Passport to Travel and Food Journaling - Rancho La Puerta
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Passport to Travel and Food Journaling

Week of September 28, 2024

When we write about travel or a great meal, we revisit the experience for a second time. When we read what we’ve written, we’re transported again. A well-kept journal is an everlasting free return ticket to places and dishes we’ve savored.  Antonia Allegra and Alison DaRosa will offer tips, exercises and prompts designed to instill your journal with the flavors, vibrancy, and soul-enriching essence of your unique travel/food experiences. You’ll have the option to share your writing with peers in exchange for constructive, supportive comments. Each session will begin with a somatic exercise to center and inspire you. Join any or all three workshops.


Antonia AllegraAntonia Allegra, Toni, is a professional coach dedicated to working with writers. Her background is as a writer, editor, and teacher. Honored by the San Francisco Professional Food Society with a Lifetime Achievement award, she founded the Symposium for Professional Food Writers (1989-2011), and in 2005 founded the still-active Symposium for Professional Wine Writers. She was on the launch team for the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley, near her home. She was instrumental in the origins of La Cocina que Canta culinary center here at Rancho La Puerta, an experience she treasures. Toni is also a celebrated poet and memoirist who has strong convictions about the value of writing one’s own story. 


Alison DaRosaAlison DaRosa is a six-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Gold Award, the most prestigious national prize for travel journalism.   Her career includes  30 years at the San Diego Union-Tribune – with her final 15 years as Travel Editor. She accepted a buyout in 2008 – but continued as a freelance contributor, writing travel features and a monthly Travel Deals column for the newspaper. Alison taught Travel Writing for several years at UC-San Diego’s Extension. With Sutro Media, she produced the San Diego Essential Guide, a highly rated travel app for mobile devices.  Ten years ago, she joined the staff at Wine Dine & Travel, an online magazine, where her travel stories and photography are featured quarterly.