2018 Calendar

Grand Tasting

SaturdaySeptember 812:00 PM



  • Grand Tasting – 12pm-4pm
  • VIP Grand Tasting – 11am-4pm
  • Live Auction – 2pm (see items below)

A display of 80 Bugatti cars, international wines, gourmet food tastings from the top restaurants, and appearances and competitions featuring celebrity chef David Burke, Saturday’s Grand Tasting is a tantalizing feast for the senses.

The centerpiece event of the weekend, the Grand Tasting grants guests access to sample hundreds of tastings from local and national restaurants, wineries, and specialty vendors, while admiring fine car displays, highlighted by the International Bugatti Tour’s first visit to New York State and the first time to the United States in a decade.

Descending on the Saratoga Spa State Park’s reflecting pool for a “Bugatti Ballet” auto display, the Grand Tasting will boast 80 luxury Bugatti automobiles including the only two ultra-rare, $40-million-plus 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantics in existence, together onsite for the first time in more than 15 years.

The main stage will host speeches, special guest appearances, live music and an “Iron Chef”-styled competition featuring James Beard Award-winning chef, David Burke. Burke will have a presence with a taste of dishes from Tavern62, David Burke Kitchen, Woodpecker, Salt and Char, Morrisey’s, The Blue Hen and Adelphi Garden by David Burke.


VIP Grand Tasting

Guests who purchase a VIP ticket have earlier access to the festivities and a dedicated VIP Bugatti Clubhouse presented by M&T Bank with curated food, wine, events and activities.

A VIP Grand Tasting ticket, which allows earlier entry to the Grand Tasting (11am) and exclusive access to the VIP area, is available for $175.


Live Auction Items

Live auction will be held at 2pm, with auctioneer Colin Cowie

Chopard Watch
One of the world’s premier luxury watchmakers, Chopard meticulously crafts each masterpiece in its workshops in Switzerland. The winner will receive a brand new Chopard watch—not merely an attractive time-piece, but an emblem of tradition, innovation, and fine craftsmanship.

Jim Taylor Car Rides
Jim Taylor’s private car collection is extensive, renowned, and increasingly majestic. Located in Gloversville, New York, his collection and museum includes over 25 different makes and more than 100 vehicles. The winner will enjoy an exclusive driving tour of the collection, with rides in several
of Taylor’s prized cars.

Costa Rica Villa
Perched high over the Pacific Ocean in the Diamante Eco Adventure Park and Animal Sanctuary, this 7000 square foot property, housing up to 22 guests, is one of the most unique vacation experiences in all of Costa Rica. Surrounded by beautiful local greenery and views of crystal blue waters and rolling mountaintops, the Estate offers a myriad of amenities including an infinity pool, patios, nearby beaches, breakfast, and maid services. With stunning sunsets and shining stars almost every night, the dazzling
Hilltop Hacienda promises a relaxing and opulent Costa Rican vacation.

Percent Thoroughbred Ownership
A 2% ownership in a West Point Thoroughbreds racehorse during her racing career entitles this winner to all the benefits (including access to paddock, backstretch, and (hopefully) winners circle, as well as any net purse distributions the horse may earn), without any of the expenses of owning a horse. This yearling filly is by Central Banker, an exciting stallion who has already sired three winners. She is expected to begin racing next year, to be trained by the accomplished George Weaver.

SPAC Mega Ticket Package
2 tickets to every 2019 performance at SPAC. Includes all Live Nation concerts, all performances of New York City Ballet (including the Gala), OTHER DANCE TBD, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival and any other performance of SPAC’s “Classical Season.” Donated by: SPAC and Live Nation.

Silent Auction Items

Mazzone Catered Classic Evening
The winner and up to 16 friends will be treated to a spectacular SPAC summer evening. This group will dine in the magnificent Hall of Springs restaurant, nestled in the beautiful Spa State Park overlooking the reflecting pool. Guests will enjoy the finest wines, seasonal craft cocktails, and exquisite gourmet cuisine provided by chefs at Mazzone Hospitality. After dinner, the VIP experience continues with premier seating at the winner’s choice of a classical season performance under the stars at SPAC.

Silhouette Optical Ltd.

The limited edition Perret Schaad Silhouette sunglasses were unveiled during Berlin Fashion Week this past January. A fresh take on the celebrated Austrian’s company’s classic model, the design exhibits stunning geometry, sophisticated cut-outs, and rich color contrasts. The winner will receive this exquisite eyewear, as well as a Silhouette case and cleaning cloth.

Premiere Transportation

Consistently providing premium chauffeur service, Premiere Transportation is home to the Capital District’s newest and most diversified fleet of luxury, chauffeured vehicles. The winner and guests will enjoy a 6 hour ride, garage to garage, in a sleek limousine accommodating 8 to 10 passengers. Every Premiere limo features a sound system, TV screens, and a Bar area, all enhanced by mood lighting. This opportunity must be used by September 6, 2019.

The Adelphi Hotel and Bigler Photography and Film*

Complete with its iconic balcony overlooking Saratoga’s Broadway, the Library of the Historic Adelphi Hotel is an elegant and stunning event venue. This package includes a 2 hour light reception in the Adelphi Library for up to 25 guests, with appetizers prepared by Morrissey’s and beer and wine available. Bigler Studio, the consistent winner of the WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award for photography since 2014, will provide 2 hours of exceptional event photography throughout.

* Offer valid Sunday-Thursday, based on availability, dates must be mutually agreeable. Expiration June 2019.

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