This year’s conference theme for HEC 96, “Together”, will focus on the spirit of people and service to others. HEC celebrates the human connection within hospitality and the power of unity to overcome difficulty together. DC Central Kitchen has a demonstrated history of using the power that collaboration provides to build paths to innovation and opportunity. DC Central Kitchen is a nonprofit organization focused on preventing both poverty and hunger through job training in cooperation with the local hospitality industry. They develop and operate social ventures that break the cycle of hunger and poverty, including culinary job training, community meals, tackling food waste, and delivering healthy food to schools and the outer community. We chose DC Central Kitchen because we believe they embody our theme by combating food insecurity and unemployment using innovative and inspiring methods that bridge the gap between hospitality and social responsibility. This silent auction will continue our effort to highlight and honor DCCK which originally began during HEC 95, before the conference was reimagined.

Our programming for this conference explores forward-thinking solutions, highlights a resilient industry, and inspires fellowship across communities. DC Central Kitchen bridges the gap between hospitality and social responsibility using innovation and the spirit of compassion, and we are so proud to support their work at HEC.

Our auction will feature hotel stays, meals at Michelin star restaurants, wine tastings, golf, and more. To learn more about DC Central Kitchen, visit 



1. Any bids found to be made fraudulently will be disqualified

2. Bidders must provide a name (no anonymous bids)

3. Minimum bid and bid increase amounts must be adhered to for bids to be valid

4. Bidders must claim their prize no later than 9:30 PM EST on Friday March 12, 2021. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited to the second-highest bidder

NOTE: Bids over fair market value will qualify the bidder for a tax-deductible receipt from DC Central Kitchen for the overage amount.


03/05/21 8:00 AM - Auction opens

03/12/21 7:00 PM - Auction closes

03/12/21 8:00 PM - Winners announced at Closing Mocktail Virtual Dining Room

03/12/21 9:00 PM - 9:45 PM - Payment processing via Zoom or phone

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California Wine Country

Wine Tasting for 4

A multi-generational, family owned winery, Stewart Cellars' uniqueness comes from its approach to winemaking. With the goal of surpassing expectation a thousand times over, Stewart Cellars are always on a quest. They are on a quest for the best fields, the most lush fruit, like-minded growers, all to deliver perfection in each bottle that speaks to the "terroir" of each vineyard. Enjoy a complimentary tasting in the beautiful Tasting Hall which boasts mesmerizing views of the courtyard through floor to ceiling windows.

Estimated Value: $190
Starting Bid: $100
Bid Intervals: $20

Location: Napa Valley, CA

Dine at Per Se

Salon Tasting for 2

Critically acclaimed interpretation of The French Laundry, Per Se was opened by world famous chef, Thomas Keller. The property is Chef Keller's second three-Michelin-starred restaurant that features daily nine-course tasting menus and nine-course vegetable tasting menus that never repeat a single ingredient. Per Se combines French cooking techniques, the finest quality of ingredients available, and an award-winning wine list consisting of more than 2,000 bottles. Enjoy an intimate, two-person salon tasting at the Relais & Châteaux associated restaurant.

Estimated Value: $650
Starting Bid: $400
Bid Intervals: $70

Location: New York, NY

Silent Auction
Far Above Cayuga's Waters

An Ithaca and Cornell Favorite

Enjoy a lunch for 2 at the illustrious Taverna Banfi where seasoned professionals and impassioned Cornell students work together to provide the ultimate Ithaca fine dining experience.

Estimated Value: $90 
Starting Bid: $50 
Bid Intervals: $10 

Location: Ithaca, NY

Far Above Cayuga's Waters
Hit the Range

Golf for 4 + Cart Service

Home to golfing in the Atlanta area and iconic reversible courses, the Bobby Jones Golf Course boasts two amazing courses: the Azalea and the Magnolia. The Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation has used its $23 million in contributions to date to honor the legacy of Bobby Jones and the historic golf course. 

Estimated Value: $320
Starting Bid: $200
Bid Intervals: $30

Location: Atlanta, GA

Silent Auction
Maui Nō Ka ʻOi

Dating back to chants and songs from the 1800s, the phrase Maui nō ka 'oi was coined as a humble brag maintained throughout the years by the people of Maui. Today it is commonly translated to mean, "Maui is indeed the best, '' a claim that is not far from true; this prize is intended to prove this very statement. Relax for three nights at the pristine Westin Resort in Ka'anapali, bordered to the west by the Pacific ocean and to the east by the West Maui Forest Reserve.

Estimated Value: $1500
Starting Bid: $900
Bid Intervals: $150

Location: Maui, Hawai'i


MFG Your Way

Enjoy a credit of up to $300 at any Major Food Group participating restaurant, with the exception of Parm. MFG is a hospitality company that was founded by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick (A&S '05). Their small restaurant originally located in New York's Little Italy evolved into a culinary powerhouse and one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in America. MFG currently operates twenty-one restaurants that all share a common thread — multi-dimensional, culturally-rooted cuisine and unforgettable dining experiences.

Estimated Value: $300
Starting Bid: $200
Bid Intervals: $40

Location: New York, NY

Where The Sun Always Shines

One Night Stay + Breakfast + Parking

Enjoy the blue waters and sunny skies at the historic, 133 year old Hotel Del Coronado. The Del, a Curio Collection hotel by Hilton, has seen the likes of Marilyn Monroe; Presidents Harrison, Taft, Roosevelt, Nixon, Carter, and Ford; Charlie Chaplin, and more grace its grounds. The architecture of the hotel, the high-profile celebrities and figures that have visited the hotel, and the movies that have been filmed at the hotel have contributed to its being designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

Estimated Value: $750
Starting Bid: $450
Bid Intervals: $80

Location: San Diego, CA