We’re exhibiting at the Metropolitan Food and Entertainment show in Washington, DC.  If you’re in the DC area stop by and see us in booth 1236.  There is so much going on here.  We’re trying not to be star stuck, but we’re excited to see Chef Jacques Pepin, who I worked with as a cooking assistant at Complete Cuisine in 1981!  He was the first person I told that I was thinking about starting a pasta company.  Also excited to see Chef Michael Symon, whose great Lola Bistro is in Cleveland in near my hometown of Warren, Ohio.

Hoping to see Giada DeLaurentiis, whose husband Todd Thompson stopped by last year and inspired two recipes. In our conversation with Todd, we discovered that his grandparents used to have a cottage on Whitmore Lake, home of Al Dente, Inc. Here’s the post I wrote  last year that was inspired by Giada.  Her recipes are absolutely perfect for the home cook and that is who Al Dente Pasta is made for. My belief is that pasta can be prepared in the home just as well as in a restaurant, sometimes even better and healthier–but always less expensive.

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