Attend ยป Annual Conference FAQ

Annual Conference FAQ

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Q: What’s new at conference this year?

A: You spoke! We listened! This year's hotel, the Hyatt Embarcadero is perfect for networking, with its spacious lobby and open bar area. During the course of the conference, you'll be able to spot your fellow IACP members and start networking immediately. A vibrant mix of intimate classes, provocative panels, and – as always – great discussions of big topics will keep you engaged and recharge your creative batteries. In addition to the slate of regular conference sessions, you can take advantage of hands-on cooking classes and plenty of exciting tours of the area on Saturday. Get up to speed with the latest at the Culinary Expo – including an exclusive "Taste of the Bay" exhibitor section -- and the Book & Blog Festival. Both of these Sunday events are offsite at The Concourse; transportation will be provided. Sunday evening, you can kick off the conference at the Host City Party, held at a San Franciscan foodie mecca: the Ferry Terminal Building, right across the street from the hotel. We’re also introducing unique mentoring and networking opportunities this year. The four days of conference activities will be capped off by our Awards Ceremony and Party on Tuesday evening. This is a not-to-be-missed Conference!

Q:  Can I download the conference program?

A: Yes, click here to download the 2013 Annual Conference program.  The downloadable document is for reference only, not for up-to-the-minute program information. To peruse the online version of the program, click here.

If you are an IACP member, and are read to register, you can go directly to Conference registration, by clicking here.

Q:  When is Early Bird registration deadline and why should I register by then?

A: Early Bird registration saves you money and maximizes your chance of getting into the sessions you want most. Early Bird registration is $750 for Full Conference. The Early Bird registration deadline is 12 midnight PST, February 24, 2013.  Standard registration is $950 for a Full Conference pass.

Please also note: Day Passes will go on sale February 25, 2013 during our standard registration period. See below for pricing.

Q: What are all registration options and how are they priced?  

A: Other registration options are listed here:

  Registration Package Early Bird
(thru 2/24)
(2/25 and on)
  Full Conference $750 US $950 US
  Sunday Day Pass N/A $350 US
  Monday Day Pass N/A $275 US
  Tuesday Day Passes N/A $350 US

Q: Do I need to be a member of IACP to attend conference? 

A: Although IACP’s annual conference is a “members-only” event, becoming a member has never been easier. Just click on the Join tab, choose the membership level that’s right for you, join for a prorated fee and receive all the benefits of a full IACP member until June 30, 2013.

Q: Can I save my registration form partway through and finish it later?

A: For web security reasons,  you cannot save a partially completed registration form and registration will time out after 15 minutes. You can always extend your time by clicking on the “Extend Time” link in the upper left hand corner of the screen or if you get the pop-up prompt to extend time. Please be careful not to hit the back browswer key after you have made your selections as this will remove all your choices! You can review the program at your leisure online on our website or by downloading the program. This keeps our website secure and makes it possible for us to monitor our real-time registration for each session and ensure that everyone has a seat. 

Q: What if I forgot my password?

A: No problem! Click here to get your password. Note: Your ‘user name’ is your email address.

Q:  How do I keep track of the times and sessions?

A: Good question! The session code numbers will help you do this. The program page is broken up into time slots, organized by day. The session numbering system works like this: session type/day/time slot/session number. For example: GSM216 is a General Session, on Monday, in the second afternoon time slot, and the session number is 16. Here are the session types:
GS = General Session
FS = Featured Session (a plenary session that everyone attends)  
EA = Experts Are In (a small-group, more informal session. A "Round Robin" variant consists of multiple experts; see more below)
OPT = Optional Tours (specially crafted regional tours; extra charge applies)
OPS = Optional Sessions (cooking classes; extra charge applies)
NOM = Night Owl Monday (intimate discussion session in the evening)
IS = Interest Section (IACP Interest Section meetings; see more below)

Q: Can I bring a guest to any of the conference events?

A: Annual Conference sessions are for members only. For special events, you're welcome to bring along a friend!
There will be a limited number of online, single-event tickets for the SF Host City Party and Awards Ceremony & Party. Follow those links to get them now.
We are also offering general public tickets for the Book & Blog Festival ($10 online, $15 at the door). 

Q: How do I change my registration?

A: Simply click on the link within your 2013 Annual Conference confirmation email or follow the link “Conference Registration” in your member profile and follow the instructions.  Or call 855-738-IACP (4227) and ask for help. Please note: conference registration is non-refundable.

Q : Are any meals included?

A: Breakfast and snacks at the networking breaks are complimentary for all Annual Conference registrants. We are offering a complimentary lunch at the Hyatt on Monday. Tuesday is your chance to explore all the delicious dining options surrounding the hotel. And yes, Tuesday is Farmer’s Market day at the Ferry Building.  We are also having an IACP Connect! Mentoring Program during the lunch break on Tuesday. So grab a bite, and bring it with you to this special lunch time meeting.  

Q: What about WiFi at the hotel?

A: Attendees who are staying at the Hyatt Embarcadero will have free wifi in their guest rooms. We will have charging stations with wifi hot spots in the Hospitality Suite on the Lobby level.

Q: What is an Experts Are In session?

A: Experts Are In sessions offer the opportunity for intimate and in-depth discussions with leading professionals and like-minded peers. Each round-table style session begins with a short presentation by the expert, followed by an informal Q&A. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and contribute actively to the discussion. the two Round Robin Experts Are In sessions will be hosted by multiple experts. Attendees will spend a short amount of time with each expert, providing numerous points of view on the session topic.

Q: I'm not from San Francisco. How will I find my way around on the Optional Tours?

A: Every Optional Tour starts at the Hyatt Embarcadero, in the lobby. Most tours will have a private bus to take you to and from the hotel. A few tours are walking tours, and this is noted in the tour description. Transportation is not provided for the Optional Cooking Classes.   

Q: It's my first time coming to Annual Conference. How will I meet anyone?

A: This is the most inclusive, friendly, generous, well connected group of people you will ever meet!  Get started by checking out our Twitter feed: @iacpculinary, hashtag #iacpsf or on our Facebook page. Need a room mate? Go to the IACP forum. There are a number of local grass roots events happening in different cities, check our calendar to see if an event is happening near you. On Saturday night of Conference there is an Optional Networking Mixer in the hotel. So, what are you waiting for? Start networking now!

Q: What is an interest section and can I attend multiple interest section meetings?

A: Interest sections are like "meet ups" for specific areas of expertise.  Most of us belong to more than one interest section because everyone cross-pollinates these days. If you would like to attend more that one interest section meeting, please check one box on the registration form to indicate which section meeting you plan to attend, but feel free to move among concurrent section meetings. Please note: this year the Food Writers Editors & Publishers section will meet on Tuesday morning. The Cooking Schools and Teachers section and the Food Photographers and Stylists section will each have a Sunday morning breakfast meet and greet; the Cooking Schools and Teachers section breakfast activities include roundtable discussions of key topics.


For any other questions, please contact IACP Headquarters at, or by calling 855-738-IACP (4227).

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