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RFT Editor Wins Best Website Award! editor Bobbie Hasselbring enjoys lobster at the Maine Lobster has been named Best Website by the Western Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the largest and most prestigious professional organization for travel and food writers.

RFT Founder and Editor-in-Chief Bobbie Hasselbring was honored with a Gold Award (first place) certificate and a check recently at the 2015 Western Chapter Writing Awards held in Branson, Missouri.

The judge wrote about, “While reviewing the site, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into it. I’m not a foodie, but focuses on travel through the lens of local food, and I found both the in-depth food writing and the travel writing showcased the writers’ command of their subject matter – and taught me new things.”

Hasselbring, as well as her food/travel website, aren’t strangers to writing awards. The veteran travel/food/profile writer was honored in both 2013 and 2011 with a Northern Lights Award, the highest award given to U.S. writers by Canada Media Marketplace and the Canada Tourism Commission. Those honors came from stories written for, “Eastern Townships, Quebec: For the Love of Lavender” and “A Chinese Food Marathon in Richmond, BC.” In 2013, she won the Food Day Canada Culinary Award for Best Written Work in Any Medium with the story, “A Taste of the Garden,” which appeared on In 2012, she was recognized with the Travel Media Award by the Saskatchewan Excellence in Tourism Awards  for a series of RFT stories she wrote. She’s also received writing awards from the Oregon Governor’s Office, the American Heart Association, and the RX Club.

Last year, RFT Ski & Dive Editor Yvette Cardozo won a Western Chapter SATW award for her tongue-in-cheek review of travel underwear that appeared on

SATW's Western Chapter chose Best Website.

SATW’s Western Chapter chose Best Food and Travel Website.

Hasselbring says of her most recent Best Website Award from SATW, “All of us at, including a number of other award-winning writers, strive to create stories that engage our readers and make people want to travel the world exploring interesting regional foods. This honor by the Society of American Travel Writers recognizes that effort we put into We’re honored and delighted with this latest award.”

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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 “RFT Editor Wins Best Website Award!

  1. Cousin Judie

    Congratulations “Cuz.” Please let me know if you are ever in the SF Bay Area.

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