Philadelphia hosts the 2017 AFJ National Conference

This year’s conference takes place in Philadelphia Sept. 13 - 15. Highlights include keynote speakers from Canal House — James Beard Award winners Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton — as well as a visit to the historic Reading Terminal Market, a rare opportunity to tour Philadelphia City Hall Tower and Observation Deck thanks to and an afternoon with Todd Carmichael, the founder of La Colombe coffee and host of Travel Channel’s Dangerous Grounds. Chef Aimee Olexy will be opening the beloved Talula's Garden for a private lunch with our guests. The Philadelphia Inquirer will host a panel discussion with James Beard winners Michael Solomonov, Outstanding Chef, Stephen Starr, Outstanding Restauranteur and Greg Vernick, Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic.  Other activities include a distillery tour; a “Taste of Philly” night at the just-opened Museum of the American Revolution; insight into Drexel’s innovative culinary school and a panel featuring prominent chefs who have founded food-related charities. Here is the full agenda


The registration form for the 2017 conference is now live. Explore the options for full conference registration as well as day and student rates. Secure a spot to view Philadelphia's landmarks, national parks and neighborhoods on small guided tours. These walking tours, sponsored by our platinum sponsor Visit Philadelphia, are almost at capacity. Don't wait. Register today!


We are pleased to announce that the Loews Philadelphia Hotel is our host hotel for this year's conference. Take a moment now to review this conference website dedicated to making reservations at an EXCLUSIVE AFJ DISCOUNTED RATE of $199/night. We encourage you to make your reservation at the Loews today. After you click on this website, you will see a pop-up menu asking you to select your guest type. Choose "ATTENDEE" and proceed to make your reservation. See you at the Loews! 





Banner photography credit - Clem Murray / Philadelphia Inquirer