Friday, May 05, 2006

Another Conference Weekend

I'll be heading over this Sunday to the James Beard Foundation's Trends And Transitions Workshops at New York University Kimmel Center. It's their first annual conference being collectively sponsored by: All-Clad Metalcrafters, American Express Company and Sur La Table. Among those on hand for the panel discussion: From Blogging to Blockbusters will be Julie Powell, well-known blogger and author of Julie & Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen along with several other notable food writers and journalists.
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Also scheduled are the James Beard Foundation Book Awards and Chef Awards nominees and book signings by a host of these noted authors. Sur La Table will make an on-site bookstore available, with its proceeds going to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program. Included will be several other food and wine panel discussions and seminars, one focusing on The “Real” Reality Show: Packaging Yourself For TV moderated by ABC 7 Chicago food & lifestyle reporter, Steve Dolinsky.

The schools participating at the culinary careers booths will be:

· The Art Institute of New York City
· The French Culinary Institute
· The Institute of Culinary Education
· L’Academie de Cuisine

So if you're interested, some advance registration is required and all else is open to the general public. For further information, check out the Trends & Transitions link above and hope to see you there.

Needless to say, after a week of nothing but full tilt fiction blow-out with Opal Mehta , Alloy Entertainment (the book packager and collaborator who I feel is JUST as culpable as the 19-year-old author in this whole tragic mess), Little Brown Publishing, etc., etc., no doubt the art of writing is still alive and well. And this weekend, I'll be looking forward to celebrating it. Enough said.

Have a great weekend, gang. Peace.

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