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September 25, 2013 | Events, Wine & Food Pairings, Wine Country Travel | The Society

The Philanthropic Side of Foley Food & Wine Society

Bill Foley, founder of the Foley Food & Wine Society, gets a lot of press for his business acumen. Numerous writers have outlined his meteoric rise and the breadth of his holdings. In 1984, after practicing law for a few years, he bought a then small title-insurance company called Fidelity National Title, with just $40 million in revenues. Under Foley's leadership, Fidelity has grown exponentially, yielding $5.63 billion in revenue in 2012. The company has repeatedly been named to Fortune’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies.

Carol and Bill Foley

As a result of his hard work and business sense, Foley was able to acquire a diverse portfolio of wineries, restaurants and resorts which will be available for members of the new Foley Food & Wine Society, which see its launch this Saturday, September 28th at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara.

Foley Food & Wine Society launch party

Less well known, in keeping with their reputation for being "down-to-earth" and low-key, is the time and money that Bill and Carol devote to philanthropic causes. Their generous donations include $15 million to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where Bill earned his B.S. degree in Engineering, and  the support of the Jacksonville Cathedral Arts Project, which offers free after-school classes in visual and performing arts for elementary school students in Florida.

students at the School of Culinary Arts SBCC

The Foley have roots in Santa Barbara and have been members of the President's Council, the cornerstone of philanthropic support for the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). Long time advocates for education, they were happy to partner with the non-profit Santa Barbara Culinary Arts on the gala launch party of the Foley Food & Wine Society, knowing the net profits would further the education of students at the School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management at SBCC.

culinary students at Foley Food & Wine Society

Three top chefs from the School of Culinary Arts and from Santa Barbara Culinary Arts will be presenting their culinary creations at the launch party, aided by a team of current culinary students. At the launch party, you will have the chance to meet the students and chefs and sample delicacies like Smoked Salmon with Caviar and Crème Fraîche on Endive Pockets and Gorgonzola and Goat Cheese Tartlet with Fig Butter Topped with Fresh Fig, Toasted Walnuts, Local Honey and Micro-greens.


Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Presents the Foley Food & Wine Society Launch Party    
Saturday, September 28, 2013
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Bacara Resort & Spa - Santa Barbara, CA



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