Participate in a StoryCorps Recording Session at 2018 IACP Conference

Over IACP’s four decades, our members have made a major impact on food culture and the food industry at large. That impact is important to capture, and at this historic 40th anniversary conference, we have the chance to do just that.

StoryCorps will be recording a limited number of interview sessions with our members during our conference, thanks to a generous grant given to The Culinary Trust by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. (The conference takes place 23-25 February, in New York City). Tickets available now!) The goal is to preserve and share our stories so that IACP members – and scholars  — can study the arc of our association and its role in our industry.

The interviews will take about 40 minutes and require a team comprised of an interviewer and one or two storytellers. If you’re interested in telling your story at conference, you’ll need to form a team and apply as a group to be interviewed. One person on the team will act as interviewer, who will interview the other member or members of the team. This will help keep the interviews lively and conversational! Your team members could be friends met at IACP conference, your mentor, fellow board members, or any other combination of IACP colleagues. (Make sure your dream team members are open to the interview and planning to attend conference before applying.)

Once you’ve formed your team and are ready to apply, please email Meredith Deeds at by Feb 7, 2018 with the following information:

  • Names of the proposed interviewer and storyteller/s.
  • A general sense of your history with IACP. How long have you each been a member? Were any of the team members an IACP board member or committee chair?
  • How has IACP influenced each team member’s career?

Teams will then be selected to create a good mix of members, both veteran and new, from many areas of the industry, and with various points of view. IACP will follow up with the selected teams to arrange time for the interview at conference.

Not selected? Any IACP member can record their thoughts through the StoryCorps app. We’ll have a StoryCorps desk in the Cuisinart Hospitality Suite on the third floor foyer during conference to assist with the app. Members can download to record their thoughts any time, anywhere.

The interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and with Harvard’s Schlesinger Library.

About StoryCorps

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 60,000 interviews from more than 120,000 participants. Each interview is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress with the participants’ permission.

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