They're not on the high street and you won’t find them by clicking online ... today the Evening Standard launches a second auction of unique treats and experiences to raise funds to support our Christmas Appeal.
Readers are invited to bid for a haul of special lots, from a chance to see some of England’s sporting heroes in action to working alongside a Michelin-starred chef as he prepares to open a new restaurant.
Ollie Dabbous is offering the highest bidder an entire day inside a test kitchen for his new venue. Guests will work alongside him as he creates dishes for it, before taking some of the first seats in the house during the soft opening early next year.
Meanwhile sports fans can bid for a VIP trip to the Women’s Hockey World Cup and take home a signed England jersey.
Food enthusiasts get a chance to watch Standard’s restaurant writer, Fay Maschler at work, with the winning bidder joining her for a meal they will never forget. Wine lovers can bid for a masterclass from this year’s London seller of the year, Tom Lorimer of Lea and Sandeman Wine Merchants, at their home or a venue of their choice.
A luxury hamper from the Evening Standard Magazine team is also waiting to be enjoyed. Chelsea fans can go for a jersey signed by the club’s first teams, and a travel highlight is a four-day, three-night stay at Es Saadi Marrakech Resort in Morocco for two.
All proceeds will go towards our Help a Hungry Child appeal. This paper is raising funds for The Felix Project to ensure no child in any primary school supported by the charity ever goes to bed hungry.
Market-style stalls will be set up in 120 schools across London over the next two years, so disadvantaged young people can take home a bag filled with healthy, nutritious food — items that would otherwise have ended up in landfill.
The auction, powered by fundraising technology company Givergy, opens today and readers have one week to place their bids.
Women's Hockey World Cup
Two lucky readers can secure a balcony view of the action at the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup, which will be held in London next July. They will also have the chance to chat with an Olympian Ambassador and take home a signed jersey from the England team.
Signed Chelsea jersey
Chelsea fans can get their hands on a home shirt signed by the first team.
An ideal Christmas present for a bookworm would be a box of this year’s best, curated by the Evening Standard books department. The hamper will include novels by John le Carré, autobiographies by Hillary Clinton and Sir David Attenborough and a selection of history, cookery and children’s titles.
Sponsor lunch for vulnerable people
Using a reader’s donation, house chefs helped by the reader’s friends or colleagues will cook a delicious hot meal for vulnerable people at Refettorio Felix, a community dining room and drop-in centre in Earl’s Court. All food, drink and service included.
Artist Julia MacMillan is offering one of her sought-after bespoke portraits. The bidder can commission a depiction of a loved one in acrylic, pastels or lacquer.
Add some sparkle to your Christmas this year with a luxury hamper from the ES Magazine team, featuring fine champagnes, artisan spirits, chocolates and preserves.
Avid wine drinkers can bid for a lavish masterclass offered by this year’s London seller of the year. Tom Lorimer of Lea & Sandeman Wine Merchants will open up the world of wines costing up to £500 at the bidder’s own home — or venue of your choice.
A travel highlight is a four-day, three-night stay for two in a suite at Es Saadi Marrakech Resort in Morocco. The resort has eight restaurants, a casino and a 3,000 sq m spa built over three floors around a century-old eucalyptus tree. It hosts the only Dior Institut outside Paris.
Budding journalists have been offered the chance to undertake a week’s work experience at The Mail on Sunday. You will see first-hand how the news and features departments work on Britain’s most-read Sunday newspaper and there will be an opportunity to ask the leading journalists their advice on a career in the industry.
Christian Adams cartoon
Christian Adams’s arrival at the Standard this year heralded the return of the political cartoon to our pages. His brilliant work pokes fun at the powerful and shines a light on inequality. You can bid to be the proud owner of one of his original works.
Ollie Dabbous exclusive preview taster day
Chef Ollie Dabbous has offered a day inside the test kitchen of his new restaurant. Guests will be able to work alongside the Michelin-starred chef as he creates dishes, and take some of the first seats during the venue’s soft opening early next year.
Dinner with ES food critic Fay Maschler
Foodies have the rare chance to watch the Evening Standard's revered restaurant critic, Fay Maschler, in action. The writer does not mince her words when it comes to giving her verdict on London's great - and not so great - restuarants, and the winning bidder will be able to join her for a meal to remember.
For full details and to bid go to givergy.com/charity/the-felix-project