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The Columbus Food & Wine Affair bids a fond farewell

In its 11-year history, the Columbus Food & Wine Affair (CFWA) has uncorked thousands of bottles of wine and served up some of the best food known to central Ohio. Now, after a run that has had a tremendous impact on numerous charities, the Central Ohio Restaurant Association and the Columbus Food & Wine Affair are bringing those special events to a close.

Because of the vision and hard work of so many, wine experts and novices and culinary enthusiasts alike have enjoyed the Grand Tasting, Discover Hospitality, Cena di Vino and the Cocktail Classic, helping to raise over $500,000 to benefit local charities, including the Central Ohio Restaurant Association Foundation Education and Scholarship Fund, The Columbus Foundation, WBNS-10TV Family Fund, Franklin Park Conservatory, Mid-Ohio Foodbank and many others.

Our event partners, leadership and volunteers deserve a sincere thank you for lending their expertise and energy to the Columbus Food & Wine Affair, helping to produce incomparable events that were enjoyed by all who attended.  As well, we cannot express enough our gratitude to the hundreds of wineries and restaurants that joined us year after year, continuously adding to our success. Central Ohio is known for its philanthropic culture and, not surprisingly, has been warm and welcoming, proving how fortunate we are to live and work in such a generous community.

The Columbus Food & Wine Affair leadership believes, however, that it is time to make way for new vision and ideas.  The door is open to create the “next big experience” that will showcase the finest in culinary and hospitality that central Ohio has to offer while playing a philanthropic role in our community. We look forward to sharing what this will be and presenting more spectacular, dynamic events in the future.

The Central Ohio Restaurant Association, it’s Foundation, beneficiaries, partners and vendors wish to thank the central Ohio food and wine enthusiast community for joining us these past years.  The successes that have been enjoyed are due to the amazing support of our vibrant and giving community.

Bob Himes                                                             
Chairman of the Board, CORA                        
Chair, CORA Foundation

Scott Heimlich
President, CORA

For more information, email events@foodandwineaffair.com