The Dallas Food and Wine Alliance Hopes to Help Restaurants Recover
Three years ago, chefs from across Texas kept asking the Austin Food and Wine Alliance when they’d come to their cities. The nonprofit, known for its scholarship programs and annual food events, has been planning to expand into major Texas food cities since its inception. Now it has evolved into the Texas Food and Wine Alliance, a not-for-profit organization with new offices in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio (in addition to the original Austin arm).
Announcing expansion during a pandemic isn’t quite what the team is looking for, said Brandon Watson, director of communications at TFWA. “The support we have received from chefs and the culinary community has been overwhelmingly positive and we are very excited that we can do something good in these cities, especially because of the pandemic that help is needed more than ever – People The People fight and we can definitely help with this post-pandemic recovery. “
It will take years, but with a Dallas Food and Wine Alliance here, the city’s food industry has a better chance of recovering. The organization has allocated more than $ 14,000 for emergency relief and pandemic and nearly $ 337,000 for the culinary community in central Texas this year.
“We traditionally give grants to small businesses, craft businesses, and nonprofits related to food that have some innovation and can range from sustainability to community give-back projects,” says Watson.
These criteria will remain more or less the same, but given how many food companies and restaurants have grown under the problems caused by COVID, the TFWA will have a lot to consider.
“Even when everyone is hurt, there is just a little collaboration and cool ideas,” says Watson. “I don’t know I’ve ever seen so many innovations in the hospitality industry… It’s incredible and amazing. Even amid this pressure, people are finding cool ways not only to survive but to give back to the community. “The Dallas Food and Wine Alliance (2021) will be a great opportunity for these innovative groups to continue their good deeds.
Chef Nilton “Junior” Borges has a history of the Austin Food and Wine Alliance and is excited to expand into Dallas.
Courtesy of the Texas Food and Wine Alliance
“It is an incredible organization that I have had the pleasure of attending their events in the past, and I am delighted to be involved in their creation in Dallas,” says Executive Chef Junior Borges, referring to the opening of the upcoming Meridian -Restaurants prepared. “I think having an alliance that brings our community even closer would be great. The more we can come together and provide help and assistance to those in need, the stronger we become. ”
Outside of grants, much of the alliance’s activities are event-based, such as: B. Food festivals and fundraisers. Like so much this year, there are no large gatherings. Instead of in person, the organization has a number of virtual events.
On September 17th they start a new cooking series called Alliance Academy. It will feature a selection of Texan artisans and chefs from restaurants like the acclaimed Comedor, and Homewood chef Matt McAllister is slated for season two of the Alliance Academy. Watson says, Katherine Clapner from Dude, Sweet Chocolate is also one of the Dallas folks she hired for other cook-oriented online events. (Petra and the best cook Misti Norris are also a hope of theirs.)
They’ve partnered with Austin’s Assembly Kitchen to ship out meal sets for every cooking class. They ship almost everything you need (for example without alcohol) directly to you. First up is Nixta Taqueria.
However, through 2021, Watson and the entire TFWA crew are confident they can expand their reach in Dallas with chefs, venues, and more if they have some in-person events on the books when the time is right.