Cultural Center to present dinner with artist, wine tasting events


Dinner with an artist and a wine tasting event are among the upcoming events to be held at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach.

The Cultural Center’s Friends for the Arts group will present an evening of Parisian fare, wines and fellowship during the Dinner with an Artist series. Proceeds from this event will directly benefit the arts programs at the Cultural Center.

To be held at JJ’s Liberty Bistro in Ponte Vedra on Sept. 29, the dinner will honor artist member and instructor Ellen Diamond, a contemporary impressionist who will share her inspirations and samples of her artwork with guests.

Diamond received formal training from New York University, learning abstract and traditional approaches to art. Her pieces are displayed in several galleries.

Tickets for the dinner event are $100 for cultural center members and $115 for non-members. Tickets may be reserved online by visiting or by calling (904) 280-0614, ext. 205. Seating is limited.

CRUSH! wine tasting

The Cultural Center will also host a fall wine tasting fundraiser featuring varietals from around the world with “CRUSH! A Tasting Event.”

To be held Friday, Oct. 14, the event will include an evening of wine tastings, food pairings, flamenco dancing, grape crushing, live entertainment and more. Fine wines from Spain, New Zealand, Australia and Sonoma county will be among the offerings of the evening. Wine experts will also be on site to share information about the vineyards and processes of wine-making, and a silent auction will be held for art, vacation destinations and other items.

Individual tickets are $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Sponsor levels are also available, which include reserved seating for parties of four or more.

Event sponsors include SunTrust Bank, John and Ana McLaughlin, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Regions Bank, GriggsGroup and PRI, among others.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about the event, visit the Cultural Center’s website at