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{Happy Fridays} Rubbing Shoulders with Culinary Stars, Meeting Old & New Friends, and More!

« Happy Fridays » is a weekly column in which I share my latest news, favorite recipes, as well as anything and everything exciting.

Spring in New York

What’s New

  • I attended the IACP Annual Conference in New York City. It was an incredibly fulfilling 5 days during which I had the chance to hear some of the greatest figures of the culinary world share their experience, tips and advice to succeed in a difficult industry. Amongst the highlights: touring New York’s best chocolate and pastry shops with Chef Kathryn Gordon; Chef Marcus Samuelsson discussing his heritage and how he draws from foreign cultures for inspiration; Lucky Peach’s Peter Meehan and Ruth Reichl discussing the future of online magazines; Andrea Nguyen and James Oseland sharing tips about how to write for today’s “short form” audience; feeling like I was being part of a Top Chef competition during Friday night’s opening party where over 20 restaurants offered small tasty dishes for the crowd to enjoy; watching two incredibly eloquent and knowledgeable speakers, Chef Dan Barber and writer Adam Gopnik, debate whether the farm-to-table movement is a passing trend or the unavoidable new way to do things; running into and chatting with culinary icon Daniel Boulud in an elevator; gathering recipe writing tips from one of my favorite food writers, Melissa Clark; making fresh ramen noodles with Japanese cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo; drinking every word said by culinary genius Grant Achatz, touring Saveur Magazine’s offices and meeting its executive editors. Yep, I know, it’s a lot. I will write more about it soon.
  • I got together with old friends and made new ones. First, I have to say I had the best roommate I could ever have wished for: Nikki (from Art & Lemons) is an incredibly creative and talented photographer, writer and blogger. I met her last year in an IACP regional conference in New York and we coincidentally had the idea to share a room this year at the exact same time! We spent hours chatting, between sessions, over meals, or before turning off the light at night – the time I spent with her enhanced my stay in New York even more and I truly grateful for that. Amongst the friends I enjoyed seeing again: Amy, Karen, David, Cheryl, Dianne, Eagranie, Kristen, Rachel, Stephanie, LeeAnn – and new friends with whom I hope to keep in touch until the next conference: Christina, Casey, Tara, Eva, Judy, Luisa, Catherine and Christie. I met lots more amazing people – all of which are why I attend the yearly IACP conference, there is simply no better place immerse in the culinary world.

Over on Just Recipes

Just Recipes is a no-frills recipe blog on which I share the food I make at home. All recipes are delicious and easy (I won’t make you spend hours in the kitchen, I swear!) Here are this week’s new recipes:

Asparagus, Ham and Ricotta Baked CrêpesCreamy White Bean and Kale Risotto-Style Stew

Book Giveaway!

Meeting chef and author Kathryn Gordon during the Chocolate & Pastry Tour in New York gave me the opportunity to ask her to sign a copy of her book, Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home. Enter now for a chance to win it! Giveaway starts on 4/5/2012 and will run until 4/13/2012 at 12:00 PM EST. DETAILS HERE.

Meeting chef and author Kathryn Gordon during the Chocolate & Pastry Tour in New York gave me the opportunity to ask her to sign a copy of her book, Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home. Enter now for a chance to win it! Giveaway starts on 4/5/2012 and will run until 4/13/2012 at 12:00 PM EST. DETAILS HERE.

Worth Talking About


Have a great and delicious weekend!
  
Yum

6 Responses to {Happy Fridays} Rubbing Shoulders with Culinary Stars, Meeting Old & New Friends, and More!

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    • Food Nouveau is hosted on Bluehost.com. It’s not perfect but I’ve had great support and it’s up most of the time. I’m also satisfied with the speed!

  2. You can definitely see your enthusiasm within the work you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

  3. It was so wonderful to see you again and I enjoyed our time together as well. If only we lived a bit closer, although I'm always up for a road trip ; ) Can't wait to see what's next for you!

  4. […] Marie and I sit at O’Donoghue’s Irish pub for our last round of cocktails before leaving New York. We met last year in another Manhattan bar at the regional International Association of Culinary Professionals conference where we found immediate kinship. The past five days blur into one another. From what I’ve seen, most of us here run on a steady diet of coffee, booze, and rich foods in between four daily conference sessions followed by plenty of nightly festivities including an opening reception, book signing, cocktail parties, and dinners. […]

  5. I feel the same way – so wonderful to meet you too! (Meeting new friends is my absolute favorite part of attending conferences.)

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