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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AIWF Virtual Wine Tasting & Cooking Demo

 Fabulous Fall Fun

Join us for a Virtual Wine Tasting of two outstanding and highly rated wines hosted by Sommelier and AIWF Board Member Nelson Escalante AND a Virtual Cooking Demo presented by Chefs Alexis and John Michael from Butler Community College’s Culinary and Hospitality Program at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22 on Zoom!

Nelson, a Level 2 Certified Sommelier, is the Wine & Spirits Representative for LDF Sales and Distributing of Wichita and has been in the Food and Beverage industry for more than 22 years and loves to share his wine and food passion with AIWF and Wichita. He has chosen these wines to pair with fall-centric food classic recipes created by the Chefs Michael.

Who knew succotash could be so delicious and easy to prepare. And Beef Wellington? Alexis and John show you how to avoid the pitfalls of preparing this retro main dish and make it more outstanding than ever! You can watch the demos and work along with them or prepare them ahead of time and ask questions when the demos are over. And the wines, tasted with the food or during the process, will be lovely!

Alexis Michael started her culinary career at the age of seventeen in Wichita’s own Olive Tree.  She’s worked fine dining, hotels and the wine industry in New York, Wisconsin, Virginia and California.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Human Ecology from K-State and an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America.  She has spent the last six years teaching for Butler Community College’s Hospitality and Culinary Art’s Program.

Chef John Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry in London, North Carolina, New York, Virginia, Napa and Kansas. He has both an Associate and Bachelor's degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, one of the foremost Culinary schools in the world. Since coming to Wichita, Michael has been a tireless teacher and advocate of food and wine. John started Butler’s Culinary Arts program in 2012.  He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Food Business with the Culinary Institute of America.

Details:

Sign up on the website. We will register you for the event and charge a $5 processing fee to help offset our monthly fees.

You will be emailed the Zoom code and the recipes. To order wines, email Jacob East at [email protected] or call Jacob West NLT Monday, September 21, and they will notify you for pick up.

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, log onto the Zoom meeting and have your wine open, your food prepped and be ready to taste. Nelson will lead us through the wine offering tips for tasting, suggestions and other pairings.

The Wines

2017 Foxglove Chardonnay, Central Coast, California

Foxglove Chardonnay always represents great value. With this wine, you have the richness of fruit from California's Central Coast giving you tropical notes. However, the wine is bottled without going through malolactic fermentation and has no oak on it so it maintains a very clean profile. Great on its own or with food. 90pts Vinous

AIWF Event Price — $11.99

2015 Faustino Rivero Ulecia Rioja Reserva DOCA, Spain

Pleasant nose with red fruit, cherry, raspberry and blackberry. Hints of vanilla, graphite, tobacco and leather. Full bodied, ample and acid, with round tannins and moderate astringency. Great with beef and lamb. 93pts James Suckling 

AIWF Event Price — $11.99

Wine Cost: $23.98 plus tax

Ticket Cost: $5 Members/Nonmembers (per household)

To reserve, visit www.aiwfwichita.org by noon, Sept. 21. No cancellations, substitutions accepted. Call 682-5502 for information only.

No cancelations, substitutions accepted. Sign up now, supplies may be limited.