The Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts 2013 kicked off this past Thursday, January 17. The festival, now in its fourth year, began as a way for Albany restaurateurs to raise funds to support local regional theatre Capital Repertory Theatre. In its first year, the event raised $37,024. To date, it has raised more than $270,000.
The mission of the event is to provide sustainable funding for the support and preservation of the nonprofit arts community in Albany, NY through an annual 3-day Food & Wine themed Festival that markets restaurants, chefs, and their innovative cuisine. The event will also educate consumers on healthy, sustainable agriculture, and all net income is donated directly to deserving nonprofit arts organizations.
Sponsored by the local restaurant industry, the event has gained momentum and involvement, raising more than $100,000 this year alone. The funds support eight of Albany’s local arts organizations including the Albany Barn, Albany Center Gallery, Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany Pro Musica, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Capital Repertory Theatre, Irish American Heritage Museum and Park Playhouse.
Wine & Dine for the Arts promotes civic welfare by supporting the nonprofit arts sector, while business sponsors and exhibitors are linked with one of the fastest growing, high-quality food and wine festivals, providing exceptional networking opportunities for their companies.
For more information on the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts 2013 including a gallery of this year’s events, visit albanywinefest.com.