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Austin Social Hour: Wine & Food Foundation’s Caymus Garden Party

The Wine & Food Foundation hosted Caymus Vineyards for an unforgettable evening at Austin's Barr Mansion

Caymus Team (photo by Erika Wilkins).

On September 14, the Wine & Food Foundation hosted Napa cult favorite and family-owned winery Caymus Vineyards for an unforgettable Garden Party. Situated at the historic Barr Mansion Farmstead and Ballroom, the event welcomed Chris Vitiello, Caymus-Suisun Global Ambassador and Suisun Valley Liaison for exceptional lineup of wines paired with an incredible selection of hors d’oeuvres and snacks.


Anna K Marris and Nichole Wright (photo by Erika Wilkins).


(Left to right) Susanna Butler, Elyse Grahan, Jennifer Martinez, Lisa Spedale, Debbie Marshall, and Kathy Griffin (photo by Erika Wilkins).


(Left to right) Alan and Cristin Daniel, Crissy and Brad Compere (photo by Erika Wilkins).


Brian and Kathy Riddle (photo by Erika Wilkins).


Britt Even and Eaisha Johnson (photo by Erika Wilkins).


Laura Saportas, Nicole Richardson, and Jennifer Carter (photo by Erika Wilkins).


(Left to right) James and Collen Harvard, and David and Kelsey McGrath (photo by Erika Wilkins).


Ryan and Anna Vassar (photo by Erika Wilkins).


(Left to right) Rick Ramirez, Liz Ramirez, and Chris Vitiello (photo by Erika Wilkins).


Erica Dsouza and Roha Teferra (photo by Erika Wilkins).


(Left to right) Dee Kurtzer, Tracy Milano, Donna Lee Di Loreto, and Gloria Garrison (photo by Erika Wilkins).


Taylor Rowell and Jordan Reyes (photo by Erika Wilkins).

While heavy rains meant moving the Garden Party primarily indoors, the beautiful atrium-like ballroom of Barr Mansion was adorned with colorful floral arrangements, and cheerful guests wore their prettiest garden-themed attire. Party-goers were treated to live music and had some fun in the photo booth, as well.

The Garden Party was a huge success! Caymus donated the proceeds from the event to the Wine & Food Foundation, helping support their mission to create excellent wine and food programming in Austin and allowing us to continue our philanthropic initiatives to financially contribute to organizations like Lift Collective and the Sustainable Food Center. 

(Left to right) Ailish Preston, Anu Reddy, Dave Preston, and Uttam Reddy (photo by Erika Wilkins)

Since being established in 1985 and incorporated in 1997, the Wine and Food Foundation has given away more than $1.7 million to organizations like the Lift Collective. Past beneficiary organizations of note include Southern Smoke, Austin Shift Meal, Urban Roots, Central Texas Food Bank, KLRU, The Sustainable Food Center, and Dell Children’s Medical Center. In addition to supporting organizations working to uplift, advocate, and educate those in the industry, the WFF has also supported individuals.

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Take note that to best keep up with WFF events like this Garden Party, you can join as a member. WFF offers three levels of membership – Aficionado, Connoisseur or Epicurean. Each level has a different benefits, including early access to ticketed events, discounted event ticket pricing, and more. Learn more at