3 Huge November Foodie Events in D.C.: Emporiyum, Metro Cooking Show, Capital Food Fight

Three of Washington, D.C.’s best foodie events of the year are taking place within a week of each other this November: The Metro Cooking Show, Emporiyum, and the Capital Food Fight.

Can you handle all three? Check out the details on each of them here.

2014 Metro Cooking Show D.C. — November 8th & 9th

A-list chefs Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri headline MetroCooking DC on November 8th from 10am-6pm and 9th from 10am-5pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

This is an a la carte style foodie event, meaning you can pick and choose from any number of diversions and choose what you’d like to do or try. Highlights include cooking classes taught by chefs from L’Academie de Cuisine, as well as signature tastes at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Grand Tasting Pavilion, with more than 40 restaurants featured.

All told there will be over 300 specialty food exhibitors showcasing products, a Natural Foods Pavilion, and a near limitless range of activities including more tastings and workshops, and the Beer, Wne and Spirits Pavilion.

General admission tickets cost $20, while the Grand Tasting Pavilion, special performances and cooking classes are sold separately. There are also ticket packages available including various combinations and even VIP tickets offering meet and greets with Flay and Fieri.

2014 Capital Food Fight — November 11th

2014 Capital Food FightBy far the glitziest event of the bunch, the annual Capital Food Fight takes place this year on November 11th from 6-9pm at the Ronald Reagan Building. More than 75 D.C. restaurants will be participating.

But fear not, there is indeed a food fight on your hands, too. Actually, there’s two of them, live, during the evening; a culinary battle with four local chefs competing in an Iron Chef-style challenge featuring a secret ingredient, and a High Stakes Cakes competition with local pastry chefs.

The competing chefs in the culinary challenge are Frederik De Pue from Table and Menu, Tim Ma from Maple Ave Restaurant and Water & Wall, Marjorie Meek-Bradley from Ripple and Roofers Union, and Javier Romero from Taberna del Alabardero.

As pictured, hosts and judges for the evening include the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Carla Hall and Daniel Boulud.

The 2014 Capital Food Fight benefits the DC Central Kitchen. General admission tickets are available for $250, with $200 being tax deductible. That’s an excellent excuse to pony up the cash.

The Emporiyum — November 15th & 16th

The Emporiyum DCEmporiyum invites you to “Meet, Eat & Shop”, which means that Union Market is the perfect venue. Emporiyum is actually a food market stocked to the brim with big name chefs, hot restaurants and concepts, plenty of food to try from over 50 stands, and much more, including a DJ, cocktails, and a series of workshop classes. These include Mast Brothers Chocolate, Pie 101, and a Ramen How-To.

Big name chefs include Bryan Voltaggio, Mike Isabella, Paul Qui and Erik Bruner-Yang, while popular national restaurants include the likes of Momofuku Milk Bar.

General admission tickets cost $20 for either day, $30 day of if available, and $40 for VIP and can be purchased here.

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So which of these excellent events should you attend? With low ticket prices (or tax deductions), the only thing preventing you from attending all three should be just how far those favorite lounging sweatpants can stretch.

Author: Jake Emen

I’m Jake, and I’m your host on this journey. I'm the man doing the eating and the talking around here. I’m a writer based outside of Washington, D.C., and I'm also talking whiskey, local events, travel, and other assorted misadventures. Follow me on the Tweet Machine - @ManTalkFood, or send an email to jake [at] mantalkfood.com.

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