Escape to Tuscany at Villa Sassella
18 Seaboard Chef's Menu Dinner for Ten
Out of Africa: Ongava Luxury Private Game Reserve
Rigoletto Walk-On Role
Second Empire Chef's Table for Eight
Jewelsmith Handcrafted Fine Jewelry
Primland Blue Ridge Mountain Resort & Spa
Year of Flowers by Teacup Floral
ESCAPE TO TUSCANY AT VILLA SASSELLA
Spend a week in the natural beauty of Tuscany, Italy at Villa Sassella. Situated in Compignano, a small hamlet with much history, high on the wooded slopes of Monte Quiesa, midway between the ancient walled town of Lucca and the modern seaside city of Viareggio. There are remarkable views over the coastal plains out to the Mediterranean and of the Lago di Massaciucoli. Villa Sassella was restored in the early 1970's having been derelict since the 1940's. It is said the house dates to the 14th Century and was originally part of the neighboring church's estate. Creation of The Gardens and restoration of the surrounding land began in the Spring of 1995.
Despite its origins as a humble farmhouse, many modern facilities were added during restoration, yet the house remains its rustic charm and connection to its wild surroundings. There is plenty of space for guests, accommodating up to 12 people through 6 bedrooms. There are five full bathrooms, a guest toilet and a poolside shower.
18 SEABOARD CHEF'S MENU DINNER FOR TEN
Enjoy dinner for 10 at 18 Seaboard, “where southern hospitality celebrates seasonal ingredients.” You and your guests will delight in a four course chef’s menu complete with wine pairings at one of Raleigh’s finest restaurants, 2015 winner of Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award. As Chef-Proprietor of 18 Seaboard, Jason Smith celebrates straightforward American cuisine with a modestly contemporary edge. By marrying all that he’s learned from his mentors with his enthusiasm for cooking, it’s certain that he’ll leave his mark on North Carolina dining just as those excellent chefs left their indelible mark on him. Winner of multiple Metro Magazine Bravo awards as well as other local media rankings for "best chef", "restaurant", "power lunch" and "best service", 18 Seaboard has become the favorite place for your special occasion.
OUT OF AFRICA: ONGAVA LUXURY PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Five-day, four-night, all-inclusive stay for four in first-class luxury at Ongava Wildlife Preserve in Namibia, Africa.
Have you always harbored an Out of Africa fantasy? Dreamed of tracking wild rhino or watching zebras congregate to drink in the wild as you sip a cocktail? The timelessly chic Ongava Game Reserve turns that dream into a magnificent, memorable reality. Adjacent to the wild beauty of Etosha National Park in Namibia, Ongava Lodge is a place where you can observe all manner of wild beasts flocking to the nearby watering holes—all while basking in the “creature” comforts of private baths, luxury suites and cooling units. Daily game drives offer an up-close look at elusive predators, as well as abundant exotic birds. Guided hikes offer sightings of elephants, big cats and zebras. The Ongava Research Centre is devoted to stewardship and preservation of this magnificent region of our planet.
Make Ongava the keystone to your African dream trip! Consider adding Capetown, the Skeleton Coast or Victoria Falls to this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Julian Harrison at Premier Tours, specializing in African Tours, will help you design a dynamite trip. Premiertours.com
RIGOLETTO WALK ON ROLE
Ever wondered what it’s like to be on stage, in a costume, under the lights, hearing the orchestra and voices from the best place in the house? Here’s your chance to do exactly that! Appear onstage in a walk-on role as a “supernumerary” (an on-stage, non-singing role) in the upcoming performance of Verdi's Rigoletto. The court jester Rigoletto insults and humiliates all those around him for the amusement of his boss, the Duke of Mantua. But eventually those words come back to haunt him, setting him and his innocent, love-struck daughter Gilda on a course for disaster. You will immediately recognize the parade of hit tunes from Gilda’s “Caro nome” to the Duke’s “La donna è mobile” and to the thrilling final quartet. At the heart of the story though is Rigoletto himself, a tragic title character worthy of Shakespeare, a case study that proves that nothing good ever comes from hate and a never-ending thirst for revenge.
Starring Jacqueline Echols, Mark Walters, Joseph Dennis, Soloman Howard and YOU! In addition to the performances, the experience also includes participation in rehearsals, costume fittings and backstage activities, an inside experience being part of an NC Opera production! Don’t just support opera, be in it!
SECOND EMPIRE CHEF'S TABLE FOR EIGHT
Imagine a dining experience that combines an atmosphere of classical history and elegance with a selection of cuisine that is as exquisitely unique as it is delicious. When you and seven of your friends enjoy dinner from the Chef’s table at Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, you will interact directly with Chef Daniel Schurr and his staff throughout your dinner and experience firsthand the techniques utilized by them. Then imagine delighting your senses with a world-class wine selection. It’s not your imagination. Located in the beautifully restored Dodd-Hinsdale House in downtown Raleigh, Second Empire satisfies the highest of standards. Its delectable menu, spectacular wine list and polished service have won the AAA Four Diamond Award, the DiRoNa Award, the Open Table Diner’s Choice Award, and the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Simply put, a trip to Second Empire is an experience unlike any other!
JEWELSMITH HANDCRAFTED FINE JEWELRY
Dazzle with a unique piece of fine jewelry from the 10-year running INDY "best jewelry store in the Triangle." Select a piece of handcrafted jewelry of your choice valued up to $1,000. Jewelsmith’s mission is to combine world-class jewelry design with hometown approachability. They are renowned for creating whimsical custom jewelry work and provide a fun and unique shopping experience. Their store, located in Durham, NC, is filled with original designs in just about every price range, including engagement rings, wedding rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and more. In addition to the traditional precious metals like gold, silver and platinum, they use a number of alternative materials such as wood, palladium, neoprene and stainless steel. Jewelsmith is committed to selling diamonds and gemstones that are socially responsible.
PRIMLAND: BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA
This pristine Blue Ridge Mountain resort offers 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Primland is the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, refined dining and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty. It was the vision of Primland’s founder, Didier Primat, to create a place of immense beauty that offers his guests a return to simple human pleasures in an environment of refined authenticity and sensuality. He developed Primland in an eco-conscious and thoughtful manner, as the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, refined dining and outdoor activities. Primland’s love of the land is expressed in its extensive efforts to minimize our impact on nature, the freshness of the food, the many organic, sustainable ingredients that are sourced locally or grown in our organic garden and the care with which they look after their guests.
YEAR OF FLOWERS BY TEACUP FLORAL
Each month Teacup Floral will deliver a seasonal, handcrafted flower arrangement perfectly sized for a kitchen island, credenza, or dining room table. From consultation through delivery, Teacup Floral provides a boutique style experience. The owner, Kelley starts from scratch designing art from nature's most beautiful creations. Emotion and beauty are behind every detail. By pairing unique, seasonal blooms with gorgeous flower favorites, Teacup Florals creates awe-inspiring designs to brighten up your home and heart.