Foodie and the Beast

Nycci Nellis is everyone's "go to" food journalist for insights and in depth info about everything happening across the food/wine/spirits/brews/restaurant scenes in the Mid-Atlantic and across the U.S. Her husband, David, is a beer and burgers guy. On radio since 2009, they host celebrity guest interviews with famous and up-and-coming chefs, winemakers, distillers, oystermen, farmers, marine biologists and more. Get the foodie info you need to know and won't find anywhere else; enjoy irreverent repartee; pick up great recipe tips for cooking to cocktails and ... have fun! .. with Nycci and David Nellis on the one and only, Foodie and the Beast.

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Foodie and the Beast

Foodie and the Beast - Aug. 18, 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; * 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

Past Episodes

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
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

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