I'll be lurking among hundreds of chefs, restaurateurs, food-service professionals and cookbook authors over the next couple of days at the International Association of Culinary Professionals' 28th annual conference in Seattle.
The theme of this year's conference is Inspiration, Creativity, Innovation –- in the kitchen, in the dining room and in our lives.
In addition to speakers (R.W. Apple Jr. of the New York Times, celebrity chefs Charlie Trotter, Rick Bayless and more), conference workshops will focus on a range of issues of note to the Puget Sound, including indigenous foodways and pairing beer with food.
Today, I'm signed up to attend these workshops:
Unleashing the Poet Within You. Gail A. Bellamy, a poet and managing editor of Restaurant Hospitality magazine, and Karen Bonaudi, a Washington poet and marketing director of the Washington State Potato Commission, discuss trends in pairing food and poetry.
From Siberia to Russian American: Food Routes of the Northern Pacific Rim. The Russians have been coming for centuries.
Historical Food Practices of the Quinault Indian Nation. I'm interested in the intertwining of art, song, dance and food rituals. Some ancient Quinault foodways are being revived.
I'll post updates and random epicurian effluvia throughout the day.