Every Friday I pick and choose the best culinary events in the DC area.  This weekend is going to be a fun one.  Not really too much going on that is food related.  I suggest that you stop by the metropolitan cooking and entertaining show.  It is full of exhibitors and cooking demonstrations.  I have been for the past 2 years.  The samples available put a Sunday at Costco to shame.

Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show – Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 7-8)

The metropolitan cooking and entertaining show is a collection of exhibitors and live cooking demonstrations.  This year features cooking demonstrations from Food Network stars Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence & the Neelys. While the celebrity chefs cost a bit more to see, the general admission tickets give you access to local chef cooking demonstrations and all of the exhibitors. General admission tickets are only $20.   There is also beer and wine tasting for an extra $18.50.  The beer and wine pairing is totally worth it.  I will be there on Saturday.  I will be hanging out with the guys from Pork Barrel BBQ.  Stop by there booth, say Hi and try there award winning BBQ sauce.

Exhibitors you need to See….

To buy tickets or read more about the show, check out the show website at http://www.metrocooking.com/2009DC/home.html

Fall Harvest Dinner at Wildfire – Tuesday (Nov. 11)

Just in time for the holidays, Wildfire at Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, McLean, VA, is hosting a Fall Harvest Dinner featuring a traditional Thanksgiving meal and paired with wines that complement turkey and all the trimmings. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2009. The reception will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Executive Chef Steven Lukis creates the special Thanksgiving menu and Wildfire Wine & Spirits Director Brad Wermager will be on hand to take questions about the evening’s pairings. The entire dinner – food, wine, tax and gratuity — is priced at $60 per person. To view the menu, visit wildfirerestaurant.com or for reservations, contact Michelle Bringham at (703) 442-9110.


This weekend is a little slow.


Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


  1. Giada blew it today. Totally unprepared, walked on stage with her purse, half-insulted some of the assistants/audience members…she even asked if someone could get her a knife, when there was a complete set of knives sitting right in front of her.

    On another note, you are completely right – the Pork Barrel BBQ sauce was incredible.

    • I dropped the ball when I wrote the post. I should have noted that she was unprepared last year. She didn't even do any cooking. She had the audience do the cooking as she sat there drinking what I think was water. The food samples were pretty good this year. I think the best bet is to go with general admission tickets and taste the samples. However, I did hear that the lunches were pretty cool. I guess for around $100 you can have lunch with your favorite food star and 100 other random people. A little more intimate and more of a chance to get to know them.

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