From the field: The 2017 AFJ Conference in Philadelphia

The city of Philadelphia has evolved into one of the most dynamic food cities in the country, and we are excited to host the 2017 AFJ Conference September 13, 14 and 15.  Our keynote speakers are James Beard Award winners Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton,  of Canal House, who live not too far away in Lambertville, NJ.

Other highlights of the conference include a visit to the historic Reading Terminal Market, with a tour from the Inquirer’s former food columnist Rick Nichols, who can speak about how the market has evolved, going back to the years when there was a campaign to save the train shed from demolition.

We’ll make a trip to one of the hippest neighborhoods in the city, Fishtown, and hear from Todd Carmichael, the founder of La Colombe and host of Travel Channel’s Dangerous Grounds, at his flagship cafe where they make not only coffee but distill coffee rum.

We are arranging for a few early morning walks around the city before the conference begins each morning, including a private viewing of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall before its open to the public; a tour of the City Hall tower, and a morning walk through Rittenhouse Square. We’ve also planned for a late night cheesesteak run, so all of you can experience the true joy of our cheesesteaks, best tasted late at night as a chaser to alcohol.

Hope to see you there!

Maureen Fitzgerald

12th street signage for the Reading Terminal Market, July 27, 2011. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer, Philadelphia Inquirer)

12th street signage for the Reading Terminal Market, July 27, 2011. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer, Philadelphia Inquirer)