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The Brothers Voltaggio, plus Mother Voltaggio, for $3,000 a couple

The celebrity guest who will appear at Volt Sept. 28, when Bryan and Michael Voltaggio cook up a charity dinner, has been unveiled. It's Sharon Mangine. 

Even hard-core "Top Chef" fans may draw a blank, but they know her all right. She's the woman who gave birth to the Brothers Voltaggio. Mother Voltaggio even appeared on the reality TV show during the finals.

"New Ticket Opportunity!" reads the promotional e-mail. "Dine alongside Bryan and Michael's mother, Sharon Mangine, in the VOLT Conservatory. Gain insight into raising two extraordinary chefs and making that guest appearance on Top Chef knowing only one of her boys could win. Hear about how the boys discovered their interest in the culinary world and which one she struggled to feed as a child. This is sure to be the best seat in the house!"

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Sitting with Mother Voltaggio does not come cheap, but it's for charity. (Proceeds will go to Share Our Strength, a nonprofit devoted to wiping out childhood hunger.) It costs $3,000 per couple -- or, presumably, $1,500 a head, but for some reason, the pricing is by couple on this -- to sit with her in Volt's "Chef's Conservatory." There, up to 10 diners will get an 11-course meal with wine pairings. Not to mention insight into how to turn their little ones into celebrity chefs.

There are two, slightly less pricey options that night. But they do not include having the mother of two "Top Chef" contestants at your table.

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For $1,250 each, diners will get the same 11 courses and sit at the communal kitchen table used for Volt's Table 21. And for $1,000 per person, they'll get an eight-course meal with wine pairings and sit in the kitchen dining room.

Sun photo by Kim Hairston

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