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Culinary professionals converging on DC this weekend @IACPculinary

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A food-focused conference is converging on Washington this week, putting DC’s still-under-discovered culinary scene in the spotlight and bringing national contacts within arms reach. And you can still register to attend!

I remember following with rapt attention the tweets from last year’s International Association of Culinary Professionals conference and wondering if I’d get the chance to attend in the future. I didn’t necessarily consider myself a “culinary professional” (professional eater? perhaps), but so many of the panel discussions were right up the alley of what I write about. When I found out the conference would be held in DC this year — and that so many of the food publications over which I drool each month would be represented — I jumped at the chance.

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Joe Yonan giving baby Cora some love.

I’m eager to see a conference of international proportions focus on DC, where so many great stories have yet to be told to a broader audience. Joe Yonan, chair of the organizing committee and editor of The Washington Post food section, has done an excellent job curating content for the conference, along with the rest of the committee. He knows this city, and it’s great to see so many of its gems on display throughout the long weekend.

The festivities kick off this Friday with a series of optional tours throughout the day, taking visitors to places like Martha’s Table and Union Kitchen or the White House gardens (sold out). A networking session will start Friday afternoon, followed by a grand birthday party for Jacques Pépin that evening.

On Saturday, sessions range from better food photography to how to get your food book published. If you are a food blogger, food enthusiast, book hopeful, chef, line cook, nonprofit, farmer, urban farmer — you get the idea —  take a look at the agenda and consider attending. Even if you only come for a slice of the overall conference, which lasts through Monday, I think you’ll find it worthwhile. And, if the price to register is too steep, consider volunteering to get your foot in the door.

And you can always follow the action from your armchair @IACPculinary on Twitter. I’ll be attending as much of the conference as possible, so do look me up or tweet to me if you’ll be there. I’d love to see DC’s food scene well represented not only in the programming but also with a great mix of attendees. Apologies for the late notice if this wasn’t already on your radar. I’ve been writing up a storm lately (and raising a 6-month-old), so I’m running about two weeks behind on my to-do list. Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
W

And you can always flow the action from  your armchair

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