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 Bid now in our First-ever Online Trip Auctions

With the help of our Third Annual Excellence Gala's celebrity chefs, we've curated some fantastic trips to hot spots courtesy of United Airlines. Trip includes two (2) United Polaris business class service tickets. Your winning bid will help impact the lives of deserving students and scholars in significant ways. 

Bidding takes place Oct. 1 -17. Click here to enter!



Two (2) United Polaris Business Class Tickets to BARCELONA, SPAIN

Starting Bid: $3,500

Bid Increments: $100

To reach Chef Antonia Lofaso’s favorite destination, you’ll first need to visit Barcelona, Spain! After taking in the art, architecture, and delectable delights of the city, you can take a quick boat ride or a short charter flight to Formentera. It is the smallest of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its clear waters and long stretches of beautiful beaches. Foodies, look for twists on paella and craft cocktails at sunset. Don’t forget to pack a bathing suit as the sea is this island’s playground. Snorkeling, sailing, and sun-bathing are all favorite pastimes for visitors. 

 Why Formentera?

“I recently opened DAMA, and wanted to spend more time in Spain – specifically the little islands to explore their little gems of food.” 

Top travel tip for Formentera: “Bring your bathing suit, sunscreen & wrap and be prepared to eat lunch at 4pm and dinner at midnight and sleep in!



Two (2) United Polaris Business Class Tickets to PARIS, FRANCE

Starting Bid: $3,500

Bid Increments: $100

A devoted francophile, Chef Tanya Holland’s favorite destination is of course Paris! Whether this is your first time or tenth trip to the City of Lights, there is always something new to discover. Take in the art, food, culture, and general everyday life of Europe’s most cosmopolitan city during your getaway. Whether you’re visiting a Michelin Starred hot spot, enjoying a picnic along the Seine, or simply people-watching with a glass du vin. Paris never fails to inspire thoughts of a return visit tout suite. 

Why Paris?

“France is important to me because I’m a huge Francophile. My birthday is Bastille Day, so it seems meant to be. I lived in Paris for a short time as well. 

Top travel tip for Paris? “Everyone should just walk the city and get lost. I love all of the neighborhoods, especially the ones with pedestrian street markets. In Paris, find a good neighborhood bistro or brasserie and have the plat du jour - something simple. Study Paris par Arrondissement before going - Paris by Neighborhood. Know the general layout of the city. And if you have time, take a train to the countryside!”

Proceeds from these auctions benefit The Trotter Project, which is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of Chef Charlie Trotter. It provides education and mentoring opportunities to aspiring culinary professionals through its Pillars of Excellence Program. Your bid helps support the foundation’s core initiatives, including the Pillars of Excellence Program’s scholarships, culinary arts summer camp, and farm-to-classroom initiatives and more.

Auction ends at 11:59 pm (US Central Time) on Thursday, Oct. 17 

Rules and Restrictions:

Bids on auction items must be made at least in the minimum bidding increments. ALL BIDS ARE FINAL. Winning bidders are automatically contacted at the close of the auction. Payment in full is required on all successful bids. All winning bids will be processed on your credit card within 48 hours of the close of the auction. The Trotter Project reserves the right to reassign your item to the next highest bidder if payment is not made. All sales are final. We cannot accommodate returns, exchanges or refunds. Airfare certificates cannot be replaced or reissued. Purchase price of two tickets not to exceed $15,000 including taxes and fees.

All auction items are non-transferable and valid only for personal use by auction winner. Re-sale of items is prohibited and subject to forfeiture.

Auction item values are good faith estimates. Any amount paid over this estimate may be tax-deductible.

Unless otherwise specified, all auction items and services must be used within one year from date of purchase. Airfare packages are subject to availability and may be subject to blackout and expiration dates. We strongly recommend that you book your tickets within 30 days of purchase to reserve the dates you prefer. The Trotter Project is not responsible for making travel arrangements or reservations upon destination arrival. The purchaser is responsible for researching and obtaining all applicable passport and visa requirements on foreign travel packages. United Airlines, Inc. is only acting as a prize provider and is not responsible for the conduct of the auction. All air travel is subject to United Airlines’ Contract of Carriage.

Items not claimed within twelve months will become property of The Trotter Project and may be used or resold according to the needs of the organization.

All attempts have been made to catalog and describe auction items correctly. All items are sold “as is” and The Trotter Project neither warrants nor represents, and in no event will be responsible for the correctness of the description, authenticity, authorship or condition of the items. No statement contained herein, in the program or made orally at the sale or elsewhere shall be deemed to be such a warranty or representation of assumption of liability.

All packages sold at the auction are to be undertaken at the sole risk of the purchaser. The Trotter Project shall not be liable or responsible in any way for the loss, injury or damage to, or in respect to, any person or property, howsoever caused or arising.