Reviewing 80 restaurants and food shops in one Weekly Dish column is a tad unwieldy.

 But let's give it a go, because that's how many have donated dinners, lunches, brunches, gift certificates and food products to the ATCO/Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction happening through Thursday. Is there any restaurant of repute in all Greater Edmonton that has not made a donation?

If packages interest you, head to, register online (it's very easy) and bid away. No computer handy? Call 780-421-XMAS (9627) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, then 9 a.m. to the auction's closing at 7 p.m. Thursday. An auction volunteer will place bids on your behalf. It's all for the United Way, Sign of Hope, Christmas Bureau and The Stollery.

Let's start with those of you planning a big event, at work, with your family or your club members. (The package number is in brackets beside the description.)

The Delta Centre Suite Hotel hosts a reception for 25 in its ballroom foyer (Pkg. 18). Bistro La Persaud will cater a golf putting tournament for 40 at the Putting Horse Ranch (26.). Celebrity Chef John Barry is hosting a dinner for six at Naanolicious (45). How about dinner for eight, ringside at the KO Boxing event (75) in the Shaw Conference Centre on Dec. 7? Homefire Grill chef Bruce Wells cooks wild game for eight at your home or the restaurant, with yours truly as wine stewart wines (130). The north-side Outback Steakhouse has donated a dinner for eight hosted by The Shine's Holly Taylor and Johnny Rocket (140). A day at West Edmonton Mall culminates with a pizza dinner for eight hosted by Virgin's Pepper & Dylan at Famoso (142). The Japanese Village has a teppan-yaki dinner for eight (162). And from the Sawmill Banquet Hall comes dinner and dancing to The Classics, for 10 on Jan. 5 (167). The King & I, an auction partner since the '90s, is offering dinner for eight (170). The Golden Rice Bowl will feed your party of 10 (172). From the Canadian Brewhouse is a baby-back rib dinner for your team of 20 (176). Barb & Ernie's on 99th Street will take care of 20 for a European buffet feast (177). Lemon Daisy Cupcakes will come to your party and decorate six dozen cupcakes (225).

If fine-dining is your thing, you have come to the right auction! In combinations with other experiences, or hosted by city personalities are great dinners donated by the Hotel Mac's Harvest Room (20), Manor Bistro (38), Pazzo Pazzo (40), Characters (42), Hardware Grill (43), Glasshouse Bistro (formerly Prairie Bistro) at the Enjoy Centre (44), Guru Fine Indian Cuisine (62-64, 89), La Ronde (78), Madison's Grill (79), Sage at the River Cree (81), Cibo (83), Ric's Grill (84), Melting Post (85), Homefire Grill (86), Sabor Divino — celebrating Porkfest to Nov. 17 (87), Koutouki University (90), Bistecca (115), Nefeli's (117), the Blackhawk Country Club (120), Ernest's at NAIT (124), Normand's (161), L2 Grill (165, 175), Earl's West Edmonton Mall (168), Lan's Asian Grill (169), The Bothy (173), Vicky's (189) and the wonderful Corso 32 (package 253 in the "Addendum" category..

You have to love Package 180, dining out, for four, at five of the Weekly Dish's favourite restaurants: Caf Amore, Culina Mill Creek, Spago, Wildflower Grill and Narayanni's.

Hanging out with your favourite radio/TV personality has always been part of the fun of the ATCO/Sun auction: Elizabethan Catering is on-location at CHED, where you'll co-host the Primeau & Gross show (131), and Bruce Bowie is at Ruth's Chris (138). Join Capital FM's Rob & Audie at Allegro (144). CISN's Chris Scheetz has a great rodeo package, including dinner at Von's (132). On CityTV's dining list is The Niche with Bridget Ryan and Ryan Jespersen 133), Cactus Club with Michele McDougall (136). Global personalities include Jennifer Crosby at Tzin (134), Gord Steinke and Carole Anne Devaney at Zinc (135), Nicola Crosbie at Lux (143) and breakfast at the station with the Global Morning News crew catered by The Sawmill (146).

Some unique packages feature dining with Paul and Yukon from The Bear at Piccolino (137), Lochlin Cross at the Canadian Brewhouse (14), Sonic's Garner Andrews at DeLux Burger Bar (139) and Up 99.3's Jason and Karl at Massiano's (145).

Cooking, then eating the results, is really fun with Gail Hall of Seasoned Solutions (181), Sunterra Market (178), with Chef Paul Campbell at Caf de Ville Sherwood Park (174) and at the Pan Tree kitchen store in Sherwood Park (207).

Thanks to Moxie's(25), Danny Hacksaw's (61), Buffet Royale Sherwood Park (88), Uncle Ed's (128), The Bruce Hotel (163), Alley Kat (164), Bin 104 (171) and Danny Hooper's Country Christmas (182) for their dining contributions.

Please patronize these oh-so-generous and numerous auction sponsors.

Bid high! Bid often!

Graham Hicks

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