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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. I really like the “Building a Sustainable Food Community” panels [Part 1 & 2]. Also liked them on FB!

  2. I’d love to go to IACP this year! The DIY video production session piqued my interest, have been toting with doing some videos on Panini Happy.

  3. I “Like” the IACP!

  4. Choose a favorite panel?!? I’m narrowing it down to two: Tequila, Texas & Terroir or How to Cook on Camera.

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  6. crossing all my fingers and toes :)
    All the sessions sound awesome, but I’d love to attend this one:
    WS03: Food Photography Workflow for Pros and Seasoned Amateurs Alike

  7. Gaby — 2/4/11 @ 3:45 pm

    Omg its so hard to narrow down all the wonderful panels – but I am dying to hear about the DIY Video Production and then also the Experts are in Session with Amy about Writing for Brands!

    plus I “liked” IACP on the facebook page :)

  8. C.M. Reinhardt — 2/4/11 @ 3:47 pm

    Does the late night pub crawl count? I would absolutely love WS17: Culinary Trend Spotting: What Lies Ahead?

    What a great giveaway!

  9. FoodRenegade — 2/4/11 @ 3:47 pm

    Consider me entered! Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. sandy hall — 2/4/11 @ 3:48 pm

    I’m not sure which part I’d want to attend more! But, as I’ve had so much admiration and awe for Jacques Pepin over the years, I’d say that being able to see him LIVE would be simply astounding.

  11. Jessica — 2/4/11 @ 3:49 pm

    Wow, what a great giveaway! I have been dying to go to IACP! I would love to attend the panels: Video blogging, developing your product from idea to reality, gluten-free cooking, and any on food photography! There are so many great panels to choose from. I liked it on FB also! :)

  12. Ashley — 2/4/11 @ 3:58 pm

    So many wonderful programs but I would love to attend the new media courses and Cooking On Camera! This would be a wonderful opportunity but I hopefully will be there regardless!

  13. Alta — 2/4/11 @ 4:01 pm

    Woohoo! Sounds fun. And Austin is just a short drive for me. Okay, not SHORT, but 4 hours or so. I would LOVE all of it – I have yet to attend any food blogger conference – but I’m all about some photography stuff.

  14. EatLiveRun — 2/4/11 @ 4:01 pm

    Gosh, I would love to go! I think I’d like the food photography panel the best, as I’m trying to grow as a photographer right now!

  15. Kelley Smith — 2/4/11 @ 4:07 pm

    I write a column in our local paper. I would ADORE learning more about food writing and photography! Those pm classes on June 1st look the most interesting to me! But all of it sounds fantastic! Pick me, pick me!!!!

  16. Amber DeGrace — 2/4/11 @ 4:07 pm

    I’d love to attend the full conference. I blog mostly on food, drink, and travels (with occasional social issues) and this would help me learn so much, especially on food photography.

    I also ‘liked’ the IACP on Facebook.

    Thanks for such a great opportunity, Jaden!

  17. sarah gilbert — 2/4/11 @ 4:15 pm

    I’m a new IACP member who’s hoping to go to Austin this year :) I think the Kids in the Kitchen: Hands-On Garden-to-Table Workshop with Sam Kass sounds like great fun! and, family bike rider that I am, I wouldn’t miss the early morning bike tour.

  18. Glenn Dettwiler — 2/4/11 @ 4:17 pm

    Jaden,
    Being a chef, IACP mamber and blogger I would LOVE to attend the IACP conference. Would love to meet you, Matt and all of those that I have Tweeted with during the past year. The conference topics are all wonderful. From gluten free to food trends. It will be a great event!

  19. So many sessions to pick from that it’s hard to pick a fave – I guess I would have to go with Creating and Marketing a Food Brand. One of my personal goals for 2011 is to join IACP – no time like the present, right?

    I ‘liked’ the IACP on Facebook as well, Jaden! :) Thanks for hosting this!

  20. Hurray Sarah! I can’t wait to have you at our workshop. We will have so much fun gardening and cooking with kids (and cutie-patootie Sam Kass!) xo

  21. I would love to hear the farmer face-to-face about pork production. I’m really interested in how farmers interface with consumers and cooks.

  22. I liked IACP on facebook.

  23. Nicki Wood — 2/4/11 @ 5:04 pm

    Kim Severson was terrific at FoodBlogSouth — fun, funny and full of wisdom, so that’ll be wonderful. Still, toss-up between that and the club crawl, uh, purely for research, of course.

  24. What an amazing giveaway! It was so hard to chose my favorite session topic! Hmmm… I think I’ll go with Marketing Your Food Brand in the New Age of Engagement: Taking an “Inline” Approach

  25. I’ve “liked” IACP in Facebook!

  26. Caroline — 2/4/11 @ 5:34 pm

    What a wonderful event! As a blogger, personal chef and recent culinary school grad, I would love to be surrounded by such inspiring professionals. I think learning “what’s next” for the food world would be really exciting. Also, I live in Austin and could walk to the event! Go green!

  27. I love any opportunity to meet my people – those of us who love and care about food!

  28. Deanna — 2/4/11 @ 5:44 pm

    I believe I shall clone myself and go to all sessions but if that doesn’t work out, one I’d love to attend is “Building Bridges, Empowering Communities: One Whisk at a Time”. :)

  29. Andrea — 2/4/11 @ 5:57 pm

    I think this one intrigues me: What French Cuisine Can Offer Modern Cooks: A Cooking Demonstration and Interview with Jacques Pépin and Amanda Hesser

    French cooking can be so rich and so time-consuming, so it’s interesting to see how parts of it can be used for modern cooks.

  30. Farm Fodder — 2/4/11 @ 6:12 pm

    Hone my writing skills in the “Craft of Food Writing” Session

  31. I don’t even know where to start! Aside from all of the fantastic seminars, being in the same room with such talented professionals would be the experience of a lifetime. I’m a Culinary School Student and Food Blogger from Boston and have only been to one conference (IFBC in Seattle) and am still buzzing from it. I’d be honored to attend.

    The session I’d most want to attend is one that Penny De Los Santos is leading. I met her in Seattle and was blown away by her seminar on photography. She truly is an inspiring person and because of her, I’ve never looked at my camera the same way. I’d love to hear anything that she has to say!

    Thanks for offering up sch a terrific giveaway!

  32. Sherri M — 2/4/11 @ 6:33 pm

    I’d rather listen and watch John Besh cook, but the Marketing Your Food Brand in the New Age of Engagement is more what I need. I’m writing up a business plan for a restaurant as we speak and I think I’d get some really good information from that.

  33. I am excited about this conference and really looking forward to Oaxaca al Gusto with Diana Kennedy. I was in Oaxaca last year and Kennedy is a living legend.

    I am looking forward to Austin and seeing everyone there.

  34. DianasaurDishes — 2/4/11 @ 6:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, I want to attend this so bad! One of the sessions I’m really interested in is cooking on camera because I’ve started doing more of that lately and would love some pointers.

  35. Eddie Lakin — 2/4/11 @ 7:08 pm

    I’m planning on going (I think), but a free pass would make it much more likely. Hope to see many old friends there and make some new ones. Thanks.

  36. I would LOVE to attend the Building Bridges session!

  37. Michelle — 2/4/11 @ 7:23 pm

    I desperately need Ten Smart Tips to Make Any Food Image Look Appealing, but I’m also a big Penny de los Santos fan, and would love to see her speak!

  38. Michelle — 2/4/11 @ 7:24 pm

    Oh, and I “liked” IACP on FB, too!

  39. Broderick — 2/4/11 @ 7:51 pm

    I remember reading all the tweets from last year in Portland and would love an opportunity to attend. The session I’d love to check out would definitely be the Food Photography Workflow for Pros & Seasoned Amateurs! and yes IACP is definitely on my “liked” list

  40. Melanie Flinn — 2/4/11 @ 7:52 pm

    This conference sounds great….and it’s in my home town, even better! Building a sustainable food community sounds great as do all the other sessions.

  41. Melanie Flinn — 2/4/11 @ 7:53 pm

    I just “liked” IACP on fb!

  42. Gem — 2/4/11 @ 7:59 pm

    I would love one of the photography classes, or the Celebration of Louisiana culture, or the science of baking… or all of it!!!

  43. Gem — 2/4/11 @ 8:00 pm

    I “like” IACP

  44. Tamara Mitchell — 2/4/11 @ 8:08 pm

    It all looks great, but I think the the Community Gardens session sounds most intriguing.

  45. Tamara Mitchell — 2/4/11 @ 8:11 pm

    I like IACP too!

  46. Maria deCorpo — 2/4/11 @ 8:39 pm

    I’d love to see/hear Diana Kennedy! Also, the discussion about sustainable meats is something I’d not want to miss.

  47. sally cameron — 2/4/11 @ 9:53 pm

    Thanks for doing this Jaden! This will be our first conference and we are excited. So many great session to choose from it will be hard to decide. The Craft of Food Writing, the table breakout sessions in Experts New Media, Developing your Product from Idea to Reality, of course the Jaques Pepin demo, Food Blogging and the Expanding Cookbook all look great. Just printed the entire schedule, all 25 pages!

  48. Ruth Alegria — 2/4/11 @ 10:13 pm

    First a very big round of applause for such a magnificent gesture!

    IACP has been since its creation not just a culinary organization but truly an extended family that understands that particular language and excitement that we in the food world are surrounded by. A community that reaches out from around the world to help one another because we are united by that passion of discovery and experience. We create bonds that last years even if we may only see each other once a year at the annual meeting. We support and encourage each other as we change career paths, hone our skills, and add to each others experiences. I’ve gone from Chef, to Freelance Writer, to Lecturer, to Media Escort, Tour Operator, and now blogger, each career strengthened and nourished by the conferences.
    With over twenty years of membership the excitement of reading the program for each years conference is as exciting or more so then the last. With this years theme of “Light Your Fire” and the purpose to ignite creativity in our disparate fields the program as a whole serves us a menu of difficult choices to make.
    Should it be the DIY Video Production for Food Bloggers, or the Experts Are In: Business and Career Development, or Building a Sustainable Food Community. I want to go to all of them and more.

    Ruth T. Alegria
    http://www.mexicosoulandessence.com
    IACP Country Coordinator Mexico
    Leader Slow Food Convivium
    Condesa/Roma

  49. ‘How To Cook On Camera’ sounds fabulous! This is such a great giveaway as it’s my dream to attend this amazing event! Have a great night! xo

  50. Ruth Alegria — 2/4/11 @ 10:18 pm

    PS I’ve “liked” the IACP page for months now….