April 23, 2018 - Impact Through Involvement

Impact Austin Members in Community News - Austin Under 40 Award 2018

Collective giving is a powerful way to practice philanthropy. One of the benefits of gathering a group of philanthropic women together is that we also get to celebrate their community service accomplishments with them!

Impact Austin member, Kendall Antonelli has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Austin Under 40 Awards in the Culinary Arts, Events, & Hospitality category. Included amongst the other four finalists in the category is her husband – and competition! – John Antonelli. The gala and announcement of the AU40 2018 awards winners will be on May 19th at the J.W. Marriott. 

Kendall and John opened Antonelli’s Cheese Shop in 2010 after a honeymoon decision to quit their jobs in search of a passion with purpose – working together to support artisanal producers and tell the story of handcrafted foods. Today, the award-winning business consists of two retail shops, a bistro downtown at Fareground, wholesale to 175 Central Texas chefs, over 200 private events and tasting classes, and online sales of monthly cheese clubs, gifts, and trays.

 In 2016, Kendall was featured by the Austin Business Journal as one of the top entrepreneurs to know in Austin; she also received a Blazing Star 2016 Award from the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas. Kendall regularly speaks and presents on topics of entrepreneurship, incorporating philanthropy into small businesses, and living a life of passion with purpose. Kendall serves on the board of the Austin Child Guidance Center, is on the steering committee of the Good Food Retailers Collaborative and is honored to be a selected member of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers and Les Dames d'Escoffier, serving on the membership and scholarship committees. She also serves on advisory boards for Philanthropitch, The Refinery Collective, and the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance. 

 Prior to opening the cheese shop, Kendall worked at Austin nonprofit American Gateways as a Board of Immigration Appeals Representative for the Immigrant Victims of Crime Protection Project. Kendall has a master’s degree from The University of Texas in Latin American Studies and a certificate in nonprofit management from the LBJ School of Public Affairs RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service; her thesis on the first wave of immigrant rights' marches in 2006 was later published in The Latin Americanist. Kendall has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service and graduated with honors and a certificate in the Justice and Peace Program. Kendall’s culinary journey and adventure are made sweeter with her husband John, toddlers Everett and Elia, and two adopted yellow lab mixes Lucky Day and Luna Loca.

 Kendall Antonelli joined Impact Austin in 2017 and immediately served on a Grant Review Committee. Since then, she has hosted two coffees to recruit new members and served on another Grant Review Committee.

 When asked about her Impact Austin experience, Kendall said,

“Joining Impact Austin was absolutely the best decision and use of my time. I get to meet a diverse group of women who care about their community and also get to actively support the work of our region's nonprofits. In a time of political unrest and divisiveness, I find comfort in coming together to collectively give back.”


We congratulate Kendall on this great honor and know that many Impact Austin members will be in attendance to cheer on one of our own.

We encourage our Impact Austin members to inform us when you, or other members you know, are recognized for your service to the community.

Impact Austin would be proud to recognize these members and congratulate them!  Our congratulations may be in a blog post and/or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

The Guidelines:

·       Eligible awards are for public or volunteer service in keeping with our philanthropic mission. No professional or business awards, please.

·       The recipient must be a current Impact Austin Member.

·       The award must have occurred within the last 60-90 days or be imminent.

Contact contact@impactaustin.org to alert us to a civic or community award for a current member, and that will start the process. If you are recommending someone else, please include her contact email in your referral.


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