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The Wine & Food Foundation cultivates and invests in the wine & food community through education, appreciation, and enjoyment.


Through cutting edge programming, the Foundation aims to engage a community of wine-lovers and foodies – while simultaneously raising money to support our mission.


Established in 1985, and incorporated in 1997, WFF has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants, scholarships, education, and hospitality industry support.

Learn more about our philanthropic programs

Our success stems from compelling programming in the form of unrivaled Events and innovative Membership Benefits.

About WFF

The Wine & Food Foundation is centered around community and connects like-minded individuals who enjoy learning about, talking about, and engaging in the culinary arts. Our programming is educational, fun, mission-focused, and open to all.

The Foundation hosts unrivaled events – from casual picnics to educational seminars, from intimate gatherings to fancy cocktail parties and galas. Our innovative membership program provides opportunities for education, networking and community-building. It keeps our members engaged and coming back for more.

Our fundraising efforts support the hospitality community in the form of grants, scholarships, education and industry support. We provide budding wine and food professionals with supplemental education to further their careers. And we support our hospitality community when they are in need. 

Amidst COVID-19, our focus is entirely on supporting all those hospitality professionals who have been adversely affected by the Pandemic. We are proud to be supporting the community that has supported the Foundation for many years. We love our fellow hospitality professionals and we thank our members and stakeholders for backing us in these efforts. 

If you enjoy wine and food, and would like to support the hospitality community, we would love to meet you! Drop us a line at


Denise Silverman

Executive Director

Sarah Neve

Sarah Neve

Development & Marketing Manager

Pam Taylor

Events Manager

Lauren van der Meer

Office & Events Coordinator

Board of Directors


Amber Pearce Shaw


Mari Robinson

Chair, Governance Committee
Chair, Philanthropy Committee

Jerry Valdez

Immediate Past President

Brad Compere

Chair, Finance Committee

Soncy Chin


Committee Chairs

Holly Noel

Chair, Development & Marketing Committee

Justin Sanders

Chair, Auction Committee


Daniel Bleier
Mike Brown
Jaime Chozet
Kyle Frazier
Don Heath
Linda Poole
Maura Sharp