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Healthier food is out in force at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show


Foodies explored the seventh annual Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show during the weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The show offered presentations by celebrity chefs including Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio of “Top Chef” and Giada De Laurentiis and Jeff Mauro of Food Network, along with more than 300 exhibiting vendors. While attendees sampled offerings that included doughnuts, cocktail-inspired baked goods, cheese and sausages, healthier food piqued their interest on the show floor and in the Celebrity Theater.

During a presentation that featured savory and sweet flavors, Colicchio and Simmons breached the topic of healthier food. Colicchio performed a cooking demonstration of rabbit ragout with fig, pistachios and mushrooms and said he chose to show how to cook rabbit because it is a lighter and leaner alternative to other meat, plus it is versatile. Simmons, when asked about feeding a crowd, recommended soup because it is healthy and economically friendly.

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