Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show 2010
For the fifth year in a row, the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show brought out area foodies and Food Network fans to the D.C. Convention Center for a weekend full of gourmet fun. The two-day event boasted appearances from Food Network's top talent--Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay and southern queen Paula Deen, as well as over 300 exhibitors representing the cooking and entertaining industry, including food and beverage companies, home decor retailers, party and kitchen planners and more. Case in point: lots of celebrity sightings and free samples!
At the Celebrity Theater, Iron Chef and "Throwdown" star Flay started things off with a cooking demonstration featuring a honey-chipotle glazed roasted chicken, roasted vegetables and a spicy queso mashed potato that had everyone frothing at the mouth.Flay played light and loose with the audience, giving local food bloggers a hard time and acting gracious when a little girl admitted her favorite restaurant was Chipotle. Not long after, the butter-loving Paula Deen came out with a surprise guest -- Vice President's wife Dr. Jill Biden -- before channeling her inner stand-up comic and regaling the audience with countless stories of her family and friends. Once she finally got to cooking, the "Home Cooking" star showed the audience how to make her famous cornbread stuff just in time for the holidays.
And that's not all the weekend held! The show also had demonstrations from a variety of local celebrity chefs including Todd Gray of Equinox, RJ Cooper of Vidalia 24, and former Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella, formerly of Zaytinya. Local favorites like Dangerously Delicious Pies and Hello Cupcake were on hand showcasing their stuff, as well as small business from around the country.
Pictured: Rachael Ray using some of her precious EVOO.