The International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference is the highlight of my year. This year the meeting is the first ever to be held in New York City. Previously we couldn’t ever find a hotel that could accommodate us at a reasonable (cheap) rate.
One year the management forgot to factor in an agreement about corkage fees. Collectively we drank so many bottles of wine, that a successful event was plunged into near bankruptcy. I was President of the group and had to go to the bank with my begging bowl, even agreeing to take out a second mortgage on my house to keep the organization afloat. We soon regained our balance and have remained solvent ever since. (It helped to whisper that Julia Child was a member.)
The IACP is an important association in many ways. Not only for absorbing so much new information about our industry, but for making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. I firmly believe a personal network is more valuable than money in the bank.I already have plans to press into service many contributors to my new book…little do they know!
Will you be there?