Founded in 1977, the Austin Chapter today is about 70 members strong and growing. We share enjoyment of wine and food, and celebrate friendship.
Members take turns hosting monthly events, which range from five-course degustationmenus at Austin’s finest restaurants, each course carefully paired with a wine, to a Sunday afternoon “pig picking” in the vineyard of a Hill Country winery. Occasionally we have a vintner’s dinner or a tasting from a member’s cellar.
Through these events we have the opportunity to explore Austin’s vibrant dining scene and meet top local chefs and sommeliers, such as Chef David Bull and his acclaimed Congress, Chef Tyson Cole and Uchiko, and sommelier Chad “Sully” Sullivan of Eddy V’s. We also enjoy the comfort of old favorites such as the venerable Austin Club housed in Austin’s historic Opera House, and a special Sunday brunch at The Four Seasons. And sometimes we are among the first to try new venues such as Apis or the Fairmont Hotel, venues that later secure spots at the top of the list of Austin’s best restaurants.
From time-to-time we hold special events at members’ homes, such as the Oscars, where members dressed in true Oscars fashion are greeted by a red carpet and wined and dined in exceptional style while the Oscars are awarded.
Occasionally we hold gourmet weekends, sometimes in conjunction with other IW&FS branches, to destinations such as Seattle, Park City, New Orleans, Charleston, Houston, and San Antonio.
The Austin Chapter welcomes guest-members from other branches on a space available basis. If you plan to visit the Austin area and wish to attend an event or need restaurant recommendations, please contact us.
Members of the Austin Chapter also receive all the benefits of the of global IW&FS organization, detailed here.
For information regarding the rules and requirements for becoming a member of the Austin Chapter, please contact us.