I’ll be in Portland this week for the annual International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) conference. If you’re heading the conference, look me up. I’ll be helping to host the first-time attendee session at noon on Wednesday, plus a hands-on social networking session that afternoon. Thursday is a blur of activity, but if you’re here be sure not to miss the opening session, and later “The Death of Recipes” with Michael Ruhlman, Andrew Dornenberg and Karen Page. The other hot session that I’ll be helping with on Thursday is the sold-out demonstration/discussion with famed food stylist Susan Spungen titled “Messy is the New Black.”
There are still a few spaces for a cool morning of dual sessions I developed called “PBS Now And Then.” First, we’ll show an episode of “Gourmet Adventures with Ruth” starring famed food writer Ruth Reichl. After the screening, I’ll lead a question-and-answer session with the audience and via Twitter.
At 10:30, Judith Jones will take the stage. Judith was Julia Child’s lifetime editor at Knopf, and is herself something of a culinary icon. We’ll be airing scenes from “The French Chef” and “The Way To Cook,” with Judith offering commentary as we go along. Afterward, she will also take questions from the audience. I’m pretty psyched about both, but there’s something special about the Judith lineup. Maybe it’s just my enduring fondness for Julia Child.
If you’re in Portland but not attending the conference, come check out the Culinary Book Fair from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. It’s the only place where you can meet up with 50-plus cookbook and food writers in one place — including me — all for just $10 admission.
Finally the week will end with IACP’s first-ever food film festival, hosted in conjunction with Foodista.com. You can read all about it here. Admission to each film is $10 whether you’re attending the conference or just a member of the public, and each will have a great questions-and-answers panel afterward. I’m excited to meet Aasif Mandvi from The Daily Show myself…