She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (from which she received the distinction of Certified Culinary Professional in 1994), the San Francisco Professional Food Society, and the Sonoma County Culinary Guild for which she was a board member for ten years. She founded the Marin-Petaluma Slow Food Convivium in 2000, and was the convivium leader for several years.
She lives with her husband in the Sonoma County wine country, where she teaches cooking, writes food and local travel articles for newspapers and magazines, develops and tests recipes for newspapers, magazines, other cookbook authors and corporations. She is working on her next cookbook. Here is a link to her most recent article for the Washington Post.
In 2004, Wuerthner was awarded the American Egg Board Fellowship for her (then) work-in-progress, In a Cajun Kitchen, to the Arkansas Writers Colony.
Wuerthner was one of twelve finalists, out of more than 130 chefs, in the American Lamb Professional Chef Recipe Contest.