Eat My City! Culinary Destination: Washington, DC

Nikki McGowan, Instructor/Owner, Culinary Kids Cooking School, LLC


Nikki holds a degree in psychology with a concentration in child development from Towson University. She has gained her culinary experience working in numerous restaurants in and around Baltimore including Clyde’s Restaurant Group and Iron Bridge Wine Company. When not teaching, she co-hosts “Child Life TV Cooking Show” at John’s Hopkins Children’s Center.

About Culinary Kids Cooking School:

Culinary Kids Cooking School, LLC is a mobile cooking program that teaches children ages 5-16 the art of cooking. We use a hands-on approach that incorporates science, math, nutrition, and kitchen safety into the preparation of fun and delicious culinary specialties. Our goal is to teach through doing.

Nikki shared tips to help keep kids engaged while cooking together:

Include cookbooks with vivid colorful pictures.
Discuss the geography and language of the different cultures of the cuisine you are preparing.
Make sure there are activities that each child can participate and contribute.


Liz Stambaugh – Free Lance food blogger, and author of  What’s To Eat Baltimore? and contributor to Baltimore’s Sustainable Food Examiner.

Liz does sustainable food writing for the in the Baltimore region.

Born and raised on the farmlands of Harford County Maryland. Her mother is a caterer and as a child, she would watch her mother create amazing food. During her teenage years, she began to help prepare, serve and plan dinner parties and special events. Later while she attended college in South Carolina, she continued her culinary work at several country clubs. This ignited her love for southern style “comfort” food.

Liz currently lives with her husband in the rolling hills of Northern Baltimore, where she tends to her own garden and is within walking distance of one of the most successful CSA’s in Maryland, One Straw Farm.

Liz recommended several restaurants along Federal Hill section of Baltimore not far from the Inner Harbor.

Also, we discussed the importance of supporting local CSA’s and building a relationship with the people that grow and distribute your food.

Executive Chef Janis McLean, 15 ria

A 15-year restaurant professional. She has appeared on TV Food Network’s Food Fight game show. She also has been a guest speaker on culinary trends at the Smithsonian. She is an active member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Les Dames d’Escoffier and American Institute of Wine and Food.

She is the Exec Chef at the 15 ria restaurant which is located just three blocks from Dupont Circle inside the Doubletree Hotel in Washington, D.C. Their Contemporary American cuisine has  Trendy Urban Attitude. The restaurant focuses on locally grown produce and features American cuisine with a Southern flair. The menu offering bistrostyle braised and grilled entrees, fresh seafood, steaks, and chops. And of course, a fabulous bar.

Chef Janis provided a list of  “must-see” locations in Washington, DC and described the diverse and delicious bounty of the local producers in nearby MD, PA, and VA.

Milton Drewer, Owner Chef in the City

Home Loans as a mortgage consultant and also owns a small personal chef catering company called “Chef in the City”.

About five years ago, Milt began creating dishes for friends and family.  He would take all their favorite, fatty, comfort foods and make them much healthier…..without compromising taste. 

Recently, Milt submitted his audition tape to the Rachael Ray Show.  The show receives over 10,000 entries and chooses only five chef contestants.  Drewer was chosen as one of the five!

The Rachel Ray producers were so impressed that they asked him to do a live cooking interview on Fox affiliate in DC. 

A month later, he was invited backagain.  Later that week, Milt received a call from the vice president of marketing for the Washington Redskins.  Before he knew it, he was cooking his “Redskins Football Chili” in the players’ locker room for the CBS show “Redskins Health and Wellness Special”.

Milt lives with his wife Stacy and their four year old daughter, Payton. 

“Guilty Pleasures to Guiltless Comfort”

Listeners may visit Milt’s website and submit recipes for his review. He will provide tips to reduce the calories and enhance the flavors of your favorite comfort foods.


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