The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

About 4 years ago I stumbled across an ad for a cooking show that would be launching in the DC area.  I was intrigued! As a budding foodie, and aspiring apron designer, this was just the sort of event to get me excited. In fact, I was *this close* to exhibiting my line of Mommy Aprons at the Show, but wasn’t able to at the last minute.

Four years later, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show is a major event. Huge! And I can’t wait to attend.  With big names in the food world like Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Dave Zino, Carla Hall and Todd Gray, the event is going to be like Disney World for this food fanatic!

General Admission tickets to the Show are very reasonable at $22 and include access to the 300 exhibitors, cooking stage, and tasting and entertaining workshops.  Of course, if you want to go the VIP route, there’s plenty of opportunity for that too! The food superstars will be doing meet and greets and booksignings and there will be no shortage of special events – there’s even something for the kids.

Can you tell I’m excited? See you the weekend of November 13 & 14 at the DC Convention Center!

About the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show


Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Rachel Ray plus DC chefs showcase their culinary skills

Washington, DC (October 3, 2010) – On November 13 and 14, 2010, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show will return to the Washington Convention Center for it’s fifth  year with special events featuring Food Network and Cooking Channel stars and DC-based chefs hosting cooking demonstrations.  The show takes place from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday, November 13 and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, November 14.

In addition to appearances by headliners Paula Deen, Bobby Flay and  Rachael Ray, the show will offer cooking demonstrations by award-winning local and national chefs, a food and wine pairing with Chef Carla Hall & the Wine Coach® Laurie Forster, Cocktails with Todd Thrasher, Savvy Holiday Entertaining with Tara Wilson, product sampling and sales from 300+ exhibitors, the Beef Check Off Tastings and Entertaining workshops, the Just for Kids cooking area, and a beer, wine and spirits tasting pavilion.  General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on-site. Children ages 4 – 12 are $10 in advance and $13 on-site. Children 4 and under are free. General admission includes demonstrations and entertaining presentations on the exhibit floor. Additional tickets are required for the feature presentations in Celebrity Theater, the Food & Wine Pairing, Cocktails with Todd Thrasher, Savvy Holiday Entertaining with Tara Wilson, Just for Kids Interactive Cooking Area, and the Beer, Wine & Spirits Tasting Area.

DC area chefs presenting culinary demonstrations include:

Chef Victor Albisu, BLT Steak

Chef Cathal Armstrong & Todd Thrasher, Restaurant Eve, Eammon’s, The Majestic

Chef Arthur Cavaliere, Central Michel Richard

Chef Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Chef Todd Gray, Equinox

Chef Carla Hall, Alchemy Caterers & Top Chef Season 5 Contestant

Chef Mike Isabella, Graffiato & Top Chef Season 6 Contestant

Chef Ramon Martinez, Jaleo

Chef Clayton Miller & Pastry Chef Chris Ford, Trummer’s On Main

Chef Patrice Olivon, L’Academie de Cuisine

Pastry Chef Travis Olson, 1789 Restaurant

Chef Paul Stearman, Marcel’s

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli, Bibiana

For more information about the show and to purchase tickets, please visit

Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show – Washington Convention Center

Saturday November 13 – 10 am – 7 pm – Sunday November 14 – 10 am – 5 pm

General admission, $20 advance; $25 on-site; children 4-12, $10 advance, $13 on-site

Children 4 and under free

ticket purchase 1.888.695.0888;  or for information 703.321.4890

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7 Responses to “The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show”

  1. I looooove Bobby, Paula, and Rachael! I’ve made a few of each one of their dishes. Paula came to Little Rock this summer, and I missed her, because the kids were busy.

    Was the event all that you expected?

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