The James Beard Foundation

Founded in 1926 by fourteen civic-minded Atlantans “to arouse in the citizens and friends of Atlanta an interest in its history,” the Atlanta History Center is now one of the country’s premier History Centers.  Located on 33 acres in historic Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center strives to connect people, history and culture through one of the Southeast’s largest history museums; two historic houses including Swan House and Tullie Smith farm; Centennial Olympic Games Museum; historic gardens; and the Kenan Research Center. The History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located at our midtown campus. Throughout the year, enjoy lecture series with award-winning authors, toddler programs, homeschool days, summer camps, music series, annual festivals such as Sheep to Shawl and much more. For more information about the Atlanta History Center, please visit:  www.atlantahistorycenter.org

Atlanta History Center

Founded in 1926 by fourteen civic-minded Atlantans “to arouse in the citizens and friends of Atlanta an interest in its history,” the Atlanta History Center is now one of the country’s premier History Centers.  Located on 33 acres in historic Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center strives to connect people, history and culture through one of the Southeast’s largest history museums; two historic houses including Swan House and Tullie Smith farm; Centennial Olympic Games Museum; historic gardens; and the Kenan Research Center. The History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located at our midtown campus. Throughout the year, enjoy lecture series with award-winning authors, toddler programs, homeschool days, summer camps, music series, annual festivals such as Sheep to Shawl and much more.

For more information about the Atlanta History Center, please visit:  www.atlantahistorycenter.org

Les Dames d’Escoffier

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide society of women dedicated to creating a community culture that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities. Les Dames members include chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, winemakers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, culinary educators and hospitality executives. The Festival’s goal in partnering with the Atlanta chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is to create culinary scholarships for young women across the Southern region. For more information about Les Dame d’Escoffier in Atlanta, please visit: www.ldeiatlanta.org

The Oxford American

The Oxford American is a national, quarterly magazine out of Conway, Arkansas, dedicated to featuring the very best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.

Billed as "The Southern Magazine of Good Writing," it has won two National Magazine Awards and other high honors since it began publication in 1992.

The magazine has featured the original work of such literary powerhouses as Charles Portis, Roy Blount, Jr., ZZ Packer, Donna Tartt, Ernest J. Gaines, and many other distinguished authors, while also discovering and launching the most promising writers in the region. The magazine is also noted for its impressive art and photography and has published exceptional works by Willliam Eggleston, Carroll Cloar, Thornton Dial, Sr., Lara Tomlin, Wayne White, Robert Gwathmey, Glennray Tutor, and many others.

In addition to its strong literary and visual reputation, for ten years The Oxford American has received wide acclaim for its annual Southern Music Issue, which includes a CD of songs highlighting a variety of genres and eras. It has showcased both famous and criminally neglected musicians, everyone from R.E.M. to the Gants, Isaac Hayes to Erma Franklin, Lucinda Williams to Karen Dalton, Carl Perkins to the Armstrong Twins, Willie Nelson to Gary Stewart, Jerry Lee Lewis to Nellie Lutcher, and on and on and on.

In 2004, the magazine was brought under the auspices of a newly formed nonprofit organization called The Oxford American Literary Project when it moved to the University of Central Arkansas in 2004. The Oxford American's presence on a college campus is rare among publications with a national scope, and students have unique opportunities to engage with all aspects of producing an ambitious and culturally significant magazine. In addition to publishing The Oxford American, the Literary Project is dedicated to promoting literacy and exploring Southern culture through various other creative endeavors.

Wholesome Wave Foundation

Founded by award-winning chef, Michel Nischan, former U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, Gus Schumacher, and founder and editor-in-chief of Food Arts magazine, Michael Batterberry, Wholesome Wave Foundation is working to nourish neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh, and affordable locally-grown food for the well-being of all.

Wholesome Wave achieves success through partnership-based programs that serve food deserts of historically excluded urban and rural communities by creating strong by creating strong and lasting connections between these neighborhoods and small to midsized farmers, while providing diversified market support for these farmers, we succeed in raising the efficacy and visibility of existing Federal, State, and Municipal governmental agency programs.

In 2007, Wholesome Wave was identified by Atlanta Food & Wine Festival co-founders, Elizabeth Feichter and Dominique Love, as the beneficiary of the national Grow for Good campaign the duo created for FOOD & WINE.

Wholesome Wave is working with a number of community partners across the Southeast. To learn more about the organization, please visit:  www.wholesomewave.org

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival co-founders Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter are also co-owners of Atlanta-based Corporate Community Outsourcing, a consulting firm that helps corporations and nonprofit organizations maximize their community impact.

True to Elizabeth and Dominique’s dedication to community, they launched the AFWF Foundation in late 2013, which will serve as the charitable arm of the Festival and provide grants to nonprofit organizations working to preserve Southern culture, increase consumer access to locally-grown foods and to help young people build careers in the culinary world.

To date, the Festival has been proud to support the following nonprofit organizations:

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The Festival also employs a number of practices to reduce its carbon footprint.