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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 August 26, 2011 at 12:55am
Comment by Maralyn D Hill on August 12, 2011 at 12:29pm
Hi David,

This sounds like a wonderful event. I will be going to Germany during the same time frame, so I cannot make it. Maybe next year. I encourage any bloggers to attend.
Comment by David Paul Appell on August 12, 2011 at 12:02pm
Hello, I hope you all have been having a great summer so far!  I'm David Paul Appell, longtime travel journalist and CEO of, here to let you know (especially if you're based in the U.S. West) that registration is still open for the 2nd annual Travel Bloggers Show September 10-12 at Las Vegas’ Tropicana Resort, co-sponsored by Tripatini and the American Society of Travel Agents.  We're presenting a roster of high-wattage experts who can help bloggers blog better/more profitably, whether they're novices or seasoned old hands; it's also very useful for PR folks and travel trade.  Key topics including monetization, SEO, going viral, and the future of travel publishing both online and off: They include Grant Martin (Gadling), George Hobica (Airfarewatchdog), Beth Whitman (, Wil Klass (, George Oberle (, and Ben Reed ( Also included: 

● discounted rates at the Tropicana Resort
● multiple cool parties
● plenty of awesome travel prizes, from California to Istanbul 
● tours including a city walking tour 
● monorail & club passes
● tickets to the spectacular Blue Man Group show (hurry, quantities here are limited)
● ASTA trade show access, letting you explore upcoming travel trends and make valuable contacts with travel vendors 
● eligibility for our 2011 attendees-only TravelBloggersShow Contest, with cash prizes

As you can see, we cram a lot of value into our $75 registration fee! This event is open to anyone in the travel media or industry as well as to folks simply interested in travel blogging, so if you can't make it but know anyone who might be interested, please pass along the word!  And do feel free to contact me for more info; you can also find more details and registration info at
Good wishes to all, and I hope to see you next month in Vegas - it'll be a great weekend!
Comment by John Lamkin on July 21, 2011 at 7:21pm
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Comment by Maralyn D Hill on May 16, 2011 at 10:33pm
First of all, welcome to our group. If you would like to send me the recipe, history and jpg, I would be happy to feature it with chef info anD website. Send to
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Comment by Maralyn D Hill on March 21, 2011 at 8:01pm
Thanks Mark for joining our group and explaining your services. I hope it results in some positive responses.
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Comment by Maralyn D Hill on November 12, 2010 at 12:17am
I'm happy at how many Associate Members are starting to post their press releases.
Comment by John Lamkin on November 11, 2010 at 11:43pm
And the blogs have a lot of valuable information for anyone interested in food, beverage and travel!





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