On the Program at the 2016 AFJ Annual Conference in Seattle

View of the Space Needle from Chihuly Garden and Glass, the location for AFJ’s Taste Seattle event.

View of the Space Needle from Chihuly Garden and Glass, the location for AFJ’s Taste Seattle event.

Tipping vs. No Tipping, How to Podcast and the Future of Fine Dining on the Program at the 2016 AFJ Annual Conference in Seattle

Chapel Hill, N.C. – Food writers are invited to expand their journalistic skill sets and explore the latest in restaurant trends at the 2016 Association of Food Journalists Annual Conference, Sept. 21-23 in Seattle.

Food editors, journalists, columnists and bloggers; restaurant critics and reporters; cookbook authors; freelance writers; and publishers who are serious about ethics and professional development will discover unique learning and networking opportunities at the conference, held at the Sheraton Seattle. Highlights of the educational program include the following:

  • Seattle is at the vanguard of a national movement to abolish tipping and institute a $15 minimum wage. Chefs Tom Douglas (Tom Douglas Restaurants), Renee Erickson (Sea Creatures Restaurants) and Jerry Traunfeld (Poppy, Lionhead) weigh in.
  • Start talking and learn to podcast: A how-to, plus a look inside the comedic brains of authors Molly Wizenberg (“A Homemade Life,” “Delancey”) and Matthew Amster-Burton (“Hungry Monkey,” “Pretty Good Number One”), masterminds behind the popular culinary podcast “Spilled Milk.”
  • Is fine dining dead? Restaurateurs Mark Canlis (Canlis), Thierry Rautureau (Loulay, Luc) and Holly Smith (Café Juanita) put their mouths where their customers’ money is.
  • Jess Thomson, Seattle-based food and travel writer, cookbook author and recipe developer, gets real, talking dollars and making sense of life in a freelance economy.

Attendees will also find opportunities to network with their food journalism peers from around the country while exploring Seattle’s world-famous culinary scene. AFJ events include an afternoon at Seattle’s renowned Pike Place Market; an oyster and wine reception atop the Space Needle; and Taste Seattle at Chihuly Garden and Glass, an event that will feature food from celebrated chefs Matt Dillon, Tom Douglas, Renee Erickson, Edouardo Jordan, Thomas Kollasch, Thierry Rautureau, Holly Smith, Ethan Stowell, John Sundstrom, Jerry Traunfeld, Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi. Also on the agenda: the AFJ 2016 Competition Awards Presentations and Cocktail Party and a field trip to Woodinville Wine Country, with dinner and wine tasting at Washington State’s founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle.

The registration rate for current AFJ members is $350 and $410 for non-members until August 21. (After that date the rate will increase by $100.) Visit here for the registration form.

Attendees may reserve rooms at the Sheraton Seattle here.