6th Annual Bidding War Benefits Garden-to-Plate Initiatives & Scholarships

Austin’s most unique and tasty online charity auction gears up for the 6th Annual Food Fight with a lineup of culinary contenders that are sure to have food lovers putting up their dukes. The 12-day online bidding battle begins Monday, October 13 with a menu filled with one-of-a-kind foodie experiences.

The yearly Food Fight! is the key fundraiser for the Austin chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international service organization of women culinary professionals who support local school garden projects, culinary scholarships and hunger programs.

More than 50 unique and tasty culinary experiences ranging in value from $20 to $3,000 will entice food and wine lovers to battle it out to secure winning bids. Chefs, restaurants and culinary businesses have generously donated items from chef-prepared private dinners to autographed cookbooks to VIP, one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. The bidding begins on Monday, October 13 at ldeiaustin.org/food-fight and new items are continually added throughout the auction. The online aspect of the auction makes it easy for anyone to bid and support the Les Dames’ local community initiatives such as culinary scholarships and school garden projects.

“Austin Dames have tapped their resources to create bid packages with many food and wine insider opportunities you can’t get anywhere else,” said Cathy Strange, president of the Austin Les Dames chapter and global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market®. “And the best part is that the good-natured bidding wars all benefit school gardens and culinary scholarships for women.”


Whole Foods Market, a leading natural and organic foods supermarket, is the auction’s presenting sponsor, and is joined in support for the online charity auction by Greenling and Aaron Field.


A sampling of auction items up for bid includes:

o   Humboldt County Cheese Nirvana – A celebration of California’s “Humboldt County” food, beer and wine, with four cheeses by Cypress Grove Chevre to be enjoyed with four carefully chosen wines and four beers along with crackers, jalapeno jelly, mustard dill sauce, and a generous serving of smoked salmon.

o   Awaken Your Senses: Yoga Class with Expert-Led Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tasting for 12 – A unique and delicious private three-hour experience for you and a group of friends. The yoga class will heighten your senses and tickle your mind’s taste buds, followed by a curated taste-and-learn of fine wines, cheeses and chocolates to complete your adventure with culinary joy.

o   3-Days of Fun, Fun, Fun – A rain or shine ticket to this much-loved Austin festival that features music, food, comedy, and more.

o   Farmhouse Delivery: A Week’s Worth of Dinners – Farmhouse Delivery co-founders team up to offer everything you need for a week’s worth of locally sourced dinners. They’ll schedule a phone consultation to discuss your preferences and lifestyle needs, then create a meal plan for the week based on Farmhouse Delivery’s weekly offerings.

o   The Driskill Package – One-night stay for two in a Vintage Guestroom, and a seven-course dinner with wine pairings at the Driskill Grill.

o   Private Dinner on the Farmhouse Porch – Enjoy a four-course dinner for 10 guests on the farmhouse porch at Springdale Farm. Chef Sonya Cote builds your menu around the freshest harvest from the farm. Dinner will be paired with wines from Fall Creek Vineyard.

o   Franklin Barbecue Private Party for 30! Calling all brisket lovers–no need to wait in line for smoked meat with all the trimmings from Austin’s most acclaimed barbecue shrine.

o   Stonehouse Vineyards and Moveable Feast – A four-course dinner for 8 prepared by a private chef, with wine pairings, and served in a spectacular setting.


The Austin Chapter of Les Dames has one of the largest chapter memberships for the international organization and includes Austin’s most dynamic women culinary professionals committed to serving the local community. Chapter members offer scholarships and mentoring to women entering the culinary and hospitality industries, organize culinary education events, support school garden projects and volunteer hundreds of hours each year in the community helping to feed Austin’s homeless. To donate items for the Food Fight! Online Charity Auction, emailinfo@AustinFoodFight.org. For media queries, please contact Alissa Ireland, alissa@giantnoise.com.


Les Dames d’ Escoffier International (LDEI) is an organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality professions. Founded in 1976 in New York as a non-profit organization, LDEI’s mission includes education, advocacy and philanthropy. The Austin Dames chapter was chartered in 2003 and is one of 28 chapters in the U.S. and Canada.


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Hayden Walker
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Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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