MetroCooking DC 2018, DC

MetroCooking DC 2018 | Photo: Eric Cuevas for Average Socialite

When: Saturday, December 1 @ 10AM-5:30PM & Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 10AM-5PM

Hot Spot: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

Deets: Shop. Sip. Sample at the 13th annual MetroCooking DC Show! The ultimate foodie outing returns to the Washington, DC Convention Center December 1-2, 2018. Spend the day experiencing the many culinary highlights of MetroCooking DC. 

Grab your friends for a fun, food filled day out! At MetroCooking DC there is something for everyone:

-James Beard Foundation Cooking Demos
-Grand Tasting Pavilion presented by Goya Foods benefitting SOME (So Others Might Eat)
-Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden
-Taste Talks 
-Sur La Table Cooking Classes
-BBQ Bash 
-Celebrity Chef Cookbook Signings 
-Holiday Gingerbread House Competition
-200+ specialty food vendors in the exhibitor marketplace

Several interactive events within the event include a two-day Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, with craft beer, specialty wines and spirits. At the BBQ Bash on Saturday, December 1 attendees will find the area’s top barbecue restaurants and pitmasters offering food samples and giving grilling tips and trends. On Sunday, December 2, more than 50 restaurants will serve up signature sweet and savory bites at the 6th annual Grand Tasting Pavilion benefiting SOME (So Others Might Eat). A Made in DC pavilion will showcase local specialty food manufacturers.

New this year will be a Holiday Gingerbread House Competition at which local professional and amateur bakers will showcase their creations and vie for prizes including “People’s Choice”.

Throughout the two-day event, there will be activities including ongoing tastings, demos and home entertaining and cooking workshops. Known to be a great shopping show, this year 200 specialty food exhibitors will exhibit and sell products making the event a place to shop for holiday gifts for gourmands.

Who You May Spot: Making his first appearance at MetroCooking DC, the region’s largest culinary showcase, Emeril Lagasse will headline the December 1-2, 2018 show to be held for its 13th year at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Additionally legendary Chef Jacques Pepin will make appearances and lifestyle maven Bethenny Frankel has been added to the event’s roster along with TV host and cookbook author Carla Hall, will make appearances as well. 

At the James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage will be an all-star lineup, including Lagasse, Pepin, Hall and Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington RAMMY award-winners and local DC area chefs including Scott Drewno, co-owner of RAMMY “Best New Restaurant of the Year, CHIKO; Amy Brandwein, RAMMY “Chef of the Year”, from Centrolina; Erik Bruner-Yang, of Maketto; Vikram Sunderam of Rasika and Bindaas and Michael Schlow of The Riggsby and Alta Strada along with other regional Beard honored winners and nominees. In addition, chefs from Sur la Table will lead hands on cooking classes.

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets are available now! Use code MCDC5Off for $5 off general admission tickets !

Ticket Prices: General Admission - $21.50 in advance; Children 4-12 - $10 in advance. Children under 4 free with paid adult.

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