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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on January 30, 2010 at 6:53 am

Makin’ Whoopie in the Nation’s Capital

While you may think this is breaking news about yet another member of Congress getting caught in yet another sex scandal, it’s actually referring to an imaginative cooking class offered over Valentine’s Day weekend in Washington DC.

M Bar, in the Renaissance Washington Hotel invites guests to make whoopie!!  Whoopie pies, the delicious heart-shaped cream filled pies.

Chocolate whoppie pies Whoopie pies are hamburger size sandwich-like cake made from a sweet fluffy filling, sandwiched between two soft chocolate cookies.

Originating with the Pennsylvania Amish, they are most often found in Maine as well as other areas of New England.  But the treats have over the past decade, spread across the country.  Today, the famous Magnolia Bakery in Manhattan, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods supermarkets all sell versions of the delectable pie.

Dozens of variations of the pies make each unique, with the cake ranging from chocolate cake to ginger snap cookies to pumpkin cake rounds.  The fillings can be just as different, typically using a heavily sweetened marshmallow fluff or a classic vanilla pastry cream, but can be filed with coffee, fruit or liquor flavored creamy fillings.  The traditional round cookie shape is, yet for Valentine’s Day, replaced with heart-shaped cookies. Here’s a couple recipes you can try at home. 

M Bar’s Executive Chef John Therres’ class will also teach attendees how to make long-stemmed, chocolate dipped strawberries. 

Making Whoopie Valentine’s hotel packages are also available February 12th through 15th, 2010, with room rates starting at $179.00.  The package includes in-room breakfast for two, a bottle of champagne, VIP seating at the pie making class, along with chocolate covered strawberries and whoopie pies in their room.

So go ahead…make some Whoopie!! And don’t worry about the press finding out.

Pumpkin whoopie pieM Bar Makin’ Whoopie Cooking Class
Renaissance Washington, DC
1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20037  (map it)

Dates & Times - Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets - $15.00 and are available by phone at 202-775-0800.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – line, then a -block walk, or use the DC Circulator bus.

Parking – Limited metered street parking and area paid garage parking is available.

Images – Flickrchocolate whoopie pies, pumpkin whoopie pie

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