The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show was in DC this weekend. Celebrity Chefs Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay, local chefs Cathal Armstrong and Todd English, an army of culinary experts and a huge convention hall filled with gourmet vendors all landed at the DC Convention Center this weekend to present a culinary event that was nothing short of foodie heaven!
The show felt somehow re-energized this year…there seemed to be more interesting vendors, the main halls were laid out better, there was less pushing and shoving and there were more smiles on the faces of all the foodies who attended. Amongst the jaw-dropping array of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, hot sauces, spice blends, razor-sharp knives, miracle-slick cooking pans, home remodelers, bakers, authors, choclatiers, wineries, breweries, etc., we saw many truly outstanding products worthy of any foodie’s pantry.
This Greek dipping sauce was beautifully prepared and a bottle fell into our bag very quickly.
One of our favorite stops was the Anastesia Vodka table with samples of this lovely Oregon-based vodka that was so smooth that it truly gives challenge to our favorite Polish vodkas.
The Taste of Turkey space was a consortium of purveyors of sweets, cook book and all things Turkish.
Lilly’s Gourmet Maple Butter and Artisan Caramels from Choquette were two decedent yummies that we couldn’t pass by for holiday gift giving.
And the crowds loved the ingenious tool for perfectly cracking raw eggs.
This was truly a fun show. There were hundreds of samples available for tasting and sipping…in fact more than any sane person should attempt. But that why this show is a foodie’s best dream. Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining shows take place in several cities around the U.S. so watch the papers for a date near you – it’s worth it!