IACP convention and your touring suggestions for D.C.

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Next week I’ll be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) convention – connecting culinary professionals with the people, places, and knowledge they need to succeed. 

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Over the course of several days I’ll be immersed in sessions covering topics for food writers, publishers and editors, social media topics, blogging, marketing, food photography, developing recipes and the test kitchen, publishing cookbooks, plus so much more.  I’ll spend my days networking with famous chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors, and culinary professionals in various food related fields.

Jacques Pepin

Plus I’ll be celebrating  Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday dinner with him, which will be such an honor.

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In addition I’ll be dining at Minibar the Molecular Gastronomy restaurant owned by chef José Andrés.  This is sure to be a fun filled evening of 25 courses in 2 1/2 hours.  I’ve been a fan of Molecular Gastronomy for years and plan to share lots of amazing photos of our dishes with you here, and on Instagram.

On one of the days I was scheduled to attend a tour at Willowsford Farm, but unfortunately it was cancelled.  I was looking forward to the tour, hoping to bring back a wealth of knowledge from the experience that in some way I could implement back home.  I can register for another tour or take the day to visit the sites of Washington, D.C.

Having never been to D.C. and maybe never to return again, I’ve decided to enjoy the afternoon sightseeing.  For those of you who have traveled there what places would you recommend I visit, and stop for lunch?  I’m hoping to have other IACP members join me, but if not I’ll sight see solo. Your input would be appreciated!  That said, I’ve already inquired, and a White House tour isn’t available, but I’m sure I’ll walk by to take some photos.  With any luck it won’t be raining that day.

I’m looking forward to the convention and meeting friends I’ve only communicated with online.  Plus making new friends, and coming back home with a wealth of information to share with each of you, and my culinary students.

The IACP established in 1978, is a worldwide forum for the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and inspiration within the professional food and beverage community.  It offers culinary professionals an avenue to hone their culinary skills through conventions, seminars, webinars, the exchange of ideas and experiences, plus a myriad of resources to tap into and so much more.  As a member since 1992 I’ve found the IACP to be a key element for my business which in turn benefits my clients and readers.

I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions on how to spend my day in D.C. I’ll also be sure to share my photos, experiences and knowledge that I’ve gained, when I return.

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  1. Have fun Vickie, it sounds like a wonderful convention.

  2. I am SO jealous that you’ll be with Jacques Pepin. He’s my culinary hero! Have the best time and tell us all about it.

  3. Have fun! And what an honor to meet Jacques Pepin — he’s wonderful. There’s so much to do in Washington DC that’s it’s hard to winnow it down for one afternoon. If it’s raining, definitely the Smithsonian — terrific museum. Otherwise, maybe wander the mall — you’ll particularly want to see the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Have a great trip!

  4. I thought I could see Julia Child’s kitchen at the Smithsonian. I’ve heard the mall is fun to walk, hopefully it will be nice. Someone else mentioned the Newsium. Thanks for the suggestions.

  5. Omg…did you just say you will spending time with Jacques Pépin’s ..Congratulations.
    I haven’t been to DC although my son and hub have been there and enjoyed it. It’s beautiful i’ve heard. Enjoy. Can’t wait to see pictures.

  6. I was going to suggest Julia Child’s kitchen. 🙂 Any of the Smithsonian museums are lovely- my favorite is the Natural History one. Hope the weather is nice for you!

  7. You’ll have an amazing time!!! Last time I was in DC, it was on a bus trip with 75 8th graders! It was a fun, yet exhausting tour of the area 🙂

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