Late April is going to be a good time to be in Portland, Oregon, if you're interested in the food world--or have been secretly stalking Ruth Reichl. The 32nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) will be held in that caffeine and rain saturated city from April 21st to 24th. A few hundred food writers, chefs, cookbook authors, food photographers, culinary instructors and those who love them will congregate for the event. The subject for this year's conference is The New Culinary Order, which sounds kind of like Mario Batali's college punk band. Headlining the show will be Ruth Reichl; cookbook authors Deborah Madison, Michael Ruhlman, Madhur Jaffrey, and Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page; legendary editor Judith Jones; NY Times staff writer Kim Severson; and chefs Mario Navarrete, Jr. and Brad Farmerie.
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For the conference,the IACP is offering "Experts Are In" sessions, and informal, late-night "Night Owl" sessions with industry professionals. The events are scheduled to take place throughout the city to take advantage of Portland's thriving food and drink scene. You can register for the full conference (prices start at $645) or for single day passes. Click here for online registration.