History

Wine and Food Society New York
 


The New York Branch of the International Society was formed in 1934, and is the oldest, continuously operating gastronomic society in the United States.  Our branch of approximately 200 men and women is a harmonious group of members with varying professions, avocations and ages.

 

We seek to educate our membership and to promote wider knowledge and understanding of the wines and foods of the world by means of luncheons, dinners, tastings, neighborhood tours and other noteworthy events.  The New York Branch has pioneered many “firsts” and innovative events, and traditionally runs around twenty programs a year.  The events usually require business attire along with a few “black tie” evenings.

View an archive of WFSNY menus at the New York Public Library website via this link.

The New York branch maintains its own substantial wine cellar, periodically adding to our inventory and using wines for events as opportunities arise.  Almost all of our events are memorable undertakings.  As an educational society, we can be judged on the quality and diversity of the programs offered to our members and guests.

 

As a branch of the International Wine & Food Society in London, our members when they travel may access events at branches internationally and enjoy the companionship and stimulation of a worldwide network of wine and food enthusiasts.  Our members also receive the Society’s quarterly newsletter, which reports on the other branches in the Americas.  In addition, the International Society sponsors a Festival every three years, during which chapters internationally host members sharing with them the talents of their nation and region's, chefs, winemakers and hoteliers.

 

 

W&FSNY PRESIDENTS

Arnold Reiter

2015 - Present

Cathleen Burke Visscher

2015 - 2016

Gregory Hurst

2011-2015

Chris Ankner

2008-2012

Ira Greene

2004-2008

Ivan Thorton

2002-2004

Susan M. Postman

2000-2002

Anne B.Merz

1998-2002

Jules Epstein

1994-1998

Robert Gutenstein

1990-1994

William Smethurst

1986-1990

Melvin Zuckerman

1986-1990

Gerald M.Stein

1979-1986

John Oxley

1977-1979

Howard Meigan

1966-1977

Jeanne Owen

1939-1965

Richardson Wright

1938-1954

Henry Taft

1934-1938