Giving Back

Louis Osteen Legacy Scholarship

In partnership with the Culinary Institute of America, Highlands Food & Wine is proud to announce the establishment of the Louis Osteen Legacy Scholarship. This scholarship at CIA is specifically designed for students from the Highlands/Cashiers area that hope to follow Louis’ extraordinary culinary path. Louis Osteen, the James Beard award-winning chef, whose influential, South Carolina restaurants elevated the Southern cuisine we enjoy today, passed away in Highlands, NC in 2019. His influential work at the Pawley’s Island Inn, and later at the Charleston Grill, was the foundation of the restaurant scene in Charleston and throughout the South. While Louis had no formal culinary training, he was very connected to French cooking and applied those techniques to Southern cuisine. In addition, Louis loved guiding those working in his restaurants and coming up in the restaurant scene.

Highlands Food & Wine is actively raising funds for the scholarship. Please consider donating and helping the next generation of great chefs follow in Louis’ footsteps.

Friends of Founders Park

The Friends of Founders Park goals are to protect, inform the public, and represent Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. Friends of the Founders Park help generate, organize, and apply financial and volunteer resources for the maintenance, improvement, and protection of the park in cooperation with the Town of Highlands, NC.  Highlands Food & Wine and Highlands Festivals, Inc. are proud to contribute to the protection and maintenance of the park, a wonderful venue for this event and so many others that continue to bring the community together.  

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts

The Bascom creates visual art experiences that inspire and empower individuals and communities through seeing, thinking, and doing. For more than 30 years, The Bascom has served as a vital cultural resource for Western North Carolina, and they continue to build on that legacy through their work and advocacy for the arts.

Your support of The Bascom makes it possible for The Bascom to offer free access to state-of-the-art exhibitions, to recruit talented artists as teachers in our arts classes, and to continue vital outreach to the communities of Macon and Jackson counties in partnership with other nonprofits. Through the generous philanthropic support of donors, The Bascom advocates to keep the visual arts a vibrant part of the community and creative economy.

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