Here are some of my top foodie finds from this year's show.
Caroline’s Cakes offers the "taste of tradition" with their famous seven-layer cakes. You can enjoy praline, lemon, coconut, and many other flavors of this moist and delicious cake. My favorite was the yellow cake coated with Caroline’s famous caramel icing. Positively sinful and absolutely worth every calorie!
Other regional treats such as pimento cheese spread are also specialties at Caroline’s Cakes. The party hats and cake stands are so preppy and whimsical, too. The good news is that Caroline's Cakes will ship their delicious goodies to you no matter where you are!
What is more elegant than having edible flowers to adorn your special occasion cake or cupcakes? The Crystallized Flower Company organically grows edible flowers that are candied and preserved. The flowers are incredibly delicate and look exquisite on these cupcakes.
Flowers are carefully packaged for sale and transport in special containers that are protected with bubble wrap. As a funny anecdote, I once tried to make candied violets to put on a cake and had pretty disastrous and unattractive results. The next time, I’ll just order some pretties from The Crystallized Flower Company and save myself a headache.
Cake pops are always a fun treat! These gorgeous creations from Custom Cake Bites are so delicious. My daughters love these so much that they had to get a second one to try another flavor. Available in vanilla, chocolate, lemon, and red velvet, the cake pops can be custom ordered for your special occasion with a myriad of colors and decorations.
The celebrity chefs at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show presented fun and informative topics to attendees. My favorite was Chef Michel Richard from Citronelle. The audience watched in amazement as he skillfully and quickly prepared a sponge cake. As he worked, he talked about his life and entertained us with his stories, involving members of the audience from time to time.
I'm already looking forward to next year's Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show!
Helpful travel tips:
- There is a metro station located in the Convention Center. You don't have to leave the building to get to the show; just take a few escalators in the building.
- Parking lots surround the Convention Center; many offer special event parking rates. I parked in an uncovered lot about a block away from the show on K Street and paid $20 for all day parking.
- If you're planning to make large purchases bring a wheeling cart with to carry your goodies.
- Although you'll have the opportunity to sample hundreds of treats at the show, if you're looking for something more substantial to eat, there are options to purchase food items from Starbucks to sandwiches and crepes.