I just got an email about this auction (copied and pasted below my personal comments), sponsored by Gourmet Magazine, which benefits the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and The Lunchbox Fund of South Africa.
Might be a nice Christmas gift for the foodie in your life, or yourself, cause we could all use a little something special once in a while. ;-)
I went to a "Chinese Auction" once with my ex-sister in law, got all caught up in a few things I wanted and a bidding war ensued and ended up paying more than they were worth...I HATE TO LOSE!!
"Join celebrity chef Mario Batali and Michael Stipe for an auction of custom lunchboxes designed by celebrities from the entertainment, fashion, music, art, and culinary worlds —all to benefit hunger relief. Do your part by bidding on your very own lunchbox, or purchase tickets today to the exclusive kick-off party on December 11, in New York City, hosted by Gourmet in conjunction with the Food Bank For New York City and The Lunchbox Fund!
Bid on your favorite custom-designed lunchbox by Mario Batali, Beastie Boys, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Chang, Tom Colicchio, Salman Rushdie, Cameron Diaz, the cast of Gossip Girl, Rachael Ray, Eva Mendes, Mike Myers, Ellen Page, Michael Stipe, Liv Tyler, Diane Von Furstenberg, and many others--plus, Gourmet's Ruth Reichl and Sara Moulton.
Auction starts December 12, 2008, at 12:00 a.m. EST, and ends on December 18, 2008, at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Each lunchbox is numbered and signed; no two are alike"
if anyone is interested in tickets, or more information: