Foodie Forward is our way of connecting foodies to opportunities to use their love of the culinary world to promote local business and find opportunities to volunteer. Take a look below to find out the many ways that you can pay it Foodie Forward in our community!

How do you Foodie Forward?


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The four-day festival honors the distinctive nature of Fort Worth cooking, food, beverage and culinary traditions with events that highlight celebrated local chefs, culinary professionals and wine makers in one taste-filled weekend. Profits of the festival go towards local grants as well as culinary scholarships.

Fort Worth Foodie’s Crystal Vastine is proud to serve as Volunteer Chair for the festival and bring together 200+ volunteers each year for a fun and rewarding experience! Email for more information or to be added to the contact list!



Cooking Matters® , a program of Share Our Strength, is a cooking-based nutrition program. This innovative program provides a long-term solution to hunger and poor nutrition by demonstrating strategies to get the best nutrition possible on a limited budget. The six-week, hands-on courses are taught in the kitchen by nutrition and culinary instructors who volunteer to teach nutrition, cooking, food-budgeting and shopping techniques. Additionally, groceries are provided to all adult and teen participants to take home at the end of class each week so that they can practice preparing the recipes at home, and share them with their families. Tarrant Area Food Bank offers Cooking Matters courses in collaboration with Partner Agencies and other community organizations that agree to host and promote courses to their clientele. A limited number of courses are also held in the Food Bank’s Community Kitchen.



Foodie Philanthropy is an easy way to make a difference by simply doing what you would already be doing on a Saturday night. Go to dinner, have a good time and all profits support great charities. Foodie Philanthropy is a registered 501(c)3 with a mission of bringing together like-minded foodies for philanthropic causes.  Foodie Philanthropy supports organizations who assist those less fortunate by hosting an annual dinner at various restaurants.  The impact made, both financially and publicly when, restaurants band together means a major difference in the lives of others. When you couple an amazing night with old and new friends, giving has never been so good! Contribute as a restaurant, table host, through a donation of goods, or buy a ticket to one of their memorable events!



Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Fort Worth. A vital part of Fort Worth’s Healthiest City Initiative, Blue Zones Project® encourages changes in our community that lead to healthier options. When our entire community participates – from our worksites and schools to our restaurants and grocery stores – the small changes contribute to huge benefits for all of us: lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and ultimately, a higher quality of life. Visit the Blue Zones Project page to learn about volunteer opportunities and make sure to visit one of many Blue Zones Project approved restaurants in Fort Worth!


TasteProjectLogoTaste Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit established simply to feed people one community at a time. Their first project is a non-profit restaurant that will focus on healthy, quality meals made from local ingredients. The menu will have no prices. They ask Tasters to do one of the following: 1) pay what you can afford 2) pay what you would typically pay or 3) pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra. Visit their page to learn more about how to get involved!