Here’s what happens when you attend a professional organization’s annual conference (if you do it right) – networking, meetups, contacts, business card exchanging, conversations, chemistry, late evenings over glasses of wine and more. We ate, talked about eating, talked about photographing food, talked about writing about food and recipes and even talked about starting our own urban farms at the International Association of Culinary Professional (IACP) conference in Portland, OR. This was my 22nd IACP conference.
CONGRATS to friends (and people I hope will consider me their friends) winning IACP Awards of Excellence: Food Stylist of the Year: Denise Vivaldo – speaker at upcoming Camp Blogaway, Cooking Teacher of the Year: Hugh Carpenter, Nutritionist of the Year: Amy Muzyka-McGuire as well as Cookbook of the Year: Rose Levy Beranbaum.
Renegade Kitchen, Nathan Fong, Mollie Katzen and Barbara Snow my hair mentors (inside joke, sorry) thanks to California Walnuts, my new social media BFF Judith Dern allrecipes.com, Faith Willinger, Mushroom Channel, Pen & Fork’s Chef Gwen, my upcoming chicken raising BFF Staci Valentine, Paula La Monte, The Recipe Manager, Chris Hastings from Hot and Hot Fish Club, Patty Mastracco, a wonderful pile of cool folks from Fleishman Hillard Public Relations, Pam Johnson from the National Pork Board (had a damn good time one eve together), Jill Silverman Hough, Cooking With Class, Cooks Shop Here, Sandra Gutierrez, Cooking Journeys, Food G, Birds Eye Foods, cookbook author Linda Armendt, my way cool CHICKEN MENTOR Janice Cole (read her blog on living with her chickens at Three Swingin’ Chicks), gatekeeper to food writers section Carla Snyder, beautiful food and wine writer Stella Fong, Cooking with Amy, upcoming s’mores sponsor of Camp Blogaway RegionalBest.com, a helpful roundtable with Culinate – Eat to your Ideal, the rock star of kitchen knives CUTCO Cutlery, CRAVE, congrats to What’s Gaby Cooking for her first IACP, MattBites, Steamy Kitchen, bright social media guru Keren Brown with Foodportunity, Barnaby and Sheri from Foodista, Kari from RANGE, Karl from Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. And a bunch of others! Including my favorite, and most successful ca-ching blogger out there Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan with The Kitchn – here’s our start together.