Friday, June 10, 2011

IACP Conference 2011

What an exciting week it has been!  I had the pleasure of experiencing Austin, TX for this year's International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) conference.  You know you have arrived in Texas when you are greeted by a Long horn steer and an invite to “race” armadillos!  Which then was followed by a Texas sponsored Republic Tequila and Texas Dripping Springs Vodka bar.  Cocktails were not mixed for the faint of heart!

Local Chefs served up tastes from their restaurants that left us wanting to book a reservation.

As a caterer, I absolutely LOVED the “FRITO PIE” (only in Texas) How about this for your next company picnic! Open a bag a Fritos, ladle in a hearty spoon of Texas Chili and topped with shredded Jack and Cheddar cheese. Insert plastic fork and serve! Fun Stuff!
I've got to tell you - Fonda San Miguel has the most AMAZING Zucchini and Squash Blossom Gazpacho, served up with Serrano chili oil.  1st course...and my favorite dish. Sublime.

If this soup is in their cookbook, it would be worth the purchase just for this recipe!

I was kidnapped by my favorite Seattle Gal Chefs - Kathy Casey of Kathy Casey Food Studios - Liquid Kitchen and Danielle Custer, director at SAM TASTE - for a HOT whirlwind Street Food Tour of ATX!

Street Food Tour Stops - The Grackle, The Local Yolk, Fried Chicken & Waffle Truck, Japanese Love Balls, Bits & Druthers, Pig Vicious Taco, The Vegan Yacht and...


Such a blast!  After being immersed in Texas sized foodie delights, I had an Awards Gala to attend...where Fried Chicken & Champagne was up for an Oscar of the cookbook world - First Book-The Julia Child award!  All the details on the ceremony and our exciting win (YEA!) will be served up next!

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