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Founder Andre Simon created the International Wine & Food Society in 1933 with a simple goal:
"The object of the Society is to bring together and serve all who believe that a right understanding of good food and wine is an essential part of personal contentment and health and that an intelligent approach to the pleasures and problems of the table offers far greater rewards than the mere satisfaction of appetite".
The Wine and Food Society, later the International Wine & Food Society, was founded in London, England, by André Simon in 1933. At that time, the Society was the world's only association of gastronomic enthusiasts not associated commercially with the wine and food trade. Today, there are hundreds of organizations that fit this category, but the International Wine & Food Society remains the most prestigious, most widespread, independent gastronomic society in the world.
The very thought of a society for wine and food was, in the early 1930s, a bold idea. That period was not a propitious time in which to start an international association of gastronomes. Nazi Propaganda Minister Goering spoke of "guns before butter", children were being told that nasty tasting food was good for them, and anything that smacked of extravagance was distinctly unfashionable.