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Wine Food & Friends
One of the most popular benefits of membership in The International Wine & Food Society is Wine, Food & Friends--the quarterly journal published by IWFS Americas Inc. and sent to all members in the Americas. Past issues of WF&F are also available to members in the secured area of this website.
Branches and individual members are encouraged to submit articles of general interest in the fields of wine, food, travel and camaraderie for publication. Much of WF&F is devoted to reports and photos of Branch events, be it at a restaurant, a member’s home or a travel destination. Besides being fun for members to see news and photos of their functions in print, the reports are a valuable resource for event ideas. And if you start a new Branch, coverage is guaranteed.
WF&F alertsmembers to IW&FS members-only international and regional festivals as well as cruises and long weekend events organized by IWFS Americas Inc., the Europe/Africa Committee, the Asia Pacific Zone and the International Council of Management. Attendees of these exclusive events then submit reports about their unique experiences so others of us can enjoy them vicariously and wish we’d been there.
IW&FS scholars, whether recipients of grants from Branches or The IW&FS foundations, are profiled in WF&F. Reviews of books authored by our members which may be of interest to our membership as food and wine lovers are welcome. Members may enter their photos in the annual WF&F Shutterbug Contest with winners and runners-up being published.
With its interesting content and color photos, WF&F serves as a valuable public relations tool for the Branches which find it useful for recruiting new members. Chefs, restauranteurs and vintners especially appreciate being acknowledged in articles and Branch reports.
And, finally, WF&F keeps members current on IW&FS business, finances and management. Each year a Directory, available to members only, is published listing contact information for the International Council, the Governors of the Americas and the Branch Contacts for each Branch in the Americas. In the Fall, the Secretariat headquartered in London sends a listing of Branch Contacts world-wide to all members.
Such Branch Contact information is critical for the traveling IW&FS member: whether you are visiting Anchorage, Dubai or Istanbul, you will have someone to contact for local restaurant recommendations and perhaps for attending a local Branch event. Many friendships have grown from this wonderful benefit of membership.
Also, since 1996, the Society has published a total of 15 monographs covering a wide array of food and wine topics which are available for download. A list of these monographs can be found here.