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  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Just Released! Podcast Episode 16: Chantal Cooke - Stop Listening to Other People see more

    Just released! Our latest episode #16 of Eat Well Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel Podcast, featuring Chantal Cooke.

    In this episode, join us as we speak with Chantal Cooke, publisher of Passion for the Planet, and a noted influencer on the subjects of sustainability, and vegetarian and vegan travel. She hosts the Passion for the Planet website and online radio station. Chantal shares with us her thoughts on how and why food-loving travelers are changing their diets and why she thinks you should stop listening to the advice of others.

     

    In this episode you'll learn:

    • How the food tourism industry is behind the times, and why you are missing an important opportunity
    • Why more people than ever are looking for meat-free dishes
    • How traditions move on (and rightly so)
    • How vegetarian food can also please meat-eaters
    • Why restaurant and hotel chefs are actually being prevented by their owners from innovating with vegetarian and vegan cuisine
    • Why we should stop listening to others and start listening more to ourselves

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    New! Eat Well Travel Better Podcast Episode 12: Tung Do - Just Do It see more

    Just released! Eat Well, Travel Better podcast episode 12.

    Tung Do is a Vietnamese-American whose family escaped to the US at the end of the Vietnam war in 1975 and settled in Texas. After spending 10 years as a securities trader, Tung returned to Vietnam in 2009 to do charity work just for one year. He fell in love with the country and decided to stay, eventually starting 4 different businesses there. The most successful business Tung runs in Vietnam is called XO Tours. An award-winning Vietnam tour company which offers unique city and food tours on scooters in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An. Tung shares with us a number of valuable insights, not the least of which is to "Just Do It" - start your business even if you are scared and have no experience.

    Tung shares with us a number of valuable insights, not the least of which is to "Just Do It" - start your business even if you are scared or have no experience. You can listen to the podcast here:

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    New Podcast | Episode 9: Jon Simon - The Lost Art of the Phone Call | World Food Travel Association see more

    Just released! Episode 9 of the Association's Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel podcast, featuring Jon Simon. Jon is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Pieminister, a small group of restaurants and cafes in southern and western United Kingdom, focused on serving the savoury pie, which everyone in the UK and Commonwealth knows all too well. Recently Jon co-founded Good Sixty, an online platform which brings together the best of the best, of food retailers and artisan producers, allowing people to either buy local groceries or amazing produce from across the UK and have it delivered to their door. Jon talks about what he learned from the time he co-founded Pieminister, and how he's applying that to his new business ventures.

    In this episode you'll learn:

    1. Why it's important to find and then share the stories about the area as well as the products and the people
    2. What goes into an area's "signature dish"
    3. How to motivate yourself to get started on a food tourism project of your own
    4. The destination marketing opportunity today for secondary and tertiary destinations
    5. Think about and develop unexpected food & beverage experiences
    6. The three things that make food travel memorable

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    Tools of Titans (book)

     

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    NEW! Podcast Episode 8: Amanda Niode - Making Food Travel Memorable see more

    Just released! Episode 8 of the Association's Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel podcast, featuring Amanda Niode. Amanda Niode is an internationally renowned environmental and climate change educator and communicator. Her work background is varied, handling environmental specialties and climate change for Indonesian government agencies, multinational corporations, consulting companies, academic institutions, civil societies and international organizations. Amanda was appointed as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, outside Boston in the United States, and she has also lived in the United States. Amanda also serves as an Ambassador of the World Food Travel Association in Indonesia.

    In this episode you'll learn:

    1. Why it's important to find and then share the stories about the area as well as the products and the people
    2. What goes into an area's "signature dish"
    3. How to motivate yourself to get started on a food tourism project of your own
    4. The destination marketing opportunity today for secondary and tertiary destinations
    5. Think about and develop unexpected food & beverage experiences
    6. The three things that make food travel memorable

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    Trailing the Taste of Gorontalo (book)
    Omar Niode Foundation
    Will Write for Food (book) 

     

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Chile's program helps to protect indigenous food cultures in its Los Lagos region see more

    This just in from our Ambassador-in-Training in Chile, Dalma Díaz Pinto:

    In March 2017, Dalma asked for the World Food Travel Association's support for a project called "Ambassadors of the Coastal Edge of the Region of the Lakes". This initiative spearheaded by Chile's Bordemar Foundation was designed to help protect the local area's cultural and gastronomic heritage, and also to highlight the important role in promoting local traditions by the women fishermen of Los Lagos, a beautiful regional tourist destination at the northern edge of Patagonia. Now, a year later, the project is complete, and the result is impressive.

    You can watch the four documentaries as follows (in Spanish with English subtitles):

    Cristina Nempu, Caleta San Pedro. Purranque, Province of Osorno

    Rosita Romero, Quenuir. Maullín, Province of Llanquihue

    Gladys Barría. Chepu, Ancud. Province of Chiloé

    Irene Subiabre and Fresia González. Caleta El Manzano. Hualaihué. Province of Palena

    The project was financed by 2% Culture 2017 fund from the Los Lagos (Chile) regional government.

    The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) supports every destination that seeks to preserve and promote its culinary heritage. Research that our Association has conducted over the years continues to prove that authenticity is the number one motivator for visitors to choose one destination over another. Working with the indigenous peoples of a region is one of the most authentic ways to develop and promote a local culinary culture.

    We applaud Dalma and her region for having the foresight to take the initiative and also the commitment to bring this project to fruition. Congratulations!

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Webinar April 24: Peering into the Food Tourism Future by Erik Wolf World Food Travel Association see more

    Peering into the Food Tourism Future

    This webinar is session 1 and part of the Online Food Travel Summit.


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    DATE & TIME
    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 09:00-09:45 in Portland (17:00-17:45 in London)

    Unlike all other sessions, this session will NOT be recorded for future playback. There is no charge for this session, but registration is required and space is limited. All other sessions are only US$15 each or get an All Access Pass for greatest savings.
     

    SPEAKER
    Erik Wolf, Executive Director
    World Food Travel Association
    Portland, Oregon, USA

     

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    DESCRIPTION

    Food tourism industry founder and World Food Travel Association Executive Director Erik Wolf leads this lively session. What can business owners, entrepreneurs, managers, strategists and destinations expect to see in food and beverage tourism over the next 12 months? Some of the Online Food Travel Summit's sessions give a peek into our industry's pressing issues, but there are still plenty of other topics that we need to take into consideration as we develop and promote our food and beverage products and experiences.

     

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    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

    • Discussion of current trends & issues in the food & beverage tourism industry
    • A look at coming considerations for the food & beverage tourism industry

     

    SESSION BEST FOR

    • Marketing managers and strategists
    • Branding, PR and advertising professionals
    • Destination marketers and governments
    • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
    • Product developers
    • Trainers and educators
    • Bloggers seeking to do more
    • People considering a career change
    • Students forging their career path

     

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    IMPORTANT EVENT FACTS

    • This Summit includes 9 total sessions that cover best practices, how to's, and case studies, specifically for food and beverage tourism industry professionals.
    • All sessions are delivered in English.
    • You register and attend online like a webinar. No need to travel anywhere. Registrations close April 23. Space is limited for each session.
    • All registered delegates get 1-year access to a recording of each session you've purchased (excluding session 1). Even if your location or schedule mean that the session times are inconvenient for you, you can still access to the content later (although you'll miss the Q&A by not attending live)
    • This Summit is the world's only 100% online food and beverage tourism conference for trade professionals. It's our second major online conference (our first one took place in 2015).
    • Session 1 is offered free. Pricing is very affordable for all other sessions, only US$12 each for members (US$15 for non-members). Choose individual sessions or buy an All Access Pass for greatest savings. Non-members can bundle a new membership and All Access Pass for incredible savings!
    • Destination marketing organizations that are able to help with marketing can earn sponsorship status (no cash required). Get in touch to learn more.

     

    Also be sure to save the date for our Food Tourism Innovation Summit in London on Sunday, November 4, the day before World Travel Market begins.

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Webinar April 25: From Dream to Profitable Business: How to Make Your Food Tourism Idea Work see more

    From Dream to Profitable Business:
    How to Make Your Food Tourism Idea Work

    This webinar is session 7 and part of the Online Food Travel Summit.


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    DATE & TIME
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 11:00-11:50 PDT (19:00-19:50 GMT)

     

    SPEAKERS
    Midgi Moore, Owner, Juneau Food Tours
    Juneau, Alaska, USA

     

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    DESCRIPTION

    Creating a food-/drink-/hospitality-related business isn't all about the food or drink. It's about being able to execute well on a plan. That includes building relationships, using the right tools, and knowing when to say no. Midgi Moore, CCTP, will discuss how she grew her simple blog into a successful food tour operation. In this session, she will discuss the importance of developing and executing an action plan, including tools and tips on negotiations, developing a business plan, growing smartly, and ensuring sustainability. We'll also look at examples of other smaller businesses that have succeeded in a similar capacity. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur looking to grow your passion into a productive business in food and beverage tourism, then this session is for you...

     

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    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

    • How to take an idea from concept into action
    • How to create an action plan (including the components)
    • The importance of a business plan, including a lean canvas
    • Steps to take to increase your chances of profitability

     

    SESSION BEST FOR

    • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
    • Product developers
    • Trainers and educators
    • Bloggers seeking to do more
    • People considering a career change
    • Students forging their career path

     

    LEARN MORE & REGISTER


    IMPORTANT EVENT FACTS

    • This Summit includes 9 total sessions that cover best practices, how to's, and case studies, specifically for food and beverage tourism professionals.
    • All sessions are delivered in English.
    • You register and attend online like a webinar. No need to travel anywhere. Registrations close April 23. Space is limited for each session.
    • All registered delegates get 1-year access to recordings of the sessions you've purchased. Even if your location or schedule mean that the session times are inconvenient for you, you'll still get access to the content (although you'll miss the Q&A by not attending live)
    • This Summit is the world's only 100% online food and beverage tourism conference for trade professionals. It's our second major online conference (our first one took place in 2015).
    • Pricing is very affordable, only US$12 per session for members (US$15 for non-members). Choose to pay per session or buy an All Access Pass for greatest savings. Non-members can bundle a new membership and All Access Pass for incredible savings!
    • Sponsorships are available for only US$500 per session (limit one sponsor/session) and include session access for your co-workers, inclusion of your company name, logo and URL during the session, on the event page of the website and in our social media promotions. Let us know ASAP at help@worldfoodtravel.org to start getting maximum exposure.
    • Destination marketing organizations that are able to help with marketing can earn sponsorship status (no cash). Get in touch to learn more.

     

    Also be sure to save the date for our Food Tourism Innovation Summit in London on Sunday, November 4, the day before World Travel Market begins.

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    Stuart Gregor from Four Pillars Gin speaking at Destination Food in Sydney May 21 see more

    Meet Stuart Gregor from Four Pillars Gin, a small gin distillery in Healesville, Yarra Valley, Australia proudly est. 2013. Stuart is one of the key speakers at Destination Food, the upcoming food tourism conference to be held in Sydney, Australia on 21 May 2018. Destination Food is one of the regional events taking place this year that the World Food Travel Association is pleased to support through our certified local Ambassador program

    Gregor started his career as a journalist with News Corp but later moved to Adelaide, South Australia to pursue a Diploma in Wine Marketing. He went on to work in wine PR in Melbourne, author a number of wine guides, and do further study, attaining a Masters of Marketing in Melbourne and graduating from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He started a PR agency called Liquid Ideas in 2000 with a plan to combine his knowledge of the communications industry with that of the wine business. 18 years later, he employs 30 people and represents brands across the whole spectrum of the hospitality and tourism industry. Beyond running a successful agency, he has also tinkered with winemaking, part-owns a luxury travel business and, in 2013, decided to start a gin distillery with two business partners. Five years down the track, his label - Four Pillars Gin - is represented in 20 markets worldwide, with that number growing daily. Four Pillar’s Distillery in Healesville in Victoria’s Yarra Valley is ranked number one for attractions on TripAdvisor and attracts 90,000 visitors per year.

    So how did he do it? What’s the secret to creating a brand that is popular with the trade as well as the public?

    Gregor says that the first thing you need to do is research. He and his partners, Cameron Mackenzie and Matt Jones, went on a tour of the Pacific Northwest in the USA. They looked at distilleries from Washington, down to LA, taking in Portland, San Francisco and Napa on their travels. They then invested the A$1.03 million they raised from ‘ginvestors’ and a Pozible campaign into buying the best stills in the world from Germany, hiring the best people, and eventually buying an old timber yard in the Yarra Valley to convert into a bar and distillery. Gregor says you also need to invest in good design and packaging, social media and digital campaigns, merchandise, and point-of-sale collateral. “Figure out what your aspirations are and be realistic,” he said. “In any endeavour, you can set your aspirations to be the best in the street, the suburb, the state, the country or the world. We wanted to take on brands like Hendricks so we knew we were going to have to invest a lot of time, effort, resources and money,” said Gregor. 

    In the liquor trade, Gregor says you need great relationships and a good distributor, but more than anything, you need a world class product. “You have to be able to show your product to a bartender that you’ve never met and they have to want it, even though you don’t know each other and may not even speak the same language. The product has to earn its place on the back bar,” he said. When Gregor is not busy with his business or spending time with his family, he likes to travel.

    Gregor says his recent trip to New York was a highlight. “The sheer volume of great bars beggars belief. I love going out in New York. I went to Brooklyn for the first time and ate the best pizza of my life at Roberta’s, a rock and roll pizza joint,” he said. But his all-time favourite place to visit is Alba in Italy. “It’s the home of Barolo and Barbaresco. You go there during truffle season. The pasta is otherworldly and the hospitality is Italian. It’s food and wine heaven. You come back saying, ’I’m buying a house’,” he laughs.

    To hear Stuart speak at Destination Food, grab your tickets now.

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Creating a Food Tourism Experience that Visitors Will Buy at the Online Food Travel Summit. see more

    Creating a Food Tourism Experience that Visitors Will Buy

    This webinar is session 6 and part of the Online Food Travel Summit.


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    DATE & TIME
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 10:00-10:50 PDT (18:00-18:50 GMT)

     

    SPEAKERS
    Luisa Puppo, Manager, Ligucibario and
    Manager, LiguriabyLuisa blog
    Genoa, Liguria, Italy

     

     

     

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    DESCRIPTION

    The economic potential of experiential tourism for the further development of gourmet travel is significant. It's about being able to provide interactive food experiences which puts guests at the centre of a well-designed plot. That includes highlighting the USP (unique selling proposition) of the offer. Luisa Puppo will discuss how she planned successful experiential tourism itineraries and initiatives based on gastronomy. In this session, she will focus on the cultural and linguistic dimensions of the relationship with food tourists as drivers for competitiveness  She'll also look at best practices and case studies in experiential food tourism and provide checklists and operational tools to enhance the customer journey. This session is for destinations, accommodation facilities, restaurants, food manufacturers looking to build on their food cultural biodiversity and grow their food tourism appeal.  [continued]

     

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    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

    • The three steps of the customer journey (and where experience fits overall)
    • How different cultural and linguistic lenses can affect visitor perception
    • What destinations, small business owners and entrepreneurs can do to increase their appeal to food lovers

     

    SESSION BEST FOR

    • Marketing managers and strategists
    • Branding, PR and advertising professionals
    • Destination marketers
    • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
    • Product developers
    • Students forging their career path

     

    LEARN MORE & REGISTER


    IMPORTANT EVENT FACTS

    • This Summit includes 9 total sessions that cover best practices, how to's, and case studies, specifically for food and beverage tourism professionals.
    • All sessions are delivered in English.
    • You register and attend online like a webinar. No need to travel anywhere. Registrations close April 23. Space is limited for each session.
    • All registered delegates get 1-year access to recordings of the sessions you've purchased. So even if your location means that the session times are not convenient for you, you'll still get access to the content (although you'll miss the Q&A by not attending live)
    • This Summit is the world's only 100% online food and beverage tourism conference for trade professionals. It's our second major online conference (our first one took place in 2015).
    • Pricing is very affordable, only US$12 per session for members (US$15 for non-members). Choose to pay per session or buy an All Access Pass for greatest savings. Non-members can bundle a new membership and All Access Pass for incredible savings!
    • Sponsorships are available for only US$500 per session (limit one sponsor/session) and include session access for your co-workers, inclusion of your company name, logo and URL during the session, on the event page of the website and in our social media promotions. Let us know ASAP at help@worldfoodtravel.org to start getting maximum exposure.
    • Destination marketing organizations that are able to help with marketing can earn sponsorship status (no cash). Get in touch to learn more.

     

    Also be sure to save the date for our Food Tourism Innovation Summit in London on Sunday, November 4, the day before World Travel Market begins.

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    Webinar April 25: Let's Get Digital — Maximizing Your Message in the Millennial Age see more

    Let's Get Digital — Maximizing Your Message in the Millennial Age

    This is the session 5 webinar, which takes place place during the Online Food Travel Summit.


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    DATE & TIME
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 09:00-9:50 PST (17:00-17:50 GMT)

     

    SPEAKERS
    Kuvy Ax, Owner, ROOT PR, Boulder, Colorado, USA; and


    Alexandra Palmerton, Owner,  The 5th Sense, Denver, Colorado, USA

     

     

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    DESCRIPTION

    With millennials officially comprising the largest (and still growing) sector of food and beverage tourism, now it's more important than ever to speak their language. So if we know WHO we need to be talking to, all that we need to do now is to discover the HOW, WHEN, WHAT and WHERE, right? It sounds complicated, but it doesn't have to be. In this session, we'll dive into how to refine your messaging and target it to this emerging, growing group of potential customers. We'll cover media relations, social media, how to refine your online presence and much, much more. Let's get digital. [continued]

     

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    WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

    • How your very own customers (or visitors) have changed in the past few years
    • How marketing messages have needed to change for a changing market
    • How to refine your online messaging to appeal to a millennial generation
    • What tools are best for communicating with a millennial generation (hint: Facebook is on its way out!)

     

    SESSION BEST FOR

    • Marketing managers and strategists
    • Branding, PR and advertising professionals
    • Destination marketers and governments
    • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
    • Product developers

     

    LEARN MORE & REGISTER


    IMPORTANT EVENT FACTS

    • This Summit includes 9 total sessions that cover best practices, how to's, and case studies, specifically for food and beverage tourism professionals.
    • All sessions are delivered in English.
    • You register and attend online like a webinar. No need to travel anywhere. Registrations close April 23. Space is limited for each session.
    • All registered delegates get 1-year access to recordings of the sessions you've purchased. So even if your location means that the session times are not convenient for you, you'll still get access to the content (although you'll miss the Q&A by not attending live)
    • This Summit is the world's only 100% online food and beverage tourism conference for trade professionals. It's our second major online conference (our first one took place in 2015).
    • Pricing is very affordable, only US$12 per session for members (US$15 for non-members). Choose to pay per session or buy an All Access Pass for greatest savings. Non-members can bundle a new membership and All Access Pass for incredible savings!
    • Sponsorships are available for only US$500 per session (limit one sponsor/session) and include session access for your co-workers, inclusion of your company name, logo and URL during the session, on the event page of the website and in our social media promotions. Let us know ASAP at help@worldfoodtravel.org to start getting maximum exposure.
    • Destination marketing organizations that are able to help with marketing can earn sponsorship status (no cash). Get in touch to learn more.

     

    Also be sure to save the date for our Food Tourism Innovation Summit in London on Sunday, November 4, the day before World Travel Market begins.

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    World Food Travel Association's Eat Well Travel Better podcast with destination marketer Bill Baker see more

    Bill Baker's career in travel and tourism started with a domestic airline in Sydney, Australia over 40 years ago. After this first taste of a career in tourism, Bill moved to Australia's Hunter Valley, where his career in destination marketing really began. In those days, Hunter Valley had just ten wineries, one restaurant and no lodging. Today it’s one of the most famous wine tourism destinations in the world, with over 200 wineries, and dozens of hotels, resorts and restaurants.  Later Bill joined the Australian Tourist Commission and moved to New York where his team launched the very successful “Slip a Shrimp on the Barbie” campaign. Then later he moved to Los Angeles; Frankfurt, Germany; and London. During his journey around the world, he continued to develop and refine new approaches to branding and marketing destinations. Bill established Total Destination Marketing in 1994 in Australia, and began adapting what he had learned to benefit the marketing of cities and regions. He moved to the U.St. State of Oregon in 2000, where his focus has continued on the marketing and branding of small cities. His book, Destination Branding for Small Cities, has been a best seller in its category for over a decade. Last year, Bill worked in five countries and was the keynote speaker at the Inaugural  International Place Branding Association conference in London. Bill's destination marketing expertise is known around the world. In this episode, we speak with him to hear his take about place branding and food and beverage tourism.  Learn more about Bill here.

    In this episode you'll learn:

    1. How to coalesce a smaller community around its food and beverage assets
    2. What you need to watch to ensure that you always stay relevant
    3. How and why you need to share the story of a place in order to sell it
    4. How brand promise affects food traveler expectations - for better or worse
    5. How to create a win-win-win among local residents, destination marketers/governments and visitors
    6. Why politicians need to perform a cost-benefit analysis before interfering with destination marketing budgets
    7. Why human interaction is essential to a successful food or beverage visitor experience 

     

    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Destination Branding for Small Cities (book on Amazon) 
    New toolkit for Successful Destination & Community Branding (series of article downloads)

     

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    World Food Travel Association's Eat Well Travel Better podcast featuring Sweden's Fia Gulliksson see more

    Fia Gulliksson is a respected entrepreneur from Sweden who is focused on creative gastronomy. She is a self taught chef and also the brain behind many ideas, businesses and projects. Fia uses food and culture as the tools to lead Food In Action, her company that launched a number of successful initiatives and sustainable brands that have catalysed development for the Swedish region of Jämtland, and put that area firmly on the map. Fia’s companies are focused on providing enduring social and cultural capital to rural areas. What's more, they’re debt-free, and… they’re profitable. Fia travels the world to inspire others towards crEATive action, development and social transformation of their own local communities. Learn more about Fia here.

    In this episode you'll learn:

    1. What it means to be a passionate potato
    2. How to establish and then prioritize your core values
    3. How to become an Innovation Master by acting like a "C.I.A." agent
    4. How to bring your vision to life when everyone else says "no"
    5. Why you need to trust your inner voice

     

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    The World Food Travel Association's new podcast Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel see more

    The World Food Travel Association is pleased to announce its new podcast series entitled, "Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel" with co-hosts Erik Wolf and Aashi Vel. The podcast series was created to help individuals in the food, beverage, travel and hosptiality industries to become better business professionals by gaining inspiration from some of the world's most successful people in food and beverage tourism. Each episode introduces our industry's leaders and examines these leaders' secrets of success. The hosts explore the obstacles and challenges they have faced, along with their solutions and triumphs, and give you ideas and inspirations for many of the same business issues that you may be facing as well.

    Episode 1 features Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of the Zingerman's family of companies in the Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA) area, which is a visitor destination that welcomes tens of thousands of travelers annually. Listen to Episode 1 now on Soundcloud, on Stitcher (download the app), or iTunes.

    Are you a food or beverage tourism industry professional with a great story to share? An amazing accomplishment? A difficult challenge that you overcame? We want to hear from you. Learn more about the podcast series and the types of speakers we're looking for.

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Great food photos can help steer customers your way. see more

    Surely you have heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words”? Great photography is essential for the food and beverage business. We see with our eyes and a juicy burger well styled and photographed using the correct lighting works wonders to drive traffic right into your door. Looking at a poor image makes one think, "hmm, probably not good," or it was just slapped together in the kitchen without any love or care. Given that we are in the social media age of posting photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, it is even more important to make sure the photo captures what makes customers want to pay you a visit. Plating, background and how food is styled can give you that extra something over your competition.

    I recently came across a wonderful article in part, referencing a restaurant located in a holiday destination area which attracts non-English speakers and how the photos speak more clearly as to what the customer will receive. http://www.delicatetrade.com/the-importance-of-good-food-photography/

    By Jackie Sharpe, owner of Jackie Sharpe Images. Jackie is a food stylist and food photographer. www.jackiesharpeimages.com Content marketing and storytelling can be part of the story you tell with your food photos. Both content marketing and brand storytelling will be discussed at FoodTrekking World, taking place in Portland, April 2-4, 2017.

  • Erik Wolf posted an article
    Demand for education in food studies is growing. see more

    By Steve Holt As the food movement grows, the demand for college and university classes focusing on food systems is exploding. When professor Jennifer Otten stands in front of her first classes this Fall, she’ll see a student in every seat and know that the names of dozens more fill a waiting list. Each of the undergraduate courses she teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle have more than doubled since she started teaching them three years ago, outgrowing lecture halls and even attracting the attention of graduate students hoping to sit in. Continue reading the full article …