Fort Worth Food and Wine Foundation

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. 

Mission Statement

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. 

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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

Legal Counsel

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.

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