Missed Monday’s Grant Info Session?

Biscuits by Stephanie McClenny of Confituras Little Kitchen

Last week, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance hosted a grant information session at Confituras Little Kitchen, one of our 2013 grant recipients. Prospective applicants were able to meet and greet over drinks and delicious biscuits. Cathy Cochran-Lewis, Grant Program Chair and Vice-President and Mariam Parker, Executive Director, provided an overview of the Culinary Grant Program, and Stephanie McClenny, Owner of Confituras Little Kitchen, shared her experiences applying for and receiving the grant.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some highlights!

  • This year,  $60,000 in grant funds are available.  This is the largest in our seven-year history and pushes the cumulative total to $252,500 given to local culinary professionals and businesses for innovative projects that give back to the community.
  • Important dates to remember: The grant application deadline is October 12 by midnight and all grant applicants will be notified of their status by November 21.
  • There is a sample application available, which you can view here.
  • Our minimum grant amount is $2,500 and our largest grant ever given is $12,500.
  • Six special named grants will be awarded this year, which you can learn more about here. You  do not need to select a named grant when you’re applying.
  • We often see applicants applying under the wrong category. If you’re unsure of where you fall – individual/other, business or non-profit, please email us and we can help.
  • Regarding your culinary ideas, the advice is: “If it’s in your head, just put it down and share it! The more details you can provide, the better.”
  • The AFWA Grant Judging Committee is composed of a private panel of prominent culinary professionals and community members. The committee will award the 2018 grants based on the grant criteria, application information, and goals of each applicant.
  • The process of apply for the grant is often helpful! “It helped me re-assess where I was and where I wanted to be. It will help you grow a better business and think about how you can help build philanthropy and community giveback into your business.” – Stephanie McClenny on how the Culinary Grant Program helped her create her business plan.

Interested in a culinary grant? You can find the application here and an FAQ here! If you have additional questions, please contact

September 25th, 2018

Executive Director Mariam Parker featured on KOOP 91.7’s Another Bottle Down

From left to right: Jessica Maher from Lenoir, Jessica Sanders from drink.well, Kendall Antonelli from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Mariam Parker, Austin Food & Wine Alliance, Rae Wilson from Wine For the People & Dandy Rosé, Brandon Watson from CultureMap Austin.

Mark Rashap of The Illuminated Bottle and 2017 Culinary Grant Recipient recently invited our Executive Director Mariam Parker to take over last week’s episode of KOOP 91.7’s Another Bottle Down, Austin’s own talk show about every facet of the wine industry, from winemaker to sommelier and everything in between.

Parker discussed all things food and wine with a few of her friends below!

Brandon Watson from CultureMap Austin
Jessica Maher from Lenoir
Kendall Antonelli from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
Jessica Sanders from drink.well.
Rae Wilson from Wine For the People & Dandy Rosé

If you missed last week’s episode, you’re in luck because Parker will be taking over another episode this upcoming Tuesday! She’ll be chatting with:

Chef Amanda Rockman from South Congress Hotel
Veronica Meewes from Andrew Harper & Well Fed Life 
Catherine Armstrong Stiles from Barbecue Wife
Mandi Nelson from European Cellars
Paula Rester Salinas from La Corsha Hospitality Group

Tune in on KOOP 91.7 or at Another Bottle Down this Tuesday at 1:00 PM!

Follow Another Bottle Down on social media: @anotherbtldown and  If you are a member of the wine industry that would bring a unique voice to our conversation, we encourage you to contact Mark Rashap (

August 1st, 2018