Support Culinary Education

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is dedicated to creating meaningful and accessible educational resources to inspire and empower the next generation of culinary professionals  in Central Texas.

A gift of $35 will send one high school student to CACC, and a gift of any amount would grow the impact we have on Central Texas students.

“I learned that the different types of careers in the culinary industry are hugely varied from what most people normally see, it isn’t just restaurant cooks, or owners, there are industries that focus on advertising food, food science, not to mention the cultural diversity. The conference’s competitions were also a spark of enthusiasm, granted I learned competition isn’t exactly my cup of tea, it presented the opportunity to compete with other schools that we don’t associate with, and in turn, learn from them as well.” – Erich Lipuma, Liberty Hill High School Student

Your support of the Alliance’s educational programming goes directly to expanding and improving the opportunities available to Central Texas culinary arts students.


Making Culinary Education Accessible

The Culinary Arts Career Conference (CACC) is the pinnacle of the Alliance’s efforts to support youth in culinary education. The CACC was developed to give Central Texas high school culinary arts students the opportunity to learn and gain inspiration through direct connection to professionals from a wide spectrum of career paths in the culinary world.

Since CACC’s inception in 2013, we have hosted more than 2,000 students from over 70 Central Texas High Schools, connecting them to 75 unique panelists, speakers, chefs and local culinary mentors.

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance needs your help to continue to inspire, inform, educate and connect these students to our culinary community.

A gift of $35 will send one high school student to CACC, and a gift of any amount would grow the impact we have on Central Texas students.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the Culinary Arts Career Conference? Whether you’re an individual, a small business, or a large company, we offer customized partnerships to drive awareness to like-minded culinary enthusiasts while supporting the Alliance’s mission.

Questions about CACC sponsorship? Please contact Mariam Parker, Executive Director at mariam@austinfoodwinealliance.org.