Frequently Asked Questions

What time do the dinners start?

All dinners start promptly at 6:30pm and brunch starts at 10:00am. 

Ideally you will be welcomed with an appetizer reception, however in some cases guests may be seated at the table right away.

What is the process for the dinners?

Dinners are staffed by a host representing Classic Wines Auction or one of our nonprofit beneficiaries. This person will greet you when you arrive and provide instructions for where to sit. Please direct all questions to this person at the dinner. Once the dinner begins following the reception, the meal will begin, each course ideally paired with a different wine. The winemaker or winery proprietor will speak about the wines and, if possible, the chef will come out to speak about the meal. Feel fee to interact with the winemaker and ask questions. You will also have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win prizes including restaurant gift certificates. Note that all dinners are different and the experience may vary.

After buying tickets, I found out that I cannot attend. Can I get a refund?

Due to the fundraising nature of our events, we cannot issue refunds. However, we are happy to transfer your ticket to another person. 

What happens if a dinner is canceled, like in the case of inclement weather?

On rare occasions, like a sudden snowstorm, we may need to postpone a dinner. This is for the safety of restaurant and winery personnel as well as our guests. If a dinner needs to be canceled, we will email all guests as soon as the decision has been made and post notifications on our website and social media. If there is any question, please check those places for notification.

Where does my money go?

We are proud to support five local nonprofit organizations. Proceeds benefit the nonprofits listed on this page.

Do I need to provide the names of all my guests?

Ideally, we would love to know the names of all guests attending these dinners so we can properly seat people and ensure the best experience for everyone. You will be asked to provide guest names (and email addresses) when buying tickets. Having everyone's contact information ensures that everyone receives important information. 

Can I choose who I sit with?

Yes! We are happy to seat you with whomever you choose. Please be sure to note your seating preference during registration and feel free to shoot us an email with any seating requests. If there are any concerns about your seat when you arrive, please talk with the host. Often the tables will be pre-set with placecards to allow for proper attention to those with dietary restrictions.

What about dietary restrictions?

Chefs create special menus for these meals, which are curated to pair with the wines provided. Each guest receives the same meal, which is usually served individually but may be served family-style if necessary. We share all dietary restrictions and medical allergies that are communicated to us prior to each dinner with the chefs and they will do their best to make accommodations. In some cases, accommodations may not be possible. Please be sure to note restrictions during registration or email us

Can I bring my kids or dog?

Due to the wine aspect, these dinners are only for guests age 21 and older. Restaurants can not accommodate dogs. 

Do you provide parking? 

Parking is different for each restaurant and we urge you to check the restaurant's website before arriving to determine your best parking options. We do not provide parking or valet services. 

What if I don't drink? Can I get a discount if I don't do the wine tastings?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide discounts to these dinners as they are fundraising events for our nonprofit partners. However, if you prefer not to partake in the wine tastings, accommodations may be made to provide non-alcoholic beverages. Guests can also purchase beverages from the restaurant directly. 

Why are dinners different prices?

We like to make our dinners accessible to everyone. Dinners in the less expensive tier are designed to provide a premier quality of dinners for a more reasonable price. You’ll still get the same bang for your buck!

Why are some dinners sold out before I have a chance to purchase seats?

We offer our major sponsors and nonprofit partners the opportunity to buy seats first as a benefit of their support. Occasionally these pre-sale groups will buy out entire dinners. While we apologize for any frustration this may cause for our guests, it is a key to raising as much money as possible for our nonprofit partners. 

What should I wear?

Business casual attire is appropriate for these dinners.

How long are the dinners?

Dinners range from 2-4 hours. Please note that all dinners are different and the experience may vary. If arranging childcare, please give yourself extra time.

Should I leave gratuity?

It is not necessary to leave gratuity as it is included in your price, however you are welcome to leave additional gratuity if you like. 

Did we miss something? Send us an email and we'll get your question answered. Or give us a call at 503.972.0194.

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