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American Institute of Wine and Food

Founded by Julia Child, Robert Mondavi and others to improve understanding and appreciation of food and drink. Membership is open to all: chapters in 30 cities offer seminars, unique educational opportunities and social gatherings.

American Personal Chef Institute and Association

Whether you want to become a personal chef or hire one, this is your portal.

American Wine Society

For wine novices, experts, grape growers, amateur and professional winemakers, chefs, wine appreciators, wine educators, restaurateurs and anyone wanting to learn more about wine and gastronomy.

American Sommelier Association

A national community of wine professionals and enthusiasts dedicated to enhancing the appreciation of wine and supporting the role of the American sommelier.

Chef’s Collaborative

A national network food community members who promote sustainable cuisine by celebrating the joys of local, seasonal, and artisanal cooking.


A cultural center and museum in downtown Napa dedicated to food and wine, founded by vintner Robert Mondavi. Tastings, classes, festivals, exhibitions film series and performances; and of course, a restaurant and café.

National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT)

The professional association for specialty food manufacturers and retailers.

Research Chefs Association (RCA)

This is an innovative association devoted to educating food professionals about their discipline. They aim “to provide culinary fundamentals for food scientists, science fundamentals for chefs, and combination courses designed for those who want both.”


Since its founding in 1990, this food issues think tank has profoundly changed how we think about junk food and food fads. Their focus on good foods has impacted government policies, food executives and chef, and helped us modify our eating behavior.

Slow Food Movement

The international organization whose aim is to protect food from the homogenization of modern techniques, preserving taste and quality.

Specialty Coffee Association of America

Non-professionals can join and receive the newsletter, invitations to regional events and the annual conference, discounts on coffee, and more.


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