Monday, October 14, 2013

Metro Cooking DC Set for November 2-3

See Debi Mazur and Gabriele Corcos (r) on Sunday at noon

From our friends at Metro Cooking DC...

Foodie weekend to include TV stars, new tasting Pavilion, 100s of specialty food vendors

Metro Cooking DC returns for its eighth year to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center November 2 & 3, 2013. This year’s extravaganza brings television chefs, hundreds of specialty food vendors selling their products, cooking demonstrations, cookbook authors and workshops.

This year’s show will have two new features: the Grand Tasting Pavilion with dozens of local restaurants and chefs sharing samples of their signature fare and the Holiday Bazaar, an entire section of the event dedicated to specialty gifts.

Those who purchase a one-day pass have the opportunity to see a rotating roster of television chefs including The Chew’s Jason Roberts; actress Debi Mazur (of Entourage) and her husband Gabriele Corcos from The Cooking Channel’s Extra Virgin; the Food Network’s Extreme Chef Terry French; cookbook author and James Beard 2012 Best Chef Southeast honoree, Atlanta’s Chef Hugh Acheson; and Grill Sergeant Brad Turner.

More personalities are conducting a variety of workshops over the weekend including Rocky Fino, author of Will Cook for Sex: A Guys Guide to Cooking; Kim O’Donnel, author of The Meat Lovers Meatless Celebrations; Marcia Friedman, author of Meatballs and Matzah Balls: Recipes and Reflections from a Jewish and Italian Life; and Monica Bhide, author of Modern Spice: Inspired Indian recipes for the contemporary Kitchen.

Amidst the live discussions and demonstrations with chefs and the rest of the impressive list of participants will be a labyrinth of vendor booths in the Marketplace featuring samples and wares from more than 200 exhibitors. Local and international specialty foods and food-related products will be for sale throughout the weekend.

Debuting this year will be the Grand Tasting Pavilion where attendees can sample favorites from a wide variety of DC area restaurants, chefs, caterers, food trucks and specialty manufacturers. Among them, Del Campo, 1789, Cedar, Bourbon Steak, Founding Farmers, The Hamilton, Thally, Fujimar and Hank’s Oyster Bar. The Pavilion will be open on Sunday, November 3, from 1-4 pm and the $63 ticket also includes complimentary Marketplace general admission.

General Admission tickets are $24.50 plus ticketing service charges, children ages 4-12 are $12.50 and children ages 4 and younger are free. General Admission tickets allow entrance to demonstrations, entertaining presentations and vendor booths on the exhibit hall floor. For a full listing of events and tickets, visit

Metro Cooking DC – Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Saturday November 2: 10 am – 6 pm   Sunday November 3: 10 am – 5 pm
General admission, $24.50 (+ processing fee); children 4-12, $12.50
Children 4 and under free
For information 703.543.1628