Friday, June 9, 2017

New Article on Why Haven’t American Truffles Taken Root Yet?

Originally published on
Written by Mattie John Bamman
At a private party in Eugene, Oregon earlier this year, the night’s climax arrived in the form of takeout pizzas and dozens of knobby white and black fungi, the main two colors in which truffles are catalogued. “Make it rain,” said the host, and the pizzas disappeared beneath the thick fur of freshly microplaned native Oregon truffles.
“I truly love Oregon’s truffles,” said one chef. “Think gasoline and pine needles.” Truffles contain an astonishing number of aromas, and the diesel-fuel aroma of Oregon white truffles has been identified by scientists; some even describe it as smelling like toluene, the water-insoluble liquid that makes glue a recreational inhalant. The heady aroma of musk, honey, and something beyond language filled the room.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Just One Month Away: The Northwest Travel Writers Conference, Travel & Words

The 2017 Travel & Words conference takes place April 23 through 25, in Salem, Oregon, and there's still time for travel writers to register. I've been on the planning team since 2012, and there's no doubt this year will raise the bar. Here are three reasons why:

1. We're holding our first-ever kick-off reception loaded with local food and drink. Come hungry, and don't miss this new opportunity to connect with fellow travel writers and editors.
2. We have our biggest keynote speaker to date, Sunset Magazine editor-in-chief Irene Edwards.
3. We're offering a mix of both beginner- and advanced-level workshops, and for the first time, advanced writers will get the opportunity to "speed date" with local tourism reps for potential story leads, press trips, and more.

See all the panel discussions, presentations, and workshops here.

I hope you're gearing up to join us, and feel free to write in with any questions, etc. The conference has been a meeting place for travel writers, editors, and Northwest tourism people since 2009.

What: The Northwest's premier conference for travel writers - BOOK IT
When: 6 p.m., April 23 to 5 p.m., April 25, 2017
Where: Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR
Lodging: The Grand Hotel Salem (limited number of room discounts still available by calling toll-free 877-540-7800 or 503-540-7800)