About the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation
The FWFWF is more than a good time – it’s a good cause. That’s because proceeds from the festival go to the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds for local grant programs and culinary scholarships. To date, the Foundation raised more than $200,000 for grants and scholarships supporting deserving culinary students from Fort Worth.
Honor the distinctive nature of Fort Worth cooking, food, beverage, and culinary traditions by promoting national and regional attention to the Fort Worth scene and assisting and sustaining chefs, restaurants, and the local ranching and farming communities to raise funds for local grant programs and culinary scholarships; to elevate the skills and culinary knowledge of the general consumer; and to provide internship experiences for those interested in pursuing a career in public relations or marketing.
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
As of March 23, 2020, we are temporarily shifting our focus to include a relief fund to provide $100,000 in emergency assistance to employees of restaurants and/or bars (with food service) impacted by recent public health issues that limit available work in our community. If you're a restaurant owner or general manager, you may apply for funds to help employees who are experiencing extreme hardship as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis.
Foundation Board of Directors
Richard King | Ellerbe Fine Foods
Russell Kirkpatrick | Reata Restaurant
Melissa M. Mitchell | Benner Bennett Partners
June Naylor | Food & Travel Journalist/Author
Michele Soriano | Huselton, Morgan & Maultsby
Mitch Whitten | Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau
Darren Moore | Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, P.C.
Annual Culinary Career Conference
Each fall, the Fort Worth Area Culinary Career Conference gathers the foodie community’s brightest stars to help hundreds of local high school students explore their career options, expand their knowledge and increase their chances for culinary career success.