Evening of special treats awaits guests at Bay School’s auction

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Sep 04, 2013 - 02:13 PM

Photo: Wes Holland made final plans for dinner for the upcoming Bay School Fine Arts Auction when he recently visited “Upper Pepper,” the Chapman home on Pepper Creek in Mathews. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

Wes Holland made final plans for dinner for the upcoming Bay School Fine Arts Auction when he recently visited “Upper Pepper,” the Chapman home on Pepper Creek in Mathews. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day

When the big white tent with several smaller tents behind it goes up on the lawn at Upper Creek, the Chapman home on Pepper Creek in Susan Mathews County, on Sept. 28, the 15th annual Bay School Fine Arts Auction, "Unmask the Arts," will almost be ready to begin. The evening’s agenda calls for silent auctions, live auctions, introductions, open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner.

Guests will be milling in and around the big tent, but in those smaller tents is where the real action is. Wesley Holland and his staff of 10 will be preparing and serving the main course and all its trimmings, the real feature at this spectacular event.

Wes, a native Virginian who lived in Gloucester for 25 years but now resides in Goochland, came to the catering business in 2005 with a great deal of experience in the culinary arts. He is pleased to say, "I’m working for myself not someone else." And like so many other good chefs, it wasn’t what he started out to be.

Wes explains: "I loved to sail so I took a job in a marina but later knew I had to do something else. I went to work at a restaurant in Williamsburg as a dishwasher. It was there I learned by watching what everyone else was doing, and in six months I was running the kitchen."