The Wine and Food Society, later the International Wine & Food Society, was founded in London, England, by André Simon in 1933. At that time, the Society was the world’s only association of gastronomic enthusiasts not commercially associated with the wine and food trade. Today, there are hundreds of organizations that fit this category, but the International Wine & Food Society remains the most prestigious, most widespread, independent gastronomic society in the world.
When André Simon created Society, he had one simple goal:
“The object of the Society is to bring together and serve all who believe that a right understanding of good food and wine is an essential part of personal contentment and health and that an intelligent approach to the pleasures and problems of the table offers far greater rewards than the mere satisfaction of appetite”. Watch a video about the society.
Now with more than 6000 members and over 140 branches, the Society’s member relationships span the globe, but local branches are the heart and soul. We believe that people to people connections are not bound by geography.
Each branch creates its own unique events that showcase local specialties and cater to the needs of its members. Whether the events wine and food pairings, celebrating new industry professionals or dining under the stars, everyone leaves newly enlightened and fully refreshed.