Austin Food & Wine Al­liance gives first culi­nary grants

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD MATTERS -

The Austin Food & Wine Al­liance gave away its first grants at a re­cent event at the AT&T Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­u­ca­tion & Con­fer­ence Cen­ter. Ar­gus Cidery won a $10,000 grant to plant new ap­ple va­ri­eties that are not grown in Texas in a test or­chard in Drip­ping Springs. Te­colote Farm in Manor won a $5,000 grant to start a pi­lot pro­gram for her­itage breed hogs as well as a sub­si­dized com­mu­nity sup­ported agri­cul­ture pro­gram for low-in­come fam­i­lies in Austin. Con­nally High School Culi­nary Arts pro­gram in Pflugerville won a $5,000 grant to pro­duce a doc­u­men­tary film about the process of rais­ing beef in Texas. The or­ga­ni­za­tion, which formed in 2011 as the ben­e­fi­ciary of the Austin Food & Wine Fes­ti­val, has re­ceived pro­ceeds from a num­ber of other fundrais­ers, in­clud­ing their stan­dalone Wine & Swine and Live Fire events and Cul­tureMap’s Tastemaker Awards. Whole Foods Mar­ket, Maker’s Mark Bour­bon and FreshPoint Pro­duce have also do­nated di­rectly to the al­liance. On Jan. 17, the al­liance will add an­other event to its lineup — a Wine & Dine Din­ner Se­ries, which kicks off with a din­ner from Congress chef David Bull on the pen­t­house floor of the Aus­to­nian. Tick­ets to that din­ner ($150) will go on sale at Austin Food Wine Al­liance.org.

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