AFJ members who are serious about professional development will find fantastic learning opportunities at the 2013 AFJ Annual Conference, Sept. 18-20, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Online registration will be available soon, and below is a preliminary schedule for the event:
Wednesday, Sept. 18
8:30 a.m. Registration opens
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 15-minute social media conferences with coach-in-residence Monica Bhide, a food and lifestyle writer with particular expertise in social media. Preregistration required (more information to come).
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. AFJ board and committee meetings, lunch
12:45 p.m. Welcome to Park City
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Park City History: From Mining Town to Food Mecca
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Yes, You Can Get a Drink in Utah
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Utah’s Nutrition Supplement Industry
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Food Storage Was Hot In Utah Before "Doomsday Preppers"
6:00 p.m. Taste of Park City @ Riverhorse Restaurant
Thursday, Sept. 19
Breakfast on your own
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. General Session: Coach-in-Residence Monica Bhide
9:45 - 11:30 a.m. AFJ Annual Meeting
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Distillery tour, lunch and whiskey tasting
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Food at Sundance - What Does it Take to Feed the Stars?
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Food Styling and Photography Tips
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. The Tax Man Cometh - Tips for Freelance Food Writers
7:00 p.m. AFJ Awards Competition
Friday, Sept. 20
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast, walk to local park
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Panel of Cookbook Authors
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Food Critics Panel
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Dutch oven lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. "The Unconference" Session
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. 30 Story Ideas in 30 Minutes
3:00 p.m. Meeting adjourns
About the Hotel
Members can now start making reservations at The Treasure Mountain Inn, a small, locally-owned boutique hotel at the top of Park City's Main Street. This beautiful, rustic property is centrally located to take advantage of all this amazing city has to offer.
A room with one king bed is $135 a night (or $160 for double occupancy), and a room with two queen beds is $160 a night (for one or two occupants). These rates represent a discount on the regular seasonal rate, plus they include sales tax, bed tax and the extra "resort tax" that is normally added on when you get your bill. These rates are good three days before our conference begins and three days following, for those who want to add some vacation time to the trip. To reserve your rooms at these rates, call 800-344-2460 and mention you're with AFJ. If you are interested in sharing a room, let Jennifer Palcher-Silliman know by e-mail at email@example.com.
How to get to the hotel from the Salt Lake City airport
Visit here for details on a shuttle service between the SLC airport and our headquarters hotel: http://treasuremountaininn.com/park-city/getting-here.
Important to know about the hotel: Because we're not dealing with a large corporation like Hilton or Marriott, the reservation policy is slightly different than in years past (but is common with resort-type properties in desired locations). The first night of your stay will be charged to your credit card when you make your reservation; the balance will be charged 14 days prior to your arrival. Also, cancellations (full or partial) received 14 days or fewer from date of arrival will be charged in full. To recover a lost deposit, you may buy the hotel's trip insurance at the time of the reservation, which is seven percent of the total reservation cost.
There will also be a charge added to your bill that will total one percent of the total price. This additional charge goes to promoting sustainable hotel practices. Visit here for more on the hotel's green policies: http://treasuremountaininn.com/about/eco-efforts
AFJ will send plenty of reminders to make sure members are aware of these policy details and deadlines.