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The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas began as part of the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival, now the second largest wine and food festival in the country. The Festival was created to give the Texas Hill Country the opportunity to experience the growth and development of the Texas wine industry and explore the wide variety of culinary offerings. One of the annual hallmark events held during the Festival was the Rare and Fine Wine Auction that benefited local charities.

The success of the Auction created the need for an organization to distribute the proceeds toward educational grants and scholarships in the areas of wine and food, and The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas was born. With a mission of recognizing and developing creativity, professionalism and state of the science research in all areas of the culinary and viticulture arts, The Foundation began awarding educational grants, scholarship and fellowships to outstanding individuals and other entities who achieve excellence in these areas. Today, The Foundation has expanded to host several annual community-wide wine and food events, such as the Stephan Pyles Celebrity Chef Dinner, Big Reds & Bubbles fine wine tasting and Tour de Vin cuisine and wine tasting from around the world, to support its educational scholarships and Grant Awards Program.

The Foundation’s mission is to connect our members and the general public with the value, creativity and craftsmanship inherently present in the culinary and viticulture arts. Our mission is fulfilled by funding grants, scholarships and research aimed at elevating the quality, awareness and enjoyment of good food and fine wine as well as hosting educational and social events that enhance the quality of life for our members and communities. These programs offer unique opportunities to enrich the mind and palates of our guests, who in turn can relate their experience with friends sharing common interests.

In an effort to remain on the cutting edge of the Texas culinary industry, the foundation partnered with Keeper ® Collection, LLC ( Together, we set out on this innovative project to shed a new light on modern cooking world through this web-based interactive cookbook, Plate & Vine®.

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