is one of our favorite months. The weather is usually beautiful, sunny, not too hot with the beginnings of foliage transforming the landscape. This coming weekend is the Star Chefs International Chefs Congress and we are lucky enough to be attending and participating in a panel discussing chefs who blog with Andrea Strong, Michael Laiskonis, and Traci Des Jardins. The congress is a great opportunity to learn new things, connect with old friends, and hopefully make some new ones. Please come up and say hello if you're going to be there. We always enjoy meeting readers, after all, you're the reason why we continue to do this.
The weekend after that we are traveling down to New Orleans. The trip is a mixture of business and pleasure. I will be on another panel, this time for the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs National Conference. The topic for that one is Cutting Edge Cuisine, Is it a Boy's Club and I will be joining the discussion with Susan Spicer and Elizabeth Faulkner. There don't seem to be that many women involved in the panel's description of cutting edge cuisine (i.e. molecular gastronomy) so it should be an interesting discussion. It's rare these days to find a type of cuisine that actually seems to be somewhat split along gender lines. We'll be talking about whether or not that's really the case and why that might be happening.
While we're in New Orleans Alex and I are taking a day or two to relax and explore, a minivacation of sorts before I won't be able to travel far and the newest addition to the family arrives. So, if you have any suggestions for great places to eat (more local and less break the bank type joints) or interesting things to do, we'd love to hear them. We're capping off the trip with an evening class at Savvy Gourmet, on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 7pm. That evening we'll be working with liquid nitrogen, caramelized white chocolate, and a few other fun dishes from Ideas in Food.