One benefit of working in food media: having access to events like the annual conference of IACP, the International Association of Culinary Professionals. It’s an organization for journalists, people who write cookbooks, publicists, and a few chefs. This year's conference is this weekend in New York City. You can only attend, say, Betty Fussell’s talk called "Food Writing as Dramatic Art" if you're in the food-media biz, but other events are open to anyone with a ticket.
For instance, on Sunday, April 1, you can small-talk all afternoon with cookbook authors at the Book and Blog Festival, which IACP calls “the largest under-one-roof gathering of … cookbook authors, culinary writers, and food bloggers in the country" (82 Mercer St., $10 admission, 1:30-4:30 p.m., tickets here).
Sunday’s also a day of workshops and fundraisers for the Chefs Move to Schools Initiative, cosponsored by The Culinary Trust (separate admission for each event, details here). And then there’s The Culinary Trust's fundraiser, featuring a pop-up restaurant like the one in the film Today’s Special. Assif Mandvi from The Daily Show and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey (they're both in the movie) will show up (tickets here).
Finally, on Monday, April 2, there’s the session “Pleasure and the Palate,” with Peter Kaminsky, Mario Batali, and a bunch of other people who’ll remind you why food merits a whole organization of people paid to write about it in the first place: that mingled sense of enjoyment and connection that only eating together can offer (Hudson Theater, $20 admission, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., tickets here).