Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Deidree Bennett and Rachel Pryor for wining Dining in DC and Lauren DeSantis of Capital Cooking's ultimate prize give-away including tickets to the  Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show!  Thank you to everyone that entered to win!

This contest is put on by Dining in DC and Capital Cooking, not the Metro Show.

The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show is the premiere consumer event in the nation for cooking and entertaining enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. This flagship event in Washington, DC features more than 300 exhibitors, live cooking demonstrations by nationally renowned chefs, tasting and entertaining workshops, plus presentations from Food Network celebrities Paula Deen, Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay . The 2010 show will be held on November 13-14, 2010 a the Washington Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased online or you can enter our contest for your chance to win an Exclusive Experience!  Also, when you're at the show, make sure to stop in to see me from 12:30-1p.m. for my Holiday Cocktail Demonstration.

The Grand Prize Winner will win two passes to the show and be showered with goodies from the cooking show vendors, signed autographs and photos with DC's best notable chefs, (Including Chef Mike Isabella and Chef Nicholas Stefanelli) signed cookbooks by cooking show demonstrators (Including The Sipping Point and Sunday in the South), and more! 

The runner-up will also receive two passes to the show and tons of goodies from the cooking show vendors.

Slideshow: Contest - Slideshow

Winners will enjoy visiting the booths at the show and collecting their prizes! What a delicious and fun scavenger hunt!

Here's how to participate:
  1. Think about what is your signature dish that you are best known for when entertaining guests. What do you take to potlucks? What dish does everyone always ask you for the recipe?
  2. Leave a comment on either Dining in DC or Capital Cooking websites on the contest posting about your signature dish.
  3. You must Subscribe to both Dining in DC and Capital Cooking to win. Subscribers will be verified prior to announcement of winners.  
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Deadline to enter is Friday, November 5, midnight. One grand prize winner and one runner-up will be announced on Dining in DC and Capital Cooking websites on Monday, November 8th by 6 p.m. EST.
  • 1 winner will be selected at random from the Dining in DC subscriber list that has commented.
  • 1 winner will be selected at random from the Capital Cooking subscriber list that has commented.
Prizes will continue to be updated as they come in, so check back to see what else you will win.
Win this fabulous give-away including:
Meet and Greet and Photos with Chef Chris Ford Saturday, November 13th from 4-4:45p.m. Chef Chris Ford will also be giving away a special dessert tasting at Trummer's on the Main! 
 2 Pork Barrel BBQ Picnic Packs (that includes a jar of each of the sauces and a rub).  Also, an exclusive invitation to one of the soft openings of the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant for 2.
 Meet and Greet and Photos with Chef Mike Isabella after his presentation at
Saturday, November 13th at 2 p.m.
 Meet and Greet and Photos with Chef Nicholas Stefanelli of Bibiana

Chef Stefanelli will present on Sunday, November 14th from
11:00am - 11:45am

1 bottle of Suriny Rice Bran Oil

Miss Jenny's Pickles Gift Basket which will include 4 jars of MJP one of each flavor as well as a Frickle Pack (everything you need for fried pickles in a box).

Bee-Bop's "Annie's Entertaining Package" Featuring an apron and coordinating tablecloth and napkin set...the apron is sheer blue and the tablecloths are sheer blue and white with blue trim...also comes with dinner napkins!

A signed copy of Laurie Forster's book, "The Sipping Point."   Learn everything you need to know about wine!  www.entertaininguncorked.com

Rogar 24" Chrome Bar Rack for hanging pots and pans. Booth1618 and the link is www.shop.kitchenwinehome.com

 1 jar of Gourmet Garbage

Heaven's Gate Catering:  Holiday Pound Cake Gift Set containing 4- 4 oz. pound cakes. flavors- pumpkin, mint chocolate chip, ginger chocolate, and rum praline.  Booth # T47 & T48

6 amazing wines from Vinbev.com
 1 Autographed copy of Sunday in the South Cookbook by Ginny McCormack

Trio of Shindig Wines from Andrew Stover of Vino 50

A 12" Brittle Bark Pies (a pie using freshly popped natural popcorn & pretzels then covered with Just Peanuts Brittle Bark which is then topped with a generous drizzle of rich dark chocolate!) by Brittle Bark Company Booth # T-70.

2 bottles of ZipSauce

1 Jar of Emily G's Jalapeno Raspberry Jam

(6 jars) of assorted Sunland Valencia peanut butters
J.D. Gourmet Balsamic Vinegar at Booth 814. 

A box of toffee from Enstrom's at Booth #423

Two Gift Packs (3 jars each) of La Famiglia DelGrosso's Pasta Sauces.  Booth 424

1 dozen of our cupcakes from Catch that Cupcake Booth number is T081 

A set of spreads from Splendid Spreads - one jar of each 4 flavors (Salmon Antipasto, Salmon Tapas Blend, Salmon Mezza Medley and Salmon Salsa Brava).  Booth Number 42.

1 can of Peri-Peri Hot spiced peanuts

  • Apron and Oven Mitt from Two Lumps of Sugar 

Feisty Mama Salsa's sampler pack of: 1 medium salsa "Really Sassy", 1 drink/dip mix "The Pink Mynx", and 1 fruit salsa mix "So Very Pineapple".  They are located in booth 816.

  •  6 Fresh Herb Plants

  • Meet and Greet and Photo with Chef Victor Albisu of BLT Steak, Nov. 14 2-2:45 p.m.
  • A 40 ounce and 22 ounce can of  Sea Salt and Black Pepper Peanuts (new flavor) by Taylor's Home Cooked Peanuts (Booth #508)
  • 1 bag of s.a.l.t. sisters' amazing Black Truffle Sea Salt and Tuscan Farmhouse Blend in booth #1130
  • Grama's Best   (1) one prize comprising of 5 jams and (2) one prize of two jars of spread
  • 2 bottles of each flavor (Mild and Spicy) Miss Lillian’s Original Sauce
  • The Galveston Sectioned Server by Willow House  
  • 3 Classes from the Washington Wine Academy 
  • One  four (4) pack gift set (the winner chooses their condiments) by Nature Isle Tropical Gourmet  (Booth# 631)
  • A 32 oz. jar of Duke’s Mayonnaise (Booth #100)
  • Specialty products by The Spice Hunter such as Turkey BRINE, herbs de Provence, Poultry grilling spices (Booth #100)
  • Imported Italian Olive Oil and Sauce Combo from Made in Italy Enterprises, Inc.
  • 1 Cape Seasonings SOUL BLEND “shaker in a bag”: all purpose, natural, 10 spice blend for cooking. No fat, no calories, no preservatives, no MSG, no anti-caking agents, and gluten free. (Booth # T-78)


Amy said...

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon. It’s a hit every time!

Capital Cooking said...

That sounds great Amy. Just make sure you are a subscriber to both of our blogs. We'll need to have a way to contact you to tell you if you win.

Unknown said...

Mine are meatballs. Sounds boring but I make them with chili sauce and they are requested at every potluck!

Capital Cooking said...

Hey Scott, I love meatballs. Just make sure you are a subscriber to both of our blogs. We'll need to have a way to contact you to tell you if you win.

Justice Fergie said...

my signature dish is my avocado salad; i think imay have another one though! my langostino mac and cheese is now in high demand ;)

Capital Cooking said...

Thanks Justice. Please make sure you are a subscriber to both of our blogs so you can be entered to win. See the above post to subscribe.

Eric Peter said...

My favorite dish is Aromatic Vindaloo Curry, made with garbanzo beans and fresh spinach. Served with basmati rice, I take this dish to potlucks and am regularly asked to share the recipe for it!

Buttercup said...

super easy dish is red wine chicken--stays warm so I don't have to do any last-minute prep when I get there.

Capital Cooking said...

Thanks Eric and Buttercup. Please make sure you are subscribed to both blogs so you're actually entered into the contest.

Shirin Rose said...

I make a classic Babaghanoush! Grilled eggplant pureed with tahini, garlic, olive oil, and my secret ingredient! Served with warm pita, this dip is a HIT!

Capital Cooking said...

Thanks Shirin! Please make sure you are a subscriber to both of our blogs so you are entered to win!

Kelly Stockstill said...

My signature dish is an apple braised chicken with ginger. It's really delicious this time of year!

Capital Cooking said...

That sounds really good Kelly! Please make sure you are a subscriber to both of our blogs so you are entered to win!

Soufiane said...

Chicken Tagine With Almonds, Apricots & Olives.

Capital Cooking said...


Nikki said...

Braised short ribs and polenta. Good for cool weather dinners!

Capital Cooking said...

I love short ribs! I also make them with parsnip puree and it is really good too!

Anonymous said...

My signature dish is actually an appetizer. I am invited some place and then usually told if i don't bring it then don't come (joking of course, i hope) Buffalo Chicken Dip. If i had to choose a main course it would be my chili!

Unknown said...

Mine is Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili--a great, low-effort meal!

Capital Cooking said...

Good choice!

Capital Cooking said...

To the person who wrote about the buffalo dip, you have to tell us who you are if you want to enter the contest. We will have to confirm that you are a subscriber to both blogs. Please resubmit your comment.

Capital Cooking said...

ATTENTION TO ALL COMMENTERS: Please send me an email so I have a way to contact you if you won. We have to verify that you are subscribers to both blogs!

We want to make sure you have a chance to win so please email me at capitalcooking@gmail.com.


Marissa said...

It's really easy and kind of "comfort-foody," but when I'm just having friends over for a laid-back meal I make lemon cream chicken pasta. It's creamy, zesty and delicious!

Capital Cooking said...

That sounds good Marissa!

ContessaLaville said...

Oven Baked Parmesan Fries with Herbs de Provence Seasoning. My husband loves it. For potluck, I usually bring cheesy spinach and artichoke dip that my in-laws always request for.

Capital Cooking said...

Thanks Contessa. Please make sure you are subscribed to both blogs.

Deidree Bennett said...

When entertaining, I make braised shortribs and fried chicken. I soak the chicken in buttermilk for 24 hours prior to coating. Ribs also take a good 36 hours prep, and I make my own rubs. It’s a process, yet so worth it! I prefer to create as I cook and not stick with a recipe.

Allie said...

I wrote on Dining in DC's blog that my signature is my Mom's Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Nut Bread - it's delicious and my friends all make it now too! Another signature is my guacamole - the trick is to add enough lime - yum

Rachel said...

Hmmmm....I think I make a lot of much more exciting dishes, but if I had to pick the one that I am consistently asked to bring EVERY time...it would have to be my Grandmother's secret Mashed potatoes. The recipe has been passed down FOREVER and they are LITERALLY super easy, and the BEST mashed potatoes you will ever eat. this fall, my squash mac 'n cheese has been a hit as well (I love all things gourd-like :-)