests of any age will bask in a savory Sunday experience curated by Chef Mathew Nolot. While enjoying the cultivated menu, the FWMoA has made incredibly special arrangements for you to enjoy a private concert with the runner-up of NBC’s The Voice, Fort Wayne’s own Addison Agen, before she’s as big as Taylor Swift!
Adam Levine, Maroon 5 front-man and longtime coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” has described her as a unicorn, a mythical creature. But Addison Agen is nothing if not an atypically grounded, humble and levelheaded 16 year old. After finishing in second place on Season 13 of “The Voice,” Addison is ready to take what Levine described as “one of the most special gifts that I've ever had the pleasure of working with” and share it with the world.
Tolon is the first restaurant for chef/owner, Matthew Nolot, and wife, Nicky. Their passion for the best, local, in-season ingredients grew from Nicky’s upbringing on a small family farm in North Central Indiana, and learning about sustainable agriculture from her parents and grandparents. The fond memories of Sunday dinners with their grandparents and families lend inspiration to many of the dishes created with love and shared with their own family today. Matthew and Nicky invite you to enjoy time with family and friends while becoming part of the Tolon family.
This is the ultimate private concert with the star that has sold out 2 back-to-back Embassy shows upon her return to Fort Wayne! Don’t miss this opportunity!
Restrictions: Expires 11/30/18. Bidders must give 3 weeks’ notice to book.Gratuity the responsibility of the bidder. Based upon mutually agreeable date.
6. A Spectacular House in Burgundy, France for 10 guests with a private dinner and tasting from a local French chef
Take this trip of a lifetime with your group of family or friends to explore Hidden Burgundy France staying at this fabulous farmhouse as your base. With a vast interior living space and an outdoor heated pool and garden, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a spectacular vacation. The farmhouse is complete with bicycles for all in the party to explore the magnificent countryside surrounding this fabulous 400 year old farmhouse which was once part of the local Chateau dating back to the 12th century. This spacious property is within easy reach of famous attractions, rich in French History and tradition. La Cote D’Or - The Golden Coast, kingdom of the Dukes of Burgundy - A patchwork of landscapes, valleys, rivers, canals & vineyards await.
Around the bend is Marigny le Cahouet, a charming typical sleepy French village, with a bar, bread Shop, provisions shop & post office. Just 10 minutes away is the medieval Town of Semur en Auxois, uncontestedly, one of the most picturesque towns in France. Flavigny-sur-Ozerain also close by, is where the famous film, ‘Chocolat,’ was filmed. A gorgeous village on top of a hill surrounded by wall.
Inside the home are 5 spacious bedrooms which all have bathrooms en suite and beds are super kings that can be split into generous twins. Modernized inside, it’s complete with wifi, washer and dryer, up-to date kitchen and duo wine cellar.
Say oui to your personalized gourmet dinner for your party of 10, prepared by Chef Katherine which will include the very best of French seasonal cuisine sourced from the local markets and some of the finest wines in Burgundy. Chef Katherine’s own wine expert will also host a private tasting in the home where he will introduce you to the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the best Domaines in Burgundy.
Hidden Burgundy is situated in the middle of France in a landscape of valleys, vineyards, canals, rivers, medieval towns with an abundance of history. Rail links with the TGV high speed trains from the Paris airports and central Paris to the local station in Montbard is only 20 minutes away, with access to rental cars, is a great option for those taking the Eurostar or flying in from abroad.
Restrictions: Trip must be booked by April 2, 2018 and must be used before March 1, 2019. Weeks are based upon availability at the time of request. Arrival is after 4:30pm. Departure time is after 4:30pm. There is no refund or trade for cancelled trips or unattended guests. Once scheduled, the trip cannot be changed. Does not include meals or alcohol, airfare and ground transportation.
7. Instant Wine Cellar
Over 150 Bottles of Premium, hand-selected wine from FWMoA Donors and Kroger.
BECOME A WINE CONNOISSEUR with this AMAZING Instant Wine Cellar! You have the opportunity to leave tonight with more than 150 bottles of highly valued supreme wine!
Some of the premier wine included in this Instant Wine Cellar are bottles of…
Nickel and Nickel Cabernet, Machete and Papillion from Orin Swift, Stag Leap Artemis, and a vintage Jordon Cabernet!
…as well as favorite vintages from private cellars and many FWMoA members. Each bottle has a personal memory note attached distinct to the donor. As you indulgently linger over a bottle of Bordeaux, your heart will be enriched with the stories of how this bottle can be a part of your one-of-a-kind collection.
FWMoA has arranged tours of three of Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates spectacular wineries in California, Oregon or Washington for 4 people! To get familiar with their intricate styles, this package includes 12 bottles of their wine that celebrate these regions, representing the best of each state’s unique territory.
We all know wine is best when enjoyed with food! Catablu will provide tantalizing appetizers for your party of 10. Bringing this incredible wine package full cork, you will have your very own personal Sommelier, Jeff Armstrong from Wine Time, to educate you on your wines and the tasting notes in your selection! Cheers!
This package also includes a Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler with Black Tinted Mirror Glass Door and 2 wine racks.
Restrictions: Wine must be picked up from the museum by March 16. Wine tasting and appetizers mutually agreeable date. Any gratuity for party is the responsibility of buyer. Alcohol and beer not included.
8. Tuscan Experience Getaway for 10 with Private Chef
“Vacation in a renaissance painting…”
Your group of 10 will enjoy privacy, serenity and spectacular views in a 16th century home immersed in an oasis of natural beauty. This is the perfect experience for families and friends, a romantic getaway, and an ideal retreat.
For one week, you will enjoy the surrounding countryside which offers stunning valley and mountain views, many walking trails, the exquisite pool, and hundreds of miles of country roads for bicycling or touring by car. Here you will get a taste of the traditions and customs, while enjoying breathtaking views over Cortona’s mountains and valley, in the utmost of privacy.
Experience what it is like to live like Etruscan Royalty, with a private cook for the entire week to prepare your breakfast each morning and spectacular dinners every evening featuring amazing dishes and the food is included! Each time you sit at the table will become a memorable experience in itself! Here you will taste the real flavors of Tuscany’s traditional food. On one of your days, a cooking class will be arranged, with your cook. This class is not only about executing recipes, but you will discover the authentic traditional Tuscan cooking the way that it was in the past, when families were self-sufficient thanks to their own farms.
Complete your adventure with a private wine tour in the charming countryside of Cortona where you will learn the secrets behind some of the world’s finest wines. Afterward, you will have the exclusive opportunity to join the vineyards’ owner for lunch at his private home.
If you wish for additional activities during your free time outside of what is included, arrangements can be made for other wine tastings, unique one-day tours to explore the charming cities that you can reach from Cortona such as Florence, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Todi, Orvieto, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Arezzo; private cheese making experiences; olive oil and truffle tours; sport and nature experiences such as bike and trekking tours; horseback riding through the Tuscan countryside; golf; tennis; fishing & hunting; shopping tours to wonderful fashion outlets and much, much more!
Restrictions: Trip must be booked by April 2, 2018 and must be used before March 1, 2019. Weeks are based upon availability at the time of request. Arrivals take place between 3:30pm and 7:00pm local time. Departure by 09.30am. The pool is open from April 1st- October 30th. There is no refund or trade for cancelled trips or unattended guests. Once scheduled, the trip cannot be changed. Airfare and ground transportation not included. Alcohol or wine with meals, but suggestions for purchase and shipping will be provided upon request. Free time activities, but can be arranged separately as extra services.
Browse a selection of the 2018 silent auction items.