Food & Wine
The South’s best restaurants and world-class wineries support the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction.
Meet our 2018 Special Guests!
Special Guests of Honor
Tuck and Boo Beckstoffer
If you respect great wine made by great people, then you know Tuck and Boo Beckstoffer, the gracious vintners of Tuck Beckstoffer Estate.
Tuck Beckstoffer arrived in the Napa Valley as a young boy in 1975 and was told to go play outside. He has been drawing inspiration from local vineyards ever since. Tuck’s humble beginnings as a farmer ring true in his wines. He is driven by a legacy of cultivating some of the world’s finest vineyards. His 30 years of working, living, and breathing the Napa Valley have rooted him to the land and the vine. Tuck crafts wines which marry old world techniques with new world grapes. Each wine in the portfolio highlights a vineyard appellation, and the winemaking style is an elegant balance of power and finesse. As a farmer Tuck believes that a wine’s individuality comes from the vineyard and its complexity from blending the various lots into one harmonized whole.
After the 2016 acquisition of the former Dancing Hares Vineyards, Tuck not only renamed the winery and property Tuck Beckstoffer Estate, but set about making the estate a studio for state of the art winemaking and a gracious home to welcome guests. Working with acclaimed winemaker Philippe Melka on their Mockingbird, Amulet, and Semper wines has further elevated these already venerated wines. His ’75 Wines, named for the year of his arrival in the Valley, brings his experience and expertise to consumers at restaurants and bottle shops around the country. On a lark for his wife Boo’s favorite charity, The High Museum Atlanta, Tuck donated a custom made wine for friend Chef Linton Hopkins’ whole hog pig roast. The now infamous Hogwash Rosé was born, and after almost 15 vintages, demand hasn’t slowed down since.
Just as Tuck’s perspective is rooted in the Napa Valley, Boo remains true to her native Atlanta in her gracious hospitality and Southern literary leanings. After moving to the Napa Valley with The Hillstone Group (Houston’s) Boo found herself far away from Peachtrees. After depositing her Business school applications in the mail she headed to a restaurant to celebrate . . . where she promptly met Tuck. Boo’s post-graduate dreams shifted to mastering the world of wine. Almost two decades, three children, several vineyards and a winery later, Boo thrives when she’s sharing the story of their wines. Their pairing has never been more apparent than in their singular focus on creating unmatched estate wines that generations to come will enjoy.
With his Napa Valley heritage in mind Tuck charges forward in crafting world-class wines utilizing a grower’s history, a farmer’s humility, and vintner’s hand. Together, Tuck and Boo are writing the next chapter of the Napa Valley’s epic narrative.
Special Guest Chef
New York, NY; Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA
Jonathan Waxman is a native Californian, whose family nurtured him in the food arts from an early age. He received the grand diplôme from La Varenne school in Paris and cooked under Alice Waters at Berkeley’s legendary Chez Panisse before graduating to Executive Chef of Michael’s in Santa Monica. In 1984, Jonathan made his mark in New York with the iconic Jams, which he followed up with a string of successes in New York, London and Napa Valley. Today, Jonathan is chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan’s West Village and Jams in 1 Hotel Central Park. In 2014, he opened Nashville restaurants, Adele’s and Bajo Sexto, and is a founding partner of Nashville’s Music City Food + Wine Festival. Brezza Cucina opened in Atlanta’s Ponce City Market in fall 2015. Jonathan is a judge on Bravo’s “Recipe For Deception” and has appeared on two seasons of “Top Chef Masters”. He works closely with many charities, including Citymeals-on-Wheels and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. He is the author of cookbooks, A Great American Cook and Italian, My Way. Jonathan currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.
Our list of 2018 restaurant partners is a Who’s Who of the South’s finest eateries. We couldn’t celebrate the very best of wine, art, and food without the delicious dishes of these chefs!
These world class wineries joined us in Atlanta in March, and loved raising a glass of their featured wines as we celebrated The Art Of Collecting!