The American Institute of Wine and Food has a local chapter in Wichita. But when it was started in 1992, some didn't think it would make it.

"What do Wichitans know about wine and food? We were the fasted growing and fasted ratified chapter in the history of the national organization,” says chapter chairman Mark Douglass.

They put on monthly events featuring wine makers, chefs and local venues focusing around the traditions of the table.

"We just really felt it opened and broadened our horizons into the way we thought about even preparing the meals we do at home,” says Douglass.

Providing fun as well as an educational aspect, anyone can come no matter how much or how little you already know about wine and food.

"CEOs down to you know just everyday people. It's all about the enjoyment and the fun. It’s not about status,” says Douglass.

But while they're having fun, they're also working to help budding culinary artists in the community.

"The high school students with USD 259, we have a scholarship endowed at Butler County Community College for culinary arts, so that's what we're able to do while we are having this fun."

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