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IFWTWA - Int'l Food Wine & Travel Writers Association


IFWTWA - Int'l Food Wine & Travel Writers Association

IFWTWA is a global network of journalists covering the hospitality & lifestyle fields & those who promote them. IFWTWA is a non-profit organization run by & for the benefit of its members. Group membership is not association membership.

Location: Diamond Bar, CA
Members: 126
Latest Activity: Jan 31

About IFWTWA and Various Trips we offer.

The International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association ( is a global network of people involved in the hospitality and lifestyle fields and the people who promote them by informing others about them. We are a non-profit organization, run by and for the benefit of our members.

This is a link to our Members' Benefit Brochure. This spells out what we offer plus we keep adding new features all the time.

One of our latest benefits is our Members Profile Page. This allows hosts, pr firms, etc. to see our members' profiles to determine if they are suitable for press trips. It also gives our members a place to showcase their bio, books and clips. It provides are Associate Members a spot to do the same.

This year we offered a WiFTy scholarship award for the first time. It was so well-received, we hope to be able to offer more than one for 2010. Naturally, we depend on the hospitality industry and suppliers for assistance. In turn, we promote them with press releases and a lot of coverage. Plus the items are promoted on EBay.

Check out IFWTWA and see what we're about. Members and non-members are welcome to join the Tripatini Group and learn more about what we do.

This is just 2009 and does not cover it all. The Copper Canyon is not shown yet as we just returned. Plus, we've many more chefs.

We'll start 2010 with our Conference at Sea on Holland America's Eurodam in January; Rockland, Maine in June; Switzerland in September; and we are confirming dates for Nova Scotia, Alabama and Temecula, CA.

We are an organization on the move. Our journalists are expected to produce if they go on ANY trip--and we are in the 90+ percentage. If they don't produce and send clips, the hosts do not need to invite them. Our hosts have the final say on attendees. We aim to please and get great stories at the same time.

This is one of several videos we will have from our November 09 visit to the Copper Canyon area of Mexico.

IFWTWA visits Charlottesville, Virginia. We took in the history, culture, wine and food. Recipes and more videos will be featured on You can find out more about Charlottesville at

While the Tandem Tasters, Maralyn Hill & Brenda Hill were on an International Food, Wine & Travel Assoc. (IFWTWA) trip, they were fortunate to have brunch at the Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA, and met the talented Executive Chef Terrence Sheehan. You can check for recipe posts from Chef Sheehan While the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association(IFWTWA.ORG) was visiting Richmond,, they got a jam packed overview of how much the city has to offer. It is vibrant, growing, historical, active and just plain interesting.
Thornton Winery, Temecula, CA was gracious enough to host an IFWTWA Regional Luncheon for members and prospective members. President Steve Thornton, along with Winemaker Don Reha and Executive Chef Steve Pickell welcomed us into the Champagne Caves. We started with champagne followed by Roasted Tomato, Artichoke Proscuitto Tartine served on Grilled Sourdough with Herbed Ricotta Cheese & Baby Arugula Salad paired with Thornton 2006 Sangiovese & 2006 Thornton Sauvigon Blanc. Dessert was Giger and Peach Tartlet with Moscato Sabayon & Blackberries paired with Thornton 2008 Moscato. It is easy to see why they have award winning wines and Cafe Champagne is a 5 star award winning restaurant. Recipes will be on the Where & What in the World Blog on by the 8-24-09 Special Thanks to Linda Kissam for arranging, and our welcome gifts from Thornton and Temecula Olive Oil Company. This shows inside and out of the Woodstock Farmers Market in Woodstock, Vermont. If you go to June Blog posts for the Where & What in the World Blog: it will post mid month and feature the story and the recipe for the Bow Thai Pasta salad. As Patrick Crowl says, "I think what sets up apart is we really take this job of 'bringing the food to the people' very seriously. We're concerned about the process: what we charge for our products, what ingredients we use in our food, how clean we are, who our vendors and farmers are, where our fruits, vegetables and ingredients come from and how e treat each other an our guests." Retailer of the Year for 2009. They have a great mail order business. 802 457-3658. This is a Where & What in the World Production by Maralyn D. Hill, Music provided by Fred Haas, from "Telling Stories" album, segment of "Infite Vista." You can reach Fred at Manager/Owner Amy Martsolf prepares Chef/Owner Teresa Tan's Lychee Ginger Ice Wine Martini for The Tandem Tasters, Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill at Mangowood at The Lincoln Inn, Woodstock, VT. The recipe is posted on the Where & What in the world blog in a June post. The Deer Brook Inn dates back to 1820. The hosts, David Kanal and George DeFina, exceed expectations with their decor, food and overall experience. The recipe for blueberry muffins is on posted 5-25-09. The music is a portion of "Midnight Whispers," from "Telling Stories," by performing and recording artist & clinician, Fred Haas, Chef/Owner Teresa Tan and Manager/Owner Amy Martsolf prepare Teresa's Leek and Mushroom Goat Cheese Brulee for The Tandem Tasters, Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill. This is a favorite dish at Mangowood at The Lincoln Inn, Woodstock, VT, The recipe for this dish is featured in a June 2009 post on the Where & What in the World Blog.

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Comment by John Lamkin on December 31, 2011 at 11:13am

It'll happen one of these days Ed.

Comment by Ed Wetschler on December 31, 2011 at 10:53am

Wish I were there, John. Knock wood, I'll catch you somewhere else.

Comment by John Lamkin on December 31, 2011 at 10:08am

John Lamkin and Susanna Starr will represent the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) at a media breakfast Wednesday January 5th, 2012 at the Hacienda Tres Rios Resort to present an award of excellence to the Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office.

Comment by James Morris on December 2, 2011 at 7:29am

Thanks Maralyn,

We'd be delighted to work with you on something in future.  Please get in touch, and hopefully we can see you visit us in 2012!  Cheers, Richard

Comment by Maralyn D Hill on December 1, 2011 at 11:16pm

That's great. If you want another write-up and interview, I've better outlets now. Let me know. I've not made it up your way, since we last communicated. But, I've not forgotten.

Comment by James Morris on November 30, 2011 at 6:08pm

Canada's top seasonal fine dining restaurant, Rundles, will celebrate its 35th year in 2012.

Rundles reopens on Friday, May 25th, and closes after services on Saturday, September 29th, 2012.  

Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

Comment by Maralyn D Hill on November 19, 2011 at 9:16pm

We would sure enjoy having you attend.

Comment by Ed Wetschler on November 19, 2011 at 8:38pm

Awfully tempting line-up, Maralyn. 

Comment by Maralyn D Hill on November 19, 2011 at 7:22pm

IFWTWA Partial Speakers Line-up for our 2012 Conference in Las Vegas.


We extended our registration to 12-20-11. We have a lot more to come, but this is the start.

Comment by John Lamkin on September 20, 2011 at 1:45pm





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