Conference

Annual Conference 2014 in Dallas
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November 3-5, 2014
The Omni Dallas

Details to come. Conference registration will open July 2014.



Here's a peek at last year's program...
2013 Conference:  Portland, Oregon

October 28 - 30, 2013

DoubleTree by Hilton Portland

*IFEC members, in order to register for the conference, you need to log in as a member, using your username and password. Non-members, please contact IFEC.


The Portland conference promises to be as full of surprises as the city itself.  In addition to the signature programs you rely on for building knowledge and relationships, including Office Hours, Learning Stations, Chef Showcase, the food trips that connect you to inspiring food and beverage entrepreneurs and the networking that never stops, there will be free time for making your own discoveries.

Positively Portlandish

Portland's diverse population and unconventional ethos are reflected in its restaurants and bars. They run the gamut from old-school to experimental, food trucks to donuts, offal to Ox. The latter is a hugely-popular restaurant that like many of its contemporaries sports a meat-centric menu and unusual food pairings. See Portland Monthly for up-to-the-minute dining news.

Craving sweets? Don't miss Voodoo Doughnut Shop (so what if the locals think it's touristy, it's open late and where else can you find Dirty Snowballs and Grape Apes?) or Salt & Straw 's small-batch handmade ice cream in luscious flavors like pear with blue cheese and honey-strawberry-balsamic.

For a taste of just about anything that can be steamed, fried or fusioned and from almost any country in the world (including Belize), head for a food truck.  More than 500 of them are parked in pods scattered across the city. They're putting up everything from spam masubi to kimchee quesadillas, pizzas to pierogis. On the liquid side the city is home to 31 micro-breweries, a handful of craft distilleries and lots of serious, and seriously-quirky taverns, bars, clubs and lounges.

The Basics

Dates
Monday, October 28th through Wednesday, October 30th
See the agenda

Registration

Early-bird registration (from now through September 15) is $500 for members; $895 for non-members.

After September 15,  member registration is $600, non-member registration is $1075

Office Hours are available to member editors and member publicists only.  Publicists who wish to participate in Office Hours must check the Office Hours box on their registration form. The box is directly beneath the "Full Conference Registration" option. (Editors need not check it.)

Registration cutoff is Friday, October 4.

Hotel Reservations
Accommodations at the DoubleTree Hilton by Portland are $149 single/double. Reservation cutoff is Friday, October 4.
Make reservations


Food Tours
Tours are scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Conference attendees select the tour of their choice upon arrival at the conference.
Tour details .

Travel Portland is a great source of visitor information. Please contact the IFEC office with any questions:  845-229-6973, ifec@aol.com. 


Program Highlights

Guest Speakers
Wendy Lane and Mike Thelin will share their unique perspectives on local food when they welcome us to Portand, Monday evening, October 30th.  As the president of  Portland-based LANE, a national agency with consumer/lifestyle and F&B clients among others, and a seventh-generation Oregonian, Wendy is not only well-versed in culinary matters, but she holds a special place in her heart for the late great culinary master, James Beard.  Beard, who was born in Portland in 1903, migrated to New York City where he gained renown as the "Dean of American Cuisine."  Wendy will lead the session with commentary on Beard's influence on cooking in the Pacific NW and beyond and a progress report on the James Beard Public Market.

Mike will follow with news about the contemporary culinary scene. A former food critic and editor and a fourth-generation Oregonian, Mike co-founded  Feast Portland , the regional food and drink festival that debuted in 2012 with astounding success,  staging 38 events and racking up 8,961 attendees, 127 million media impressions and $46,000 for hunger-relief charity partners. Mike's company, Bolted Services, has partnered on food and travel events with the likes of Travel Portland, Whole Foods and The Eater.

Chef Showcase
You will discover the delicious diversity of Portland cuisine as you sample the dishes crafted by a dozen of the city's top chefs using sponsors' ingredients. This exciting event takes place on opening night. Chefs and sponsors to be announced.

Office Hours

IFEC's signature activity brings editors and publicists together for private, 10-minute meetings to discuss editorial placements. Publicists must register for Office Hours appointments on the same form and at the same time as registering for the conference by checking the Office Hours box that's just beneath the "Full Conference Registration" box on the form.

Product Sponsorships

Thanks to our sponsoring members , there will be dozens of new and exciting products to sample and learn about in meals, educational sessions, chef demonstrations and other formats throughout the conference. IFEC is grateful to our sponsors for their support.

Food Tours
It's hard to believe how our volunteer tour curators raise the bar every year, but they've done it again! Tour #1 journeys to a rural hop farm and then to an urban brewery; Tour  #2  stops at an iconic coffee roaster, an ethereal teamaker, and a pungent salumeria; Tour #3 includes an organic livestock and vegetable farm, meadery and cheesemaking school (that's just one place), followed by a visit to a master chocolatier.  Read more .

Watch for more conference news in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, check out the agenda , register for the conference and reserve your hotel room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland.

For questions:  IFEC at 845-229-6973; ifec@aol.com