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Help bring this foodies' DREAM event to Dallas. Celebrity chefs, demos, tastings, hands on workshops, shopping - lots of fun!

The 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!

The Story

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 23, 2012
Location:  Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas
Celebrity Chefs:  Paula Deen & Bobby Flay
Website:  www.MetroCookingDallas.com
# of Expected Small Business Vendors:  125

Thank you!

Thanks a million in advance for considering a pledge to The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Dallas!

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    Get a PDF version of the MetroCooking Dallas recipe book. This keepsake will contain all the recipes from the presenters at the Dallas show. Plus, get your name on a special Kickstarter Page on our Website. All pledge levels will receive this.

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    Get a PDF version of the recipe book from all the 2012 MetroCooking shows. All pledge levels from here up receive this digital download.

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    Choose from either A) pair of MetroCooking reusable grocery totes. This snazzy tote features the famous "leggy people"; B) a MetroCooking apron, or C) a MetroCooking t-shirt. Shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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    Get a General Admission (GA) ticket to the MetroCooking Show in Dallas featuring cooking demos, tastings, hands on workshops. GA Ticket valid either 9.22.12 or 9.23.12.

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    Get an autographed copy of Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible OR Guy Fieri Food: More than 150 Off-the-hook Recipes. Shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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    Get an autographed copy of The Tiny Kitchen Cookbook and The Bachelor's Tiny Kitchen, authored by Denise & Bill Medved, founders of The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Shows. This great cookbook is perfect for anyone with a tiny kitchen who has limited resources including time, space, kitchen utensils and supplies and money! Shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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    Get an autographed copy of Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food by Jacques Pepin. Shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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    The Mini Swag Basket. Get a basket of treats and goodies from the vendors at MetroCooking Dallas. We will hand pick 4 of the best items at the show and send them to you. Shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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    Get General Admission and a Celebrity Theater Ticket to see either Paula Deen or Bobby Flay at the MetroCooking Dallas Show. Your seats will be in the 500 level section.This is a GREAT DEAL! Tickets will start $65 + an $8 ticket fee when they go on sale. Tickets only. Transportation and lodging not included.

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    The Celebrity Swag Basket. Get a basket of 8 treats and goodies from the vendors at MetroCooking Dallas. Shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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    Get a trio of Autographed Cookbooks from Celebrity Chefs Paula Deen, Guy Fieri and Jacques Pepin. Shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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    Get a behind the scenes tour of the MetroCooking Dallas Show. Ever wanted to be that person who gets the behind the scenes tour? Here’s your chance. This tour starts in the VIP lounge where you’ll be treated to refreshments. Then we’ll make stops in the presenters lounge, the celebrity Green Rooms and take you behind the curtains of the commercial kitchen we build just for the event.

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    Get a Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show Chef’s coat autographed by Bobby Flay and Paula Deen.

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    Get a VIP Meet, Greet & Front Row Seat ticket to see either Bobby Flay or Paula Deen in Dallas on Saturday, September 22, 2012. This is your chance to meet Bobby Flay or Paula Deen have a photo op and a front row seat to his or her presentation. Tickets only. Airfare and lodging not included.

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    Sponsor an aisle at the MetroCooking Dallas Show. This aisle package also gives you plenty of swag! Get a whole aisle at the show named after you plus treats from vendors, autographed cookbooks and more. Your name will be on the hanging aisle banner on the Exhibit Hall Floor. We'll send you the banner after the show! Your name will also be listed on our Dallas website with the vendors featured in your aisle. PLUS you will receive a gift basket with 10 treats (handpicked by us) from the specialty cooking and entertaining vendors on your aisle. PLUS you will receive 5 autographed cookbooks; one each from Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Jacques Pepin.

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    Spend a terrific culinary afternoon and evening with seven of your closest friends at the MetroCooking Dallas Show. You will spend the afternoon at the show and attend Bobby Flay’s presentation. Then, a limo will whisk you off for an exclusive VIP Dinner at one of Dallas’s hottest restaurants. You’ll enjoy a specially prepared four course meal paired with wines and meet the restaurant chef. At the end of the meal, you and your guests will leave with a commemorative menu and whisked back to the show site.

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    Get Celebrity Chef status. As a celebrity chef you will be featured on the show website as a presenter with your own page and profile, and listed in the show directory. You’ll be the warm-up act for either Bobby Flay or Paula Deen and get to do an on-stage cooking demo in front of our live audience of 2,500 foodies! You'll get a VIP ticket for either Bobby or Paula, have access to the VIP Lounge, and work with our executive chef in preparing for your demonstration. Then, when you are finished, you will introduce either Bobby Flay or Paula Deen. Your demo and introduction of either Bobby Flay or Paula Deen will be professionally videotaped and you will receive the DVD. We will also include 5 Celebrity Theater tickets for your friends to see you on stage. Maybe you always wanted to test your stage presence or get a tape that you can show to TV shows or talent shows. This is an unforgettable experience with a unique keepsake.

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