Foodie Heaven

IACP Benefit Dinner

More than a procession of plates—it’s an epic edible experience

By Stacy Austin April 13, 2010

Foodies mark your calendars! From April 21-24, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference will envelope P-town. It’s four days of gastronomic happenings that for the most part, aren’t open to the public, and most probably will not even be aware that it is taking place. While there are few opportunities for us regular folks to participate, there are still tickets available for the gala benefit dinner.

The IACP is presenting a five-course dinner to benefit the Culinary Trust on April 23, at the Leftbank Annex (101 N. Weidler). Hosts Karen Page and Andrew Domenburg are culinary icons whose collaborative cookbook, The Flavor Bible, took eight years of research in order to educate cooks of all skill levels about complementary recipe ingredients.

The event is limited to 200 people, and guests will be rubbing elbows with prominent writers, editors, photographers, chefs, and winemakers from the food world.

This food will be crafted by Aaron Dionee (Culinary Director of Bon Appetit Management), Naomi Pomeroy (2010 James Beard nominee and chef/owner of Beast), Jason French (chef/co-owner of Ned Ludd), Adam Sappington (chef/co-owner of The Country Cat), Lauren Fortgang (pastry chef at Paley’s Place), Steve Jones (cheesemonger and owner of Cheese Bar), and David Briggs (chocolatier/owner of Xocolatl de David). Beverage pairings are brought to the table courtesy of Erath Winery, Grochau Cellars, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Francis Tannahill Wine Company, and Upright Brewing.

Tickets are $145, tax-deductible, and all-inclusive of food, wine, and gratuity. All money raised by the Culinary Trust goes to scholarships and grants for students and professionals, cookbook preservation and restoration, as well as for educational programs and grants for hunger alleviation.

To purchase tickets, visit the Culinary Trust website.

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