On Saturday Matt and I went to the What’s Cooking Expo at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit. The show was made up of live cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and food sampling by exhibitors.
The expo started at 12pm but we didn’t get there until 2pm. In hindsight I wish that we had gone earlier so that we could see more demos (Michelle Bommarito was presenting at 12) and take part in more of the workshops.
On the bright side we did get to to see Carla Hall demo a Squash Soup and a Rustic Mushroom Tart.
I’ve loved Carla ever since she first appeared on Top Chef Season 5. I was gunning for her to win it (she didn’t, but she came so close!). She’s really lively and animated and fun and she seems like a genuinely nice person. Also her recipes are really good.
The coolest part was when she was rolling out the crust for the tart and lamented about how terrible it is when you roll a pie crust out and it sticks to the counter. As I was nodding my head in sympathy she pointed at me and said
“Girl, you know! You know what I’m talking about!”
That was great.
After seeing Carla we walked around to sample food at some of the vendors and I might have eaten some sweets, guys :/
The mac and cheese croquettes (on the left) were probably the best thing up for sample.
When we were sure that we sampled absolutely everything, we went to a workshop by Sweet Heather Anne on piping techniques. She focused on simple techniques which is fine with me since my skills at piping are terrible.
We practiced piping with royal icing on some parchment paper first and then we got to decorate our own cookie.
My cookie probably could use the help of an expert hand.
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