Saturday, December 3, 2016

Metro Cooking DC 2016 - Day One Summary

Top Chef Tom Colicchio dazzled at today's MetroCooking DC

MetroCooking DC returned to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to celebrate its 11th edition, earlier today. There were some noticeable improvements from last year... easier navigation, a bigger (and better) BBQ Bash & Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden and a free James Beard Stage (headline demos included.)

If you missed today's festivities, fear not. Day 2 (tomorrow) features the always amazing/delicious RAMW Grand Tasting Pavilion and a slew of celebrity chef appearances, led by Jacques P├ępin, Erik Bruner-Yang, Caitlin Dysart, David Guas and Tim Ma. This, on the heels of Tom Colicchio, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall this afternoon. Color me impressed... not to mention hungry.

General Admission tickets cost $21.50 ($10 for children, ages 4-12.) Click here to purchase tickets online. Day 2 gets underway at 10 AM sharp (through 5 PM.) Click here for tomorrow's full schedule.

Pastel de Choclo with Del Campo's Victor Albisu

Falling Bark Farm

Spin the Wheel with Cooking Light

Shark Tail All-in-One Corer/Knife

Brick Oven Pizza from Marra Forni

Victoria Jordan of the James Beard Foundation

Let's Decorate!

Richard Sandoval Restaurants' Regional Executive Chef Graham Bartlett (r)

DC Outlook's #1 "Bite o' the BBQ Bash"... Hill Country

Top 5 Bites o' the (BBQ) Bash...

5. Old Glory: Dynamite blackened wing with KC sauce. Nice char and (plenty of) tender meat.

Old Glory Blackened Wing

4. Smoke & Barrell: A bit too fatty, but kudos for the day's best sauce (Kansas City.)

Brisket and Pork from Smoke & Barrell

3. Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que: Not much of a presentation, but lean meat, nice flavor and a spicy (Carolina) sauce. Vienna, here we come (for a review.)

Chopped Brisket from Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que

2. Old Blue BBQ: Easily the most generous portions (and I'm not including the scrumptious bacon-wrapped meatloaf bite, not pictured.) Yummy brisket & chicken, with a tangy espresso sauce on the side.

Brisket & Chicken (with sides) from Old Blue BBQ

1. Hill Country: Impossibly tender and zesty, with a generous stack of marinated cucumber slices. Hill Country remains one of our favorite BBQ spots in DC.

Hill Country Brisket with Cucumber & Onion Salad