FOODIE & THE BEAST
From fine dining to irresistible junk foods, top chefs to up-and-comers you haven’t heard of (yet!), foie gras, fish fingers, and much more, no sip of wine, no morsel of food or food gossip goes untouched, as David and Nycci Nellis aka Foodie & The Beast give you the inside dish on the hottest restaurants and bistros, the freshest ingredients and the finest tipples on the scene.
Foodie and the Beast: February 23, 2014
Spring is (almost) in sight and here in the Foodie and the Beast studio, that means a couple of things: Mardi Gras, home renovations, and outdoor fun. DC’s premier expert on Mardi Gras, Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, was in studio to talk all things Fat Tuesday and the annual celebratory parade and block party in Arlington. Also necessary for a successful Mardi Gras is plenty of booze- Acadiana’s Scott Clime gave us the 411 on their March 4th bash as well as the libations they’ll be serving for the occasion. The founders of DC Brau, DC’s fisrt packaging brewery since 1965, Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock made sure to satiate our thirsts throughout with a sample of brewskis. Finally, John Giddings, Host of HGTV’s Curb Appeal, was in studio armed with tips for beautifying your home this coming spring. It was another fun sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Click on the image, or click here, to listen to the full show!
Foodie and the Beast: February 16, 2014
Sunday was another exciting morning with Foodie and some of Washington’s top food authorities! Head Baker Larry Kilbounrne and General Manager Will Washingoton of Le Diplomate sat down with us to chat about the restaurant’s booming success since opening last year. Will Rentschler of The Capella Hotel’s Grill Room and Rye bar also joined us in studio to talk about his latest venture. Silver Diner’s Executive Chef and Co-founder Ype Von Hengst talked with us about their new menu and focus on healthy eating. In studio to give us the 411 on a couple of upcoming, area events were Eunice Mazloom and Chef Mazier Farivar of the Anuual St. Jude’s Gala and Jim Foss of Hill Country Barbecue with details on Texas Independence Day on March 2nd. Click on the image, or click here, to listen to the full show!
Foodie and the Beast: February 2, 2014
It’s Super Bowl Sunday and that means one thing; food (oh, and football)! Here in studio, and talking about the main event, Mike Cordero, Chef and Owner of A-Town Bar and Grill and Flat Iron Steak and Saloon in Arlington, VA offers tastes of and tips about game-day food. Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso joined us to chat about her new cookbook, Pizza, and how to make a great pie at home. Chef Partner and VP Gary Baca and COO and Managing Partner Mike Rotolo of the newly opened Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab restaurant talked with us about bringing the Miami legend to DC. Chef Enzo Fargione was on set with the 411 on his new cookbook, Visual Eats, and all things modern Italian cooking. Lastly, Michael Holstein, TV producer, entertainment attorney, and owner of Quench, mixed up some great libations alongside his chef, Ed Hardy. Click here, or click on the image, for the full show!
Foodie and the Beast: January 19, 2014
It was another exciting sunday at Foodie and the Beast! Alison Victoria, celebrity interior designer and host of DIY network’s Kitchen Crashers “crashed” the Foodie and the Beast studio to chat about the TV and Remodeling show at Dulles Expo Center. Joan Nathan joined us to talk Sips and Sups- the annual charity event benefiting DC Central Kitchen and Miriam’s Kitchen. Chef Frederik De Pue was in studio to talk about his new restaurant Menu MBK (Market, Bar, and Kitchen), as was New York-based Chef John Mooney to talk about his new Union Market restaurant, Bidwell. Foodie and the Beast would not be complete without some thirst-quenching libations, so Jade Floyd and Michele Guedan from Early Mountain Vineyards were in studio to provide us with pours and more details on Sips and Sups. Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: January 12, 2014
Industry heavy-hitters gathered once again in the Foodie and the Beast studio to discuss the latest in all things and drink. Alisia Kleinman, CEO and Founder of Industree explained how her organization works towards unifying the restaurant industry in various formats. Bagby Restaurant Group’s Corporate Executive Chef Chris Becker and Executive Pastry Chef Angie Lee shared exciting details about the recently opened Cunningham’s in Towson Center. Thor and Leah Cheston joined us on set to discuss the latest happenings at Right Proper Brewing Company. Mari Vanna’s Executive Chef Azamat Zhanizakov took a break from celebrating their one year anniversary to visit the studio. Last but certainly not least, Gene Alexey, Blue Duck Tavern’s Sommelier, poured the studio tasty sips from the restaurant’s vaunted wine program. Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: January 4, 2014
New year, new you! Foodie and the Beast had the lowdown on the best DC resources for sticking to your health resolutions. Cherie Lexhner, nutritionist at Whole Foods, talked with us about their exciting new program that puts nutritionists in DC-area stores. Marc Caputo, co-owner of Zengo Cycel Bethesda and Logan Circle, explained the many benefits of a holistic workout routine and Chef Jessica Swift, master at priming efficient home kitchens, explained how to make sure your kitchen-ready for a delicious 2014. Silver Diner Co-Founder and Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst talked their menu’s recent “Healthy For You” revamp. In the name of trying to lead by example, we swapped out our normal libations for sips of delicious, and healthy, Gouter Tonics poured by Violaine Prbane.
Foodie and the Beast: December 22, 2013
From shellfish to cordials, Foodie and the Beast had the scoop Sunday on amazing local products available across the DMV! Talking all things seafood, Foodie and The Beast sat down with John Rorapaugh, director of Sustainable Initiatives at Pro-Fish- the lead seafood distributor in the region, and Tim Devine of Barren Island Oysters. In studio to give us the scoop on new happenings in the wonderful world of wine were Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Wine Director Brent Kroll and our bartender for the morning, Owner and Founder of Cordial Wine and Spirits in Union Market, Eric Rohleder. Wrapping things up with dessert, of course, Osteria Morini’s pastry chef, Alex Levin, shared some sweet treats with the studio. It was another great morning on the Foodie and the Beast set! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: December 15, 2013
Foodie and the Beast played host on Sunday to a range of stars from DC’s for scene. Satiating our thirst throughout the show, Lucas Paya, wine director for all of Jose Andres’ Thinkfood Group restraints, treated us to rare wines owned by Ferran Andria’s El Bulli at Sotheby’s auction while Robert Hayk, of G &B Importer, served up a variety of Bulgarian wines. Jeff Black was in studio to chat with us about all things Republic- his latest restaurant. Evan Wexler, of Steakhouse Elite, which specializes in Northern American Wagyu beef products talked with us about, you guessed it, beef. The show wrapped up with James Stachowski, of Stachowski’s Market in Geaorgetown and Jakob Esko, chef at The Capella Hotel’s Grill Room, chatting about their eateries’ current happenings and a brunch collaboration. Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: November 24, 2013
With the holidays right around the corner, this sunday’s Foodie and the Beast studio was filled with local gift-giving experts and taste-makers to help listeners navigate the area’s many shopping options. Heather Shaw Menis of Saks Fifth Ave talked with us about some of her favorite items from their holiday gift guide. Alexander Petroissan of Petrossian Caviar and Amanda McClements of Salt and Sundry in Union Market were also in studio to discuss their businesses’ holiday happenings as well as some unique gift ideas. Amy Rutherford of Red Barn Mercantile and of The Old Town Boutique District, and Susan Goreck, owner of Zoe Boutique, chatted about all of the Black Friday deals being offered in Old Town Alexandria. And, of course, all this shopping (or speak of shopping) made us thirsty! Luckily, Diane Gross and Khaid Pitts from Cork and Cork Market delighted our palettes with talk of Growers Champagne while Trey Stevenson of Rosenthal Wine Merchant poured us a variety of wines.
Foodie & the Beast Loobook and Listen: July 7, 2013
From Maryland to DC to Virginia, another food-filled summer is underway. Foodie and the Beast were joined by great industry leaders from across the DMV. We first chatted with Mitch Berliner of Central Farm Markets about all of their latest happenings. Chef and Owner of Bastille, Christopher Poteaux, and Farmer Forrest Pritchard, author of Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm sat down with us to talk about their latest news. Aviva Goldfarb, founder of the Six O’ Clock Scramble meal planning service- the family dinner challenge. 2941 Executive Chef Beryrend Chemel and Sommelier Jonathan Schuyler talked all things Bastille Day and summer dinner fun. In studio to fill us in on Rosslyn’s brand new fresh, casual Thai restaurant, Tom Yum District were owners and chefs Aulie and Mel, who also spearhead Bangkok Joe’s in Georgetown and T.H.A.I. in Shirlington. Executive Director of Maryland Wineries Association, Kevin Atticks, poured us sips from Maryland’s finest vineyards and chat about its growing wine industry. To listen to the full broadcast, click here:http://
Foodie & The Beast Lookbook and Listen: June 30, 2013
Foodie and the Beast wrapped up the first month of the summer with another great show! First, Frederick de Pue, Chef/ Owner of the newly opened Azur, and Francesco Amodeo, of Don Cicco e Figli Italian Liqueurs, chatted about the eatery’s opening and its cocktail program artfully designed by Amodeo. Fabio Trabocchi of the acclaimed Maestro and Fiola joined us to share the details of his upcoming spot Casa Luca- inspired by his home region in Italy and son, Luca. We talked all things produce with Jim Epstein of Blue Ridge Produce and James McCorder of Coastal Sunbelt. The force behind the widely popular new restaurant Del Campo, Victor Albisu, spoke about how his Latin American roots influenced Del Campo’s direction. To listen to the full broadcast, click here: http://
Foodie & The Beast Lookbook and Listen: June 23, 2013
The Foodie and the Beast studio was filled with some of the district’s and charm city’s top industry players on Sunday, June 23rd. Jonah Kim and Tiffany Dawn Soto from Pabu in The Four Seasons, Baltimore talked with us about all things sushi, sake, and more. Also hailing from charm city, Executive Chef Chris Becker and Mixologist Tim Riley from The Bagby Group, owners of Baltimore’s Fleet Street Kitchen, Bagby Pizza, Ten Ten American Bistro and Cunnigham Farm joined us on set to fill us in on their latest ventures. Executive Director of Brainfood, Paul Dahm, gave us all the yummy details on their exciting, upcoming fundraiser, Brainfood Burger Battle at Poste, which will feature many of DC’s top chefs. Of course, no Sunday on set would be complete without delicious sips. One of Washington’s most renowned sommeliers, Mark Slater, formerly of Michel Richard’s Citronelle and currently of Christophe and Michelle Gabree- Poteaux’s Bastille in Alexandria, plied us with delicious sips all show. To listen to the full broadcast, click here: http://
FOODIE AND THE BEAST LOOKBOOK AND LISTEN: JUNE 16, 2013
The always gorgeous Early Mountain Vineyards near Madison, VA was a perfect setting for our Father’s Day Foodie and the Beast broadcast. Not only was the day’s scenery incredible, but the winery’s post-show barbecue was equally spectacular! First, we sat down with the vineyard’s Marketing Director Allison Conway and the vineyard’s Winemaker Steve Monson to chat all things Early Mountain Vineyards. Craig Hartman, of BBQ Exchange joined Foodie and the Beast to fill us in on the barbecue being prepared outside for the upcoming barbecue festival. And of course, we had to discuss (sample) as many libations as possible while visiting vineyard country. Shawn Sisson, Staff Sommelier at Breaux Vineyards in Purceville, VA and Brandy Gray, Regional Sales Director at Foggy Ridge Cider in Dugspur, VA, treated us to tasty sips and information about their companies’ latest happenings. The talented Jenn Crovato delighted our taste buds with bites of food from her latest cookbook and her skillfully crafted summer menu at Early Mountain Vineyards. After we wrapped up another great Foodie and the Beast on-location, we continued on to the delicious barbecue outside and had more food-filled fun! Listen to the full broadcast here:http://
Foodie and The Beast Lookbook and Listen: June 9, 2013
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group was in the house (or studio) for an awesome Sunday morning Foodie and the Beast show! Michael Babin, founder and CEO of Neighborhood Restaurant Group sat down with us to explain the restaurant group’s history and vision. We talked to Brent Kroll, NRG’s Wine Director and Sommelier, who gave us an overview of NRG’s wine program and poured some tasty sips for all in studio to enjoy. And what a better way to start our Sunday than by indulging in some golden, brown, and delicious doughnuts compliments of Tiffany MacIsaac and GBD. Tiffany MacIsaac, Executive Pastry Chef for NRG, and husband Kyle Bailey, Executive Chef of Birch and Barley, gave us the inside scoop on their new doughnut hot-spot and the years of success the duo has had at Birch and Barley. Greg Engert and Megan Parisi talked all things beer and the new NRG Brewpub, Blue Jacket. This new NRG restaurant and brewery is opening later this summer. NRG has another restaurant for all to look out for this summer, Tony Chittum’s Iron Gate. Chef Tony Chittum will lead the revitalization and reopening of this historic restaurant. Tony joined us in studio to give us the details of the restaurant’s late summer opening. Click on the link to listen to all of the show’s the food-filled fun: http://
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen: June 2, 2013
As always, it was an action-packed Foodie and the Beast this Sunday! Matt Kowal, impresario of Fat Tire Beer’s The Tour de Fat bike event, answered questions about, and trimmed some of the fat on, the company and its environmentally friendly efforts. Famed Chef Charlie Palmer called in to talk about his first-ever, charity event, American Fare, coming up soon at Charlie Palmer Steak in the district. Also from Charlie Palmer, and in studio, we were joined by Nadine Brown and Jeffrey Russell. Fresh off the Top Chef circuit, Bart Vandelae discussed his new eatery, B Too, and all of the tasty Belgian offerings it’s serving up on 14th Street. Dolcezza Gelato founders Rob Duncan and his wife, Violeta Edelman, let us in on all of the gelato tastiness to expect this summer including gelato push-pops! No Sunday would be complete without some refreshing libations, of course, and Matt Lebarron of Granville Moore’s was in studio serving some up! To listen to the full broadcast, click here: http://
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen: May 19, 2013
It was another great Sunday on Foodie and the Beast with plenty of wine, food, and, of course, exciting industry news! Mitch Berliner called in to chat with Foodie and the Beast about Bethesda Central Farm Markets and its latest happenings. Chef Jeff Black of Blacks Restaurant Group and Jonathan Pearlman, VP at Congressional Seafood, joined Foodie and the Beast to chat about their new, collaborative program aimed at ensuring accurate, reliable, and transparent labeling of fish. The shining example of Napa Valley wineries, Robert Mondavi Winery, is about to celebrate the centennial of its founder’s birth. Glenn Workman, Mondavi’s Vice President and General Manager of Napa operations, was in to pour sips and look back on Mondavi’s past 100 years of success and look forward to the 100 more to come. Daisuke, Katusya, and Yama, of new ramen hot spot Daikaya, wrapped up the show by discussing what it takes to serve up countless heaping bowls of warm deliciousness. Listen to the full show here: http://
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen: May 5, 2012
National Harbor’s (very tasty and very popular) Annual Wine and Food Festival was host to Foodie and the Beast on Sunday, May 5th. Kicking off the second day of the wine-filled 2013 festival, Foodie and the Beast chatted with many of the event’s special guests about their latest happenings as well as what deliciousness to expect from the second day on the beautiful harbor. Greg Nivens, of the Trigger Agency and the man behind the event, chatted with us about what it takes to make the Wine and Food Festival a success and all of the planning involved in serving up the city’s best wine, beer, cigar, and craft offerings to the area’s hungriest crowds. Scott Drewno, executive chef at The Source, sat down with Foodie and the Beast and talked about leading the celebrity chef charge at the event. Simon Brooking, The Beam Global Spirits Ambassador for Laphroaig Whisky and Ardmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky, flew in all the way from Scotland to chat with Foodie and the Beast! Not really, but we were lucky enough to chat about, and sample, whiskey from the Simon while he was working at the festival. Emma Jumper, the National Student Beef Ambassador for The Beef Checkoff, spoke with Foodie and the Beast about the various ways to incorporate a balanced beef diet into your daily eating habits. Matt Hobbs joined us on set to speak about Paul Hobbs Winery and Captain Thom also joined to give us all the spicy details on his line of hot sauces at Captain Thom’s Chili Pepper Company. Of course, no Sunday on set is complete without cocktails–Liz Osci and Christina Gleason, of Skinnygirl Cocktails, served up delicious and refreshing libations. At the end of another great Foodie and the Beast broadcast, the festival began and a fabulous day spent wining and dining on the harbor ensued! Look & listen here: http://
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen April 14, 2013
It was another exicitng Sunday on the set of Foodie and the Beast! Aaron Fuchs, of the upcoming Wagshal’s on New Mexico Ave., chatted with Foodie and the Beast about the soon-to-be eatery and their recent win at The National Restaurant Association’s 2013 Fabi Awards. The Washington Post’s Deputy Food Editor, Bonnie Benwick, was in studio to talk about the Post’s first ever cookbook, The Washington Post Cookbook. Former French Embassy and White House Chef, Patrice Olivon, sat down with Foodie and the Beast along with Allyson Lara, the Director of Partnerships and Marketing at his alma mater and the birthplace of many culinary all-stars, L’Academie de Cuisine. Finally, no Sunday on Foodie and the Beast would be complete without a few alcohol-infused Sunday pick-me-ups as poured by Anne Sophie Pappardallos of the charming Belgian bistro, Et Viola. To look and listen, click on the image or click here.
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen March 23, 2013
If you couldn’t make the trip to Early Mountain Vineyards with Foodie and the Beast on March 23, 2013, don’t worry, take a look and listen at all the fun that was had out in Madison, VA. To kick off a day of mollusk madness (Early Mountain Vineyards hosted a fabulous oysterfest while Foodie and the Beast was on location), the winemakers and food-makers behind Early Mountain Vineyards and the oysterfest dropped in to chat with the live audience and folks listening back in DC. First, Foodie and the Beast spoke with the show’s host for the day David Kostelnik, GM of Early Mountain Vineyards, about what it takes to run the beautiful vineyard smoothly. Hunt Addison and Peter Henderson, owners and operators of Eastern Shore Rentals and oyster roast experts, filled listeners in on what it takes to pull off a successful oyster roast and how they can help you host your own! Joe Pierson from American Shellfish in Cheriton, VA discusses the special oyster and clam varieties in the Chesepeake region as well as the differences between the two. Chatham Vineyards owner John Wehner, spoke to guests about (what else) wine! Jenn Crovato, consulting chef at Early Mountain Vineyards, treated us to some of the delicious recipes from her new cookbook Olive Oil, Sea Salt & Pepper … you can’t have a stomach full of only wine … after all! Brothers Tim and Matt Gearhart joined Foodie and the Beast to chat about their fine chocolate and confections business in Charlottesville, NC because nothing goes better with wine than a decadent piece of dark chocolate. Click on the image, or click here, to see the full album.
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen March 3, 2013
If Foodie and the Beast’s first March show was any indication of what’s to come, a spring filled with tasty food and libations is in the forecast. Pati Jinich, star of the popular public television show Pati’s Mexican Table and author of newly published cookbook, Pati’s Mexican Table, joined Foodie and the Beast to reveal the secrets to her “real Mexican home cooking”. Ricardo March, of Beni di Batasiolo filled listeners in on what to expect from the upcoming Barolo vs. Burgundy Battle in Baltimore (can you say that three times fast?) Dr. Carmel Dekel Wiseman, Russell Furbush, and Chef Benedict Zappone of Grow Your Health were in studio to share details about the upcoming March 10 Grow Your Health Conference. Civil Cigar Lounge’s co-owner John Anderson talked all-things cigar happening in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion. Providing tasty (pastrami-laden) cocktails (just kidding) were DGS Delicatessen’s Brian Zipin and Raquel Fowler–who lets us continue the after-show party at their DuPont hot spot! Click on the image or here to take a look and listen to the show!
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen January 27, 2013
On January 27, 2013, Foodie and The Beast kicked off the festivities at Union Market’s “DIYUM Game Day” with managing director of EDENS and developer behind the market, Steve Boyle. Mixing up some delicious cocktails, was Gina Chersevani– acclaimed bartender and owner of new eatery and old-fashoined soda bar Buffalo and Bergen. Carolyn Stromberg of Righteous Cheese offered helpful tips to create the perfect game-day beer and cheese pairings. Nate Anda filled Foodie and The Beast in on NRG’s newest Red Apron Butchery location in Union Market. Also representing the market, and some of the area’s tastiest seafood, JP Sabatier of Rappahannock Oysters and Dorian Brown of Neopol Smokery served up some of their most popular dishes. Eric Rohleder of Union Market’s Cordial Fine Wine provided the perfect sips to help wash down all of the morning’s yummy bites. Last but certainly not least, renowned Icelandic chef, Siggi Hall and hometown favorite, Mike Isabella joined Foodie and The Beast on set to talk about DC’s upcoming Sips and Suppers event and their latest ventures. After a busy show, Union Market was the perfect place to unwind and continue doing what we do best…eat! Check out the pictures below and take a listen here: http://
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen January 13, 2013
Another Sunday and another fabulously full studio. Joan Nathan, the James Beard Award Winning Jewish Cookbook author joined us to talk about Sips and Sups along with Michael Bartscherer the acting executive director for Martha’s Table, one of the benefitting charities of Sips and Sups. Dimitri Moshovitis and Geoff Maites from Cava also were in studio (they’ll be dishing up their Cava products at the Sips event January 26th). Joel Finkelstein from Qualia Coffee was in studio, beans in hand. Joel talked about the quality of the beans and the importance of fresh roasted. Chef Frederik De Pue filled us in on his two new restaurants, Azure and Table and brought some tasty snacks for all. Gustavo Gonzales, winemaker of Mira Wines popped in to give us a taste of Napa Valley’s newest winery. Francisco Garcia, General Manager of Beer, Wine & Co and David Birks, Beer Sommelier of Beer, Wine & Co mixed us up some Sunday morning cocktails and filled us in on the restaurant and wine shop. Needless to say it was a great show. Look and Listen here.
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen January 6, 2013
In the first Foodie & The Beast of 2013, “The Beast” (aka David Nellis) was out and Scott Drewno, (executive chef at the acclaimed Wolfgang Puck restaurant, The Source) was in! Chef Scott joined Nycci as guest host and together they threw New Year’s dieting resolutions out the window and filled the studio with treats and sweets from local eateries. Jeff Halpern and Elliot Spaisman from the upcoming Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken shop arrived just in time to serve up a sugary breakfast, doughnuts. The guys filled Foodie and The Beast listeners in on what to expect from their yummy new concept, which is slated to open later this month. David Guas, of Bayou Bakery in Arlington, VA, joined Foodie and the Beast to talk celebrating Three Kings Day and Mardi Gras-New Orleans Style … King Cake in hand. With this holiday right around the corner, Bayou Bakery is prepping for a month of partying hard and eating well. Mark Rosati, Shake Shack’s culinary manager, joined Foodie and the Beast from NYC to share the eatery’s famous concretes. Shake Shack takes the concept of shakes a one step further by serving this decadent, custard-like creation in a variety of flavors. And it wouldn’t be a day of decadence with out someone pouring something! Tom Brown of one of DC’s favorite places to get a cocktail, The Passenger wowed everyone in studio with an array of rum-infused tiki cocktails currently featured on the menu of his newest spot, Hogo. Doughnuts, rum punch bowls, custard concretes and King cake? 2013 is off to a delicious start. Look and listen in here.
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen December 16, 2012
For the final show before the end of the world… we had another studio full of phenomenal guests full of tips from gift giving to bar making. Carla Hall (you know her from “The Chew” and “Top Chef”) was in studio to talk about her new cook book, “Cooking with Love”. Brandon Clay from David Yurman at Tysons Galleria had wonderful jewelry gift tips and was wearing FABULOUS David Yurman baubles. Russell Jones, manager of PX and Bar T.N.T and his fiancée Monica Carroll, the bartender at Restaurant Eve joined us in studio and gave how-to on building a cocktail bar for any holiday party and brought in some great gifts for the aspiring bartender. Heather Shaw Menis from Saks Fifth Avenue at Tysons Galleria brought in a magnificent array of gift combos for everyone on your list. Rick East from Room & Board showed off some of the grand gifts they have to offer and Alex Clifford, the founder of Grape Crate, educated us on his new company and to complete the Sunday morning show gave us some tastes of a few of the different wines. Click on the image to look and listen, or click here.
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen December 9, 2012
Another Sunday and another great show in studio with Foodie & the Beast. Nycci was in NYC and Washington Post Food Section columnist, David Hagedorn graciously stepped in as the resident Foodie. Joining us in studio was Casey Patten talking about the long awaited opening of Taylor Charles Steak & Ice. The always entertaining Chef Patrice Olivon from L’Academie De Cuisine whipped up a cooking demo in studio and Firefly’s Chef Todd Wiss delighted the studio guests and hosts with delicious potato latkes. A little vino on a Sunday morning doesn’t hurt, thanks to Allison Burns and Michelle Gueydan from Early Mountain Vineyards for keeping the glasses full. Joanne Weir chatted for a bit via phone discussing her cookbook “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence: Dinner Made Simple. With great food to taste and wines to drink it was a good day. Click on the image, or click here, to look and listen.
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen December 2, 2012
Foodie & the Beast got the 411 on all the must know information for the upcoming Inauguration in January. Although it is a month away, it’s time to start planning. Ernie Arais and Andrew Davidson of the Park Hyatt came with gifts … delicious pies from Blue Duck Tavern …. and all the info needed about the festivities happening at the Park Hyatt. The always fashionable, Marlene Hu and Eric Eiden from Hu’s Shoes and Hu’s Wear joined us in studio to show off some of the latest women’s fashion trends (including ah-mazing shoes). Michael Andrews of the recently opened Michael Andrews Bespoke joined us in studio with a selection of mens finery. Who doesn’t love a man in a tailored suit? End Bistro’s Shaun Henesy shared a variety of treats that the Ritz-Carlton DC is offering for the Inauguration Weekend including the details behind the $100,000 Inauguration package. During Inauguration Weekend, and every other weekend, all the power people in DC can be found sitting at the bar where Jeff Faille resides at Fiola. Jeff poured several drinks from his latest cocktail menu showcasing a range of tastes and flavors and … power. From fashion to food, all you need to know for one of DC’s biggest nights is all here for you. Listen here or look and listen by clicking on the image.
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen November 18, 2012
Another full Foodie & the Beast studio on November 18th. Chris Bassett, the mixologist for the new Trademark in Alexandria, was in studio and made the Sunday morning super boozey with some fabulous cocktails. We were fortunate to compliment the cocktails with a bevvy of tastes from the always fabulous chef Jaques Haeiringer of the renowned L’Auberge Chez Francois. Everybody’s talking about Greenhat Gin and lucky us Tom Uselton and Michael Lowe from Greenhat Gin also joined us in studio with samples from DC’s first craft distillers. Phil Green, founding member of the American Cocktail Museum was also in studio, showcasing his book “To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion,” providing us with an even greater education on how alcohol influenced Ernest Hemingway’s writing and he mixed up a cocktail to boot. Lastly, Foodie & the Beast chatted with Seattle’s Tom Douglas to talk about his latest cookbook “The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook.” Baking mavens, this is one for the shelves. Click on the image to look & listen, or listen here.
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen November 11, 2012
The new Union Market, a foodie’s paradise, made the perfect setting for Foodie and the Beast’s on-location show Sunday, November 11. To top-off the segment, some of DC’s top food bloggers competed in a lamb-burger-bash competition, LambJam! Take a look at all the food-fun we had with our guests and audience throughout the day! Chef, and Union Market curator- Richie Brandenburg, the Shepard of Border Springs Farm- Craig Rogers, and Executive Chef and reigning LambJam champion- John Critchley chatted with Foodie and the Beast about what’s happening at Union Market and laid out the burger bash competition. Mixing up delicious cocktails on set was JP Fetherston of Rappahannock Oysters. Carolyn Stromberg stopped in to give us the 411 on her new Union Market space- Righteous Cheese. Travis Croxton talked about all the delicious offerings at his new Rappahannock Oysters space in the market. Acclaimed food writer and DC’s Metrocurean, Amanda McClements, talked with Foodie and the Beast about her adorable home boutique in Union Market- Salt and Sundry. Anna Bran-Leis shared with Foodie and the Beast details of her DC Empanadas location in the market- as did George Lesznar of his Harvey’s Market space that provides the market quality meat and poultry. Foodie and the Beast was treated to another round of cocktails served up by Hank’s mixologist Gina Chersevani, who recently opened Buffalo and Bergen in the market. Click on image to look and listen.
Foodie and the Beast Lookbook and Listen November 4, 2012
Take a look and listen to all the food-fun had on Sunday, November 2 in the Foodie & The Beast studioAnn Yonkers chatted with Foodie and The Beast about FreshFarm Markets 10-year anniversary celebration and how FreshFarms has evolved over the years. Eliza Yoder gave Foodie and the Beast the inside scoop on Food and Friends’ collaboration with Baguette Republic to sell delicious pies with a cause this holiday season. Lisa Hviding, cheese specialist at Park Hyatt, puts politics aside to compile a red and blue cheese spread, among others, for election night . Jim Foss, Chef de Cuisine and Director of Operations at Hill Country Barbecue, fills Foodie and the Beast in on Thanksgiving options available at Hill Country when backup is needed for those last-minutes guests! As always, a Foodie and the Beast recording wouldn’t be complete without delicious cocktails to sip on throughout. Patrcik Chiappetta, general manager of Art & Soul, mixed election night-themed cocktails that are sure to get everyone’s votes- red or blue, during Art & Soul’s election-night party. Click on image to look and listen.
Foodie & The Beast Lookbook & Listen October 28, 2012
On Sunday, October 28th Foodie & The Beast was joined in studio by nationally acclaimed cookbook author, Kim O’Donnell. Back for a second time, Kim brought her latest cookbook, Meatless Celebrations (Year Round Vegetarian Feasts) for us to read through and discuss. Lesson learned … plenty of ways to dress up the Thanksgiving table with out a Turkey. Have a vegetarian coming to your home? Kim’s latest book has plenty of delicious suggestions. Many know Gail Simmons for her well-trained palate and judging on Bravo’s Top Chef. And, many will meet her November 3-4 at this years Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. Gail called into Foodie & The Beast to give the details of what she’ll be cooking up at the Metro Cooking show and provides some backstage intel on this coming seasons Top Chef. Chef Victor Albisu was kind enough to stop by and he didn’t come empty handed! Chef brought in all the fixin’s and a griddle to cook up some of the tacos he is know serving at his Taco Bamba pop-up. Any food and wine lover who has flown out of Dulles Airport has certainly popped into Vino Volo for a really good glass of wine and a tasty bite to go with. For the first time a Vino Volo is opening a store outside of an airport and it’s going ot be locally in Bethesda. Foodie & The Beast spoke with Doug Tomlinson and Tristan Kindy about Vino Volo’s concept and what to look forward to sipping and swirling. It wouldn’t be a Foodie & The Beast show without a drink segment and this week we had Beverage Director at Bandolero, Taha Ishmail shaking up an array of cocktails available at Mike Isabella’s Georgetown haunt. Click on the image to look and listen.
Foodie & The Beast Look and Listen October 21, 2012
Scroll through to see the great lineup of guests and the fun had on the October 21st Foodie and the Beast show. Washington post food writer, David Hagedorn, kicked off the show by sharing details about the event he’s spearheading in support of marriage quality– Chefs for Equality and explained how listeners can still get their hands on tickets. Danny Fisher, general manager at Ripple in NW, chatted with Foodie and the Beast about Ripple’s upcoming dining events while pouring a selection of the restaurant’s Rhone wines. Nick Olcott, who plays chef James Beard in The Roundhouse Theatre’s production of “I Love to Eat” talks about (what else?) eating and what it takes to portray the legendary chef. Foodie and the Beast got on the phone with James Beard Lifetime Award Recipient and world-renowned Chef Jacques Pepin about his accomplished career, new cookbook,” Jacques Pepin’s New and Complete Techniques”, and his upcoming appearance at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show. Lastly, Matchbox, the popular DC-based pizza chain, wrapped up the show with talks of expanding their restaurants across the DMV area. Click here to look and listen.
Foodie & The Beast Look and Listen October 14, 2012
Foodie and the Beast took full advantage of the beautiful fall weather and recorded in front of a live audience in Poste Modern Brasserie’s courtyard on October 14. Jason Wiles, chatted with Foodie and the Beast about the drink program at Poste and provided us with sips from the restaurant’s cocktail menu. Dennis Marron, the executive chef at Poste, and Craig Rogers, the Border Springs shepherd, grilled up a delicious lamb for The Foodie and the Beast audience and shared their knowledge about locally, farm-sourced food. Pati Jinich, of PBS’s show Pati’s Mexican Table provided the scoop on “real” Mexican food and her upcoming cookbook– also called Pati’s Mexican Table. Holly Harter of Subarashii Kudamono, growers of gourmet Asian pears, gave Foodie and the Beast the 411 on Asian pear varieties and the delicious products made from them—like their company’s line of wines and spirits. Finally, the guys from flying Dog Brewery, Tom Hunter and Keith Kohr, poured samples of their flavorful seasonal beers being brewed up at this time of year. Click on image to look and listen.
Foodie & The Beast Look and Listen October 7, 2012
This week on Foodie and the Beast, Nycci and Daivd spoke with Mitch Berliner of Central Farms Market about the oyster and BBQ festival held on October 1. Barry Koslow and Nick Wiseman of the new DGS Deli let Nycci and David in on their plans to establish a much-anticipated, authentic Jewish deli in DC– where a deli presence has been lacking. Scott Heimendinger, director of applied research with Modernist Cuisine, reveals how Modernist Cuisine’s newest publication, “Modernist Cuisine at Home”, breaks down modern cooking techniques and perspectives for non-industry readers to enjoy. Guy Golan, the sommelier at J&G Steakhouse, and Scott Harris, of Catoctin Creek Distillery, served up tasty cocktails made with 515 Whiskey– the signature whiskey made by Catoctin Creek Distillery served exclusively at J&G. And lastly, Partner/ Executive Chef Ann Cashion and Partner/Beverage Manager John Fulchino of Johny’s Half Shell shook up cocktails and brought in tasty treats from their new menu.