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Join the Connoisseurs

Hello Connoisseurs!

During these crazy times when we cannot socialize and provide in-person gatherings to eat, drink and educate together, we are so excited to bring you some new and exciting member benefits that reflect the current world in which we live.

Membership Benefits Include:

1. Virtual Education Classes / Tastings: Members will get free access to members-only virtual education classes / tastings. We have a consistent schedule of three sessions per month – they take place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 6pm CST (unless otherwise noted). Members receive exclusive invitations to attend these free classes/tastings. Click here for a schedule of our coming classes.

2. Monthly Members-Only Benefits: Every month we offer new members-only benefits at each membership level. Members will receive an email at the beginning of each month with exclusive, members-only codes to take advantage of these benefits. (If you are a member, and haven’t received or can’t find your email, please contact us at info@winefoodfoundation.org.) The special offers/promotions will last through the month, and then new offers and promotions will go out to members at the beginning of each month!

3. Fall Virtual Event: Our fall virtual event planning is underway and there will be some big members-only benefits at that event. Stay tuned for more details and registration.

SEPTEMBER 2020

Connoisseur Member Benefits

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Husband & wife team, Randy and Brooke Hester moved from Houston to Napa Valley in 2006 to gather knowledge and ultimately return to Texas to launch their own label. In 2014, C.L. Butaud was born using 100% Texas grown grapes! Their philosophy is simple: create high quality wine that proudly utilizes 100% Texas-grown grapes to highlight the state’s unique terroir, as well as expert, low intervention style winemaking. C.L. Butaud Wines was voted Texas Wine of the Year in 2016 and was recently featured in Austin Monthly Magazine. Randy and Brooke Hester are longtime supporters and friends of WFFT!

WFFT Connoisseur members get a 15% discount for the month of September! Details and discount code in your member email.

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The owners of Taco Flats just opened a new restaurant called Carne Lenta (which means ”slow meat” in Spanish)! They process all their meat in-house, and do a Mexican-style slow roast in large pits. Everything is made from scratch and served on Taco Flats’ famous homemade tortillas. Carne Lenta is located in Smithville, TX, but they want to give Austinites a chance to sample food from this menu, so they are offering local Austin pick up for weekend family style meals at a 15% discount exclusively to WFFT Connoisseur members!

All options below serve 5-6 people and come with Mexican Rice, Refried Black Beans, Grilled Onions, Limes, Salsa, 12 homemade tortillas (corn or flour)

Smoked Carnitas

  • Pork shoulder, seasoned with cumin, oregano, and pepper.
  • Retail value: $65 plus tax.
  • With WFFT Connoisseur member 15% discount: $55.25 plus tax

Smoked Chicken

  • Pulled Smoked Chicken seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper.
  • Retail value: $60 plus tax
  • With WFFT Connoisseur member 15% discount: $51 plus tax

Smoked Sweet Potato

  • Smoked Sweet Potato topped with butter, honey and pumpkin seeds
  • Retail value: $55
  • With WFFT Connoisseur member 15% discount: $46.75 plus tax

Details and discount code in your member email.

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Vivian’s Boulangerie is a brand new patisserie started by Kendall Melton with the mission to give people lovely, soul-stirring, French-inspired, handmade pastries using high quality butter, pure cane sugar, and imported salt. Vivian’s uses sustainable chocolates from Cacao Barry, local Texas produce/eggs/herbs, and uses recycled packaging.

Vivian’s is offering WFFT members a package with six full-size croissants (flavor choices below), one house-made syrup (flavor choices below), and six Salted Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Retail Value: $75

With WFFT Connoisseur member 15% discount: $63.75

Croissants (choose one):

  • Almond Croissant: Hand-laminated croissants filled & topped with an almond cream, sliced almonds and a pinch of Maldon sea salt
  • Chocolate Almond Croissant: Hand-laminated croissants filled with fair trade chocolate, almond cream, and baked with a touch of sea salt
  • Savory Roasted Mushroom & Gruyere Croissant: Roasted mushrooms in herb butter, melty Gruyere cheese, and an herb bechamel baked into a fresh croissant

Syrup- for milk, coffee, cocktails, mocktails & anything you can slurp! (choose one):

  • Vanilla Bean Glitter: Madagascar vanilla beans and glitter to sparkle up your life
  • Chocolate: Dark chocolate syrup with a pinch of salt
  • Bourbon: Texas bourbon, orange, lemon and cinnamon
  • Coffee: Roasted Cuvee coffee bean infused syrup
  • Pecan cognac: Texas pecans steeped in the fanciest of Cognac.
  • Citrus Glitter: Grapefruit, lemon & lime with a whole lot of glitter
  • Toasted Coconut: A punchy coconut syrup with a touch of vanilla
  • Strawberry: Lemon, vanilla, and strawberry blended syrup

Six Salted Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies: Buttery traditional favorite with two kinds of chocolate and a generous punch of bourbon.

Details and discount code in your member email.

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STEMS Floral Design creates stunning organic, whimsical and garden inspired arrangements, and is offering WFFT Connoisseur members a 10% discount! Shop their website stemfloral.com.

STEMS is currently engaged in a Floral Support Project in which they give away an arrangement every week to a local hero. If you know a local hero who would love some flowers, nominations take place on their Instagram feed @stemsofatx on Thursdays!

Details and discount code in your member email.

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Wine Spectator provides unique insights and educates readers on wine & spirits, food & fine dining, travel, culture and entertainment.

Wine Spectator is offering WFFT Connoisseur members 6 Months of Wine Spectator Digital for $10.00 (Retail Value $19.95)

Sign in below to register for this offer!

All of the above benefits will expire on September 30, 2020. NEW BENEFITS WILL LAUNCH AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH MONTH!

The following Connoisseur benefits will resume once live events have resumed:

Member pricing for 2 people to all WFFT events

Member pricing for 2 people to all WFFT events

10-day advance ticket purchase opportunities for WFFT Premier events

10-day advance ticket purchase opportunities for WFFT premier events

2-day advance ticket purchase opportunities for educational wine tastings and winemaker events

2-day advance ticket purchase opportunities for educational wine tastings and winemaker events

Access to purchase VIP upgrades for Premier Events

Access to purchase VIP upgrades for premier events

Invitation to December Cellar Salon event

Invitation to December Cellar Salon event

Click here to join for only $25 per month or $250 per year.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP WITH THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS AND EXPERIENCES:

  • Access to Wine & Food Foundation of Texas member-only events including wine tastings, classes, dinners, and more!
  • Advanced notice and member pricing to Foundation events.
  • Invitations to collaborative events with other organizations, restaurants and wineries with local chefs and sommeliers.
Access to VIP events around Austin

Access to VIP events around Austin

“Great educational champagne class! I will be attending a more!”

- Mia, member

Educational wine classes by WFFT's own Mark Rashap

Educational wine classes by WFFT's own Mark Rashap

Learn from industry experts about new regions, obscure grapes and more.

Exclusive access to local chefs, somms and wine collectors across the state

Exclusive access to local chefs, somms and wine collectors across the state

"A phenomenal organization with a passion for amazing wine"

-Rob, member

Follow WFFT on Instagram for the latest sips and tastes!

We are kicking off our virtual classes this Thursday at 6pm! Join us as we explore Texas and it's source countries. The discussion will be lead by three winemakers: Sergio Cuadra of @fallcreekvineyards, Randy Hester of @clbutaud, and Victor Ordóñez of @jorgeordonezselections. Moderater for the class will be WFFT alum, Mark Rashap, CWE. This is a free class for our members with a suggested donation to @austinshiftmeal. Visit link in bio for more info.

For week two of our month of giving, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas is thrilled to announce its support of @southernsmoketx. Southern Smoke is a crisis relief organization for people in the food and beverage industry. WFFT has donated $25,000 to Southern Smoke as they continue their work to support a community in crisis during this unprecedented time. Join us by making a donation today! Link in bio.

To kick off our month of giving, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas is thrilled to announce its support of @austinshiftmeal. Austin Shift Meal is supporting Austin's hospitatlity community by providing meals for industry professionals directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. WFFT will match your donation up to $5,000 through June 8th. Amplfiy your impact by making a donation today! Link in bio.

We are excited to announce our "Month of GIving!" Each week in the month of June, The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas will announce our next phase in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so proud of our community partners and thrilled to be able to team up with some great organizations. Stay tuned for more announcements!