This week marks my first-ever trip to Austin, Texas, and my first time attending the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual conference. I only have a day under my belt, but already this experience has been rewarding, challenging and incredibly educational. Although most who meet me wouldn’t guess it, I am incredibly shy at times. I think it must have something to do with the fact that I grew up for much of my life as an only child. This week being shy just wouldn’t cut it, so I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, meeting and talking with amazing people, including some of the most influential names in food.
Although I sat next to the Dorie Greenspan at a round-table and across from the lovely, down-to-earth Shauna, of Gluten Free Girl and the Chef, I stopped short of asking to snap a photo with them. Hopefully tomorrow I do a better job of whipping out my iPhone to document a few more of these memorable moments. For now, I’ll leave you with these photos of the dinner and walk my mom and I enjoyed at a local Austin taco joint, Guero’s.