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May 20, 2011 06:02 AM

Tips for a charitable dinner?

We received, through a silent auction, a catered dinner / wine pairing for ten prepared at our home by a well known local restauranteur / chef. The package was valued at $1200.
The chef/restaurant owner will arrive at our home with two assistants. We feel that even though this was a donation, tips are in order. Our thoughts are monetary amounts for his assistants based on normal tipping rates, and a fine bottle of Port Wine to show our gratitude to the chef.
Would this be appropriate?

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  1. Sounds like you'll have a fun night. I think it's great of you to tip the assistants. Not so sure about the Port Wine though. He may not be into it. If you want to gift liquor, I'd call the restaurant and find out what he drinks. He may be a single malt scotch guy. He may not drink at all.

    However, I really don't think it's necessary to tip the owner in this case. He's getting the benefit of the goodwill, the exposure, and the tax write off.