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Big Changes Coming to RFT

Italian artichokesDreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream. –Debby Boone

Great news! is being totally re-shaped and re-designed to bring you easier navigation, more ways to interact, comment and connect, and more travel and food resources.

For those of you who have been with us for a while (thanks!), you know in 2011 underwent its first major transformation. We had a top-notch designer develop our iconic apple/world logo, create our green/orange/red color palette, and re-design the site in its current incarnation. But on the web, three years is a long time and it’s time for a new look, a new design, and new and better functionality, including mobile access.

We’ve hired the talented team of designer/art director Kris Travis of Firesign Design and web developer/designer Elizabeth Haddad of EVH Design in Portland, Oregon. Both Kris and Elizabeth bring a wealth of knowledge, insights and talent the job ahead—to make even better than it already is.

What can you expect with the re-design?

• A cooler, updated look
• More and better photos
• Adaptable design that fits your tablet or smart phone
• Simplified navigation to make it easier to find what you’re looking for
• Ways to find stories by your favorite writers
• More cooking and travel products field tested and recommended by your RFT Editors
• Easier access to cookbooks and reviews by our cookbook experts
• More restaurant reviews, including a new stars rating system
• Magazine-style pull quotes to highlight important issues
• And some surprises we don’t want to tell you about quite yet!

What won’t change?

Our mission won’t change. Our emphasis on artisan and regional food and drink, food people, and authentic travel around the world is still the same. Our mission to demystify artisan and regional food and introduce you to food people, food and travel products, and cool food/travel experiences remains.

rft-logo-tag-RGB-300dpi - CopyOur iconic apple/world logo won’t change. The colors may be different and certainly our recognizable logo that represents eating/traveling around the world will look different in its newly re-designed home, but, our logo will be the same one you’ve come to love.

Our great writing/photography won’t change. So many wonderful writers and photographers make your source for great stories about artisan and regional food and authentic travel around the world. We bring you original content, not recycled or aggregated content that you can find everywhere on the web. Our stories are original, authoritative, well-researched, and written and photographed by some of the best award-winning writers and photographers in the business.

We’re always looking for new talent and there will always be new writers and photographers who contribute to the site.

Here are a few (there are many more) shining stars you’ll see on

Yvette hot tubSki & Dive Editor Yvette Cardozo, who won first place in online culinary writing this year at the Canada Media Marketplace Northern Lights Awards, will still bring her fun, quirky take on the best places to eat, ski, and dive around the world.



Teresa BergenVegan/Vegetarian Editor Teresa Bergen, who is now a published author with her new book, Meditations for Gym Yogis, will continue to seek out great food and travel options for those who live the healthy veggie lifestyle.

Julie Pegg Wine Expert Canada

Our Wine & Spirits Editor Julie Pegg will bring you her 20+ years of experience, expertise and knowledge about which wines and spirits to buy and how to pair them with food so they taste even better.

Nancy Zaffaro


One of our newest writers, Nancy Zaffaro, will travel the Northwest and beyond seeking out stories about wine, accommodations, and great things to do in fun locales.


Jeff Thomas wine

Jeff Thomas, a wine, spirits and food expert, will offer his take on libations and food.



Carla WaldemarCarla Waldemar
, who is new to, but has tons of food and travel writing experience, including as Food Editor of Better Homes & Gardens and Cuisine magazines, will write about her food travels far and wide.



Sue Frause

Sue Frause, veteran writer and host of the popular live theater extravaganza series, Kitsche ‘n Bitch, will bring you her stories about destinations and her take on food and wine products.




Lisa's Horizontal Photo (1280x850)Our resident cowgirl ranch chef, Lisa George, head chef at Latigo Guest Ranch in Kremmling, Colorado, will keep reading and testing those cookbooks, especially gluten-free ones, and let you know her take on what’s great.



Debi Lander

Debi Lander, who is always traveling somewhere terrific, will continue to write about those amazing places and the food she finds there.


Our RFT Editor and Photo Editor Anne Weaver will always bring her sharp eye and photo skills for stunning food and travel photos.


And your’s truly will continue to juggle it all–editing, writing, shooting, traveling, product testing, and bringing you the best in culinary travel.

In the next couple of months, you’ll be seeing some great new changes at We hope you’ll stay tuned and keep reading. And we hope you’ll encourage your friends and family to visit us too. – Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor 



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Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at

3 thoughts on “Big Changes Coming to RFT

  1. realfoodtraveler

    Thanks for the kind comment, Debbie. And yes, we’re proud of all of our contributors. has tripled its readership this year and more and more talented writers and photographers want to get involved, something we’re very grateful for. Stay tuned, more fun to come! — Bobbie, RFT Editor

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