Of all the conferences I’ve attended, International Association of Culinary Professionals 2010 in Portland was one of the most life-changing events I’ve experienced. I’m normally used to techy and bloggy events, where we are mainly peers mentoring peers (because really, the oldest blog out there is still only a handful of years old!)
What made IACP so incredible was the history, legacy (IACP was founded in 1978) and wisdom that at times made me so emotional that I had to go hide in a corner and just take it all in. Luminaries such as Judith Jones (Julia Child’s first editor and editor of The Diary of Anne Frank), Raghavan Iyer (author of 660 Curries), Ruth Reichl and Thomas Keller were not only in attendance, but were there to enjoy the conference, hang out with friends and learn from each other. It would be no surprise to have lunch, look up and find Madhur Jaffrey sitting right next to you.
This year, the IACP Conference will be held in Austin, Texas and I’m part of the Programming Committee putting this event together. Our program includes fun excursions like Texas Hill Country Wine and Whiskey Tour, Central Texas Barbecue Heritage Tour and On the Ranch: An Insider’s Look
But also sessions on Culinary Trend Spotting: What Lies Ahead?, What French Cuisine Can Offer Modern Cooks: A Cooking Demonstration and Interview with Jacques Pépin and Amanda Hesser and Building a Sustainable Food Community will inspire.
For those new to new media – you’ll enjoy food blog photography with 2 of the most talented photographers, Todd and Diane Cu; DIY Video Production with 3 of the best video bloggers, Food Curated, Food Wishes and The Perennial Plate; Hands-On Intro to Social Media where you can learn step-by-step; and learning about Ad Networks from Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer.
For new media folks (us bloggers) – the sessions that I think you’ll really enjoy will be the ones that you can’t get from other food blogging conferences – Creating and Marketing a Food Brand, Celebration of Louisiana Cuisine with John Besh and Oaxaca al Gusto with Diana Kennedy.
If you’re thinking about coming to IACP 2011 Austin, you might want to buy your tickets now – Early Bird Pricing is in effect until April 11.
I’m giving away:
(1) One Full Conference Pass to 33rd annual IACP conference June 1 – 4, 2011 in Austin, Texas – value up to $930
(3) Three Friday Day Passes to 33rd annual IACP conference June 3, 2011 in Austin, Texas (ideal for culinary professionals local to Austin to attend all Friday sessions, Culinary Expo and Book Fair) – value up to $410.00
Travel, accommodation or IACP membership is NOT included in the giveaway.
Giveaway Ended – Congrats to:
Chrystal Baker (Duo Dishes)
Jess (ATX Gluten Free)
David (Dadekian Photo)
Rashda Khan (Hot Curries, Cold Beer)
You MUST be in the culinary industry (yes, food bloggers are welcome!) Winner’s work must fall into one of five classes of membership (Professional, Emerging Professional, Cooking School, Small Business, Corporate) as defined here. To enter the giveaway – just comment below until March 18, 2010 – I’d love to hear about which session you think you’ll love the most!
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IACP – Connecting culinary professionals with the people, places and knowledge they need to succeed.
The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a worldwide forum for the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and inspiration within the professional food and beverage community. With nearly 3,000 members from more than 32 countries, this organization of creative and talented professionals is engaged in and committed to excellence in the food industry.
IACP has been at the forefront of expanding opportunities for culinary professionals for over 30 years. World-class members have included the likes of Julia Child, CCP, Anne Willan, CCP, James McNair, Rick Bayless, Shirley O. Corriher, CCP, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, and Jacques Pépin, CCP, to name a few. Tomorrow’s culinary leaders look to IACP as a home where they can cultivate their careers alongside peers who share their passion for food. Together through IACP, culinary professionals inspire, celebrate and shape the world table.
Serving many specialty fields, IACP is the crossroads where all culinary professionals meet to share their expertise and learn from one another. Because its enthusiastic membership hails from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, IACP offers unique insight into the world’s cuisines and food industry.
The organization’s greatest culinary resource is found in this multi-faceted membership, which includes chefs, restaurateurs, foodservice operators, writers, photographers and stylists, marketers, nutritionists, and academia, hailing from hospitality, tourism, wine, publishing, media and other industries and professions.
IACP leverages this collective wealth of knowledge by offering an array of experiences to its members, through networking, participation in professional interest sections, continuing education, annual conference, and also by recognizing industry accomplishments through CCP certification and a prestigious annual awards program. The open forum provided by this community is in fact a powerful channel for both personal and career growth. Developing lasting friendships – the type that come from dining around the table and connecting with colleagues – is also part of being a member.
As culinary professionals, IACP members follow their passion for food and are always looking for opportunities to make new connections, hone their skills and explore fabulous foodie destinations, that’s why they love the IACP Annual Conference. Don’t miss the chance to experience the networking opportunities, special events and the renowned culinarians who are sparking new ideas around the world at the upcoming 2011 event where IACP will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual Cookbook Awards.
For more information about the 2011 annual IACP conference and the 25th annual Cookbook awards, visit: www.iacp.com