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    2013 DC Metro Cooking and Entertaining Show

    Just want to let everyone know I will be at the DC Metro Cooking & Entertainment Show at the DC Convention Center next week, November 2 and 3. Like last year I will be in a booth with WildBoar under the banner WildBoar's Kitchen. We've gone bigger this year (10x20 booth), so we'll have a lot of display area. Booth numbers are 532/534. I am bringing 45 cutting boards of various materials and sizes, plus a dozen and a half lazy susans and -- new for this year -- some wood plates that will all be for sale, maple, cherry and oak from another talented NC artisan Mike Davis. In addition, I will have a collection of beautiful turned segmented bowls, urns and decorative items from a highly talented NC artisan named Charlie Stickney. These segmented turnings have to be seen to be believed, the level of craftmanship is that high.

    The other David (Wildboar) will once again be introducing the public to some of the premier knifemakers. He will be showing knives from Delbert Ealy, Randy Haas, Pierre Rodrigue, Marko Tsourkan and Butch Harner, as well as a leather knife roll from Steve Goodson. Besides handing out information on the makers, he will also be introducing knife-curious show attendees to KKF. Knowing David as I do, he will be talking non-stop to everyone who comes by the booth about those knives and makers. His expertise and knowledge will shine.

    So if you are in the area and are interested in seeing my work, or some knives from one of the makers, or a Steve Goodson knife roll, please come and visit.

    Here is a link to the show: http://www.metrocookingdc.com/ There are a lot of cooking demonstrations and appearances by celebrity chefs, some of which require special tickets.

    Wildboar will have 16 free general admission tickets, so if you are interested in coming to the show please send him a PM and make arrangements. He'll need to know which day you would like the ticket for, and will have to work at a time to meet you outside the exhibit hall to give you the ticket.

    So please come out and visit us next weekend, we'd love to see you.

    David Smith

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    Please don't forget to share some pics, afterwards.

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    Booth # is 432/434. We still have ~8 gratis General Admission tickets available; PM me Friday if interested.

    Cantuccini and biscotti baking is almost done, so we'll have some munchies at the booth.

    And as an added bonus it looks like Butch Harner will be with us all day Sunday, so come on out and say hello.
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    Got the bulk of the booth set up this afternoon. No knives were on-site, but there will be quite a few out tomorrow.

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    Oh, and right across the aisle from our booth:
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    Nice enough guys. We'll be playing at opposite ends of the price range, so we'll co-exist just fine. Cutco and Gunther Wilhelm are here again. Cutco only sprung for a tiny booth, so they put big vertical flags out in the aisle

    Sorry about the poor pics; all I had was a phone camera today. I'll get better pics tomorrow after the booth is fully set up with the knives, knife roll, etc. and BoardSmith gets more boards and the segmented turned wood products out on display. It should be hectic and fun tomorrow, and even better Sunday when Butch is hanging out.
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    We had a good drive up from NC to DC, a busy time setting up the booth, a terrific meal last night at The Green Pig (apologies if I messed up the name) and a good nights sleep. I am ready for breakfast and getting busy.

    On a sad note, The Butcher and Baker store was going to share part of the booth with us but has had to back out due to some family obligations. But on a good note, the show should be quite good this year since this isn't an election year and the government shutdown is "over". More photos later.o

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    Good luck this weekend guys. Wish I could be there. Sounds like dinner was good too! I hope everybody sells out of everything! Definitely more pics please.
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    The 2013 MCES is now over. WildBoar, Butch and my family are all out of the show and either at home, in a motel or on the way home. Saturday was a disappointment but Sunday was far and away much better. Butch talked non-stop about his knives, WildBoar did another splendid job of promoting the knife makers who sent goods and literature to the show. In fact, you guys got more than you money's worth from David (WildBoar). His knowledge of the knives put him far ahead of the curve when speaking to those who stopped by. We had a great booth which attracted a lot of attention. All in all, a good weekend.

    I do have photos but will have to wait until I return home tomorrow to post.p

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    I stopped buy and got a beautiful cutting boardsmith cutting board. They look even better in person. Plus I got to talk to him, his son, his beautiful wife. Butch was a blast too. Great show. I can honestly say they where the best products there hands down.
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    I need to get a wrap-up post together tonight if the little one will let me. "Extreme Chef" Terry French came by briefly Saturday morning, but followed-up with a much longer visit Sunday morning when Butch was at the booth. They talked a lot about big field/ camping knives, and Butch was showing off a 13 inch beast he just made for himself a couple weeks earlier. And he had his Tuna Sword there again as well, although it was not left on display. But word spread quickly around the Show support staff, and people kept walking up to the booth the rest of the day asking to see it :-) Also had a brief visit from Hugh Acheson, although he was trying to eat his lunch while looking over the knives and knife roll, and was getting snagged for photo ops. I did not get pics of either chef while they were at the booth Had three local KKF members visit, and all three walked away as happy BoardSmith owners. Plus one became a happy Harner gyuto owner, and one a happy Del parer owner. It was nice having all three come and hang out for a bit and get to talk at length with David Smith. Oh, and David Smith brought some maple plates from another NC artisan, so my wife and I now finally have three wood plates so we can use our screaming sharp Harner steak knives regularly now There were quite a few more knife-savvy show attendees this year compared to last year. So a lot more appreciation for the work of all the makers we had on display, and several had visited KKF before but had not registered. hopefully we'll get some new forum members out of that crowd. Also many knife noobs who were very interested in learning a lot more after seeing some of the incredible work these makers produce.
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    More photos of the final set up just as the doors were open.

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    Once again, for those knife makers who paid WildBoard to promote their knives, you received far more than you paid for. He was non-stop for two days with authority!

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