Thanks to your generous support, we sizzled at the 8th Annual Live Fire!; cheered on Frank as they captured the cocktail title for this year’s Official Drink of Austin; hosted 500 culinary high school students at Palmer Events Center for the 4th Annual Culinary Arts Career Conference; hosted the 7th Annual Wine & Swine with a New Orleans’ flair; and awarded $50,000 in grants (the largest in our history!) to eight Central Texas culinary innovators to help realize their dreams and further propel Austin’s skyrocketing culinary scene.
The Alliance now has given $192,500 since 2012 to artisans, producers, chefs, farmers, wine-, beer- and spirit-makers, and food-focused non-profits, all in support of initiatives that give back to the community. Our board of directors, committee chairs, community partners, sponsors, donors, and volunteers helped us spread our reach enabling us to grow our impact in the food community. We could not have done this without you.
We were also lucky to be the non-profit beneficiary of several events this year including Pinot in the City, 2ND Street District’s Fifth Annual White Linen Night, CultureMap Austin Tastemaker Awards and StarChefs Austin-San Antonio Rising Stars Gala. We look forward to continuing to develop these partnerships with such a talented and generous culinary community.
In 2017, we welcomed our new Programs Coordinator Nancy Nguyen whose background in non-profit fundraising will help bolster our efforts. Going into the organization’s seventh year, we look to increase revenue and expand our individual giving and grant writing efforts to allow more students to attend the Culinary Arts Career Conference and provide even more grant funding to give back to Austin’s culinary community. I am confident that the coming year will be our best year yet!
As we look ahead to the future, we will continue to always put our mission first by fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming and events. I invite you to keep updated on our progress through our social channels and stay involved with our culinary community. Please consider helping us reach our full potential in 2018 and beyond!
We are thankful for your support!
Executive Director, Austin Food & Wine Alliance