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International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Conference Kick-off Party

Last night at Santos Party House, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, or IACP, had its 2012 Conference kick-off party in the host city of New York. This is kind of a big deal in the culinary world, not least because this association is the leading one in the profession but also because the annual meeting hasn’t been held in New York. The buzz is enormous and everyone I’ve spoken with is very excited to show off the delicious bounty to be found in our dynamic city.

IACP President Doug Duda with Martha Holmberg and city chair Judith Klinger

I’d try to encapsulate the amazing array of culinary talent in the room, but it would be difficult to describe it in the space of this post.  Many of my favorite food bloggers and cookbook authors were there.  People from the Culinary Historians of New York were in attendance.  I ran into folks who have been at some of the other conferences I participated in last year, and even spotted a few fellow cookie swappers and Pie Party Live folks.  There were chefs and media folks and others who work in the food arena.  In the broadest sense, this was a community event, with many facets of it coming together in one place.  What better way, then, to start off this conference season than to have some food and drinks with other IACP members, like I did yesterday.

Blackberry Cobbler (with Bulldog Gin)

Other drink sponsors for the event included Voss Water, Brooklyn Brewery, and Brooklyn Oenology.

A gorgeous display from Driscoll’s Berries

Porchetta, salami, mortadella from Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto

Bread Salad from Jimmy’s No. 43

Pulled Pork Shoulder Crostini – probably my favorite bite of the evening – from Jimmy’s No. 43

Really, this was one of the hits of the night.  It is completely carved out of Jarlsberg Cheese.

Another treat not to miss were these crackers and biscuits made from Jarlsberg, too.

Those last two wonders were brought to you by Eryn and Emily (Nomnivorous), two of the terrific folks who are part of the IACP community.

Here’s the posts from Emily ( and Eryn ( with the story of how they made their creations, plus the recipe for those delicious crackers that were served at the event.

Buon appetito!

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