This project's funding goal was not reached on April 24, 2012.
About this project
We plan to bring The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show to Dallas this September 22nd and 23rd, but we need your help!
We hold this foodies two-day DREAM event (read on and by the end you'll be dying to attend!) in Washington, DC, Atlanta and Houston, and our hope is that Kickstarter will help us get this Dallas show on the road!
My name is Denise Medved. In 2005 I finally yielded to my entrepreneurial spirit and married my business experience with my passion for cooking and entertaining. I had spent many years in the trade show industry doing events for the federal government in IT and Homeland Security. I decided to branch out on my own and launch the event, that I, a foodie, would want to attend. That’s how The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show came about.
When I say this is a foodies DREAM event, I mean it! We set up a Celebrity Theater where all of the most popular Food Network stars have done cooking demos for thousands of fans – Paula Deen, Rachael Ray, The Neelys, Tyler Florence, Mario Batali, Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay have all entertained their fans. Tons of “cheftestants” such as Top Chef’s Mike Isabella, Carla Hall, Richard Blais, Kevin Gillespie and Brian Voltaggio have also presented at the show as well as numerous outstanding chefs recognized by the James Beard Foundation.
In addition to cooking demonstrations there are tastings, hands on workshops
book signings and special events such as food and wine pairing sessions and lunches with the celebrity chefs.
The marketplace features hundreds of exhibitors selling unique specialty foods and snazzy one-of-a-kinds for all your cooking and entertaining needs that you won’t find anywhere else.
Doesn’t this event sound fabulous? Yeah, it’s pretty much of a foodie’s DREAM!
Helping small businesses - one jar of jam at a time.
Most of the vendors showcased in the marketplace are small businesses that are passionate about their unique jams, pickles, hot sauces, granolas or chocolate truffles and make their living by selling these products to consumers at events like The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. In fact, at our Washington, DC show, which has been ongoing since 2006, our patrons spend nearly $2 million in two days from the vendors in the marketplace. At our launch in Houston last year, the 10,000 patrons purchased close to $1 million in goodies from our vendors. Being a small business ourselves, we know all too well the challenges these small businesses face with no funding available from the banks to help them grow. So, it is up to us, the consumer, to help these small businesses out – one jar of jam at a time!
Top 4 reasons to pledge support
#1: You will be
helping HUNDREDS of small businesses (including us!) and facilitate nearly $1
million dollars in sales to these small businesses
# 2: We’ve got some really cool rewards – each one will give you either a unique experience or a one-of-a-kind keepsake.
# 3: You will be part of bringing a really fun event for cooking & entertaining enthusiasts to Dallas. Your fellow foodies will be grateful!
#4: You will get tremendous personal satisfaction knowing you helped!
Why we need help from Kickstarter
So, here’s why we’re asking for help from Kickstarter. We launched The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Houston last year. We had a lot of folks come from Dallas who said, “Y’all should bring the show to Dallas next year!” We hear this a lot - tons of cities want us to bring the event there. The problem is - it costs money! Well, we’ve done our homework on the Dallas marketplace and we agree that it would be a great city to bring The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show to. We think it could be really successful. The money we're hoping to raise through this Kickstarter project will allow us to put deposit on the venue and start our marketing efforts.
The Show Details
Dates: September 22 - September
Location: Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas
Celebrity Chefs: Paula Deen & Bobby Flay
# of Expected Small Business Vendors: 125
Thanks a million in advance for considering a pledge to The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Dallas!
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