Meet Bethenny Frankel at this Year’s MetroCooking DC December 1-2, 2018

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Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pepin, Lidia Bastianich, and Carla Hall will also make appearances at the two-day event.

Bethenny Frankel is an American television personality, entrepreneur, and author. She was a contestant on the reality game show The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. She has appeared on the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of New York City; she has starred in seven of its ten seasons since it premiered in 2008.

Shop from aisles of specialty food products, including holiday gift options, experience live demos from James Beard honored chefs, participate in interactive workshops and attend book signings from authors from throughout the country.

At the James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage will be an all-star lineup, including Lagasse, Pepin, Hall and Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington RAMMY award-winners and local DC area chefs including Scott Drewno, co-owner of RAMMY “Best New Restaurant of the Year, CHIKO; Amy Brandwein, RAMMY “Chef of the Year”, from Centrolina; Erik Bruner-Yang, of Maketto; Vikram Sunderam of Rasika and Bindaas and Michael Schlow of The Riggsby and Alta Strada along with other regional Beard honored winners and nominees. In addition, chefs from Sur la Table will lead hands on cooking classes.

Several interactive events within the event include a two-day Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, with craft beer, specialty wines and spirits. At the BBQ Bash on Saturday, December 1 attendees will find the area’s top barbecue restaurants and pitmasters offering food samples and giving grilling tips and trends.

On Sunday, December 2, more than 50 restaurants will serve up signature sweet and savory bites at the 6th annual Grand Tasting Pavilion benefiting SOME (So Others Might Eat). A Made in DC pavilion will showcase local specialty food manufacturers.

New this year will be a Holiday Gingerbread House Competition at which local professional and amateur bakers will showcase their creations and vie for prizes including “People’s Choice”.

Throughout the two-day event, there will be activities including ongoing tastings, demos and home entertaining and cooking workshops. Known to be a great shopping show, this year 200 specialty food exhibitors will exhibit and sell products making the event a place to shop for holiday gifts for gourmands.

General admission tickets are priced at $21.50, which includes admission to the James Beard Cooking Stage and the Exhibitor Marketplace. The Sur la Table cooking classes, Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, BBQ Bash and the Grand Tasting are special ticketed events and sold separately. VIP ticket packages are available.

Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 2, 2018.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC


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