Applications now open for the American Institute of Wine and Food’s and Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs’s Culinary and Enology Arts Scholarships

The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival Raises Funds for Culinary and Enology Scholarships Through Silent and Live Auctions during the Weeklong Festival November 18-24, 2013

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is proud to announce that applications to be considered for the San Diego Chapter of The American Institute of Wine & Food’s and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’s culinary arts and enology/viticulture scholarships are now open. Students with a San Diego culinary affiliation who are planning to enroll in a full or part-time accredited continuing education program in the culinary arts, enology/viticulture, or hospitality are eligible to apply for the scholarships, the funds for which are raised through silent and live auctions during the wine and food festival. The culinary and enology scholarships, which have been around since the Festival’s second year, has now become a San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival legacy, said Michelle Metter, co-producer of the Festival.

“We’ve been long-time advocates of San Diego’s budding culinary scene,” added Metter. “After nearly 10 years, our continued investment in culinary arts and enology/viticulture students and professionals has helped San Diego gain recognition as one of the nation’s emerging culinary destinations.”

This year, the Festival will raise funds for the scholarship program during the silent auction at The Vault: Reserve and New Release Tasting on Friday, November 22, as well as the live and silent auctions held at Wine Spectator’s Celebrity Chef Dinner on Thursday, November 21, where big bottle formats, jet-setting vacation packages, and other wine and food enthusiast novelty items will be auctioned off. The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has raised more than $228,700 for the AIWF scholarship program to date and $29,400 for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must enroll in an accredited continuing education program in the culinary arts, enology/viticulture, or hospitality and must be connected to San Diego by school, work, or recent involvement in food or wine. Programs may be within or outside of the U.S., but must offer continuous relevant hands-on, in-person experience. Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 27, 2013. Scholarship winners will be officially recognized at the food and wine festival during the Wine Spectator’s Celebrity Chef Dinner on November 21, 2013 in front of an audience of professional chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, AIWF and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs members, and food and wine media.

Scholarship awards typically range from $1,000 to $5,000 and the funds do not need to be repaid. The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the school the successful applicant will be attending.

Eligible individuals can apply online at the official San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival website at by downloading the scholarship applications under the “Fest Charities & Scholarships” tab. For the complete Festival schedule, list of celebrities, and ticketing information, visit


AIWF was founded as a 501 (c)(3) educational organization. It was established in 1981 by Robert Mondovi, the late Julia Child and others to promote a forum for the study and enjoyment of gastronomy. San Diego is host to the AIWF Culinary Collection at the Mandeville Special collections Library at UCSD. Visit for further information.


The Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™ is the oldest and largest food and wine society in the world. Our society is vintage, but our events are cutting edge! The chapter in the United States is now in its 53rd year with about 6,000 gourmands, gourmets, gastronomes, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, oenologists, winery owners, sommeliers, food and wine educators, and others interested in the finest of dining and life experiences and enjoying the camaraderie of friends at dinners and events. The tradition of the royal guild of goose roasters of 1248 was revived in Paris in 1950, and we now carry on those traditions. Visit for additional information.


The 10th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world’s premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. Held November 18-24, 2013, the event benefits culinary arts and enology schlorships awarded by The American Institute of Wine & Food and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit companies, 70 of San Diego’s top fine dining restaurants and 30 gourmet food companies participated in the 2012 Festival. For more information visit Produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward Event Productions. For more information call 619-342-7337.



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