- Executive Chef
Chris has loved cooking since an early age. One of his favorite dishes to make as a 10 year old was scrambled eggs and omelettes for his family. As he watched his mother cook he tried to follow her and put his own spin on her German family recipes. Chris worked his way up through restaurants doing everything from making pizzas in an Italian restaurant and bar food at the Players Retreat in Raleigh to catering at the Cardinal Club in Raleigh and practicing French cuisine at Coquette. He has had extensive training at the Carolina Inn at Chapel Hill where he was fortunate to learn techniques from the best Executive Chefs.
Chris’s journey led him to Foxcroft Wine Co several years ago. He loves being a part of the Foxcroft family and takes pride and enjoyment in providing people with beautiful, healthy meals plated with seasonal fresh ingredients and watching them enjoy them.
- Retail Manager
Having spent a year as the retail assistant at Foxcroft Dilworth, Shelby joined the Southpark staff as retail manager in October 2016. A Michigan native who relocated to Charlotte from Chicago in 2008, she got bit by the wine bug in college while tending bar at Café Felix in Ann Arbor. Though she chased other professional pursuits early on, a love of wine finally led her to a full-time career.
Shelby is passionate about wine-and-food-focused travel, having visited regions as far-flung as Spain’s Priorat and Washington’s Walla Walla Valley. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. She lives in nearby Stonehaven with her husband Sean and dogs Rooney and Violet. When not drinking wine (ok—sometimes when) she enjoys exercising, hosting parties, and watching horror movies
- General Manager
General manager of Foxcroft Wine Co SouthPark, Sharon Balas, is not only a Charlotte native but a SouthPark one as well. As she often says, “I’ve gone absolutely nowhere…” In truth Charlotte has grown as a city along with her. She has been in the hospitality business for about 40 years mostly in SouthPark. Her passions include dogs, cats, wine, triathlon and her husband, Russ Gard. She is so grateful to have found her home at our SouthPark location and is at her most delighted when selecting the perfect bottle for her guests.
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