Tasting for a Cause Gala

12/07/2017 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
JBC Coffee Roasters
5821 Femrite Dr
Madison, WI 53718
$40 in advance; group rate $30 ea. (4-9 people); $50 at the door
Amber Iverson

Tasting for a Cause Gala
Thursday, December 7, 5-8pm
JBC Coffee Roasters – 5821 Femrite Drive, Madison

Join us for the annual MESBA gala! This year’s event will feature an evening of member restaurants providing tasting stations, Ryan Martin Magic, on site art demos with Artworking, free beer and wine, coffee tastings with Michael Johnson from JBC Coffee Roasters, cocktail sampling with Yahara Bay Distillers, live music with Troye Shanks, a wine pull ($20/pull), silent auction and a short presentation from Kristie Schilling, Executive Director of the Alliance, reviewing the year’s accomplishments for MESBA and what lies ahead for 2018.

MESBA is partnering with ArtWorking, an organization dedicated to providing career-oriented support for artists with cognitive disabilities. All attendees will receive a souvenir art piece created on site to take home and display for years to come!


Java CatDaisy Cafe & CupcakeryPedro’s Mexican RestauranteOff Broadway DrafthouseSwad Indian RestaurantRosie’s Coffee Bar and BakeryDaisy Cafe & Cupcakery

Silent auction donations are currently being sought. The silent auction is the primary source of the fundraising for our three food pantry members—Goodman Community Center, The River Food Pantry and St. Stephen’s Food Pantry. We hope you’ll join us for the Tasting for a Cause Gala on Thursday, December 7! To donate, please contact Amber Iverson or Kristie Schilling at (608) 222-8565.

New this year-special group rates so this event can serve as your holiday employee party!

Special group rates are available so this event can serve as your holiday employee party! If you register 4-9 people, you will receive a discounted rate at $30/person; for 10+ people, the fee is $25/person.

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Tickets to the event are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. 


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Uruguay Dove Hunting Trip for 2 ($3,840 value) – donated by Black River Outfitters
Uruguay Dorade Fishing Trip for 2 ($4,680 value) – donated by Black River Outfitters
Pair of tickets for Badger Men’s Hockey (Feb. 10, 2018) ($60 value)- donated by KMA Bodilly CPA’S
Custom Fruit Centerpiece ($140 value) – donated by Fruta Artesana
(2) 4 Tickets to Madison Capitols Hockey (game of your choice) with a fan tunnel experience ($75 value) – donated by Madison Capitols
Granite Cutting Board ($150 value) – donated by Luxi Stone
A Night Out (1 Free night stay at Country Inn & Suites and $20 gift card to Quaker Stake and Lube ($150 value)) – donated by Country Inn & Suites and SupraNet
Handmade Barnwood Table Tray ($125 value) – donated by Keller, Inc.
The Weight is Over (3 Month Membership & Gym in a Box Start Kit- $165 value) – donated by Anytime Fitness & Monona East Side Business Alliance
(2) Get Up and Go Basket (coffee, donuts and a travel mug – $60 value) – donated by JBC Coffee RoastersRosie’s Coffee Bar & Bakery & Monona East Side Business Alliance
One Month of Unlimited Yoga ($99 value) – donated by Monona Yoga Center
Bacon and Brew VIP Package (2-VIP tickets to Bacon And Brews, 2-certificates for a package of Jones Dairy Farm thick cut Bacon, 2-Bacon And Brews T-shirts and 2-Bacon And Brews hats – $230 value) – donated by Run Strong Madison
Google Basket (Google Home mini donut, Chromecast, and a $25 Google gift card – $120 value) – donated by Emergency Fire and Water Restoration
Christmas Cheer Basket ($405 value) – donated by Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
Watercolor Painting – “Coffee Mates” ($40 value) – donated by Pheasant Hill Studio
Pastel Painting – “Twilight on the Farm” ($300 value) – donated by Artwork Re-invested in Non-profits (AREN): Joel Wish
In-Home Wine Tasting for up to 18 guests ($300 value) – donated by Wines for Humanity
Bark Buster Gift Basket ($85 value) – donated by Strategic Partners Marketing & Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic
Date Night (1 Free night stay at Days Inn & Suites and $20 gift card to Off Broadway Drafthouse – $110 value) – donated by Days Inn & Suites and Off Broadway Drafthouse
Through the Grapevine (Variety basket of wines – $235 value) – donated by Action Coach of Madison
SAFCO Vamp LED Task Light ($129 value) – donated by Creative Business Interiors
Wild Discoveries (Annual Family Membership to Aldo Leopold Nature Center – $50 value) – donated by Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Feed the Need Gift Basket (2 tickets to Feed the Need, (3) $25 gift cards and a bottle of wine – $165 value) – donated by the River Food Pantry
Day on the Water (Rutabaga Paddlesports winter/summer rental vouchers, thermos and $25 Waypoint gift card) – donated by Rutabaga, WPS and Waypoint Public House
Planet Fitness Swag Bag ($130 value) – donated by Planet Fitness- Monona
“Lake Monona Reflections” ($140 value)
4 tickets to The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 16th ($200 value) – donated by Marcus Promotions, Inc.
What’s Cooking? (Top Chef Cookbook, $50 Willy Street Co-Op gift card and tote bag – $90 value) – donated by Willy Street Co-Op & Monona East Side Business Alliance
On the Move (Bike Helmet, LED bike lights, waterbottle & (2) 1 year memberships to Wisconsin Bike Fed- $100 value) – donated by Wisconsin Bike Fed & Monona East Side Business Alliance
For The Love of Art ($145 value) – donated by the Monona East Side Business Alliance