Event: DC Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show
Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center [Washington, DC]
Event Synopsis: Cooking and entrepreneurship are two of my passions, and the DC Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show brought both together for a culinary showcase unlike any other in DC. The National Capital Region’s best small business owners, who are paving their way in the culinary world, came out in full force. Food presentations, celebrity chef demonstrations, and wine tasting were among the highlights. Perhaps the best part of this event though involved Operation Home Cooking, which invited 2,500+ military spouses to relax at the convention center for the weekend and learn from celebrity chefs like Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, and Giada De Laurentiis. Jacques Pépin was also in attendance.
Other chefs and culinary personalities in attendance included Stacy Adimando, Mary Beth Albright, Najmieh Batmanglij, Linda Bauer, Monica Bhide, Jeffrey Buben, Bertrand Chemel, Gina Chersevani, Gary & Marian Conway, Crystal Cook, Sandy Pollock, Scott Drewno, Melanie Dunea, Martie Duncan, Laurie Forster, Dean Gold, Aviva Goldfarb, Susan Holt, Mike Isabella, Sarabeth Levine, Frank Linn, Domenica Marchetti, Bonnie McDaniel, Allison McDaniel, Cheryl Najafi, Joan Nathan, Claudine Pépin, Diamantis Pierrakos, Michel Richard, Mary Romeo, Michaele Samuel, Elise Scott, Kristin Sharma, B. Smith, Peter Smith, Vikram Sunderam, Owen Thomson, Joe Yonan, and Naren Young.