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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. Lucy Mercer — 2/4/11 @ 10:26 pm

    “Craft of Food Writing” sounds great – it’s hard to choose a favorite.

  2. Kathy Gold — 2/4/11 @ 10:44 pm

    The Craft of Food Writing, DIY Marketing, and of course Jacques Pepin. The first session should be a cloning session so I can get to everything!

  3. Kathrine — 2/4/11 @ 10:48 pm

    Oh hands down…”Cooking from the edge of Vietnam & Texas”! My mouth is watering now.

    I have to confess, I have not heard of this IACP before. I am a extremely small want to be something bigger when I grow up caterer. I do small events & an occasional flea market so being exposed to something like this will absolutely blow my socks off and allow me to see what it’s like in the real world of extremely talented food folks. Although, this may be the thing to that will make me throw in the towel! Ha.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  4. Karin Salling — 2/4/11 @ 11:56 pm

    As a culinary student and blogger, every aspect of the IACP sounds amazing! Narrowing it down is hard, but I really think the Intro to Social Media would be helpful. But being able to learn from Jacques Pepin and John Besh would be amazing too!

  5. O'Dell Bishop — 2/5/11 @ 12:43 am

    I’d like to welcome all of you to beautiful Central Texas, and hope to be at the conference to do so. It’s a great selection of seminars and workshops, but don’t miss our very witty former Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower and of course Diana Kennedy is a must-see. The “survey course” of the varying styles of Mexican and Tex-Mex is bound to be a treat. I can’t wait to show off our vibrant, yet accessible food scene. You are not going to want to go home, but you have to, traffic is bad enough.

  6. Sharon Scott — 2/5/11 @ 2:39 am

    The prospect of attending this year’s IACP in Austin is simply, to large to put into words. As a somewhat recent culinary grad, a new start up small business owner and personal chef, the opportunity to be in the presence of IACP culinary heavy hitters is just mind blowing. So excited about this potential oppotunity to learn, network and be inspired!

  7. Michelle — 2/5/11 @ 4:02 am

    IACP – out of this world! Top of the game – networking – learning – sharing. Everything and everyone in one place. I am there! thank you!I would take full advantage of the opportunity to my get my career running!

  8. Traci Badenhausen — 2/5/11 @ 4:27 am

    As the General Manager of Juleps Catering, which is the Professional Catering Company associated with the Professional Catering Degree of Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies in Louisville, KY, the IACP Conference in Austin this year would be a wonderful opportunity to receive hands-on-training in both the latest food trends and how catering fits into those food trends. I would really enjoy the sessions on “What’s Lighting Up the Global Kitchen”, “Culinary Trend Spotting”, “Cooking Schools in the New Economy”, “Hands-on Inroduction to Social Media” and ” A Celebration of Louisiana Cuisine with John Besh”.

  9. Traci Badenhausen — 2/5/11 @ 4:29 am

    As the General Manager of Juleps Catering, which is the Professional Catering Company associated with the Professional Catering Degree of Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies in Louisville, KY, the IACP Conference in Austin this year would be a wonderful opportunity to receive hands-on-training in both the latest food trends and how catering fits into those food trends. I would really enjoy the sessions on “What’s Lighting Up the Global Kitchen”, “Culinary Trend Spotting”, “Cooking Schools in the New Economy”, “Hands-on Introduction to Social Media” and ” A Celebration of Louisiana Cuisine with John Besh”.

  10. Nichelle — 2/5/11 @ 10:24 am

    All of the sessions look great! Food photography would be the session I would be most interested in as I take lots of photos of cupcakes and I want to learn more about food photography.

  11. elizabeth skylar — 2/5/11 @ 11:30 am

    Kids in the Kitchen: Hands-On Garden-to-Table Workshop with Sam Kass
    I would love an opportunity to participate in this workshop. I am working with kids in Napa, through a number of venues, and this would benefit the kids as well.

  12. All of the sessions look fantastic!

  13. The Duo Dishes — 2/5/11 @ 1:11 pm

    Video Production for Food Bloggers and Cooking Schools in the New Economy both sound interesting. Especially the latter! Lots of people want to learn how to cook now, so it seems like more and more people are taking classes. Hope to win a pass!

  14. Karen — 2/5/11 @ 6:18 pm

    I’m sooo looking forward to visiting Austin – one city I’ve not visited but it’s been on my “must go and eat” list for years now.
    It’s always hard to nail down my itinerary at IACP, but I have to say I’d love to be in the same room as Jacques Pepin while he cooks – that would be unforgettable.

    ~Karen

  15. Jenee Libby — 2/5/11 @ 7:39 pm

    As a food writer who finally took the plunge in July and became freelance full time, this conference seems like a dream come true. I need to learn it all! My tastebuds want to go on the whiskey and wine tour (my nickname is Feisty Bourbon Girl), but the practical side needs the Ad Network session, and the food photography lesson. Just go to my blog and you’ll see…I *really* need the food photography lesson :D Cheers!

  16. Beth Anne from New Orleans — 2/5/11 @ 10:59 pm

    I’m new to the food blogging world and am hungry to get as much information as possible. One of the sessions that I am most excited about is the “Ten Smart Tips to Make Any Food Image Look Appealing” class. This is something that I have been struggling with and I have so many questions!

  17. Natalie S. — 2/6/11 @ 12:52 am

    Any of the sections on Austin-area food. I love living in Austin but I feel like there’s so much I have to discover! The food photograph course looks great too.

  18. Kiran — 2/6/11 @ 1:28 am

    Social media and food photography would be my plan of attack – literally ;)

  19. Sandra Crittenden — 2/6/11 @ 3:39 pm

    TX 2-sip wine-tasting, TX wine and food pairing, DIY video production and the Hill Country Wine and Whiskey Tour! I am currently a (WLS) Champagne & Port educator. I have been blogging on my personal adventure in wine since completing the ISG (International Sommelier Guild) Level I & II. I am working on my WSET’s now, French Wine Scholar Certification starting next month and ISG diploma in the fall.

  20. Faith Durand — 2/6/11 @ 4:21 pm

    This will be my first year at IACP, and I am looking forward to connecting with other writers and food professionals. While working in online media is incredibly fun and satisfying, it can also be isolating. I am looking forward to sharing stories and notes with other fellow food writers and professionals, and of course eating lots of good food together!

    As far as sessions go, I just published my first cookbook, and promotion has come with some TV appearances, which freak me out just a little! So while there are a ton of sessions that I plan to attend, I’m especially looking forward to Joan Auritt and Ellie Krieger’s demonstration of how to cook on camera.

  21. Dawn Knowlton — 2/6/11 @ 6:41 pm

    The session that is most appealing to me (although it was really hard to narrow it down!) is Chefs Move to Schools: A How-To Discussion. I am already working on the project with the Texas Chefs Association and would love to get insight on a national level about this initiative.

  22. Cheryl Singleton — 2/6/11 @ 7:42 pm

    I would love to attend as much as I can I live in San Antonio, and would love to have the people in Austin show me around. I am trying to figure how I can save the money to attend as many days of this conference as I can so very cool

  23. Definently The experts are in: Career Development in addition to food photography and new media sessions — I did an Austin Barbeque tour a few years ago through the Southern Foodways Alliance so I’ll also be checking out the barbeque sessions to learn about any new places we didn’t hit.

  24. Vivian — 2/7/11 @ 5:59 am

    I am so excited about the IACP conference! I have been wanting to go ever since hearing all the wonderful comment about last year’s event. There are so many sessions that I would love to attend.How to Write a Magazine (I would love to bring Edible to Oklahoma). To Blog or to Publish (I love both Hank Shaw & Dorie Greenspan). Blog to Book – Shauna Ahern did such a great job with her transitions. Meat it’s Changing Place on the Plate – Marisa Guggiana’s Primal Cut completely knocked my socks off, and I have been practicing Meatless Monday for 1 1/2 years now thanks to Kim O’Donnel. The list goes on and on. I am thrilled that you are a part of the programming committee. I am sure this is going to be fantastic!

  25. Katie — 2/7/11 @ 11:21 am

    TO blog or to publish with Dorie Greenspan..something I’d be most interested in. I would love to go to this!

  26. Katie — 2/7/11 @ 11:22 am

    I also like the Facebook page – not sure I need to leave another comment?

  27. Kay — 2/7/11 @ 12:19 pm

    All the sessions sound fantastic! But for me, The Craft of Food Writing, DIY Marketing and Building a Community, One Whisk at a Time are right up my alley!

  28. I’d love to attend the food styling session with Denise Vivaldo. I’ve been to IACP many times (the first time I attended I covered it for CNN and had the pleasure of sitting on a food panel with Julia Child) … but not in the past few years. I’m due!

  29. I would love to hear Culinary Trend Spotting: What Lies Ahead?. Also – adore Ellie Krieger and would love to see her panel about cooking on camera.

    Liked IACP on Facebook!

  30. Hannah Curtis — 2/7/11 @ 3:02 pm

    All of them! I would particularly love to hear John Besh speak about the creation of Sustainable Food Communities! The whole event sounds amazing! (I also ‘liked’ the facebook page too!)

  31. I volunteered at the IACP in Denver in 2009 when I was contemplating starting a food blog. Now, that I’ve got a year under my belt, I would absolutely love to attend IACP in Austin. I’m already torn between the “Craft of Food Writing” and the “DIY Video Production for Food Bloggers.” Sitting in on a live discussion with Diana Kenndy is a don’t miss opportunity for this hobbyist food anthropologist.

  32. Sue@Suzy's Q — 2/8/11 @ 8:52 am

    I am quite certain that the Central Texas Heritage Tour would be of the most interest to me being that BBQ is not only my business but my life. Learning about the past is the key to the future

  33. Carol Peterman — 2/8/11 @ 2:36 pm

    I would be in heaven at this confrence! Every session looks fantastic but I’m particularly drawn to Diane Kennedy’s Oaxaca al Gusto and the DIY Marketing. Fingers crossed!

  34. Lala — 2/8/11 @ 3:20 pm

    I’m an Austinite and this sounds so exciting! I’d love to participate in the photo seminar because my photography skills need serious help.

  35. Victor Martinez — 2/8/11 @ 3:36 pm

    I’d love to listen to Diana Kennedy, I have all of her cookbooks, including the last one on the foods of Oaxaca.

  36. As usual, finding it a weighty task to pick one session over another. Ditto to Kathy Gold re: cloning. Experts Are In sessions are always worth the whole trip. As is the networking and connections new and old. Neat to read all the comments from folks who are Austin bound.

  37. Sharon Salomon — 2/10/11 @ 5:07 pm

    What session will I love the most? Any session that involves tasting, of course.

  38. Cannot wait to go but need more months to save! Todd & Diane are presenting? Then there’s the Meat Mavens? Oh my. For the purpose of this contest I have to say learning more about lighting will help my photography. So White on Rice it is.

    Looking forward to seeing you and thanks for doing this!

  39. David Dadekian — 2/11/11 @ 1:14 pm

    This would be a huge benefit. I would really love to hear Penny De Los Santos speak. I’ve got the like on Facebook too. Thanks!

  40. Sylvie Chomiak — 2/11/11 @ 7:10 pm

    What an opportunity,would just love to be there.I work for a non profit organization,the amount of time and ressources which is needed to help those who are reaching out are tremendous!I have been in the food industry for 15 years any opportunity to be there is what I live and breathe for!

  41. Brooke@FoodWoolf — 2/15/11 @ 3:34 pm

    What an incredible opportunity to go. As a blogger and someone who works in the restaurant industry, a ticket to IACP would be incredibly beneficial to my professional career. And with a line up such as the one happening this year, I’d be sorry not to go!

  42. Beth — 2/16/11 @ 9:57 am

    I’d love to do the “How to Cook on Camera” session! I’ve been asked recently to do some on-air segments for local tv but as much as I would love to do it, the idea terrifies me!

  43. Sheila Crye — 2/16/11 @ 11:46 am

    No question–it will be worth the price of the conference to have an opportunity to learn from a culinary demonstration and interview with the great master himself–Jacques Pépin. I have learned more about cooking skills and gastronomic savoir faire by following Chef Pépin’s recipes over the years than from almost any other author, save perhaps Julia Child.

  44. Leah — 2/16/11 @ 11:48 am

    I’d love to join all the sessions! And learn as much as I can

  45. SMITH BITES — 2/16/11 @ 12:10 pm

    wow Jaden ~ great giveaway! have wanted to attend IACP since a year ago when it was in Portland; in fact, i joined because you highly recommended it. having my first year of blogging under my belt, my focus this year is on social media and how to harness that energy and use it fully – twitter, facebook and everything in between. having said that, getting to see Jacques Pepin in the kitchen?? omg – one of those rare ‘once-in-a-lifetime moment!’ thanks for the opportunity!

  46. SteamyKitchen — 2/16/11 @ 12:44 pm

    *waving hello!* miss you guys!

  47. merry jennifer — 2/16/11 @ 12:55 pm

    I only recently joined the IACP under the Emerging Professionals category. I’d just love the experience of meeting so many others who share the same passion. The food writing session holds special interest for me.

  48. Tania — 2/19/11 @ 3:29 pm

    omg, I would love to go to this and learn about how to do more freelancing… blogging is fun and all, but it would be great to write for others. Of course, the BBQ heritage tour doesn’t look bad either!

  49. Maggie Cubbler — 2/19/11 @ 4:57 pm

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Jaden! What an opportunity! :) I would love to go to the Food Blogging: Beyond the Basics session. I’m kind of stuck in a rut and part of it is not really knowing how to make a business model out of my ideas.
    Is it bad though that I would really like to go to the Late-Night pub crawls? :)

  50. Katie Cain — 2/19/11 @ 6:58 pm

    Wow, I’m definitely going to throw my hat in the ring! There are so many interesting sessions. Some that appeal to me include DIY Video for Bloggers; Global Kitchens; Meat Changing Place on the Plate; Ethics of New Media; How to Cook on Camera; Empowering Communities (culinary education); and Food Blogging: Beyond the Basics. Really enjoy your site. All the best.