This first gastronomic society of the world was founded in 1933 by the Frenchman André Simon (1877-1970), Alphonse James Albert Symons (1900-1941) and some friends based in London. She is not profit-oriented. The main objective is to promote the cultivated use of high quality stimulants such as Food and wine, This is under the principle "Not much, but the best". As members, consumers and producers are addressed first and foremost. At the same time the magazine "Wine and Food" was founded, whose first editor was André Simon. At the time of the founding of the company, great economic depression prevailed. But the end of the prohibition in the USA just in its founding year, it greatly benefited the growth of the membership.
Today, IWFS is organized in the three regions of Europe and Africa, Asia and the Pacific and America. There are around 130 branches worldwide in 40 countries with around 6,500 members. The individual affiliates organize lunch and dinner events, wine tastings, lectures and gastronomic trips. Already in 1935 became one Vintage table for wines in which the vintages are rated by a professional committee. This table is updated annually. Honorary Presidents are celebrities from the wine industry, for example Michael 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.