Announcing an exciting new chapter
for the American Wine and Food Festival

Thank you to all our friends for your past support.

For 28 years, the American Wine & Food Festival has enjoyed renown as one of America’s premier culinary events. The AWFF, whose funds benefitted the Los Angeles chapters of the Meals on Wheels programs for the homebound, showcased the finest chefs, vintners, and spirit professionals in the hospitality world; men, women and companies with the biggest talents and even bigger hearts! The cuisine, wines, and entertainment were enjoyed by tens of thousands of people grazing, imbibing, dancing, and sharing camaraderie for a great cause--healthy, warm meals for the elderly and others who are homebound.

All of us who have been involved want to thank all of you who have participated over the years, either by cooking, pouring, donating product, or attending. Your work and love has made a vast difference in the lives of so many; providing sustenance and dignity.

Why will there be no American Wine & Food Festival this year?

Many of you have asked why there will be no American Wine & Food Festival this year. This year has been a year of changes, transformation and renewal for the American Wine & Food Festival. It was time to make some changes for many reasons. The mission of the AWFF has always been to raise funds exclusively for the four Los Angeles chapters of Meals on Wheels, and it will remain so; Wolfgang resigned from the foundation over differences of policy and to pursue other interests. We understand that the Meals on Wheels programs are scheduled to receive some funds from the food events Wolfgang and his new organization may be promoting. The funds continue to be desperately needed so we wish them well.

Regarding the American Wine & Food Festival, new events are being planned, and we are looking forward to sharing them with you at a later time. In the meantime, we are very pleased to announce Sister Alice Marie, affectionately known as Sister Sam, has joined our expanded board. The new diversified board will include individuals in media, business, law, the arts, and the culinary world.

Although the American Wine & Food Festival has always generated substantial funds for the MOW programs, the net proceeds were beginning to erode in relation to the amount of time, effort and monies that were needed to produce the expansive festivals of the last few years. Costs have increased as we have all experienced in our lives and businesses. Given the state of today's, and most specifically Los Angeles' economy, it's time for us to regroup, brainstorm and reinvent the AWFF. We'll continue to strive to bring you outstanding cuisine and beverages during an evening of unique entertainment. However, we want to be certain to bring the maximum funding possible to our beloved Sister Alice Marie's St. Vincent Meals on Wheels program, as well as the other local Meals on Wheels: the Meals on Wheels of West Los Angeles, Meals on Wheels West (Santa Monica), and Valley Interfaith Council Meals on Wheels.

We will be creating events that pair a distinctive activity and theme with brilliant culinary offerings and the finest wines and spirits. Please return to our site for developing information and event dates.

As we plan our new events we are interested in speaking with restaurants, hotels, estates, homeowners, wineries, film studios, theaters and other patrons who would like to offer their space for one of our events.

We are looking for everyone willing to participate in helping us create fabulous new events that will help us generate funds for the vitally needed Meals on Wheels programs.

If you would like to help us help Meals on Wheels, please call us at 310-276-7939.

With deepest gratitude our friends over these last 28 years,
Warmly,
Barbara Lazaroff
Co-founder of the American Wine & Food Festival
Chair of American Wine & Food Festival Foundation

 

 

“Why should there be hunger
and deprivation in any land,
in any city, at any table,
when man has the resources
and the scientific know-how to provide
all mankind with the basic
necessities of life?
There is no deficit in human resources.
The deficit is in human will.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

The Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation is now
The American Wine & Food Festival Foundation for Meals on Wheels

 

All funds are dedicated exclusively to aforementioned four Meals on Wheels programs in Los Angeles.
The charitable foundation's 501(c)(3) tax ID number is 95-4124876.
Donations are always welcome for this vitally important cause.

 

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