Dallas Culinary Nonprofit Has Dough For Catering Professionals


A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting culinary innovation in Dallas distributes grants. According to a statement, the Dallas Food and Wine Alliance will award $ 16,000 to eligible applicants, which could include farmers, chefs, artisans, wine / beer / spirits makers, non-profit culinary organizations, businesses and food and beverage professionals including the projects demonstrate innovation and impact on the community.

The Dallas Chapter was established in 2020 – part of an expansion of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, known for events like Wine & Swine. The organization has grown to a statewide entity called the Texas Food & Wine Alliance with chapters in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

In addition to the Dallas grant, they will award an additional $ 60,000 to San Antonio, Austin and Houston.

The statement said the grant program is the first in the United States to provide funding to support culinary innovation that also gives back to the local community.

Cathy Cochran-Lewis, president of grants and president of the Alliance, said in a statement that she was delighted to continue the grants program despite the setbacks inflicted by the pandemic.

“It was only through incredible partnerships and the generous, supportive culture of Dallas and North Texas that we were able to raise funds for grants this year,” said Cochran-Lewis. “These funds will continue to be returned to the community through unique and innovative projects.

Since 2012, Alliance grants have funded projects such as

Texas’ first organic apple orchard, Argus Cidery

Blacklands Malt, Texas’ first cultivated and malted barley to support craft beer production

A volunteer program teaching agricultural skills to diverse populations and cooking students, New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms

Austin’s first community-supported bakery, Miche Bread

The TFWA Board of Directors determines the grant amount based on fundraising efforts. There is a selection committee in each city, made up of a private panel of prominent cooking professionals and community members, who will decide who will receive the grants.

This year’s Dallas total consists of three grants:

  • Dallas Bourbon Club scholarship of $ 8,500, awarded to a business or non-profit organization in the food, wine or spirits sector
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka Entrepreneur Scholarship of $ 5,000, awarded to an entrepreneur who pursued his business dream despite setbacks, much like the saga of founder Tito Beveridge
  • The $ 2,500 Truffle Masters for Community Heroes Scholarship, awarded to a chef who has overcome diversity and challenges to support others

Special attention will be given to initiatives supporting diversity and inclusion within the Dallas community.

HEB is the main support followed by ABC Bank, American Lamb Board, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Austin Monthly, Buffalo Trace, Con ‘Olio Oils & Vinegars, Fairmont Austin, Fever Tree, Giant Noise, Lifeworks, Pabst Brewing, Patrón Tequila , Premiere Events, Republic National Distributing Company, Siete Family Foods, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Sysco, Texas Beef Council, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Twang, Unifresh and William Grant & Sons.

Applications will be accepted from Friday October 1 to Sunday October 24 via the online submission at dallasfoodandwinealliance.org. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, November 23 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at Fairmont Austin on December 13.

To guide applicants through the grant process, they will be hosting a statewide information session via Zoom on Tuesday, October 12 at 1 p.m. For registration and information, send an email to [email protected]

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