MetroCooking DC: a few of our favorite things

As we wrote in a previous post, a huge F&B industry event was in the District last weekend—The Metropolitan Entertainment and Cooking Show i.e. MetroCooking DC. The event was full of industry vendors, celebrity chefs, pop-up cooking classes, demonstrations and much more. ChefXchange attended the event on Saturday, October 24th. We’ve curated a list of a few of our favorite things from the Pavilion.

Here we have it, a list of a few of our favorite things:

Snack: Zestive Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

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Zestive Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow Seasoning

One of my favorite snacks in the Autumn/Winter is homemade Chex Muddy Buddies a.k.a. Puppy Chow (not to be mistaken for dog food). Zestive took it a step further and created a seasoning mix that makes this lovable snack even more addicting… pumpkin spice. It is SO good. The pumpkin craze continues!

Ice cream: Graeter’s Handcrafted French Pot Ice Cream

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Graeter’s Handcrafted French Pot Ice Cream

I had not heard of the French Pot Process before. Upon further research on Graeter’s website I found that the French Pot is a special 2 1/2 gallon freezer, which has been “a historic process that has been a part of Graeter’s ice cream for over a century.” We tried their Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip & Mint Chocolate Chip ice creams.

Canapé: Smokehouse of New York Salmon

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Smokehouse of NY Salmon Canapé

The Smokehouse of New York had their delicious smoked salmon on display and for sale at the Pavilion. They presented tastes of their delicacy in the form of a simple, yet very delicious canapé. They had a base, with a smear of cream cheese and a hearty serving of their smoked salmon on top. We “tried” that more than once!

Note: This is also one of Oprah’s favorite things circa 2014!

Cake: Rum Cakes from Rumalutions

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Rumalutions Rum Cakes

It’s hard to find a good rum cake, short of having a Caribbean family member on hand (at least in my experience in DC). Rumalutions has solved this issue for us and has an abundance of amazingly flavored rum cakes. We sampled three different kinds: White Velvet, Amaretto and Butter Rum & Caramel. The White Velvet cake was amazing and the crowd around us loved it as well!

Presentation: Chef Erik Bruner-Yang

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Chef Erik

We sat in on several Taste Talks and also demos at the James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage. Our absolute favorite presentation of the day was by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, Chef-owner of wildly popular Toki Underground and Maketto. Chef Erik presented on the resurgence of Cambodian food and gave a multi-faceted demo on how to create curry paste and Coconut Milk and Prahok Dipping Sauce.

Were you at MetroCooking DC as well? Be sure to tell us about your favorite things in the comments section below. Did you attend the BBQ Bash? The Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden? Do tell!