Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show


Visions of pierogi, kielbasa, bigos, and Polish donuts were put aside for short time when this outstanding culinary exposition came to town.  These two foodies tasted around the huge convention center hall from north to south and east to west. 

There were cooking demos galore, from knife skills to pie baking,from cooking with Lindt chocolate to putting on a fancy 
party, and more.

The show always features several celebrity chefs and this year was no different, headlining:  Giada De Laurentiis star chef on the Food network,  Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons from Top Chef, Jeff Mauro-the Sandwich King, Carla Hall and Michael Symon - chefs and stars on The Chew, the legendary Jacques Pepin and his talented daughter Claudine, and more.  They were insightful, funny, endearing, and each put on a great show.  Perhaps more meaningfully, the first day was dedicated to the caregivers and spouses
of our “Wounded Warriors”, which was a stirring tribute
just before Veteran’s Day. 


We saw over 300 vendors on the exhibit floor and ever since I’ve been dreaming about hot sauces, salad dressings, cookies, cupcakes, infused oils and blended vinegars, sharp knives, shiny pots, and new windows & gutters, gourmet chocolates, and everything else about food you could possibly imagine.

We loved this yummy Greek salad dressing that pairs well with just about everything and occupies a place of honor in our fridge.

And there was a group of high school students studying the culinary arts (back in the day all we had was “Home Ec!”) Well here they were selling their own jams and jellies and making a bunch of money at it for their school and the culinary program.

 One of the more creative products we saw (and purchased) were these tiny baby speakers for I-Pads, I-Pods and other music storage devices. Stick the end on any container and it instantly turns into a portable speaker with surprising clarity.  We bought several for stocking stuffers.

Keeping with the theme of honoring our veterans, Jeanne’s Military Cookies were packaged in “mail friendly” containers, perfect for sending off those care packages to loved ones.

Thousands of foodies visited this show and smiled all day.  Look for the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show in Houston and Dallas, in September 2013.

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