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Friday, February 4, 2011

Giveaway: IACP 2011 Austin Conference Pass

IACP 2011 austin

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.

IACP 2011 austin

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.

IACP 2011 austin

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.

IACP 2011 austin

IACP 2011 Austin Conference Pass Giveaway

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.

To enter 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!

For Bonus Entry:

Give a little love to IACP on Facebook – “Like” their page for an extra entry!

About IACP

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

145 Responses to “Giveaway: IACP 2011 Austin Conference Pass”

  1. Rashda/SpiceBites — 2/19/11 @ 8:17 pm

    Oooh cool! I sooo want to go, so throwing my hat into the contest and crossing my fingers and typing :P

    I think I’d like to go several sessions: though the late night 10 tips to make any food image look appealing is probably what I need the most…but there’s so many other sessions…wish I could clone myself!

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  2. Andy Floyd — 2/20/11 @ 7:32 pm

    I was the Culinary Demo Chair at the Denver conference. I would love to come and actually be able to enjoy an IACP conference for for the first time. I worked so hard at the Denver conference and if you have any questions on lessons learned I would be happy to share.
    If I were to win I would especially be excited about any social media sessions and of course Diane Kennedy’s Oaxaca.

  3. Rachel — 2/20/11 @ 8:26 pm

    I would love to go to this! I’ve never been to Texas and love the idea of this conference!

  4. Catie Schwalb — 2/21/11 @ 10:49 am

    Just finished the outstanding IACP regional conference in NYC this weekend. Dying to head to the national conference now. So many amazing people and conversations.

  5. Rachelino — 2/21/11 @ 2:12 pm

    I would love to see Todd and Diane speak, especially as I missed their session at BlogHer Food (I only attended the Saturday sessions, which were great!)

  6. After attending the NY Regional Conference last week, I was incredibly inspired and excited about all the networking & learning opportunities in the food industry. I’m a food blogger, and over the past year I’ve met some amazing people. I’m so excited to go to the National Conference in Austin, and it would mean so much to me to win this giveaway. I really want to make an impact as a food writer. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  7. Kristi — 2/23/11 @ 9:19 am

    Jaden, thanks for the great perspective on the IACP conference. I’m particularly interested in the panels on building a sustainable food community (probably not a big surprise.)

  8. Corinne — 2/23/11 @ 9:25 am

    I’m dying to go to IACP–to attend incredible and informative sessions, to meet awesome and inspiring food industry people, and to [hopefully!] eat some good Austin BBQ.

  9. Shelley — 2/23/11 @ 9:34 am

    I’d love to attend Penny, Daniel, and Kim’s session on finding and crafting a great story. I’m sure it wil be amazing!

  10. Rachelle — 2/23/11 @ 9:54 am

    I would love to attend the entire IACP session as this will be the first time I’ve had the opportunity to attend, especially seeing that I missed Blogher and would be able to see Diane & Todd speak. Additionally I think it will give me a different perspective after attending the sessions and will make my writing only better.

    The session you’d get to attend and the people you’d get to meet, I just feel it’s a must attend event not to be missed & I am so excited my home town of Austin is hosting the event!

    Thanks you in advance for the opportunity and for your time & consideration!


  11. UrMomCooks — 2/23/11 @ 2:56 pm

    I have never attended a formal foodie event, and I am so excited to see a major event right here in my hometown of Austin! Reading through the agenda I see some awesome Texas-proud features – believe it or not, lots of those things are somewhat new to me!!! Guess that is part of the ever-changing world that is food! (Jaden – I enjoy your stomping ground of Sarasota and Venice when I visit my folks every few months… Hope you will enjoy equally your time in Texas!) The sessions look wonderful, especially topics around marketing a new business and social media strategy!

  12. Alex Lopez — 2/23/11 @ 3:03 pm

    First off, I am overwhelmed. I truly believe that The Universe is Magical and when things “click” it’s not coincidence. OK, in a nut shell here is my story:

    After four years of living, teaching and cooking in San Francisco, I lost my job and moved back to Chicago. I took an amazing job on a small organic farm in Elburn, Il where I planned farm dinners and created wonderful edibles for the Green City farmers market. The experience was wonderful, yet short lived since it was only a seasonal position. Once again, full of ambition, yet no job.

    A few months ago I moved to Austin, and that is where I live now. Still seeking a reliable job. I have so much to share. So much I am passionate about. So, much more yet to experience. I sometimes find that I feel “stuck”. In this ever growing culinary field loaded with online media and print, I have been trying to find myself in the mix and have my literary voice heard.

    And, so this brings me back to why I would truly appreciate this opportunity. Just two days ago I was on IACP’s site and learned about the upcoming conference. I have not been able to join because of current lack of funds, (things will change, I have Faith). I sent an e-mail to possibly volunteer in hopes of getting to attend the seminars. And now on facebook I see a link to this giveaway.

    I’m a believer in the rule of “ask and you shall receive”.
    Thank you Jaden for this opportunity. I appreciate your consideration.

    BTW I would love all the seminars but mostly the one on cooking on camera.


  13. Susan Gayle — 2/23/11 @ 3:03 pm

    It’s incredibly difficult to choose. The one I’d benefit from would be on Food Writing, the one I re-e-a-a-a-l-ly want to see is Jacques Pepin & Amanda Hesser.

  14. JW Walthall — 2/23/11 @ 3:08 pm

    I have been hearing about this event since Austin was announced as the host city, and I am very excited, as I live and work in this wonderful place.
    I was a professional pastry chef for over three years and now do part time catering work. As part of the transition to part-time chef, I am also starting an online food publication.
    I feel that this conference would be a great experience for my professional career, and I hope that a free pas would make that possible, as I would luckily have no travel expenses.

  15. Sally Pasley — 2/24/11 @ 3:40 pm

    Hi Jaden! What a generous giveaway! I’d love to go to the conference, especially since I had to cancel last year on the day of my flight to Portland (sick kid.) There are so many exciting choices, but if I have to pick one, I guess it would be “Building Bridges.” I also look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. But then there’s new media and Austin and BBQ and…hope to see you there!

  16. Asha@FSK — 3/1/11 @ 5:20 pm

    I would love to attend the conference. The price is too steep for me afford, so it would be just perfect if I win it!

    What I think I’ll enjoy the most is John Besh’s Louisiana cooking! :) Tasted his creativity in NOLA recently and those flavors have just been seared into memory.

    Aside from that I would love to hear about ways to propel my blog to get more visibility and how to start contributing articles for food publications and get notice from food editors.

  17. Jaden, first of all, thanks so much for this fabulous giveaway! With all of the amazing events this year, it’s been tough for me to swing all of them. I’ve never been to an IACP conference, but would be ecstatic to be able to finally experience it firsthand. And in Austin, nonetheless!

    I’m a professional chef but am new to the blogging world, so I could always use some help with my food photography (love Penny!), styling and writing skills. The Behind the Food Business and Developing a Food Product Session are also intriguing as I’m in the process of testing a new organic product. Also, I just joined my local chapter of Slow Food as a leader and would love to learn more about working with Kids in the Kitchen and Building a Sustainable Food Economy.

    Finally, anything involving a late night club crawl and the chance to network with such amazing people is at the very top of my list, always.

    Thanks again for the opportunity. Best of luck to everyone!

  18. Wow! The conference looks incredible. I can barely decide which session would interest me most. I think I choose The Incredible Expanding Cookbook: How Print & Digital Connect Today and Tomorrow. The ways we read and get information are changing so quickly it will be interesting to hear what is expected for the future of cookbooks.

  19. Paula — 3/8/11 @ 8:37 am

    There are so many great sessions it’s hard to choose but I would love to listen to Penny de los Santos, Kim Severson and Daniel Klein in “Finding and Crafting a Good Story.” I have a blog but I’ve started to write for other publications and I’m always interested in learning how to tell a story rather than just throw out facts. I “liked” IACP. :)

  20. katie b — 3/9/11 @ 11:21 pm

    I WANT TO LEARN! I want to learn more about how to use my dslr, MAXimize social networking, emerging food trends (even though i like my niche, maybe i can blend the two…), i liked the fb page for IACP, I truly want to absorb it all!!!!

  21. Carrie Oliver — 3/10/11 @ 1:28 pm

    I really want to participate in this year’s conference and am looking for a way to afford it. Winning this conference pass would certainly go a long way. No surprise, the Longhorn ranch tour is of interest as is DIY video blogging, the meat discussion, and the creating community panel.

  22. Cheryl Singleton — 3/11/11 @ 3:45 pm

    I still so want to go I live In San Antonio and I am a professional chef its just so expensive praying

  23. Lauren — 3/11/11 @ 3:52 pm

    Food Photo Workflow and Food Writing.

  24. C.C. Fridlin — 3/11/11 @ 3:53 pm

    Always enjoy the conference! Looking forward to seeing everyone and getting back to Austin. Always love listening to Shirley! Signed up for the Science of Baking session. Of course, the session with Amanda Hesser and Jacques Pepin is another one I’m really looking forward to. See you in Austin!

  25. Susan (Oliepants) — 3/11/11 @ 3:54 pm

    What an AMAZING giveaway! I would love to go to the Craft of Food Writing session. Also, the Nigh Owl session of Cooking Over The Border looks fascinating. Honestly, all of the sessions look really rewarding and would offer a lot to foodies/food bloggers everywhere. This is a fabulous giveaway and event!

  26. Beth Somers — 3/11/11 @ 3:58 pm

    Others from my company are attending the conference, but I wasn’t in the budget this year. I’d love to go along to Austin, but if not, I’ll be looking forward to NYC!

  27. LeeAnne Wright — 3/11/11 @ 4:04 pm

    Missed conference last year so I am completely excited about Austin this year. Can’t wait to catch up with Dana McCauley who is always spot on with trends in food as well as well as Stephan Pyles for his take on Texas food.
    The video was great and really sums up the power of IACP. Looking forward to the conference-guaranteed you will leave energized!

  28. Allison Stevens — 3/11/11 @ 4:07 pm

    Wow, there are so many sessions I would love to attend! I have an Austin-based (!) personal chef company and am really passionate about using seasonal, locally sourced foods so have an interest in “What Every Food Pro Should Know (And Is Not Afraid to Ask) about Today’s Agricultural Practices” and “Building a Sustainable Food Community.” And am always interested in hearing about the latest and greatest in the culinary field so “Experts Are In: New Media” sounds interesting.

    But you asked to choose one so I’d have to say “How to Cook on Camera,” since I’ve been wanting to get some cooking instruction videos up online and of course love that one of my favorite chef/RDs, Ellie Krieger, is hosting!

    Thanks for the consideration!! Allison

    P.S. I have “liked” IACP on fb.

  29. Julie Hasson — 3/11/11 @ 4:16 pm

    Although all of the workshops look great, my first choice would be the food photography workshops. It’s so nice to see the addition of all of the new workshops that are being organized at the conference.

    IACP is a fantastic organization and the conferences are always so much fun!

  30. I would love to go to the conference! I’m a food blogger who is just starting out as a freelance food writer. I went to the regional conference in NYC this past February and it was amazing! It’s an incredible networking opportunity. All the workshops are so informative, so it’s hard to decide. I would love to learn more about the craft of food writing or food photography. Such a wonderful givaway. Thank you for it and good luck to everyone!! Enjoy the great BBQ in Austin!

  31. I’m excited to attend any session involving the inimitable Kim Severson. Her commentary is always funny, yet always relevant.

  32. Debby Maugans — 3/11/11 @ 5:49 pm

    I would so enjoy going this year. I’ve missed at least 10 years worth, but am back more enthusiastic as ever. Thank you for you generosity.

  33. sarah r — 3/13/11 @ 10:59 am

    I’d like to attend The Craft of Food Writing. I’m so excited this is coming to my hometown! Thanks for the opportunity.

  34. Shefaly Ravula — 3/13/11 @ 9:32 pm

    I’d love to attend so many of the sessions. But the one that appeals to me the most and applies to me best is the Cooking Over the Border on the Wednesday night owl session.

  35. Mark Farone — 3/14/11 @ 12:33 am

    I’d love to be able scrape up the cash to get to a conference…there are so many different sessions, but I’m intrigued by the modern cuisine discussion as well as the one on tracking trends. Thanks!

  36. As an emerging food blogger, I am very interested in the basics, WS01. WS02 and WS03 are on the forefront of my mine. I know it’s not a sexy answer but true. And even though I do already have a B.A. in Documentary Photography, my food photography is sorely lacking so I am searching out any and all education in this field.

    BUT I think I might have a true moment of culinary bliss if I were to be able to attend WS11 with Diana Kennedy. She’s a long time hero of mine.

    Cheers and all the best for the upcoming conference.

  37. Barbara Lauterbach — 3/17/11 @ 11:36 am

    THis is a generous offer, but alas, i am in a class of membership that does not seem to be eligble, “Emeritus”. I joined IACP in the early ’80’s,have attended more coferences than I can count, earned my CCP amongst the first groups to take the exam, participated on panals, and have enjoyed my membership to the utmost.Their are many rich and humoorous stories out their from some of the Senior members, and much wisdom!

  38. carey — 3/17/11 @ 12:10 pm

    The Science of Baking–I love Shirley Corriher! Thanks for doing a giveaway.

  39. Wow! Although I’m having a hard time picking the session I’m most excited about, the Cooking Over the Border session with Penny and Duc sounds incredibly interesting. Thank you so much for this generous giveaway.

  40. Mike N. — 3/17/11 @ 1:42 pm

    Would love to hear the interview with Diana Kennedy – Oaxaca al Gusto. Her cookbook is sitting on ourchen counter as I type this.

  41. Andrea — 3/17/11 @ 2:16 pm

    I too am probably the most interested in the Craft of Food Writing too!! Also, I’d love to know more about merging my online presence with my food writing career..

  42. Christy H. — 3/17/11 @ 2:24 pm

    I would love, love, love to see Jacques Pepin in person. Also the Chili, Kolache, Cornbread, and Collards panel makes me smile because it is such a perfect summation of central Texas foods. The 3 lovely ladies on the panel are food historians who are sure to make it interesting.

  43. Liz Barrett — 3/18/11 @ 3:55 pm

    I SO want to go to IACP in Austin! As for which session I’m most excited about – it’s a toss-up b/w “How Food Trends” Translate to Cooking Shows” and the “Food Writing.” Food and cooking are what feed my soul and I’m all over every opportunity that could help me turn my passion into a profitable career. Thanks for the great post, Jaden. Love IACP and am a proud member of the Food Writers section!)

  44. Clara Porter, CCP — 3/18/11 @ 6:41 pm

    What a great way to introduce Austin & Texas attitude & humor with Jim Hightower as the keynote speaker ! Hope to win to hear him and I always learn and enjoy new (to me) topics. I’m very curious about “Bitters” among others. Thanks for such a diverse “menu” to choose from. And, thanks for the chance to win to attend !