The local nonprofit Austin Food & Wine Alliance has announced its latest round of culinary grants that has raised $ 30,500 to local artisans, producers, chefs, makers, and farmers in a brutal economic climate.
Each year AFWA offers culinary grants to local organizations that help advance education, awareness, and innovation in the food and wine community in central Texas. On January 14, the nonprofit announced the seven 2020 culinary grant winners, ranging from $ 2,000 to $ 5,000, selected from a group of “prominent culinary and community professionals.”
In contrast to previous years, when the winners were personally announced during a special soiree, this round of winners was announced via a special video anchored by Managing Director Mariam Parker and the Chair of the Scholarship and AFWA Board Chairwoman Cathy Cochran-Lewis has been.
The AFWA scholarship holders 2020:
- Try culinary nutrition – Austin Dames US $ 5,000 to support women in business grant. The funds will be used to support cooking classes for mothers and their children affected by homelessness.
- Free lunch – Austin Dames US $ 5,000 to support women in business grant. This organization provides fresh, healthy meals to people with homelessness. A community garden will be created with the funds.
- Wine for the people – $ 5,000 Gina Burchenal Grant for a women-owned company. The funds will be used to improve the newly opened tasting room and support a training program for women in winemaking.
- Distant relatives – $ 5,000 Tito’s Handmade Vodka Entrepreneur Grant. The funds will bring a food truck to market that explores the flavors, textures, culture, and heritage of the African diaspora through a modern African American lens.
Madhu chocolate – Grant of $ 5,000. With funds, this Indian-inspired, artisanal chocolate company can buy equipment such as a tempering machine, small storage containers or a winner to separate the shell from the cocoa.
- Tamal addiction – $ 3,000 Gina Burchenal Grant for a women-owned company. The funds will help launch a range of do-it-yourself tamalada kits to share the tradition and love of tamale-making across the country.
- Li’l Nonna – $ 2,500 Jeff Conarko Grant for Sustainability. This vegan food truck will use the funds to prepare for the opening of a brick and mortar store and sell to wholesale accounts.
“These projects clearly show innovation and value to the community,” Parker said in a press release. “We are so grateful for the community support we have received since we started our organization in 2011 that we can reward these outstanding initiatives.”
In addition to the seven scholarship holders, AFWA also identified three non-funded projects as honorable mentions: Comadre bakery, a women-owned bakery that uses local and organic ingredients and traditional techniques; Healthy generation, a nonprofit that develops and nurtures leadership skills and enables positive change in our community through a community-integrated food, cooking, and agriculture curriculum; and Run Club dining room, a running club founded by the chef that meets four times a week and provides a comprehensive space for the service community to encourage accountability and healthy habits.
Along with recent grants, AFWA has raised $ 367,500 in funding since its inception in 2012.