Foodie and the Beast

Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Between 1939 and 2015, Montgomery County lost 71 percent of its farmland. That loss was slowed in 1980, when citizens, farmers, politicians, and planners created the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, recognizing the value of land set aside for the environment, farming, history, and community. Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau are in to discuss "Bread and Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve;" * Mission Navy Yard, the enormous bar and restaurant, is now open across from Nats Park. Fritz Brogan and chef Roberto Hernandez are in with tastes and talk of Mission Navy Yard; * According to the National Restaurant Association, African-Americans make up only 8% of restaurant owners and the same share of restaurant managers. So rhe industry, the community and patrons across the board need a wake-up call: from Nov. 4 to 11, D.C. celebrates Black Restaurant Week and, with it, the city's top talent in food and drink. In with us today for a roundtable discussion are: o Two of the event's three cofounders; (1) Dr. Erinn D. Tucker, director of Georgetown University's global hospitality leadership master's program; and (2) Chef Furard Tate, who provides training, mentoring, and teaches job skills; o Meggrolls founder and food truck entrepreneur Meghan Baroody. Meggrolls was named a Top 25 Food Truck in Washingtonian Magazine's Ultimate Food Truck Guide in 2014, was featured in Southern Living Magazine as offering "some of the South's most Inventive meals" and voted "Best Food Truck" this past summer in Northern Virginia Magazine. o Grey Goose Ambassador Earlecia Richelle. Living and working in New York City, she developed a distinct conceptual style, fusing culture, history, and cocktails to open new avenues of communication and creative expression. * And then there's our drinks segment. Eric Kozlik is a D.C.-based cocktail entrepreneur, educator, and podcaster. He is the CEO of the Modern Bar Cart, a cocktail platform helping home bartenders and industry pros make better drinks. And... he's gonna make some for us!

Foodie and the Beast
00:52:07 10/27/2018

Past Episodes

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 Fête 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
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Megan Robbins moved to the D.C. area this past February to join The Canopy by Hilton hotel on The Wharf as executive chef and lead culinary enthusiast in charge of Canopy Central, the hotel's cafe and bar, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks at the rooftop cocktail bar, Whiskey Charlie; * In a record-setting year in which red wines still dominated, a white wine wowed the smell and taste senses of those who judged the 2019 Virginia Governor's Cup competition. Horton Vineyards' 2016 Petit Manseng was awarded the 2019 Virginia Governor's Cup. Shannon Horton, the family-owned vineyard's general manager, is in; * Culinary cultural anthropologist Amy Riolo, and Dr. Sam Pappas have teamed up to offer the latest culinary and medical inspirations to live and eat with pleasure and health. Amy is a food historian and Mediterranean Diet advocate. May is Mediterranean Diet Month and the perfect time for the release of Amy's new Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook. Dr. Pappas is a board-certified internist who has been selected as a "top doctor" in t Washingtonian Magazine, and is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Pappas wrote the foreword to Amy's new book. Together, they lead public forums, panel discussions, webinars, a Facebook Live series, cooking classes and workshops, teaching the tenets of the Mediterranean Diet along with the tips and techniques needed to fit them into a busy lifestyle; And bringing the cocktails today is RAMMY nominee Will Pattton of Bresca.
00:50:25 5/19/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * World Central Kitchen is the non-profit organization founded by Chef José Andrés to leverage the expertise of chefs and implement smart solutions to hunger and poverty. Dine-N-Dash, an annual fundraiser, is an unparalleled night of food and drink from D.C.'s best chefs and bartenders to benefit the World Central Kitchen. Nate Mook is the executive director of the World Central Kitchen and is in to give us the deets; * A third-generation restaurateur with more than four decades of culinary experience, Chef Walter Staib is an author, TV host, James Beard-nominated chef and culinary historian. His newest book, "A Taste of History," is an offshoot of his Emmy Award-winning public television show of the same name that brings 18th century colonial foods and food culture to life; Jose Andres's Barmini is known for many, exceptional offerings, not the least of which is its superb cocktail lab, which also happens to be nominated for a 2019 RAMMY. Ismael Barreto, the bar manager at Barmini. He lets us sample a few of the amazing drinks he has on offer.
00:50:26 5/5/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * You know spring is here when our first guest is in the studio! Greg Nivens of Trigger, organizer of the National Harbor Wine and Food Festival, happening May 4 and 5; * Sarah Collins calls in from the United Kingdom. She's the founder and creator of Wonderbag and the Wonderbag Foundation. The Wonderbag is a simple but revolutionary heat retention slow-cooker, which continues to cook food that has been brought to the boil by fire, cook stoves or any conventional method for up to 12 hours without the use of any additional fuel source. The South African invention is saving lives from smoke inhalation, combating deforestation, providing time for women to work and for children to go to school, and decreasing the incidence of rape; * John Coleman is in. He's the wine and cheese buyer for Balducci's and travels the world searching for the most interesting and delicious products out there. He prides himself on finding new producers and bringing them to market first. He's in with great new options for spring/summer wining and dining. And he's brought ... mimosas! * Tory Pratt is the founder of the Pratt Standard Cocktail Company. Four years ago she tried to make a gin and tonic with Green Hat, and noticed the tonic was loaded with preservatives and high fructose corn syrup. She went on a quest to find the original tonic syrup recipe and launched the Pratt Standard Cocktail Company (previously known as True Syrups and Garnishes) in 2014; * Chad Spangler, bartender and owner of Service Bar DC, was recently crowned top mixologist for the Northeast region by the National Restaurant Association at their Star of the Bar Mixology Competition. Now he's heading to Chicago in a couple of weeks to compete for the national title. He's here to mix up his smash hit, award-winning cocktail, just for our taste buds!
00:50:10 4/28/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * EMP 180 Weight Loss, whose staff provides nutrient-rich foods and total-care counseling. Clients receive food each week that they choose from a menu. EMP staff provide breakfast, lunch and snacks. EMP staff give specific guidelines to clients on their dinners. If clients want to use their own foods, they can request a customized meal plan. In to tell us about it are owner Eric Candelori, consultant Kim Spivak, and local restaurant industry veteran Drew Swift, who is down over 150 pounds. Oh yeah, and David is also on the weight loss program! * Bart Yablonsky, owner of Dawson's Market in Rockville, a local, natural foods grocery store, with Passover and Easter menus; * Paul Williams, beverage program director, and Mike Huff, culinary director of the Metropolitan Hospitality Group. MHG is a locally owned and operated restaurant group focused on providing exceptional seasonal fare, craft cocktails and hospitality. It owns and operates CIRCA and El Bebe, which recently opened in the Navy Yard district. MHG also operates Open Road and Trio in Falls Church.
00:49:26 4/14/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Talk about visiting the four corners of the earth for good food and drink. On our show were award-winning Kaz Okochi chef/ owner, of Kaz Sushi Bistro, celebrating its 20TH ANNIVERSARY!!! In business (How many restaurants anywhere can say THAT?! P.S. Chef Kaz also has a piece of DC history: He's one of the few chefs in Washington formally trained in the Japanese delicacy of fugu (blowfish) and the first one to serve it in the city back in 2001.); Grover Smith, founder of ChefsFeed Indie Week and chef Zachary Meloy, of Pulpit Suppers/Better Half, in with details of ChefsFeed, a traveling event featuring 24 all-star chefs, ranging from James Beard finalists, Michelin honorees and Top Chef contestants, all in DC for this national dinner series from bringing brings diners up close and personal with culinary talents as they cook collaborative 12-course meals at the nation's hottest restaurants.; the charming Tuba Sapanli of Mediterra Seafood Restaurant and fish market, in with news of great, sustainable seafood, oven-ready, meals to go and "Make your own meal kits" which you pick your choice of protein and vegetables from a variety of easy to prepare; Chalisa Pornpornprot of Thai Chef, talking Thai New Year celebrations and the restaurant's special events and offering to celebrate, and finally, buy never last nor least, the boys from 2019 RAMMY finalist Caboose Brewing Company, Caboose's Head of Brewery Operations, and Tim McLaughlin, one of the original owners of Caboose Brewing. Like ... who would want to miss all this?!
00:50:48 4/7/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show; * Elise Museles is a certified eating psychology and nutrition expert, creator of the Food Story platform and host of the podcast, "Once Upon a Food Story." Her mission is to empower women to create a healthier relationship with food and their bodies by reframing the way we think and feel about food. * And we'll have our first-ever call-in from Greece, when Dr. Jerolyn Morrison, a potter, anthropologist and archeologist specializing in Minoan cooking pots and cooking, joins us. She's been working in Crete since 1997, exploring the island's culinary culture and cooking pots. Cretan culinary history, Minoan culture and how they tie to modern dietary and cooking needs are her thing, and we'll dig into all of it with her. * The Embassy Chef Challenge is celebrating its 11th year on Tuesday, April 2 at the Ronald Reagan Building. Dries Molken is the executive chef to the ambassador of Belgium. He's in, along with Chinyere Hubbard, vice president of communications and marketing for Events DC, under whose auspices the challenge is being held. * Since 2009, Cookology has been one of the only few home grown cooking schools in the D.C. area. Maria Kopsidas is owner of Cookology at the Dulles Town Center and a new location in the Ballston Quarter shopping mall. Cookology offers hands-on cooking classes in a commercial kitchen. Bill Thomas is the owner of the Jack Rose Dining Saloon, home to the one of the largest publicly available whisk(e)y collections in the world with more than 2,700 expressions. On Sunday, April 7 Jack Rose is hosting a whiskey festival: the 2nd Annual "Premier Drams" - a celebration of cask strength, new and rare.
00:50:24 3/31/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show; Chef Doug Psaltis has worked in some of the world's most prestigious kitchens and, along the way, picked up three stars from The New York Times and a Michelin star running the kitchen at Country restaurant in New York City. Today, he is a chef/partner with Lettuce Entertain You, running RPM Italian and RPM Steak in conjunction with celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic; Christian Eck is assistant food and beverage manager and tea specialist at the Park Hyatt's Blue Duck Tavern. The Blue Duck has 35 different kinds of tea on the menu, and Christian's in with tastes and talk of many of them and news about the new three-course tea menu; 412 Food Rescue's technology platform, also known as "Food Rescue Hero," is an end-to-end system that matches food donations to the appropriate nonprofits, coordinates a last-mile transportation network of volunteers, trains volunteers on food safety and tracks data and analytics-measuring impact on hunger and the environment. Food Rescue Hero's Leah Lizarondo tells us how it works; Chef Alvin Dela Cruz is the chef de cuisine at the Westend Bistro in the Ritz-Carlton Washington and a legend in the making. He's introducing tasty new treats at the Westend and he's in to tell us all about them; Valor Brewpub is a veteran-inspired restaurant and brewery just across the street from the 8th and I Marine Barracks. Valor makes it a point to employ veterans, use veteran-owned products and support veteran causes, donating 10% each time a veteran organization or non-profit hosts an event there. Greg Maddrey, the brewmaster, is in today with a taste of Valor.
00:50:27 3/24/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show; * Andrew Dana of Timber Pizza and Call Your Mother fame is reopening the Supper Club at Call Your Mother and opening Turo Pizza in Ballston * You know her. You've seen her. You wonder how you can get her gig! Samantha Brown, host of the PBS series "Samantha Brown's Places to Love," will be with us. And, you can meet her next week, because she's headlining next weekend's D.C. Travel and Adventure Show at the D.C. convention center. * Is it "prah-leen," "pray-leen" or what? We'll find out when Susan Lim, cofounder of the Praline Bakery in Bethesda joins us for tastes and talk of her delish offering. * Among Washington's many monuments is the venerable Mayflower Hotel. standing on Connecticut Ave. since 1925. The Mayflower has always set D.C.'s standard for elegance and beauty. Today, the always updated Mayflower still sets the standard for luxury, elegance and peak service. To prove the point, we've brought in members of the Mayflower's team to tell you all about it. * If it's Sunday, it's time for "Foodie and the Beast," and if it's Foodie and the Beast, then there always have to be drinks! Yay! With cherry blossom time right around the corner, we've invited in Ryan Ward, beverage director at Momofuku to treat us to cherry blossom-themed cocktails and more.
00:50:24 3/10/2019
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show; * It's time once again for Fairfax Restaurant Week! Great eats and libations at fixed prices you can't help but love, too. Jinson Chan, founder and co-owner/general manager of High Side and Chris Bruno, economic Development Director for the City of Fairfax, are in to tell us all about it. * And today we have with us the original man of La Mancha! Manuel Manzaneque, winegrower/maker from La Mancha, is in with tastes and talk of his incredible wines of Spain. He is joined by wine marketer Andrew Holod of Grapes of Spain. * The Smoked and Stacked location on Ninth St. has morphed into something even better - Tin Shop, a creative bar and restaurant development group founded by Geoff Dawson and Peter Bayne. March 7 they're opening Tall Boy, serving day-into-late-night treats like killer grilled cheese sandwiches, cocktails, and, of course, tall boys: Schlitz, Guinness, PBR, Bold Rock Cider, Burly Oak Lost IPA, Union Duckpin, Flying Dog Numero Uno and Terrapin Hopsecutioner * Drinks!!! Serena Huggard is a brand ambassador with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Triple Blend Whiskey. Fortunately for us, this ambassador has come to the embassy of Foodie and the Beast with a selection of sips from Tullamore, so put on your seatbelts and get ready for some liquid fun from the Old Sod!
00:49:53 3/3/2019

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