Foodie and the Beast

Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show; * I Ricchi is D.C.'s legendary, award-winning, nowhere-does real-Italian-food-better restaurant. Its equally legendary chef/owner, Christianne Ricchi, is in today to talk about where the restaurant is headed into its fourth decade and about what it talks to remain true to "la vera cucina italiana;" * Bettina Stern is the co-founder of Chaia, a seasonal vegetable taco company that gives customers fresh, flavorful plant-based ingredients. Stern and her business partner Suzanne Simon brought their unique restaurant concept to Washington D.C.'s farmers markets, where it instantly created long lines. Within weeks of their debut, Chaia was selected by the Washington Post "as one of D.C.'s top nine up-and-coming tastemakers." Now Chaia has two brick-and-mortar locations in D.C. - the new one is in Chinatown; * The Sally restaurant opened at The Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel in December 2018. The Sally's chef is French-trained Ricrado Planas, who most recently served as chef de cuisine at the Cafe du Parc at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel; * Black Betty vodka, Picaroon rum... famous spirits are coming out of Blackwater Distilling. Its regional head of sales, Vince Tyson, and brand ambassador, Jamie Imhof, are in to tell us more and to serve some up.

Foodie and the Beast
00:50:27 2/17/2019

Past Episodes

Sunday, September 8, 2019 was our annual, "Be good by doing good" show, featuring area nonprofits and the great events they're hosting around the area. Joining us were: Chris Shaughness, executive director of MCPAW (Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being; the dedicated nonprofit fundraising partner of the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center) in with details of the groups kick-ass fundraiser - an upscale, 60's-style frat party featuring awesome food and drink, a great auction and live music by Junior Cline and the Recliners; Melissa McCall and Amanda Garzon, in with info about how hydrocephalus affects thousands of infants and adults and about how you can help find a cure by joining the 2019 National Capital WALK To End Hydrocephalus - Saturday, September 28th at the Lincoln Memorial; Aisha Bond and Aleka Ross, joining us with a ton of info about the upcoming, September 14, annual, Art All Night North Capitol DC'S only free overnight art festival; Benito Bermudez also was in - he's the head roaster and founder of Café Unido in Panama City, now coming to Union Market, and so were cocktail mavens and rum lovers Duane Sylvestre and Chris Chapman Shakra, in with tastes and talk of ... what else?... rum and their concept for a great (rum-inspired) staycation! Join us!
00:52:25 9/7/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * James Beard-nominated 2018 RAMMY Chef of the Year Amy Brandwein, executive chef and owner of Centrolina and her new osteria, Piccolina; * Gabriele Poli, founder and president of The Gelato Festival, which is returning to Washington Sept. 7-8 at the City Market on O Street. It will be co-hosted with Dolci Gelate; * Colleen Gillespie, general manager, Boundary Stone, in to talk about the 6th annual D.C. Beer Week, which is coming up, and The Battle of the Barrel-Aged Beer, Sept. 10 at the Boundary Stone. Joining her is Sarah Jane Curran, the host of the podcast Beer Me! Read more at * Olivia Restaurant's beverage director, Tim Hays, and bartender Eduardo Acabal talk about and pour gin and tonics.
00:50:21 8/24/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * There's an event coming up that deserves your attention. It will bring together a panel of hospitality industry leaders discussing efforts to make restaurants and bars more welcoming to persons choosing to cut back on or abstain completely from drinking, while making their spaces safe, fun and supportive environments for these guests and for employees. Amanda Hoey of Wildheart Media is in with the details; * Going ... going ... gone! Iconic D.C. sports bar Buffalo Billiards is hosting a farewell party Aug. 24 from noon until closing. Bar items are currently being auctioned off online, with a percentage of proceeds going towards So Others Might Eat. Buffalo Billiard's co-owner Geoff Dawson will tell us all about it; * Stable Restaurant owners Silvan Kraemer and David Fritsche always dreamed of opening a restaurant together, but weren't exactly sure what the eatery of their dreams would look like. Well, Silvan is here to tell us what it looks like and, most important, about the taste of Switzerland it delivers; * Also joining us is Veronica Kunkel -- they call her "V -- and she's a sommelier who, along with working to elevate women in the wine world, is committed to making wine education, enjoyment and pricing less intimidating for the uninitiated. V is the founder and CEO of Sommstock. Wouldn't it be wonderful to only drink wines crafted in the vineyard, organic where possible and that punch way above their weight class? SommStock can help! It takes the effort out of finding wines, so that you can simply focus on enjoying them. For more, visit; * And finally,if it has to do with wine, spirits and more, the guy you want to know is Nick Hellberg, beverage director at the Conrad Washington D.C. He's in with tastes and talk of all there is to enjoy at the city's newest and coolest hotel.
00:50:25 8/17/2019
Hosted by Davis and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * James Beard Award Winner Michael Schlow Opened His First Fast-Casual Restaurant - it's Prima ... it's in Bethesda and it serves gluten-free bowls based on Italian antipasto in Bethesda. The restaurant's culinary director, chef Ed Scarpone, is with tastes mand talk of Prima. * KATHY HOLLINGER, President and CEO of RAMW, is in with the biggest news of the summer - RESTAURANT WEEK IS BACK! It kicks off Monday, August 12 and runs through Sunday, August 18 with 250 amazing restaurants and bars serving IT ALL up at amazing prices. * Events DC is the face of conventions, sports, entertainment and cultural events within our nation's capital. Ashley Forrester, Corporate Director Communications & Marketing for Events DC, is in with us to say ... IT'S HAMMER TIME. YES, I SAID IT ... MC HAMMER - LIVE ON AUGUST 23rd - and you're gonna hear all about it. * It's gonna be cocktail time - Thy Parra & Nicole Hassoun are the founders of Cocktail Curations, and they're in to help our taste buds get happy.
00:50:42 8/3/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Shizu Okusa, the Founder & CEO of Wellthy & Co, a family of direct-to-consumer wellness brands, including JRINK, a cold-pressed juice subscription company, and Apothékary, a plant-based farmacy disrupting the healthcare space with its line of CBD-infused drinks; * Dr. Sunyatta Amen, Tea-EO (get it?!) of Calabash Tea & Tonic, whose healthy and, uh, motivating teas include powerful aphrodisiacs such as Love Potion #10 Chai and the Mighty Mandingo Chai; * Homewood Suites Navy Yard - near Nationals P{ark - is always abuzz during baseball season. We'll hear all about that a more from Anat Levinson, the hotel's general manager; * Dan and Meg McNeill are in. They own the Miscellaneous Distillery in Mount Airy, Maryland. It recently received four prestigious medals at the 19th San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
00:50:22 7/27/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Josh Carin is director of hospitality, Montgomery County Revenue Authority/MCG Events. The Authority is teaming with CFM for a Farm Tour in the Montgomery County Ag Reserve and for a CFM Farm To Table Dinner July 27 benefitting MANNA; * Ballpark operations and guest experience for the Washington Nationals - from then to now - the evolution of concessions at at Nats Park; * Have you ever thought, "I'd love to work in the theater?" Well, maybe this is your chance - joining us today is Amy Saidman, Artistic Executive Director of Story District. Through dozens of performances and classes, one-on-one coaching, corporate training, partnerships and a podcast, Story District creates a platform for diverse perspectives and enriches an understanding of our common humanity; * Erin Lingle is a co-owner of Mola, saluted by D.C.'s Michelin Bib Gourmand for bringing Spanish flair to the District's summer scene. She's in to talk refreshing summer dining, Spanish-style; * The Gibson is celebrating its 10th anniversary, so congrats to a D.C. hospitality pioneer that's still relevant today. Julia Ebell is creative director at The Gibson. She's in with tastes and talk of this now-legendary cocktail bar and its classic cocktail menu.
00:50:27 7/20/2019
Hosted by David and Sam Nellis. On today's show: * Talented chef Eric Adjepong - a season 16 finalist on "Top Chef" - and his wife, decorator Janell Adjepong, Pinch & Plate thoughtfully plans and produces customized, full-service dinner parties in guests' private homes and venues; * Sultan Shakir, the executive director of SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders), an organization that works to support and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metro area; * Paul Dahm, co-founder of WorkChew, which creates co-working spaces in restaurants during off-peak hours; * Amazing Women, a fundraising event to help kids at the U.S. border who are facing a humanitarian crisis. Restaurants from all over D.C. are contributing food and drink to support the event. In to talk about it is Diane Gross, co-owner, Cork Wine Bar; * Beth Cover, wine manager for ,Wardman Wines, a store in Brookland that has just launched Wardman Circle, a wine club.
00:50:25 7/13/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Gayle Galbraith is the co-founder and owner of the Federal Brewing Company in Federalsburg, Maryland. Yes, she's a brewer. But, along the way, Gayle discovered she had an affinity for brewing the ancient healing elixir, kombucha. Go figure. Gayle's in to tell us all about it; * Mintwood's General Manager Gene Alexeyet and his chef de cuisine, Matthew Cockrell talk about the neighborhood appeal of their D.C. establishment; * And Maria Bastasch, wine director at the restaurants Compass Rose and Maydan. This summer at Compass Rose, they are featuring a curated list of thirst-quenching chilled wines made by women. Proceeds from sales of these wines go to support their neighbors from N Street Village, the largest provider of housing and services for homeless women in the District.
00:50:24 6/29/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * The 37th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala will be held Sunday, June 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to. honor the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hardworking individuals and organizations of the capital region's restaurants and foodservice community. Today we're talking RAMMYS, as well as about the state of dining in D.C. Joining us in this are: o Kathy Hollinger - president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington o and Ashok Bajaj - winner of the Duke Zeibert Restarauteur of the Year award, founder/CEO of the Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, which includes the Bombay Club, Rasika and the Oval Room. * Also joining us today is Jon Chocklett, director of sales & marketing at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, and executive sous chef at that property Justin Bergo. They are in to talk about their new Sleep Sanctuary Program. The offering includes a variety of sleep wellness luxury products, services and amenities geared toward providing wellness enthusiasts and over-worked high achievers with nurturing experiences that resonate long after their departure. The Sleep Sanctuary Menu features dishes and treats that each contain specialty ingredients to help the body feel nourished and relaxed and to promote a better night's sleep; * And then there's Chantal Tseng. With almost 20 years of tending bar in D.C. with a passion for sherry, natural wines, books, cocktails and travel, Chantal is the current U.S. Ambassador for International Sherry Week, as well as a noted bartender/sommelier and avid drinker of tea. She helped lead the craft cocktail scene in the city and has had many recipes published in articles and books over the years. She is currently the head barkeep of the Reading Room of the Petworth Citizen, where she runs her Literary Cocktails program as well as natural wine nights, Ice Cream Social Cocktail nights, Absinthe Nights and Sherry Events.
00:50:21 6/22/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Paul Cullen, former bassist for Bad Company, now celebrity chef, is with us. Last year alone, he cooked in over 200 kitchens in the Mid-Atlantic, Chicago, and Nashville. Paul has revived classic recipes taught by his Italian Grandma Tagliaferro and Mom Nancy along with his Italian chef friends from his many visits to Italy, which he pairs perfectly with regional wines of Italy; * La Fęte du Rosé Wine and Music Festival is a picnic-style celebration coming up on June 22 at the National Harbor. To attend, you've gotta dress to impress in pink and/or white. Cleveland Spears III of the Spears Group, joins us with all the deets; * The 2019 RAMMY awards are coming up June 30. We have another nominee in with us. Representing Royal in LeDroit Park is a "cocktail program of the year" finalist, and it's his third nomination in the category in recent years. Jake Kenny is the bar manager at Royal, and he's in with us today; * Adam Bernbach, bar director at Estadio, is known around town as a master cocktail-concocting chemist! He, we and the Spaniards love gin - one of the most popular gin cocktails is the gin and tonic (or "gintonic," if you're in Spain) and Estadio's celebrating gin and the gintonic all month long with its second annual "Juniotónico: a Gintonic Festival," now through June 30; * And the Wilder brothers, Ari and Micah, are back. When we first met them, they were bartending and consulting mixologists. Now they are big time entrepreneurs who own Chaplin's in Shaw and just opened Zeppelin, offering an omakase experience, complete with sushi, yakitori and other Japanese menu items and, of course, amazing cocktails to match.
00:50:20 6/8/2019

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