Sunday, November 9, 2014

Metro Cooking DC 2014 - Day One Summary

Guy Fieri with WJLA's Leon Harris (r)

This Guy's in Charge

When you cover as many events as I do, it's difficult to get excited about most (if not all) of them: It becomes work, I suppose. Not so with Metro Cooking DC, the two-day cooking nirvana that celebrates its ninth anniversary this year. Housed inside the magnificent Walter E. Washington Convention Center, it gives foodies their much-deserved day weekend in the sun. Time to soak it in.

Guy Fieri (the ultimate showman) headlined day one, teaming up with WJLA's news anchor extraordinaire Leon Harris in a cooking demo, so dazzling... that Emeril Lagasse himself would blush with envy. Seriously, why doesn't Guy run for public office? Perhaps the best way to America's heart is through its stomach? Fieri stuck around for a special book signing and VIP meet & greet, before retaking the stage at the Celebrity Theater for another amazing demo.

Guy plays to the crowd (as usual)

In addition to Fieri, there was no shortage of local culinary standouts including recent James Beard winner Vikram Sunderam (Rasika) Ripple's Marjorie Meek-Bradley and Mark Bucher of Medium Rare. Today's lineup is even more impressive with cooking icons Bobby Flay and Todd English scheduled to appear. Doors open at 10:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. Purchase tickets online (click here) or onsite at the Convention Center. Oh, and did I mention the RAMW Grand Tasting Pavilion from 12:30 - 3:30 PM? Shame on me: It's just 50 of the best local restaurants offering up some of their tastiest bites to the luckiest group of people in the nation's capital (at least on Sunday) including yours truly! Check back tomorrow to read about every delicious morsel.

Full house for Guy's appearance at the Celebrity Theater

Tastes of Turkey

More Tastes of Turkey
Whole Foods Market Demos

Great Sauces from LeGrand

Best Bite of the Day: Sweet & Heat Tomato Jam from Hobby Hill Farm

General Tso's Soy from Delight Soy. Delicious!

Ripple's Marjorie Meek-Bradley at James Beard Cooking Stage

WASH-FM's Chilli Amar with Mark Bucher (Medium Rare)

Namaste Foods

Coolest Idea: Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds from SuperSeedz

"Turn It Up with the Wellologist!"

Don't Be Trashy... Recycle!

Prize Station