Welcome To the Wichita Chapter of AIWF

Our Mission:

"The American Institute of Wine & Food, Wichita Chapter, Inc. is an affiliate of a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, appreciation and quality of wine and food through fun educational experiences in support of its Scholarship programs."

The Wichita chapter, founded in 1992, was the predecessor to our current organization which was organized as a not-for-profit Kansas corporation in 2015. It is one of several chapters located coast-to-coast. Educational programming relative to food, beverage and nutrition is the core of the AIWF and the vehicle for fulfilling our mission. We also have lots of FUN!

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American Institute of Wine and Food Wichita Chapter Presents

Raise A Glass … To Raise My Head — Spectacular Wines, Outstanding Food 

AIWF & WWWC Wine Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit “Raise My Head”

Guest Speaker Keith Paden, Kobrand Corporation

Rolling Hills Country Club

Friday, May 14 • 6 to 10 p.m.

The American Institute of Wine & Food Wichita Inc., and the West Wichita Wine Connection present: “Raise A Glass … to Raise My Head, a wine dinner in support of the “Raise My Head” Foundation, providing healing and restoration for women breaking free from sex trafficking.

The dinner features wines from the Kobrand Corporation and are paired with food created to highlight and emphasize the outstanding features of the wine and food. Keith Paden, State Manager of Iowa, Kansas and Missouri will lead us through the dinner. 

In addition to the dinner, “Raise My Head” will offer a Silent Auction starting a week before the event and ending at 9 p.m. on the night of the dinner to help raise funds in support of the Foundation. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the foundation. Music during the reception provided by Joe Stumpe.

“Raise My Head Foundation” provides a safe, structured two-year residential program for women over the age of 18 who are breaking free from sex trafficking. The goal of the program is for these women to receive the services necessary for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and renewal so that they are empowered to live a life of freedom and fulfillment.

Our guest speaker for the evening grew up in the family restaurant business in the Kansas City and Lawrence areas where he washed dishes during his grade school years and eventually worked all facets of the restaurant business. During his college years he worked both as a chef and sommelier. His family’s restaurant was the first Wine Spectator Award winning list in the State of Kansas. After 14 years with the family restaurants, he took a position with Standard Beverage where he was Vice-President of Fine Wines for 16 years. Seven years ago, he took a position as State Manager for Kobrand Wine and Spirits representing more than 60 Fine Wine and Spirit producers.  He enjoys teaching and talking about wine.


Mini Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Steak Crostini with a Caramelized Onion Glaze in a Balsamic Reduction

2016 Domaine Carneros Brut Vintage Cuvée — 93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast 

First Course

Roasted Beet Salad with Beets, Pears, Candied Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Red Peppers over Butter Head Lettuce with a light Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

2018 Tenuta di Nozzole Le Bruniche Chardonnay Toscana IG  — 91 Pts. James Suckling

Second Course 

Creamy Risotto served in a Marinated, Grilled Portobello Mushroom Cap

2018 Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec — 92 Pts. Sommelier Journal


A Mixed Grill of Pork Osso Buco and Beef Tenderloin with a Cabernet Demi served with Potato and Parsnip Mash and Bourbon Glazed Carrots

2013 Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG — 95 Pts. Tasting Panel

2017 Mullan Road Cellars Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon — 93 Pts. Tasting Panel

Cheese Course

Assorted Cheeses, Nuts and Dried Fruits


Decadent Chocolate Mousse served with Garden Fresh Berries and Cream

2015 Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto — 92 Pts. Wine Spectator

Coffee Service


As with most AIWF events, you need not be a member to attend! Reservations must be received by 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 11. No cancellations, substitutions accepted. 

Seating is limited and will be Covid spacing.

Ticket Cost $85.00 per person, all inclusive.

Call 682-5502 for information only.


Sponsors for the evening include:

Music: Joe Stumpe

Riedel Signature Glasses: Genesis of Wichita / Hatchett Devlin Automotive Group

American Institute of Wine & Food, Wichita Chapter

Alissa Unruh / JP Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Ascension Via Christi

Auburn Spirits / Auburn Wine & Spirits

IMA Financial Group

Sunflower Bank First National 1870 / Guardian Mortgage

Rolling Hills Country Club 

West Wichita Wine Connection