Auction is live through 7 pm on June 21, 2014.
Our Special Vacation packages give you a week in the legendary village of Tepoztlán, Under the Volcano’s base, one hour from Mexico City in the foothills of the great volcanoes Popocatéptl and Ixtaccíhuatl. A world unto itself with thriving pre-Hispanic traditions, its own pyramid, a 16th century UNESCO World Heritage church and a bustling daily market, Tepoztlán is also a perfect launching pad for exploring nearby Cuernavaca, Taxco, the pottery village of Tlayacapan or the citadel of Xochicalco, all within an hour’s drive and suitable for day trips.
HOUSE OF DREAMS
Available by arrangement with the owners between February 1 and November 30, 2015.
This offer includes:
• 7 nights and days for up to 6 with one full weekend;
• Master bedroom (king-sized bed) & two guest rooms;
• Services of cook and housekeeper for 5 days (your choice of breakfast and lunch or dinner, ingredients at your expense);
• Daily use of pool;
• Gourmet dinner with a talk on Mexican art by your hostess;
• Studio visits to local Mexican artists.
• Wifi, of course.
Note: Winning bidder for this package will be required to supply name, address and a fully refundable security deposit of $500 before arrival.
HEART OF TEPOZTLÁN (2 available)
Available by arrangement with the owner between October 1, 2014 and November 30, 2015.
This offer includes:
• 7 nights and days for up to 4 with one full weekend
• Two side-by-side elegantly furnished bedrooms with full beds & shared bath
• Twice weekly cleaning
• Private 4-hour cooking class with Cocinar Mexicano
• Escorted climb to the pyramid or guided hike (your choice)
• Market & museum tour with art expert Janet Dawson
• Wifi of course
Note: Winning bidders for this package will be required to supply name, address and a fully refundable security deposit of $500 before arrival.
ONLINE WRITING RETREAT with UNDER THE VOLCANO (3 available)
Start that memoir, novel, short story, screenplay or journalistic piece you’ve been thinking of writing, or submit up to 50 pages of a work-in-progress. You will work one on one with UTV director Magda Bogin (fiction, non-fiction or translation) or faculty members Jonathan Levi (fiction, theater or journalism) or Alison Wearing (memoir). Choose the instructor you prefer or let us make the match for you based on what you’re writing. Your 3-hour private Skype or phone session will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for you and your instructor, with your writing sample emailed in advance. You will receive written feedback and suggestions for revision. Option to schedule two 90-minute sessions instead of one 3-hour block.
MEXICO IN NEW YORK (New York only) – 4 items
We are honored and excited to have the generous support of the three top Mexican restaurants in New York and their respective chefs, who are all adding their cookbooks to an evening of fine dining. If you live within walking, biking, hiking or driving distance of any of these places you have got yourself and your guests a great evening on the town.
Mexican born and raised, Chef Barbara Sibley founded La Palapa in 2000 to bring authentic Mexican food to New York diners. A one-woman whirlwind and culinary ambassador, she is a tireless advocate for the depth and breadth of Mexican cuisine, the first to be recognized by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Heritage of Mankind. Her restaurant on St. Mark’s Place is a not-to-be missed destination for aficionados and uninitiated alike.
Our Palapa package offers a tequila and antojitos tasting menu for four, along with a copy of Barbara’s book, Antojitos: Festive and Flavorful Mexican Small Plates.
Mexican chef Roberto Santibáñez first made his name at New York’s Rosa Mexicano, where he put his original, sophisticated stamp on classical Mexican cuisine. He’s now the chef/owner of Fonda, with three relaxed locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, where he continues his culinary riffs with the kind of contemporary, urban Mexican food you’d find in Mexico City.
Our Fonda package offers a 4-course dinner for four with margaritas and mezcal, as well as copies of Roberto’s latest cookbook, Tacos, Tortas & Tamales. Your winning bid is valid at any Fonda: Park Slope, Lower East Side or Chelsea.
With four locations in Manhattan, all under the baton of Executive Chef Ivy Stark, Dos Caminos exemplifies a chic, urbane and beautifully presented Mexican cuisine that never loses sight of its traditional roots. Dos Caminos is known for its flavorful renditions of Mexican classics and its vast selection of tequilas.
Our Dos Caminos package offers dinner and drinks for four with a set of Dos Caminos cookbooks. Your winning bid is valid at Dos Caminos Park Avenue or any of their other three locations.
And to top it all off or to celebrate a very special occasion, we have this:
MEZCAL TRIO from ILEGAL
Ilegal Mezcal is known to connoisseurs of Lowry’s favorite drink as one of the top artisanal mezcals on the market. Stewed, brewed and aged in Oaxaca, Ilegal is hand-crafted, hand-bottled and numbered.
Our offer from Ilegal includes one bottle each of their joven, their reposado and their añejo, along with a pair of cocktail coasters, two shot glasses, a recipe booklet and their classy t-shirt.