Sometimes an opportunity is presented to you and it wasn’t on your bucket list, but it is total bucket list worthy. That was me covering Martha Stewart at the MetroCooking DC Show [The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show] during her cookie making demonstration. I adore all things #FatSnacks, but the truth of the matter is I enjoy eating far more than cooking. As a crafter Martha is at the top of the list. I buy her products, and I love the Martha and Snoop Potluck Dinner show.
MetroCooking DC Show held it’s 14th annual event at the Washington Convention Center this month. It is the region’s largest culinary showcase. This is the perfect event for the ultimate foodie. This is your Super Bowl! They had some of our favorite Celebrity Chefs, cooking demons, book signings, samples, vendors and more. You don’t have to be the best cook to attend. If you are trying to work on your cooking skills this is a great event for you too.
They also had a Tasting Pavilion that featured 50 local restaurants. After all of that you would wash it all down with a local brew from the Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden. This would be cute for a day date too, it is outside of the box and that would score you some extra cool points. For those that are cooking challenge they even have a pop-up cooking school to sharpen your culinary skills. I could have really used this when I was in my early 20’s.
This was one of Martha’s cookie displays.
Martha Stewart Debut
Martha made her first appearance at MetroCooking DC, she took the James Beard Cooking Stage for a cookie demonstration. It was a packed house, they had chairs but most people were still standing. I had a press pass so I was all up in Martha’s area for shots. Martha is a very simple woman with dry humor. She is funny though, she walked out to Snoop’s “Drop It Like Its Hot”, that alone was funny to me. It was so on brand because she has a cooking show with Snoop and I appreciated that.
I wasn’t familiar with any of these cookies, but Martha is ultra fancy so there goes that.
Embellished Wreath Cookie
First up were the Embellished Wreath Cookies, they are a buttery classic, sugar cookie with fancy things added to the top.
According to Martha, these Kitchen-Sink Cookies are so basic you can mix everything by hand.
German Spice Cookie [Pfeffernusse]
German for “pepper nut,” pfeffernusse cookies are named for the pinch of pepper added to the dough before baking. German Spice Cokies [Pfeffernusse] are a tiny spice cookies, popular as a holiday treat in Germany, Denmark, and The Netherlands.
Martha isn’t much of a drinker, but she loves to cook with alcohol. I aint mad at that.
Chefs + Personalities
They stacked the deck with talent, there were so many Chefs in the building.
- Wolfgang Puck
- Lidia Bastianich
- Myron Mixon
- Victor Albisu: Chef/Owner of Taco Bamba and Poca Madre
- Amy Brandwein: Chef/Owner of Centrolina and Piccolina
- Erik Bruner-Yang: Chef/Owner of Brothers and Sisters, Spoken English, and Maketto
- Haidar Karoum: Chef/Owner of Chloe
- Daniela Moreira: Executive Chef/Owner of Timber Pizza Co., and Call Your Mother
- Kwame Onwuachi: Executive Chef/Owner of Kith/Kin and Philly Wing Fry
- Justin Severino: Chef/Owner of Salty Pork Bits and Morcilla
- Vikram Sunderam: Group Executive Chef Rasika, Rasika West End, and Bindaas
- Kevin Tien: Chef/Owner Emilie’s
- Todd Thrasher: Owner of Potomac Distilling Company and Tiki TNT
- Nancy Baker: Food Artist
- Fernando Desa: Executive Chef, GOYA Foods
- Lauren Katz: Baker, Winner of The Great Holiday Baking Show
- Enrique Limardo: Executive Chef/Co-Owner of Seven Reasons
- Jacoby Ponder: Entrepreneurial Chef and Winner of Cutthroat Kitchen
- Amy Riolo: Chef, Author
- Rob Rubba: Executive Chef, Oyster Oyster
- Tina Zaccardi: Baker
You know I had to stop when I saw this vendor. Saucy Lips is a Mexican-American family-owned and operated food company! They focus on creating healthy and delicious allergen-friendly condiments. Oh, and their logo is so freaking cute.
Capital City Mambo Sauce
It warmed my heart to see Capital City Mambo Sauce, they are a local treasure. We keep a bottle of Mambo Sauce in our refrigerator. It taste good on everything, fried chicken, french fries, salmon, and just about anything else.
I have officially checked off Martha Stewart MetroCooking DC on my bucketlist!