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Since 1995, The Wine & Food Foundation has enriched the community by awarding more than $1.7 million in grants, scholarships, and hospitality industry support. Recipients include Southern Smoke, Austin Shift Meal, Urban Roots, Central Texas Food Bank, KLRU, The Sustainable Food Center, and Dell Children’s Medical Center. Scholarships have been awarded to attend institutions and programs, including Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, TEXSOM (the annual Texas Sommelier Conference), Texas Culinary Academy, and Texas A&M’s Agriculture Program.

2023 Beneficiaries

Urban Roots works with youth leaders to grow fresh food and build a community dedicated to achieving food equity.

The Wine & Food Foundation’s donation enables SFC to provide more access to local nutritious food for individuals and families in need. Specifically, WFF’s funding plays a role in doubling the benefits for those who use nutrition assistance benefit programs like SNAP and WIC for nutritious foods like local fruits and vegetables. 

Lift Collective is a community-centered, multi-channel platform advocating equity and inclusion in the wine industry.

Keep Austin Fed aims to reduce hunger and help the environment by connecting surplus food with our neighbors in need.

What Our Grant
Recipients Say

“Thanks to the Wine and Food Foundation, I participated in the French Wine Scholar program, getting an in-depth look at the French wine industry, its major wine-producing regions, history and laws and, of course, it’s world-renowned wines. I am grateful for all the experiences I have had with the Foundation, including providing sommelier services to its annual gala and other events, allowing me to continue to grow my wine knowledge and meet so many in Austin’s wine community.”

Denise ClarkeTexas Wine Gal