It’s baaack! DC Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show


I had a ball at last year’s (click for recap) event sampling all kinds of foods and spices. I lost count how many times I went back to Paula Deen’s booth to nosh on her “Shore Is Good” Seafood dip. 

The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show is back again. I’m looking forward to checking out the event and getting some inspiration as I get my party and event planning side hustle geared up. 

Here some deets about the show:


James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage, National Beef Cook-off, 400 specialty food exhibitors, Cookbook authors set for two-day food extravaganza  Food Network stars Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis and Guy Fieri will be joined by culinary legend Jacques Pepin at the November 5-6, 2011 Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.          

In addition, ten chefs and cookbook authors, all honored as James Beard Foundation winners, nominees or as guest chefs at The James Beard House, will take the Bloom Cooking Stage honoring the James Beard Foundation. Throughout the two day event there will be non-stop activities including a book signing pavilion featuring national and regional cookbook authors; ongoing demonstrations from knife skills to holiday entertaining; a beer, wine and spirits pavilion that will highlight local mixologists and the American National Cattle Women’s cooking stage presenting the winning recipes of the National Beef Cook-off plus the announcement of the 2011 winner of that competition. Known as a great shopping show, this year more than 400 specialty food exhibitors will showcase products – all for sale.

Saturday November 5 – Sunday November 6, 2011
Walter E. Washington Convention Center – WashingtonDC
Hours: 10 am – 7 p.m. Nov 5; 10 am – 5 pm Nov 6
Ticket prices: General Admission – $24.50 in advance; $27 at the door
Children 4-12 – $12.50 in advance; $15 at the door
Children under 4 free
To purchase general admission tickets or tickets go to

In a few days I’ll share some photos of dishes that I was inspired by the event. 

Stay tuned….. 

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