In late April, the founder of the Chastain Park Conservancy, J.P. Matzigkeit, and his wife, Linda, opened their home in the same neighborhood for the 12th annual Wine Chastain.
The event began with a VIP hour for 30 guests who sampled culinary tastings from Chef Christopher Grossman of The Chastain restaurant along with wine pairings from Baldacci Family Vineyards. An additional 135 attendees rounded out the rest of the evening that showcased wines from United Distributors and culinary delights from caterer Sheila Cornelius. In between sips and sumptuous bites, guests were entertained by Flamenco guitarist Rouzbeh Hoshmandy and perused an array of silent auction items that included a private tour of Baldacci’s Napa Valley vineyards, first class Delta Air Lines tickets and a chef’s tasting at The Chastain. The event raised about $50,000 to support the conservancy’s mission to restore, enhance, maintain and preserve Chastain Park’s 268 acres for the more than 3 million visitors who enjoy it each year.
PHOTOS: Kendall Young
Atlanta-based writer and editor contributing to a number of local and state-wide publications. Instructor in Georgia State’s Communication department and Emory’s Continuing Education division.