Eat, drink, be merry at CCLC’s fall benefit auction

Anyone who has attended the Child Care and Learning Center’s annual fall benefit auction is well acquainted with the high quality and huge quantity of food that’s served. It’s one of the main reasons people show up!

For $30 on Nov. 13, guests can eat their fill, enjoy a glass of fine local wine and participate in an auction to benefit a worthy cause.

Chef Mary Arthur’s culinary arts students will keep guests coming back for more during the auction with savory dishes prepared from donor contributions. There will be beef from Harmany Highland, pork from Meadowgreen Farm, fruits and vegetables picked at Waterpenny Farm, apples from Lee’s Orchard, chicken plucked right out of Belle Meade and more.

Organizers have heard through the grapevine that wine is on the way from Chester Gap Cellars and coffee will be pouring in from Central Roasters. Eggs for the party are courtesy of Elizabeth Jones.

Auction bidders can win a 50- pound roasted pig from Josh Perot or an organic Thanksgiving turkey from True Grit Farm. For dessert, place the winning bid and take home gift certificates from Red Truck Bakery.

Other epicurean opportunities to bid on include gift certificates for The Blue Rock Inn, Black Bear Bistro and Thornton River Grill. Oak Crest Winery donated a dinner for six. There is also a chance for a dinner for four at Jim and Debbie Donehey’s; a personal cooking class with Chef David Poran, dinner with Judith Hope and a special gourmet Korean dining experience.

Care to sleep on it? Foster-Harris House, La Bella Terra and Middleton Inn are each donating a night’s lodging and breakfast the next day.

A special tour of Shenandoah National Park’s historic Skyland Lodge, plus dinner and a night’s stay will also be auctioned.

CCLC’s auction and party starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Washington School in Washington. Admission is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Send admission requests to: CCLC, P.O. Box 520, Washington, Va. 22747.