Irene S. Levine wins second-place SATW award!

Published on: May 13, 2016 | Last Updated on October 8, 2019


Another travel writing award!

I recently learned I won the second place award (guess that would be considered a runner-up) in the 2016 Eastern Chapter SATW Award for the “Best Food & Wine Article” in an annual competition sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

My winning article, Home Cooking with an Italian Cesarina, was published in the Sunday travel section of the Chicago Tribune. It was based on a trip we took to one of our very favorite places, the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. It was a privilege to enjoy a cooking class and lunch with a local who was committed to preserving the rich traditions of Italian cookery, an experience I was eager to share with others. The article also was reprinted in the Orlando Sentinel and Hartford Courant newspapers.

After I began travel writing full-time, my goal was to qualify to become a member of SATW, a prestigious organization of travel writers—so winning an award like this one and the recognition from my peers is always thrilling.

Congratulations to my SATW colleagues who were recognized in other print and photography categories!

Cesarinas are a network of women in Italy, usually mothers and grandmothers, who open their homes to tourists for meals and/or cooking lessons at a very nominal charge. They can be found throughout various regions of the country.

Coincidentally, I recently read an article on Good about a young French filmmaker who started a collaborative film project on Kickstarter that is also bent on preserving culinary traditions. With support from UNESCO, Jonas Pariente is encouraging grandchildren around the world to film the cooking techniques and recipes of their grandmothers. You can view some of his videos on Pariente’s website, Grandma’s Project.

Watch Jonas Pariente’s Nano on Vimeo:

On a similar theme, New York-based journalist Caroline Shinn has launched, Cooking with Granny, a YouTube channel where she interviews women about their cooking, highlighting sociocultural issues such as cultural preservation, wartime survival, and immigration.

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    May 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm


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    Sand In My Suitcase
    May 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Big congratulations! You deserve all the travel writing awards you get :-).

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      Irene S. Levine
      May 14, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Thanks, Janice. You are one of my travel writer role models!

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    May 13, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Congratulations to a leader in the travel writing field.??

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    Phyllis Stoller
    June 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Well deserved and congratulations

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    Debra Borchert
    June 7, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    What a wonderful accomplishment! Congratulations!
    Even if Jerry was screeched at, that Tagliatelle looks fabulous!

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    Ann Cochran
    June 7, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Proud of you, Irene! You found an unusual and interesting subject in the Cesarinas. Made me want to look into it for our October trip. Great job!

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      Irene S. Levine
      June 7, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      i would do it again in a heartbeat! Where are you going in October?

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