March 1, 2013
Diamond Bar, CA
West Coast Media Contact
Linda Kissam
Board Member & SoCal Member Rep
On behalf of the IFWTWA
International Food Wine and Travel Writers AssociationAttention IFWTWA SoCal Regional Members!
Spring Member Luncheon & / or Overnight FAM Invitation
Oxnard Wine Country & More…
May 21-22, 2013
FREE  as one of your many member benefits
 Oxnard CVB:



Attention IFWTWA SoCal Regional Members! The Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting our spring 2013 luncheon and overnight FAM.  They can accommodate 15 members for the luncheon, 8 for the overnight.   You may opt to come only to the luncheon, or both the luncheon and the FAM.
Everyone will provide their own transportation to/from  the starting point: Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort
Everyone attending the FAM will be expected to write an article,  participate fully and be on time . It would be a nice thank you to the hosts if the luncheon attendees would also do a review of some sort.
Kindly review the itinerary below. Respond to me at lindakissam@aol.com as to which one(s) you want to apply for no later than March 30, 2013.  If responding to the FAM, your IFWTWA profile must be updated and complete and you must tell me where your article will be placed. Final FAM participants approval provided by the CVB.

International Food & Wine Writers

May 21-22, 2013

Agenda (subject to change)


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

–Arrival in Oxnard,

Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort. Resembling the tropics with its lush gardens, cool waterfalls and meandering lagoons, the Embassy Suites is the only all-suite hotel in southern California that sits directly on the beach;


–Luncheon at Embassy Suites – Lunch at onsite restaurant including presentation, followed by a tour;


–Overnight guests check into resort;


–Tour & Wine Tasting at Herzog Wine Cellars, where wine making history goes back generations and where the winery combines the artisans craft of premium wine making;


–Relax at resort;


–Dinner at Hollywood Beach Winery, opened in 2012 and whose mission is to create an ‘experience for guests’. Owner Lois Ivanoff and her master chef have created a menu based on their deep connection with community and a healthy respect for local, organic and sustainable produce.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

–Complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast on own;


–Choice of Activities –


  • History & Wildlife Tour in Channel Islands Harbor

Go on a fun ‘Disney-like’ adventure & learn about the natural and cultural history of the Santa Barbara Channel during a kayak tour with Mike Lamm of Channel Islands Kayak Center. Kayak through an artificial cave, paddling under a pier filled with props including a man-made blow hole and replica of a pygmy mammoth named Chippy!


  • Cooking Class, La Dolce Vita, Heritage Square

Prepare an Italian-inspired menu with Executive Chef & Author, Michelle Kenney


  • Tour of Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Take a tour of one of Oxnard’s premier attractions, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. The museum is a cultural & scenic haven, complete with world-class maritime art, ship models and ever-changing exhibits.



*Lunch at Seafresh (on the water, Channel Islands Harbor) for those opting for Kayaking or Museum tour


–Depart – 3 p.m.


Linda Kissam
Group Coordinator & SoCal Regional Membership Coordinator

About: The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a dynamic nonprofit organization based out of Southern California. What started out as a small group of prominent Frenchmen rating restaurants in 1956 is now a global network of journalists who cover the hospitality and lifestyle fields, and the people who promote them. Members cover a broad spectrum of travel destination attractions such as active and passive adventure activities, ecology, historical features, culture, fairs, festivals, food, wine, and special events. The association’s membership includes professionals in culinary arts and sciences, the wine growing and production industry, and hotel and hospitality management industries.

Maralyn D. HillThe Epicurean Explorer

International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA)

Board Member, Co-Chair Conference & Media Trip Committee, Past President

Editor-at-Large, CityRoom

Freelance Lifestyle Journalist

Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing


Follow me: @maralynhill

FB: http://www.facebook.com/The.Epicurean.Explorer,,  http://www.facebook.com/WhereandWhat.intheWorldhttp://www.facebook.com/Success.With.Writing

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maralynhill