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!

Terry Palmer Memorial Continuing Education Culinary Scholarship

Peggy DiStefano "Spirited Gifts" Scholarship Fund
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 The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF)





American Institute of Wine and Food Wichita Chapter Presents

 2021 Valentine’s Day Celebration!

Cline Cellars Winery

With Celebrity Guest Glen Van De Linder, Cline Cellars Great Plains Region Manager

February 13, 2021 • 7 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Douglas Avenue

$70 members/Non-members: $110


It’s time for the annual holiday dinner … no, no … wait! That was canceled last year. Things have gotten a little better we hope and AIWF would like to celebrate this new year and Valentine’s Day with … love, wine and our annual holiday dinner!

Join us for an outstanding dinner prepared by Executive Chef Juan Pablo and paired with amazing wines from the portfolio of Cline Family Cellars. Our guest host, Glen Van De Linder, will lead us on a trip to Cline Family Cellars.

Cline Family Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery in Sonoma built on a passion for winemaking and rooted in respect for the land. Fred Cline started Cline Family Cellars in 1982 in Oakley, Ca., making his first vintages from original plantings of Mourvedre, Zinfandel and Carignane, some of which dated back to the 1880s.

In 1989, Fred purchased a 350-acre horse farm in Carneros and moved the winery to Sonoma County. As one of the original Rhone Rangers, he began planting varietals that included a number of vineyards dedicated to Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Since those first plantings, Fred and his wife Nancy have continued to plant vineyards throughout Sonoma County, expanding to include more classic varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay.

Glen began his foray into the wine industry in fine wine retail while attending the University of Kansas.  The owner of the store had a true passion and great knowledge of wine that he quickly passed on to Glen. Upon graduating Glen began his career with Premier Beverage, Inc. (which eventually became Glazer’s of Kansas) in 1999 as a Sales Rep and quickly moved up to Division Manager, Tallgrass Division in 2001.  He would then assume the role of Sales Director, Tallgrass Division in 2006, and Portfolio Manager in 2013. After a move to corporate in Dallas and more experience, Glen decided home was calling which led him to Cline Cellars and back home to KC. He earned his Certified Specialist in Wine in 2005.  


Plated mix of Fresh Vegetables tossed with Mango topped with Beluga Caviar and a side of fried Plantain Chip

2019 Cline Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

First Course

Pear and Prosciutto Salad with Prime Prosciutto, Seasonal Pears, Blue cheese, Spring mix Lettuce and Grape Tomatoes and Roasted Pecans. Drizzled with Dill Honey Garlic Yogurt dressing.

2019 Cline Cellars Chardonnay

Second Course

Lamb Ragu Tagliatelle, a slow cooked Lamb Ragu with Mushrooms over Pasta Tagliatelle and topped with Fresh Shaved Parmesan and Basil leaves.

2019 Cline Cellars Sonoma Pinot Noir


Champagne Granité


Black Pepper-crusted Prime Beef Tenderloin with Cherry and Red Wine Reduction, served over Rustic Mashed Potatoes with Chard and Honey and Rose Vinegar-glazed Heirloom Carrots, Roasted Brussels sprouts and Horseradish cream sauce.

2016 Cline Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Zinfandel


Chocolate Crème Brulée topped with Freeze- and Fresh-dried Berries, Edible Gold Glitter and Creamy Ganache

Coffee Service


 As with most AIWF events, you need not be a member to attend! Check/credit card orders must be received by noon, February 11. No cancellations, substitutions accepted. 

Seating is limited and will be Covid spacing: Four to six seats to a table.   (Seating will be assigned)

**The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown will be offering attendees a special $89 rate for rooms for the evening. The Code is AIW to book.


Sponsors for the evening include:

Riedel Signature Glasses, Alissa Unruh, Realtor J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Table Decorations/Door Prizes; Sharon Mathias, Dee Dee’s Custom Cleaning

Music; Ronnie Choy, The Dance Man

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Wichita