Wine & food festivals that serve communities

For decades, Southern Glazer’s has supported local educational, hospitality, and hunger-relief programs in our communities by founding, hosting, and sponsoring a variety of signature charitable events.

Investing in future hospitality leaders

Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One


In 2023, Southern Glazer’s celebrated its 22nd consecutive year as the exclusive wine and spirits sponsor of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®). We collaborated with our world-class supplier partners to secure more than 8,000 cases of top wine and spirits brands for the Festival’s 100+ curated events, all to benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU). More than 1,000 FIU students volunteered to help produce the Festival. Scholarships are also funded by proceeds from SOBEWFF® and awarded to standout students annually. To date, the Festival has raised more than $34 million for the School.

Relieving hunger in NYC

Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One


Southern Glazer’s is also proud to serve as the exclusive wine and spirits provider for the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (NYCWFF), supporting God’s Love We Deliver, New York’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for individuals living with severe illness. More than 47,000 guests safely attended the 15th annual NYCWFF in October. With 80 live events, the Festival remained steadfast in its commitment to celebrate the robust and resilient New York hospitality industry. To date, the Festival has raised more than $14.7 million to support New Yorkers in need.

Promoting prosperity for the restaurant industry

Chicago Gourmet 


The annual Chicago Gourmet festival is a celebration of food and drinks with Southern Glazer’s as its proud presenting sponsor. Participating chefs and restaurants prepared events throughout the weekend, championing Chicago’s diverse culinary landscape while connecting food and drink enthusiasts with their favorite chefs, fellow foodies, and memorable experiences. Chicago Gourmet benefits the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF), which offers life-changing opportunities for students and provides direction for potential culinary and hospitality career paths. The IRAEF scholarships initiative has provided more than $3.2 million dollars in scholarships to qualified students to date. Since October 2020, the IRAEF Employee Relief Fund has also provided $290,000 in cash relief grants to hospitality employees facing financial crisis because of COVID-19.

Creating opportunities for students in the hospitality industry

UNLVino Presents


In its 49th year, UNLVino returned as UNLVino Presents, an epicurean food and beverage series presented by the world-class UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. Proceeds from the iconic culinary experience help fund scholarships for students at the college. Inspired by UNLV alumni in 1974, millions of dollars have been raised to date. Designed to indulge the Las Vegas community while creating new opportunities for university students, UNLVino is organized jointly by UNLV and Southern Glazer’s Wine, Spirits & Beer of Nevada. It remains the longest tradition at the University and one of the college’s largest fundraisers.