2021 Virtual Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction

Twenty-eight years of entertainment and epicurean delights

The WPSU-TV Connoisseur’s Dinner & Auction is our longest-running and most successful fundraising event to support WPSU-TV’s essential local services to the community. For 28 years 300 guests have looked forward to dining on a menu hand-selected by a PBS celebrity chef while listening to live music and bidding on exclusive auction items. As you can imagine, it is hard during a pandemic to replace something of this magnitude.

 

2021 Virtual Events

We are excited to announce that we have three entertaining and exciting ways for you to support the station.

1

Bid on auction items!

This auction to benefit WPSU will open for bidding on

Friday, January 22, at 8:00 p.m.

Bid on dozens of items donated by local businesses and WPSU patrons, such as a beautiful custom-made box, quilts, a weekend stay at Pine Barn Inn, and much more.

Visit the Online Auction »
2

Watch “Virtual Chef’s Table”

Support local restaurants, farm-to-table providers, and public television!

January 29, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Chefs from Re Farm Café at Windswept and Pine Grove Hall (Tory Glossner) will incorporate ingredients from local produce and dairy farms, butchers, and other locally sourced providers to walk participants through the steps of preparing a four-course meal they have designed to celebrate WPSU’s Virtual Connoisseur’s Dinner. The event is free to attend.

Register for Cooking Demonstration »

Then, pick up your four-course meals

February 6, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

The two restaurants will offer these connoisseur menus for $100 per person as packaged meals for pickup on February 6 at their locations and donate a portion of the proceeds in support of WPSU public television. The deadline to order your meals directly through the restaurants is Saturday, January 30, at 5:00 p.m.

 

Menus

Pine Grove Hall

Albondigas
Rising Spring beef and rice meatballs in a smoky tomato broth with Tait Farm root vegetables and pickled chilis

Coca de Verduras
Oliver's Path Farm winter vegetable sheet pan tart with Spanish olives, capers, manchego, and Tait Farm greens

Pennsylvania Paella
PA Paella with Happy Vale Farm chicken, calamari, Windswept Farm winter vegetables, charred orange, peas, and charcoal aioli (vegetarian option available)

Spanish Panna Cotta
Spanish coffee and Meyer Dairy cream panna cotta with salted almond praline and coffee caramel

Place Order »

RE Farm Café at Windswept

SOUP
Soupe á l’oignon
French onion soup with toasted baguette smothered in Gruyère

SMALL PLATE
Tartare de Bière au raifort
Seasoned beetroot on crostini with horseradish cream, and carrot and turnip mustard

CHOICE OF ENTREE
Roulade de Porc aux champignons et Dijon (Meat Option) Mushroom stuffed local pork loin with mustard cream, herb roasted carrots, and salt potatoes

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Champignon Epinards Farcis, avec sauce rouillé (Veg Option)
Spinach and herb crouton stuffed and then roasted marinated portobello, with a spicy garlic tomato sauce

FINISH
Baba au Rhum, crème pâtissière
Yeast cake filled with pastry cream

Place Order »

Remember, this connoisseur’s dinner experience supports local farms and restaurants, and a donation is included to WPSU!

 

3

Watch the Connoisseur’s Dinner Celebration

February 6, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

WPSU’s Carolyn Donaldson and Rob Butler will host a one-hour virtual event featuring appearances by five Connoisseur’s Dinner celebrity chefs and many other surprises.


Chef Nick Stellino
Host of Nick Stellino Storyteller in the Kitchen II

Chef Mary Ann Esposito
Host of Ciao Italia

Chef Michael Solomonov
Israeli chef and restaurateur, known for his Philadelphia restaurant, Zahav

Chef Paul Brooke-Taylor
Head chef at Highclere Castle

2022 Connoisseur's Dinner chef video announcement

 

 

Register for the Virtual Conn Dinner »

 

Challenge Grant

Our goal is to celebrate this amazing event’s memorable moments and inspire you along the way to donate to WPSU-TV.

Thanks to a two-for-one match from WPSU donors Peter and Anne Tombros, your contributions during the event will go even further. When donations reach $5,000, Peter and Anne will cap that with an additional $5,000.

Donate Now »

 

Sponsors

McQuaide Blasko
Del Grosso Encompass Health
Stocker Subaru