This first gastronomic society in the world was founded in 1933 by the Frenchman André Simon (1877-1970), Alphonse James Albert Symons (1900-1941) and some friends with headquarters in London. It is not for profit. The main goal is to promote the cultivated use of high quality stimulants such as Food and wine, This is based on the principle "Not much, but the best". As members, consumers and producers are primarily addressed. At the same time, the magazine "Wine and Food" was founded, the first publisher of which was André Simon. At the time the company was founded, there was a great economic depression. But the end of it prohibition in the USA, especially in the year of foundation, the growth in membership increased enormously.
Today, the IWFS is organized in the three regions of Europe and Africa, Asia and the Pacific and America. There are around 130 branches in 40 countries with around 6,500 members worldwide. The individual subsidiaries organize lunch and dinner events, wine tastings, lectures and gastronomic trips. As early as 1935 Vintage table for wines in which the vintages are assessed by a professional committee. This table is updated annually. Celebrities from the wine industry, such as Michael, act as honorary presidents Broadbent from 1984 to 1992 and Hugh Johnson from 2002 to 2008. In the meantime, there are many similar organizations, such as Slow food emerged.