The American Institute of Wine and Food is a non-profit organization founded by the late Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, and Richard Graff in 1981 to advance the understanding, appreciation and quality of what we eat and drink. Through its programs and publications, The AIWF promotes a broad exchange of information and ideas that benefit both professionals and dedicated enthusiasts. Members of The Institute have the opportunity to meet and share their ideas with the most knowledgeable people in the industry, including leading chefs, restaurateurs, wine makers, journalists, and other leaders in the world of wine and fine cuisine.
There are more than thirty AIWF chapters with over 7,000 members. Many chapter events are held throughout the year and include provocative seminars, unusual dinners, tours and tastings, demonstrations, and festive social gatherings. As an active member, you will be invited to attend chapter activities in your area, and, when traveling, can take advantage of programs put on by other chapters.
The Institute has gained significant acclaim for its International Conferences on Gastronomy. At these sessions, renowned authorities provide important insights into issues such as dining habits, cultural history, nutrition, food safety, and our future food supply. To keep members up to date on trends, developments and issues between Conferences, The AIWF publishes a newsletter and resource directory.