Martha Stewart, Carla Hall Headline DC’s Largest Culinary Showcase

Coming back, for the first time since 2019, the region’s largest culinary showcase, Metro Cooking DC returns to the Washington Convention Center December 4-5 with Martha Stewart and Carla Hall headlining the event. Also making appearances and hosting a BBQ Bash will be the country’s two most decorated barbeque champions, six-time world champ Tuffy Stone and five-time champ Myron Mixon.

Attendees especially rave about MetroCooking DC’s shops of specialty food products, including holiday gift options, while also experiencing live demos from James Beard honored chefs, participating in interactive workshops, and attending book signings from authors from throughout the country.

At the James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage will be an all-star lineup, with Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington RAMMY award-winners and local DC area chefs including Amy Brandwein, from Centrolina and Piccolina; Erik Bruner-Yang, of Maketto; Scott Drewno and Danny Lee of ChiKo; Nick Stefanelli, of Masseria and Officina, and Kevin Tien of Moon Rabbit along with other regional Beard honored winners and nominees. In addition, regional chefs will lead hands-on cooking classes.

Several interactive events within the event include a two-day Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, highlighting breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries.  On Sunday, December 5, more than 50 restaurants will serve up signature sweet and savory bites at the 8th annual Grand Tasting Pavilion benefiting SOME (So Others Might Eat).  A host of cooking classes and demonstrations will fill the hall both days with chefs teaching everything from knife skills to how to make your own pasta.

General admission tickets are priced at $20, which includes admission to the James Beard Cooking Stage and the Exhibitor Marketplace. The cooking classes, Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, BBQ Bash, and the Grand Tasting Pavilion are special ticketed events that are sold separately.  Tickets are also available for book signings by celebrity chefs Stewart, Hall, Stone, and  Mixon.

Here are the crucial details:


Saturday, December 4 – Sunday, December 5, 2021

Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC

Hours: Saturday Dec 4: 10 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday Dec 5:  10 am – 5 pm

Ticket Prices: General Admission – $20 in advance.

Children 4-12 – $10 in advance

Children under 4 free with paid adult