Community rallies for upcoming Jodi Bardinelli benefit auction; Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson remembers her friend, Jodi Bardinelli

Original oil painting titled, "Wednesday Market" will be auctioned off Monday evening. UPDATED

When friends of Jodi Bardinelli made the call out to the community for auction items for this Monday night's benefit dinner and auction (January 11), the response was tremendous. Phone calls, emails, cards and letters from far and wide have poured in. Auction items large and small have been donated to help benefit Jodi's family. The heart-warming generosity of our community is humbling to behold.

A benefit dinner and auction will be held on Jan. 11. The event, which will include some of Jodi’s favorite recipes, will take place from 6-9 p.m. at Russell’s, 3305 Monte Villa Parkway, in Bothell. The minimum donation is $50, with all proceeds going to the family. Please click here for more details.

Below is a partial listing of items which will be available for bid at the silent auction on Monday, January 11th.

  • WineOriginal oil painting titled, "Wednesday Market"
  • Heathman Hotel, Trellis and Penterra Spa gift vouchers
  • Homemade goods including "the best pickles in the world" and "Jodi's famous tomato sauce"
  • Apple iPod touch
  • Seafood boil dinner for 25 cooked on site
  • Le Creuset cookware
  • A bag of popcorn each week of the 2010 Kirkland Wednesday Market season
  • Winemaker Dinner gift voucher
  • iPodTouchAcupuncture services gift voucher
  • River Rafting gift voucher
  • Wine from several local wineries
  • Handmade greeting cards
  • Gift Vouchers for dinner at several local restaurants
  • Mariners tickets
  • Local Farmers Market merchandise
  • Russian dolls
  • Harbor cruise tickets
  • PicklesTwo 1 hour massage vouchers
  • Movie tickets
  • Gardening Consultation
  • Beach bag and beach hat with gift voucher to Sylvia's Swimwear
  • Three cases of fruit in season - one each month of July, Aug, Sept
  • Belly dancing 9-week course gift voucher
  • Pictures and framed artwork
As a reminder, Memorial Service for Jodi Bardinelli will be held
  • 10:00 AM ,Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 Sacred Heart Church 9460 NE 14th Street, Clyde Hill, WA 98004
  • Reception following the service will be at the Heathman Hotel, 220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033
  • An account has been set up at Banner Bank for donations to support the family. Checks may be made out to Jessi Dickason, tagline to read Jodi Lovers, donations may be mailed to Banner Bank, 202 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033

Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson remembers her friend, Jodi Bardinelli


In a moving piece about a dear departed friend, Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson shares stories, memories and recipes about Jodi Bardinelli and her family.

But the people she loved and cared about the most, the ones who truly never ceased to amaze her, were her girls, who cared for their mom at home at the end of her too-short life, and who will miss her most of all. "There was only one thing my mom ever wanted to be," Jessi told me the other day, "and that was a mom." It was something she did exceedingly well, the sisters agree.

Whether it was teaching them how to cook, pickle, preserve, sew, work hard, be considerate or display good manners ("Napkin on your lap!" "No texting at the table!"), Jodi took her most important job seriously.

"She was a hands-on mom," Ornella says. "She'd give advice, but she'd always let me do what I wanted to do, let me make my own mistakes and form my own opinions. No matter what, she always supported me. Even when she was a single mom and we were broke, she always did her best. She taught me to appreciate everything we had, and to follow our dreams so that we're happy."

Please visit, The Seattle Times All You Can Eat blog to read Nancy's posting, "Jodi Bardinelli, a life lost, remembered and celebrated." It even includes a copy of Jodi's Tomato Ketchup recipe along with her notes.