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International Wine &  Food Society  


Our Founder's Voice here.

      

An Introduction to the Society

As the world’s oldest gastronomic Society, our members are guided by the simple but timeless values that inspired  the Society’s founder, André Simon.

We have a unique appeal to our members; to help us continue the tradition of enhancing the knowledge and  enjoyment of food and wine in the company of like-minded people. 

In the world of food and wine, our independence is an asset, our experience is recognised and our objectives place our members in the forefront of the vital relationship between producer and consumer.


Find a UK Branch here.  


The Society website is at the development stage as some branches have yet to establish a website presence.   

If there is no branch near you click here to receive help.

Benefits of membership

General benefits of membership are here
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Membership gives you "monographs" here and a vintage chart -here. 

Benefits of membership to hospitality professionals aged 36 and under are here.

Student benefits of membership are here.



Joining the Society

The advice on the Society website is join via a branch.  However, there is no information on fees.  They are  here
From July to October, there are lower rates. 


The Journal


To read past issues of the Society journal, click 
here.  The current issue is only available to members.

Click 
here regarding my IWFS articles.

Excellent meals here
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If you are in London

There are three branches - Capital 
here, London here, St James's here
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The Society HQ is at the Naval & Military Club, 4 St James's Square , SW1V 4JU. 

Tel: 020 7827 5732 or 01753 882320.   E mail: sec@iwfs.org 

Please remember to visit if you are in town and just let me know beforehand so I can ensure I am there to welcome you. 

Andrea Warren  - Administrator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 

 








 

   

Find a UK branch


      This box is for those who would like to explore existing branches and/or want to know their nearest branch.

There are twenty branches in the UK.  Eleven have a Society website presence and the remaining branches have a contact page.

The nine with no Society website presence have either decided not to or do not have anyone with the skills needed to create a presence.  They are shown in small text.  As with all branches, they will be pleased to respond to enquiries. 

To save you going to the branch list on the Society website to find a branch (which is somewhat time-consuming more), the links have been augmented for you. This new list is in the order of branches on the Society website. 

Look to see if the branch(es) of interest has/have events listed here.   

Top recommendations -    Capital East Anglia  Berkshire  "Go-ahead branch" doesn't mean that those without the description are not static etc.   It means that they are exceptional. 

 

EAST  

East Anglia   Own website.  A go-ahead branch.  Events.

 

LONDON

Capital         The branch for the 21st Century and very go-ahead.  Event history .

London London          Own website . A go-ahead branch. The size of the link is incorrect.

St James’s 



MIDLANDS

Leicester

Northampton

 

NORTH EAST

Northern Dales

 

NORTHWEST

Blackpool & Fylde      Future events   

Manchester                       The Manchester Branch is the largest in the UK outside London   Past events.

Merseyside                     The Merseyside & Mid-Cheshire Branch is the oldest Branch outside London. Future events.

Liverpool here                        The size of the link is incorrect.  It should be the same as Merseyside.

 



SOUTH EAST

Berkshire     Own website.  A go-ahead branch.  Future events.  Past events.

Surrey Hills

Sussex

 

SOUTH WEST

Bath & Bristol

Devonshire

Herefordshire & Monmouthshire   Events Recent events.

Wessex

 

YORKSHIRE

Leeds               February 2011 launch.     

West Yorkshire      


          














 
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Benefits of membership - if you are a student read the next box and then click here or under 36,
read the next box and then  click here


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Excellent meals!

The opportunity to meet like-minded people at Branch activities and at the Regional and International events which take place roughly once a year.  See a cross-section of events here.

Convivial companionship of people who share an interest in fine wine and food.

Unique opportunities to learn about the food and wine of the world.

A quarterly magazine 'Food & Wine' with news and reports from and about the European and African membership.  There are always ideas for events. There are book reviews, topical gastronomic articles and much more.     See it here

The chance to open doors and build relationships at wineries, hotels;
restaurants and In other relevant situations.
 
Insider travel information from contacts in existing branches.

Member discounts for selected hotels, restaurants and publications.

An invaluable annual wine vintage chart within your credit-card sized membership card.

Member-hosted events when a small team helps the host(s) put on a memorable meal or presentation. 

Experience the supply chain from farmyard and vineyard to table, what works and perhaps why, in ways you couldn't do or afford on your own.  Experience it through excellent meals ....

 All members can send for "monographs" - small booklets on special topics.

   
 
Champagne
Chianti Classico
Wine and Health
Chablis
Barolo
Tokaji
Visiting Vineyards
Wine Waiters
Truffles
Traditional French Cheeses
The Science of Taste. 


 
 
  Here is another cover:

 


Here is the most recent monograph.

 
   
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  • Benefits of membership to hospitality professionals aged 36 or under 

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  • Full access to the Society website
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  • The opportunity to meet like-minded people at branch activities and at the regional and international events which take place roughly once a year.  Many of the events are of direct relevance to your career. Look at past copies of the magazine here. 
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  • The quarterly journal ‘Food and Wine’ with news and reports on activities, book reviews, events diary and topical culinary and wine writing. Plenty of material for use in your jobLook at past copies of the magazine here. 
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  • Monographs on a wide range of topics - ditto - you have seen some.
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  • Other material useful in your career from the website
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  • The chance to be in at the ground floor in developing your local branch if that interests you.  It will be another entry on your CV and something to talk about at interviews.  This benefit is exclusive to any branch being developed by the author of this website.
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  • The same relating to developing awards for young hospitality professionals as part of the value-added dimensions of the branch.  Value-added means that no branch at present [June 2011]  is involved in such activity. 
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  • Another value-added aspect is being involved, if you want to, in activities which benefit the community  This benefit is exclusive to any branch being developed by the author of this website.
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  • An annual wine vintage guide incorporated into your credit-card sized membership card. Click here.     Very useful in your wine studies
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  • All this and plenty more raises your profile and awareness of what is happening in the industry   This benefit is exclusive to any branch being developed by the author of this website.
        Students and others aged 36 or under enjoy the rates shown  here.
 
 
     

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IWFS for students
 


  A picture from the Society website.

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  • Full access to the Society website
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  • The opportunity to meet like-minded people at branch activities and at the regional and international events which take place roughly once a year.  Many of the events are of direct relevance to your studies. Look at past copies of the magazine here. 
  •  
  • The quarterly journal ‘Food and Wine’ with news and reports on activities, book reviews, events diary and topical culinary and wine writing. Plenty of material for essays, projects etc Look at past copies of the magazine here. 
  •  
  • Monographs on a wide range of topics - ditto - you have seen some.
  •  
  • Other material useful in your studies from the website
  •  
  • The chance to be in at the ground floor in developing your local branch if that interests you.  It will be another entry on your CV and something to talk about at interviews.  This benefit is exclusive to any branch being developed by the author of this website.
  •  
  • The same relating to developing awards for young hospitality professionals as part of the value-added dimensions of the branch.  Value-added means that no branch at present [June 2011]  is involved in such activity.This benefit is exclusive to any branch being developed by the author of this website.
  •  
  • Another value-added aspect is being involved, if you want to, in activities which benefit the community  This benefit is exclusive to any branch being developed by the author of this website.
  •  
  • An annual wine vintage guide incorporated into your credit-card sized membership card. Click here.     Very useful in your wine studies
  •  
  • All this and plenty more raises your profile and awareness of what is happening in the industry   This benefit is exclusive to any branch being developed by the author of this website.
        Students and others aged 36 or under enjoy the rates shown next.
 
 
     


How much is it to join?

Standard membership
Single …………….£40.00
Joint ……… ……..£52.00

Young membership
Single ………..….£20.00
Joint …………… .£26.00

 


Joint membership is available to partners living at the same address.

Join on or after 1 July and the rates are halved.  Join from 1 October to December 
and renew in January of the following year

Young membership rates are available to those aged between 18 and
36 on joining/renewal.

Once members reach 37 (whether single or joint) the standard rates apply.

Need more encouragement?

Be made welcome at other  UK Branch activities* and at the Regional, National, and International events
which take place roughly once a year.  Branches abroad* are always welcoming. 

according to capacity, of course so ask early.


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More on finding a branch

The Society website has been set up with a list of branches.  When looking for those within the UK which
have a website presence, you chose one without and then need to return and start again from the top of the entire list.


 

     That was far easier than the other way now described.

JUST HOVER OVER  IN THE TOP LEFT OF THIS SCREEN TO SEE AND EXPLORE THE BRANCHES IN OUR AREA. 
SCROLL DOWN AND THEN CLICK ON THE NAME OF A BRANCH FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

Source - foot of the page here.  That page was also the source of the introduction to this page.

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  The excellent meals

Thumb through past issues of our magazine
here to read about many excellent meals.

The range of meals enjoyed by IWFS members is extensive.  There are black-tie events on special occasions.  We hold events in members' homes.  A restaurant review I wrote is
here
. See another price level in Berkshire as published in our journal:   

A good quality T bone steak with all the trimmmings for £9.99 -  buy-one-get-one-free.  .... two rump steaks, salad and chips and a bottle of wine (an Echo Falls Merlot) for £14.99."

 
   
 
 
 


 



     
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