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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Bananaketchup

 

November 13th – 14th
DC Convention Center
Washington, DC

This past weekend, DC hosted the Mecca of all foodie events in the area: The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show. The event showcased a number of product vendors, as well as cooking demos, book signings, and meet & greets with a few notable Food Network celebrities – Paula Dean, Bobby Flay, and Rachel Ray.

Since I didn’t have time to churn a tub of butter, Paula Dean was out of the question. Thankfully, I got to see Bobby Flay instead. Cracking jokes right off the bat regarding his likeness to pale chicken, Flay was very charismatic and engaging throughout his demo. As he cooked, He answered some audience questions, with answers that included his respect for Chipotle burritos, and his views on the changing culinary landscape with the advent of twittering/food blogging. He cited the negatives of haters who only like to talk trash, and the positives of passionate foodies who provide useful info, noting the underground culinary hero, Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond. After Flay’s cooking demo, I was lucky to taste some of his cooking – mashed potatoes w/ queso sauce and roasted seasonal veggies. His over-saturated celebrity status almost made me forget that he actually has remarkable talent as a chef. Well done Flay…well done…

Through the labyrinth of food booths in the exhibit hall, I had fun sampling the products that were showcased, even though there seemed to be a disproportionate amount of BBQ sauce vendors and bakeries selling sweets. A notable product I thought was really good was Zip Sauce, which is essentially a bottled vegetarian jus that you drizzle over meat, veggies, etc. right before serving to add an instant kick of beefy flavor. There were also different cooking gadgets exhibited (mops, graters, non-stick pots and pans) and some oddball products, such as the Super Fit Massage Machine. This miracle invention claims to give a full day’s workout in just a few short minutes a day by shaking your booty like a model in a hip-hop video. The booth brought in a flood of smiling male gawkers and didn’t quite fit into a cooking venue. Hmmm…maybe that’s where the “entertainment” part of the show comes in?

The DC Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show was an enjoyable experience for foodies and non-foodies alike. It may lack the sophistication and focus of more specialized events, but it was a good cross-section of food-related things that appealed to just about everyone who loves to eat and/or cook. I wouldn’t mind coming back next year to try some of the cooking workshops, wine tasting….and challenge Bobby Flay to a spaghetti taco Throwdown.

 

November 13th – 14th

DC Convention Center

Washington, DC

 

This past weekend, DC hosted the Mecca of all foodie events in the area: The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show. The event showcased a number of product vendors, as well as cooking demos, book signings, and meet & greets with a few notable Food Network celebrities – Paula Dean, Bobby Flay, and Rachel Ray.

 

Since I didn’t have time to churn a tub of butter, Paula Dean was out of the question. Thankfully, I got to see Bobby Flay instead. Cracking jokes right off the bat regarding his likeness to pale chicken, Flay was very charismatic and engaging throughout his demo. As he cooked, He answered some audience questions, with answers that included his respect for Chipotle burritos, and his views on the changing culinary landscape with the advent of twittering/food blogging. He cited the negatives of haters who only like to talk trash, and the positives of passionate foodies who provide useful info, noting the underground cult hero, Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond. After Flay’s cooking demo, I was lucky to taste some of his cooking – mashed potatoes w/ queso sauce and roasted seasonal veggies. His over-saturated celebrity status almost made me forget that he actually has remarkable talent as a chef. Well done Flay…well done…

 

Through the labyrinth of food booths in the exhibit hall, I had fun sampling the products that were showcased, even though there seemed to be a disproportionate amount of BBQ sauce vendors and bakeries selling sweets. A notable product I thought was really good was Zip Sauce, which is essentially a bottled vegetarian jus that you drizzle over meat, veggies, etc. right before serving to add an instant kick of beefy flavor. There were also different cooking gadgets exhibited (mops, graters, non-stick pots and pans) and some oddball products, such as the Super Fit Massage Machine. This miracle invention claims to give a full day’s workout in just a few short minutes a day by shaking your booty like a model in a hip-hop video. The booth brought in a flood of smiling male gawkers and didn’t quite fit into a cooking venue. Hmmm…maybe that’s where the “entertainment” part of the show comes in?

 

The DC Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show was an enjoyable experience for foodies and non-foodies alike. It may lack the sophistication and focus of more specialized events, but it was a good cross-section of food-related things that appealed to just about everyone who loves to eat and/or cook. I wouldn’t mind coming back next year to try some of the cooking workshops, wine tasting….and challenge Bobby Flay to a spaghetti taco Throwdown.

November 13th – 14th
DC Convention Center
Washington, DC

This past weekend, DC hosted the Mecca of all foodie events in the area: The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show. The event showcased a number of product vendors, as well as cooking demos, book signings, and meet & greets with a few notable Food Network celebrities – Paula Dean, Bobby Flay, and Rachel Ray.

Since I didn’t have time to churn a tub of butter, Paula Dean was out of the question. Thankfully, I got to see Bobby Flay instead. Cracking jokes right off the bat regarding his likeness to pale chicken, Flay was very charismatic and engaging throughout his demo. As he cooked, He answered some audience questions, with answers that included his respect for Chipotle burritos, and his views on the changing culinary landscape with the advent of twittering/food blogging. He cited the negatives of haters who only like to talk trash, and the positives of passionate foodies who provide useful info, noting the underground cult hero, Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond. After Flay’s cooking demo, I was lucky to taste some of his cooking – mashed potatoes w/ queso sauce and roasted seasonal veggies. His over-saturated celebrity status almost made me forget that he actually has remarkable talent as a chef. Well done Flay…well done…

Through the labyrinth of food booths in the exhibit hall, I had fun sampling the products that were showcased, even though there seemed to be a disproportionate amount of BBQ sauce vendors and bakeries selling sweets. A notable product I thought was really good was Zip Sauce, which is essentially a bottled vegetarian jus that you drizzle over meat, veggies, etc. right before serving to add an instant kick of beefy flavor. There were also different cooking gadgets exhibited (mops, graters, non-stick pots and pans) and some oddball products, such as the Super Fit Massage Machine. This miracle invention claims to give a full day’s workout in just a few short minutes a day by shaking your booty like a model in a hip-hop video. The booth brought in a flood of smiling male gawkers and didn’t quite fit into a cooking venue. Hmmm…maybe that’s where the “entertainment” part of the show comes in?

The DC Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show was an enjoyable experience for foodies and non-foodies alike. It may lack the sophistication and focus of more specialized events, but it was a good cross-section of food-related things that appealed to just about everyone who loves to eat and/or cook. I wouldn’t mind coming back next year to try some of the cooking workshops, wine tasting….and challenge Bobby Flay to a spaghetti taco Throwdown!

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