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: AUGUST 30, 2015
We capped off the last week of August with some delightful dish on all things wine, cocktails, and some funky tunes at the Foodie and The Beast studio. We had Brent Kroll, wine director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group, in to chat about The Partisan’s Lambrusco Week. The week pays homage to the often-misunderstood wine from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna and Lombardi regions, and we discovered just why poor, little lambrusco feels so misunderstood. And if it’s almost September, then it’s time for Epicurience Virginia, coming up on September 5th. Epicurience is where guests spend the day savoring Virginia’s finest wines and cuisine, attend wine seminars, and watch celebrity chefs like Bryan Voltaggio cook up magic in the demo tent. Beth Erickson, visit Loudon President and Epicurience participant Doug Fabbioli of Fabbioli Cellers were there to tell us all about it. Speaking of wine, Sonoma Wine Bar opened in Alexandria just last week, and features, no surprise, wines largely chosen from those in Sonoma County, CA. Owners Elizabeth and Ricky Myllenbeck were in to give us the 411. And even more adult-beverage talk – Tony Burke, Bar Manager of Mason Social joined us in the studio. Mason Social has a cool atmosphere and even cooler bar program, and Tony was in with talk and tastes of his signature cocktails. Wow, between our wine and cocktail segments, we may just had to have Ubered it home! We continued the show appropriately by getting Funked up! The Funk Ark is a band that’s only been around a few years, but is already turning heads with the debut album, From The Rooftops. They’ll appear at the upcoming Rosslyn Jazz Festival, and we had the Funk Ark’s founder Will Rast and some of the band in to bring us in and out of the breaks. It was another fantastic Sunday at Foodie and The Beast to bring a delicious end to the summer. Click here to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: August 23, 2015
We had a fabulous array of guests at the Foodie and The Beast studio this past Sunday. Some refreshing cocktails were fitting for this hot and humid morning. Added bonus – they were low calorie. We had in Glendon Hartley of Liquid and Garnish, a company who’s mission is to make every event better with relevant and signature cocktails and beverage menus in addition to providing the most skilled bartenders and mixologists for private and corporate events. We love, love, love Cava – what started as a local DC area restaurant serving good, healthy simple foods with a Greek twist is continuing to grow, grow, grow. Chef and founder Dimitri Moshovitis was in the studio to talk about their continued popularity, deal with Whole Foods, and move to take the West Coast by storm. Who doesn’t love BBQ? And unless you’ve been living under a rock, who hasn’t heard the buzz about DCity Smokehouse on Florida Ave? We had grill master Shawn McWhirter in with tastes and talk of everything from ribs and half-smokes to wings, crispy Brussels sprouts and more! Next up, we chatted with Gareth Coke, one of the men behind Boundary Stone, a popular local pub where residents of Bloomingdale go to eat, drink, hang out, and enjoy. We received a little educational insight from Sarah Sohn of Future Harvest. Bet you didn’t know that the average age of farmers in the US is 60 – and less and less, farming is a family business with skills and knowledge passed down from generation to generation. Sarah discussed how the Future Harvest group provides education, networking, and advocacy to help strengthen and maintain family farming in the Chesapeake region. All in all, it was another delectable and educational Sunday on Foodie and The Beast. Click here or on the image to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: August 16, 2015
We’ve all heard the phrase “easy like sunday morning,” but at the Foodie and the Beast studio we’re slowly changing that phrase to “tasty like sunday morning” with the help of our awesome guests and food-filled segments! Planning a bash, large or small? If so, your first thought usually is, “Who can help me make it a party no one will ever forget?” then, your second throught is probably, “I gotta call Andre!” Andre Wells and his company, Events by Andre, is the go-to party planning extraordinaire. Andre was in to share how all of the magic happens! Chef and cookbook author, Pierre Thiam joined us in studio to discuss one of Africa’s most alluring, multicultural cuisines and his new cookbook that captures it so well- Senegal. Not everyone is familiar with Balkan cuisine, but just a few bites of the rich, flavorful offering at Ambar on 8th Street, SE., is enough to turn you into a fan. With dishes with names like zlatibor and sumadija kajmak, you might be wondering what you’re getting – but your taste buds will tell you that it’s all good. Rico Wisner, executive chef at Ambar, was in studio with a sampling of its Balkan offerings. Bloomingdale and Shaw are all of a sudden among DC’s hippest neighborhoods – and one of the hippest nw places serving all the new residents is The Royal. By day, The Royal is a classic, corner neighborhood coffee shop and lunch spot, and by night, an intimate bar and eatery. The Royal’s Paul Carlson gave us the 411 on the new spot. Get ready to celebrate –August 16th, is National Rum Day. Rum Day DC founders, Jon Peterson and Clyde Davis of Chairman’s Reserve Rum joined us with talks and tastes of, you guessed it, rum! It was another delicious sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: August 9, 2015
It was another delicious Sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! The 7th annual, DC Beer Week is about to break tomorrow — one of the top events is Brewhaha – Clyde’s Restuarant Group’s 3rd annual celebration of locally-brewed craft beer, food & music. Clyde’s managing director, Dave Moran was in studio along with Chef Anthony Lombardo from the Hamilton to tell us all about the event happening Saturday the 15th at The Old Ebbit Grille. You’ve heard of potluck … but what about spotluck? It’s the new, free app that helps users find new restuarants and enjoy preferred pricing for supporting favorite local spots while helping restuarants fill tables with special discounts that change, based on the day, time and even the weather. Founder Cherian Thomas was in to give us the 411. Owner of the newly opened Caudia’s Steakhouse on K Street, Claudia Rivas and Executive Chef, Brad Race, chatted with us about the new spot. And what’s a Foodie and the Beast show without excellent liquid refreshment? Nuthin’! That’s why our friend, Tom Kahoe, beverage director at Nage on Scott Circle, joined us with a sampling of the fine wines that make Nage so popular. To listen to the full show, click on the link, or click here!
Foodie and the Beast: August 2, 2015
We kicked off the last month of summer in the Foodie and the Beast studio the only way we know how- with lots of delicious talk and tastes. And what better way to forget about your summertime sadness than by enjoying a beer, or five. Luckily DC Beer Week, a celebration of good beer in the National Capital Region from conception to consumption, is happening from August 9th to the 16th and our show had some of its key players and brewers on set. Chris Van Orden, the DC Beer Week co-chair, gave us the 411 on all of the exciting events planned for the annual celebration’s 7th happening. Gina Chersevani, owner of Suburbia, is hosting the Official Kick-off Brewers on the Block party, and was in studio sharing details about the not-to-miss event. Brandon Skall, co-owner of DC Brau, chatted with us about teh brewery’s 4th Annual DC Brau Crab Feast happening on August 10th. Andrew Cummings, Tasting Room manager at Port City, gave us the scoop on the upcoming Port City Party at “The Beach” exhibit in the National Building Museum. Josh Chapman, brewer at Bluejacket, talked with us about ChurchKey’s Total DC Tap Takeover on August 13th. And last but not least, Angel Martinez of High Velocity at Marriott Marquis, filled us in on the exciting DC Beer Week Takeover happening at the High Velocity Bar on August 14th. It was another great Foodie and the Beast show that got us ready to hop (pun intended) right into DC Beer Week! Click on the image, or click here, for the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: July 26, 2015
We wrapped up the month of July the same way we started it- with delicious tastes and talks, of course! Beloved Dupont delicatessan, DGS, has opened its second location in the Mosaic District in Northern Virginia. Owner David Wiseman, Chef Brian Robinson, and General Manager Duke Deucher were in studio to give us the 411 on the new spot. Brenna Scarrott, Marketing Team Leader for Whole Foods, Reston and Jackie Zovko, Marketing Team Leader for Whole Foods, Arlington chatted with us about Whole Foods’ involvement in supporting the local food scene and the ways it helps good-for-you start-ups get a foothold in mass retailing. The new Magnolia’s on King in Old Town, Alexandria prides itself on serving “southern immersion cuisine”; in to tell us what that means exactly were Magnolia’s on King’s proprietor Steve Fogleman and Executive Chef Brian Rowe. Celebrity DC chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella has recently opened the doors to his latest concept in Ballston, VA, a Mexican eatery Pepita. Isabella’s partner and beverage director, Taha Ismail, joined us to mix up some tasty lunation and give us insight into the new spot. It was another great sunday morning in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: July 12, 2015
It was another tasty sunday on the Foodie and the Beast set! Who other than Christophe Poteaux executive chef, of Bastille in Old Town would we have in studio to share tastes and talks of upcoming Bastille Day. Representing Maryland’s top wine-producing area, Talbot County, Cassandra Vanhooser, Talbot County’s marketing director, and Margot and Taylor Spies, the family behind the county’s newest winery, Triple Creek, joined us to chat about the area’s vibrant wine industry. Pitmaster Jim Foss, formerly of Hill Country Barbecue, has recently opened his own spot, Smokehouse Live in Leesburg, VA, and chatted with us about, you guessed it- all things barbecue! Angela Phelps, founder of Parisian-inspired boutique Le Village Marche, gave us the 411 on her shop located in Shirlington Village. Named one of the “10 best bars to open in 2014” by The Post’s Fritz Hahn and voted among the top three wine bars in DC in the Washington City Paper Reader’s Poll, Flight Wine Bar is a not-to-miss spot in Gallery Place. One of Flight’s co-owners, Swati Bose, wet our palettes with tastes and talks of the bar’s offerings. As always, our show was a sumptuous way to start off a sunday!
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It was another food-filled sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Chef Dave Zino, Executive Chef & Culinary and spokesperson for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, was in to talk about the association’s Beef Checkoff and sponsorship of the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in downtown DC. Chef David Guas, host of the Travel Channel’s hot show, American Grilled, and chef/owner of DC’s beloved, Bayou Bakery,joined us with yet another cookbook he has punched out – this one is Grill Nation and we’ll be talking the ins and outs of grilling with charcoal, wood and gas. Last time Mike Koch was in, he regaled us with stories of how this city boy became a goat cheese farmer – now he’s back as the new, executive director of FreshFarm Markets. We heard all about how he and his team plan to take the Markets to the next level of impact on the DC area’s sourcing of fresh, organic produce and other foods. Speaking of organic, Daniel Liberson is Northern Virginia’s Lindera Farms, makes vinegars to die for. He was in studio to discuss the process and how he built the business from scratch. And last but certainly not least, the team behind Ripple and Roofer’s Union has just opened Jug and Table in Adams Morgan; Sommelier Theo Rutherford chatted with us about, and presented, some of the new restaurant’s signature cocktails. Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full show!
Foodie and the Beast: June 21, 2015
While Nycci’s away, the Beast will play! Sitting in for Nycci this past sunday was guest co-host Mike McGarvey, cofounder and brewmaster at DC’s famous, 3 Stars Brewing. Jarad Slipp, winemaker at Virginia’s RDV vineyard and the new, sommelier in residence for Bethesda, MD’s luxury condominium, the Lauren, was in talking about , well… something we’ve never heard of before: a holistic wine program for condo owners, from tastings to classes and even their own, private wine lockers in the building. Food journalist and cookbook author, Domenica Marchetti, was back in-studio to talk about her latest cookbook, Ciao Biscotti, a recipe-laden homage to Italy’s famed, biscotto. Mario and Giuseppe Lanzone, food truck entrepreneurs bringing the taste of Peru’s “comida criolla” to DC’s streets, gave us the 411 on their tasty business. Cohost Mike McGarvey got his own time on the microphone to talk about 3 Stars’ latest innovation: Cans! And no Foodie and the Beast segment would be complete without a drink segment- this sunday’s features mixmaster Ben Wiley in with the newest cocktail creations from “Favorite Neighborhood Hangout” RAMMY winner, D.C.’s Bar Pilar. It was another tasty Sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Click here, or click on the image, for the full segment.
Foodie and the Beast: June 7, 2015
It was another great sunday on the Foodie and the Beast set! Jerry Burt, national sales manager for SunWarrior, a California-based, health food company that produces plant-based foods, proteins and supplements, was in to talk how even folks not going vegetarian or vegan can enjoy significant health benefits from introducing plant-based protein into their diets in a more meaningful way. Food and Friends’ Stacey England was back in-studio, this time to tell us about Food and Friends’ 25th Anniversary, Chef’s Best gala fundraiser. In with her was Foodie and the Beastfriend and occasional co-host, Washington Post food writer David Hagedorn, who founded Chef’s Best and is to be honored with Food and Friends’ Visionary Leader Award at the event. Customer service may not be why we go and go back to a restaurant, but it’s failure may be why we never go back again. Kim Hunter and Frank Taylor from James Beard Award winner Michel Richard’s Central Restaurant joined us to talk about what it takes to train and reinforce training for customer service excellence. Graffiti is illegal or .. is it? At Chalk on the Walk in Reston, festival goers get to “purchase” a plot on Lake Anne Plaza to create whatever chalk artwork they want, and win big prizes. Maurisa Potts gave us the 411. A second-generation winemaker, former homicide prosecutor Lindsay Hoopes is one of the few women winemakers in what still is a mostly male arena. She chatted with us about her career, what it takes to run her Napa Valley vineyard and, of course, to offer sips of some of her finest vintages. To listen to the full broadcast, click on the image or click here!
Foodie and the Beast: May 17, 2015
It was another food-filled sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Jamie Leeds, chef and owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont and Old Town, was in to chat about Hank’s 10th Anniversary celebration and all of her newest projects. Max Kuller, good friend and beverage director for Estadio and Doi Moi on 14th Street, joined us to chat about the launch of his “Ga-May” promotion, a month-long celebration to bring attention to one of the most delicious, yet underrated grape varietals – Gammay – while raising money for pancreatic cancer, the illness that claimed the life of awesome and amazing dad, Mark, in October 2014. More than 30 local restaurants have tied into Ga-May to raise funds throughout May 2015. Celebrated pastry chef Fabrice Bendano of Steven Starr’s Le Diplomate was in studio with talk and tastes of classic French desserts. All Set is the new, New England/Nantucket-themed restaurant in Silver Spring. Co-owners Jennifer Meltzer and Executive Chef Ed Reavis gave us the 411 on All Set, lobster (“lob-stuh”) rolls, and more. And of course, we needed some tasty libations to cleanse our palates, so the guys from Brookland Pint, a beer-centric restaurant/bar from the same folks who gave you Meridian Pint and Smoke & Barrel, were on set tasting and talking craft brewskis and more. Click here or click on the image to listen to the full show!
Foodie and the Beast: May 3, 2015
May is off to a tasty start already in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Ashok Bajaj and his DC restaurant empire has been experiencing some serious growth over the past couple of years. He, and Jake Addeo, new executive chef at Ashok’s Italianissimo restaurant in Penn Quarter, and John Melfi, executive chef at Ashok’s Oval Room were in studio to tell us all about the restaurants’ latest happenings. With Lamb Jam right around the corner, Lamb Jam competitor and executive chef at Sherry Yard’s City Perch in the new Pike and Rose development, Matt Baker gave us the baa-baa-baackground on the May 15th and 17th competition. Elizabeth Delouise-Gant, assistant winemaker at one of California’s oldest and most established wineries, Stags Leap, joined Foodie and the Beast to talk what it’s like making wine for one of the country’s most preeminent wine labels. And last but certainly not least, Michale Babin’s Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s all-star team of beer, wine, and cocktail impressarios were in the house. Beer expert Greg Engert, sommelier extraordinare Brent Kroll, and true master of mixology Jeff Faille kept our thirsts quenched with talks and tastes of delicious libations all morning. Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the whole show!
Foodie and the Beast: April 26, 2015
Foodie and the Beast wrapped up another fun, food-filled month with some great guests! Cathal and Meschelle Armstrong of Eat Food Group were in studio talking about the new Asian-inspired items on the menu at Restaurant Eve. With mother’s day gifts on everyone’s minds these days, president and founder of Spey, Paul Ashe, joined us to chat about all things diamonds and pearls. Chef Brant Cotter and General Manager Jen Cassidy delighted our tastebuds to samples of milkshakes, burgers, and other goodies from City Burger. Wine not head to National Harbor next week for the Annual Wine and Food Festival? Greg Nivens, festival founder, and Liz Oslei and Ryan Oslei of Jim Bean, provided us with plenty of tastes and talks of the upcoming, not-to-be-missed event. With another delicious month of Foodie and the Beast in the books, we are already drooling over all of the scrumptiousness ahead in May! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: April 12, 2015
It was another delicious sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Celebrated chef, Jonah Kim, formerly of Pabu in Baltimore’s Four Seasons, has just opened his much-anticipated restaurant, Yona, in Ballston. Taha Ismail was in studio to give us the 411. Washington doesn’t see the likes of many authentic, cowboys, but we’re changing that up! Real-life cowboy, not the kind in ridiculous chaps and a fifty-gallon hat, Ken Rollins joined us to dish about the new cookbook he co-authored, A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail by Kent & Shannon Rollins. John Rorapaugh, sustainable director for ProFish Seafood, chatted with us about all things under the sea (and above) from Earth Day on April 22nd to his Off the Hook charity event. Stacy England and Lisa Jourdan of Food and Friends filled us in on all things Dining Out for Life- an upcoming, local charity event. If you’ve ever noticed a falcon on your wine label, chances are you’re drinking wine from Lake Chalice in New Zealand. We enjoyed talks and taste of this unique New Zealand wine with Lake Chalice winemaker Chris Gambitsis and their wine’s US distributor, Eric Platt. Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: March 29, 2015
We wrapped up another tasty month in the Foodie and the Beast studio this Sunday! Passover is next week, and as we have in years past, we invited Paula Shoyer, the Kosher Baker, to set. Just so happens that she has a new cookbook out – The New Passover Menu – and she shared all of its delicious details with us. Ariane Daguin, founder of D’Artagnon, an all-natural and organic food company, joined us to explain the importance of choosing organic and how her organic and all-natural poultry and game, free-range meats, charcuterie, foie gras, mushrooms and truffles have become “must haves” on the shopping lists of many consumers and chefs alike. Pearl Dive, Chef Jeff Black’s monster hit of a seafood restaurant (and bar…and bocci court) on 14th Street in DC is about to host a huge, “Boil on the Bayou” event. Pearl Dive’s executive chef, Colleen Conrad, general manager, Tyes Zolman, and Black’s fishmonger to the stars, MJ Gimbar, were in to tell us all about the event. Last, but certainly not least: Scott Eliff, proprietor of Virginia’s only solar-powered winery, DuCard, was in with talk and tastes of Virginia’s greenest winery. To listen to the entire culinary conversation, click here or click on the image.
Foodie and the Beast: March 22, 2015
Different sunday, same delicious food, drinks, and conversation at Foodie and the Beast! Cochon 555 is the nationwide competition in major markets wherein (5) chefs are given (5) heritage breed pigs and challenged to make creative and yummy dishes out of them for a panel of esteemed judges (of which Nycci Nellis is one, of course!). Cochon’s founder, Chef Brady Lowe, was on the phone with us for a preview of the event here in DC. Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit dedicated to eradicating hunger in America. Especially when it comes to kids, their “No Kid Hungry” campaign seeks to ensure that the one in five American kids who face hunger every day receive that all-important good start to every day – breakfast! SOS cofounder Debbie Shore joined us with an update on the big, April 9th Share our Strength gala featuring DC’s top chefs and mixologists at the Building Museum. DC is home to numerous, “best of” lists and competitions – but the annual, Washington City Paper “Best of DC” contest may be the most unique, featuring more than 271 categories, ranging from best restaurant and best bar to best restaurant or bar bathroom. The Paper’s Chloe Fedyna chatted with us about this year’s contests, categories and gala at the Carnegie L:ibrary where the winner will be announced amid amazing food, brews, entertainment and more. Nikolai Konick of D.C.’s Drink Right has a knack for working with some of the most intriguing distillates – his latest find is/are David and Dorit Nahmias whose Yonkers, NY distillery produces some spectacular ryes and, mahia, a traditional Moroccan liquor made from figs. It’s delish, and we were lucky enough to enjoy some sips! As usual, it was another tasty sunday in the studio! Click on the image, or click here, to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: March 8, 2015
March is off to a delicious start in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Food Network alum (and vanquisher of Bobby Flay on his own “Throwdown”) and top-notch chef, Teddy Folkman, has a new gig as co-owner and executive chef of BarOak Cookhouse& Taproom in Annapolis. He was in studio with tastes and talk of his new spot. Gourmet food trucks have taken to the streets in DC. Che Ruddell-Tabisola is the executive director of the DMV Food Truck Association and was on set giving us the 411 on the first, Capital City Food Truck Convention in April. According to Michael Sapienza, Chris4Life founder, loving your butt and making sure it’s healthy is essential to avoid colon cancer. This is Colon Cancer Awareness Week, and Michael chatted with us about all the associated events. Whiskey Live recently was held in DC – it’s a national event that promotes understanding of and appreciation for all the distilled brown drinks that make the world go ‘round (and ‘round…and ‘round!). Dave Sweet, Whiskey Live founder, was in studio with Robin Robinson of Compass Box Whiskey Co. and Ewan Morgan and Gregor Cattanach or Diageo to discuss the finer pints of whiskey and to help us sample a bevy of ‘em. Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadscast!
Foodie and the Beast: February 22, 2015
Although spring may feel far away given the freezing temps, it’s right around the corner! (We hope) Our Foodie and the Beast show was chockfull of guests excited to tell us all about their upcoming spring plans. Amber Kendrick’s Cloud Terre is wowing diners at restuarants from DC to Sydney with her stunning, handcrafted tableware – she joined to tell us all about how her ceramics company got started. Who hasn’t heard of Cabot Creamery and their “wow your tastebuds” cheddar cheeses and other dairy products? The 1200 farmer cooperative has published a great cookbook with – literally – farmer-to-your-table recipes and cooking tips. Editor Margarita Martinez gave us the 411 on The Cabot Creamery Cookbook: Simple, Wholesome Dishes From America’s Best Dairy Farms. SER Restaurant, opening in late February 2015 in Ballston, is the winner of the Ballston BID’s Restaurant Challenge. Partners Josu Zabikarai and Javier Candon were on set talking about what this new, Spanish comfort foods spot will have to offer. On March 7, 2015, Whiskey Live! Comes to DC. Dave Sweet of Whiskey Live Events and Whiskey Magazine shared the tasty event details with us. Last but not least, we have talk of brewskis, too. Bill DeBaun filled us in with all things need-to-know about the 10th Annual, DC Brewers Ball. It was another scrumptious sunday on set! Click on the image, or click here, to listen to the full broadcast!
Foodie and the Beast: February 15, 2015
Laissez les bon temps rouler – Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras in French, is almost here! And, when Foodie and the Beast think “Mardi Gras,” we think (when not thinking “New Orleans!”) the Annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade, now in its 16th year. Parade Director Matt Hussman was in, along with New Orleans native, David Guas, celebrated chef/owner of Bayou Bakery, cookbook author and host of the Travel Channel’s “American Grilling”, to give us the 411 on the parade and all the associated doings at Bayou Bakery. The glorious Pike and Rose, mixed-use development on Rockville Pike now boasts two new restaurants from Lettuce Entertain You: Summer House Santa Monica, a California-inspired good and good-for-you restaurant, and Stella Barra, featuring handmade artisanal pizzas. Chefs Jeff Mahin and Francis Brennan were in studio to tell us all about the two new eateries. From Bakers and Baristas, the newly opened bakery in Penn Quarter, Lindsey Meehan, the executive pastry chef, and Tracy Wilson, general manager, are in with tastes and talk of the new shop. We say, “whiskey” and you say, what … Ireland? Well, how about “Japan.” Yup! Since the 1920o’s, Japan has been distilling amazing whiskeys, and Daikaya Izakaya’s new beverage program director, Jamie MacBain, bar manager Jameson Huckaba and chef/owner Daisuke Utagawa kept us all hydrated with lots of awesome samples of their impressive whiskey program. It was another fun, and delicious, Foodie and the Beast! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: February 1, 2015
We kicked off February in the only way we know how- with lots of delicious talks and treats! The annual Sugar & Champagne event raises badly needed funds to support the good works of the Washington Humane Society, protecting lost, abandoned and abused animals. Event founder Ellen Kassoff and her husband, Chef Todd ( of Equinox Restaurant and other foodie fame) were in with Gracie the bulldog/pit mix, to discuss the February 4th event and all the goodies it offers and the good that it does. Dan Simons and Chef Joe Goetze gave us the inside scoop on Founding Farmers’ newest restaurant, FF3, in Tysons Corner. Elizabeth Todd joined us with news about the upcoming, Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale, featuring a huge clearance sale by dozens of Old Town Alexandria merchants all in one spot – the George Washington Masonic Temple. Potomac, Maryland’s beloved River Falls gourmet market closed, and Potomacites went into withdrawal. But, thanks to husband- and-wife team and Potomac residents, Jim McWhorter and Yasmin Abadian, the renamed Market At River Falls is back, open, and better than ever. Jim and Yasmin gave us the 411 on the market. City Tap House, the craft beer-focused restaurant located at 901 9th Street, NW, 20001, is whipping up yummy, Super Bowl game day specials. City Tap House’s Beverage Director Dave Donaldson was in studio with a sampling of those treats and the great, craft brewskis that go along with them. We’re looking forward to a month of delicious food and, just maybe, warmer temps! Click here, or click on the image, for the full broadcast.
Foodie and The Beast: January 25, 2015
We wrapped up January the same way we started it- with lots of delicious food and delicious conversation! Sips and Suppers, the annual fundraiser benefiting DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, is upon us and taking place on January 24 and 25. Two of the notable, executive chefs participating are in town from San Francisco — James Beard Award winner Charles Phan of The Slanted Door and Adam Sobel of Michael Mina’s RN 47 – and joined us in studio. Osman Yazgan’s Itek Construction Company specializes in building out a range of restaurants from fast dining to fine dining; he offered lots of tips for restaurateurs who want to get the job done without a lot of expense and red tape. Tony Lucca of El Camino in DC’s Bloomingdale district was on the show a few months ago, prior to the restaurant’s debut. Now a mainstay for neighbors who love fine and fun Mexican cuisine, El Camino is opening up to brunching and much more. Tony told us all about it. Tessemae’s is the top refrigerated salad dressing at Whole Foods and Safeway and will gross some $32 million this year. And it all started when founder Greg Vetter took a Tupperware container with his mom’s dressing to a buyer at Whole Foods – and the rest is history. Greg was in to tell the tale and so is his Corporate Chef, Kristin Dittami. What’s Foodie and the Beast without booze? Nuthin’! So Megan Barnes, GM and head barmaster at DC’s McClellan’s, was in chatting 19th Century-themed cocktails. Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast!
Foodie and the Beast: January 18, 2014
While the Beast’s away, the Foodie will play! As David continues to recover from knee surgery, Nycci was joined by Robert Wiedmaier- chef/owner of top restaurants including Marcel’s, Brasserie Beck, Brabo, Mussel Bar, and Wiedmaier, RAMW Chef of the Year winner, knight of the Brewers’ Mashstaff by an ancient guild in Brussels, hunter, and motorcycle enthusiast. Robert chatted with us about new activities and changes in his restaurants along with his beverage director and sidekick, Ramon Narvaez- who served up tastes of and info about all the liquid refreshment at Brasserie Beck. Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen, and Joan Nathan, co-founder of Sips & Sups, gave us all the delicious details about next week’s annual, Sips & Sups, joint fundraiser for DCCK and Martha’s Table. Also returning for the umpteenth time were chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux, owners of Old Towne’s beloved Bastille and soon to be the proud parents of a new, larger Bastille and a cozy new bistro. The Underground Kitchen in Richmond has been called “the most exclusive dining ticket in town.” Now Underground Kitchen’s co-founder Michael Sparks is bringing his pop-up, supper club show to DC, and he was in studio to give us the insider scoop on his plans. As always, it was a tasty and informative sunday morning in the studio! Click here, or click on the image for the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: January 11, 2015
Have you missed us? Foodie and the Beast has returned after a brief holiday hiatus ready to eat and drink our way into 2015! New Year…new you…new us! Out with the old and in with the new; David is out and Mikey Friedman is in! Only joking; while Davis is recovering from knee replacement surgery, Chef Mikey Friedman, Red Hen chef/owner and winner of RAMW’s Rising Culinary Star and Best New Restaurant awards joined Nycci as co-host. If there’s ever a time to start anew it’s the beginning of a new year, and we have corralled a terrific crew of experts to help all of us start 2015 right. Dr. Arleen Lamba of Blushmed Spa in Bethesda was in to give us all, men and women alike, skin care tips and pointers. Alicia Sokol of the fabulous Weekly Greens blog, with the lick-the-computer-screen photos, and instructor at Barre3 in Georgetown tried out some moves with us in studio and explained how both dancers and non-dancers can benefit from Barre exercise. While we’re at taking care of ourselves, why not take care of others, too? Emily Hagel, Director of Kitchen Operations at Miriam’s Kitchen, was in studio to chat with us about how the charity aids DC’s homeless populations and the ways you can contribute to the worthy cause. And instead of our usual drink segment involving vino, bubbly, or specialty cocktails, we are continuing to treat our bodies well this show by veering away from the norm! Greg Rozeman, of Fruitive, shared talks and sips of Fruitive- a 100% plant-based restaurant and juice bar with a mission to promote health and wellness in the community through the food they make in VA Beach. 2015 is off to a delicious, and nutritious, start, and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store! Click on the image, or click here, to listen to the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: December 21, 2014
We ended the year on Foodie and the Beast the same way we started- with food, libations, and conversations
about both, of course! Kathy Sidell’s new MET Bethesda is the talk of the town – especially since her MET Bar & Grill already has taken Boston by storm. She was in to talk burgers, great sandwiches and “Why Montgomery Mall?” Andre Well is the party guy – BizBash called him one of America’s top 35 party planners, and shared last-minute New Year’s Eve planning than will result in sizzle, and not fizzle. EquityEats uses crowd funding in unique ways to help great – but under-funded – restaurant concepts get off the grown. Steve Lucas from Equity Eats joined us with two of DC’s top pastry chefs – Tom Wellings (late of Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola, Fiola Mare and Casa Luca) and Camila Arango (former Mandarin Oriental pastry chef) to discuss how EquityEats is helping them get their new, Bluebird Bakery off the ground. Elizabeth Bennett founded Fruitcycle to make delicious snacks from excess fruit, supporting farmers, reducing food waste AND helping to provide homeless folks with gainful employment. She gave us the 411 on fruit, food and more. And what’s the last show of 2014 without some bubbly? Eric Segalbaum, beverage manager and sommelier at Steven Starr’s Le Diplomate on 14th Street was in with tastes and talk of all things champagne. It was a fun and delicious conclusion for another fun and delicious year on Foodie and the Beast! To listen to the full broadcast, click on the image or click here.
Foodie and The Beast: December 14, 2014
Foodie and the Beast was abuzz with culinary conversation on set this past sunday! Executive Chef George Pagonis, Mike Isabella’s partner at Kapnos and his other restaurants, had an ill-fated moment on Bravo’s Top Chef. He was on – then quickly off! He joined us on Foodie and the Beast to tell us all about that experience and about the new Kapnos Taverna in Arlington. Mrs. Wheelbarrow has a “can do” attitude! She’s actually Cathy Barrow, famed for her preserving and canning skills and now for her newest cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry. We’ve got the inside scoop from her in studio! Jordan Harris, winemaker extraordinaire at Loudoun County’s Tarara Winery, was in talking Tarara’s Boneyard Club, Killer Cluster and more. What does that all mean? You’ll have to listen to learn! Barrel is Capitol Hill’s new watering hole for the best in brown waters: whiskey, bourbon and rye. General Manager Mike Haigis and bartender Parker Girard were in with tastes and talk of the hard stuff. It was, as always, a lot of food-filled fun on the Foodie and the Beast set! Click here, or click on the image, for the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: December 7, 2014
Tis the season…for the Foodie and the Beast holiday gift guide, of course! Our guests this week were in studio spreading plenty of holiday cheer and gift-giving tips and ideas. Former actress and playwright, Meredith Tomason, changed careers because she wanted to be rolling in dough, literally! Now the pastry chef and baker is opening RareSweets bake shop and specialty desserts store in DC’s new CityCenter. She joined us in studio to tell us all about it’s December 15th opening- just in time for buying plenty of holiday treats!. Chef Nathan Anda’s Red Apron butchery is DC’s go-to resource for awesome, “use the whole animal” meats and charcuteries. He chatted with us about Red Apron’s “12 Days of Bacon”, gift baskets, and more. Years ago, Bill and Suzy Menard fell in love with Italy. Today that love is represented by the diverse lineup of artisan Italian ceramics, linens, olive oils, wines and more in their Via Umbria store in Georgetown. They shared with us some great ideas for holiday gifting. Dixie Ang, of the Olde Towne Pet Resort, reminded us not to forget about our furry friends this season as she chatted about holiday gifties for pooches and cats. Naturally since the holidays are here, so is the bubbly! Southern Wine and Spirits’ fine wine specialist Alex Rodriguez was in with talks and tastes of Champagne and other sparkling wines. If we weren’t already looking forward to holiday feasts and gatherings, we sure are after this show! For the full broadcast, please click on the image, or click here.
Foodie and the Beast: November 30, 2014
The last Foodie and the Beast of November was a delicious success! James Beard award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard, the new VP of culinary direction for the new, luxe I-Pic movie theaters at the Pike and Rose development, and and Chef Matt Baker of the new City Perch, also at Pike and Rose is in with talk and tatstes of his glorious new endeavor. Chicago based snack food company, Food Should Tatse Good, beleieves, you guessed it, that food should taste good! Chef Colby Darling joined us in studio to discuss just how the company makes their food taste so…good! From the Gaylord National Resort, which is yet again playing host to DC’s festive, holiday ice sculpture exhibit, ICE, PR Manager Rachel Dinbkowitz nad Pastry Chef Mohan DeSilva were in studio to chat about what make sthe resort so magical during the holiday season. Jason Mayle, recently appointed executive chef at Il Forno in Ballston walked us through the eatery’s new menu and cocktail program curated by Francesco Amodeo of Don Ciccio e Figli. Adam Seger, I-Pic’s sommelier and mixologist in residence held the ever important role of bartender during sunday’s show quenching our palates amidst foodie chatter and declious bites. It was a tasty, and festive, sunday on Foodie and the Beast! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: November 9, 2014
Foodie and the Beast was a star-studded fete this sunday as the show welcomed some culinary heavy-hitters to the studio! Nationally celebrated chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, TV personality, four-time James Beard Award winner, and former Bon Appetit Restarateur of the Year (whew!) Todd English joined us to chat about his storied career and DC venture, MXDC Cocina Mexicana. Author of groundbreaking French cookbook, Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan, dished about her newest cookbook Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere. Representing from Food and Freinds’ annual Slice of Life pie sale, Communications Manager, Chris Copley, and Community Dietician, Lisa Kinsella, were in to to talk about the annual fundraiser and offer tastes of its delicious pies available for purchase. Sue-Jean Chun gave us the inside scoop on the upcoming Empriyum event at Union market- a weekend-long, carefully curated culinary experince that joins together the food and passions of renowned mid-Atlantic chefs and artisans such as Erik-Bruner Yang, Spike Gjerde, and Bryan Voltaggio. And, of course, a Foodie and the Beast show would be complete without some good eats and powerful potables; GCDC owner, Bruce Klores, and his partner, Doug Abedje, served up tasty food and drink pairings a la DC’s first grilled cheese bar. To listen to the full show, click here, or click on the image.
Foodie and the Beast: November 2, 2014
Foodie and the Beast kicked off November in the most delicious fashion! Chef and cookbook author Aglaia Kremezi, whose James Beard Award-winning cookbook, The Foods of Greece, joined us to talk about none other than, you guessed it, Greek cuisine! Ann Yonkers, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of FreshFarm Markets, is in with bartender Ray Daly from Urbana Restaurant talking about the chefs, the sommeliers and the food at the upcoming annual Farmland Feast. The Grooming Lounge in Tysons Corner and Penn Quarter is dedicated to exceptional men’s grooming products, services and advice; CEO and Founder Mike Gilman is in talking holiday gifts for the grooming and groomable man in your life. At Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s Casa Luca Osteria, chef de cuisine Erin Clark rules the kitchen, and is in studio to explain to us all how an Irish girl become head honcho in one of DC’s favorite Italian restaurants. As the temperature drops, Bourbon Steak’s head bartender Duane Silvestre is in with tastes and talk of his hot drinks and the conventional and unconventional spirits he spikes them with. Click on the image, or click here, for the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: October 26, 2014
Wrapping up yet another month of deliciousness, our last Foodie and the Beast show of October featured a lot of fun guests and tasty treats! Greg McGruder, National Geographic’s Vice President for Public Programs was in studio discussing two new Geo initiatives: the “FOOD: Our Global Kitchen” exhibition at the National Geographic Museum, which explores the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork, and a new, National Geographic Live “Food for Thought” event series. SAVEUR Magazine has a terrific, new cookbook out filled with more than 1,000 recipes. It’s the New Classics Cookbook and Betsy Andrews, SAVEUR’S acting editor-in-chief and the editor of the new Saveur DRINK, discussed with us all the deliciousness packed in from cover to cover. 2941 Restaurant’s 2nd Annual 8-Course Spice Dinner is coming up and Jonathan Schuyler, the restaurant’s beverage director and sommelier, joined us with New York’s legendary “Spice King” Lev Lior Sercarz, who is the owner of Le Boite, to talk about the courses, the spices that and pairings that rev them up and more! Especially on the upcoming Mexican holiday, La Dia De Los Muertes – The Day of the Dead, mezcal is a popular Mexican spirit. El Buho Mezcal was on set with tastes and talk of Mexico’s legendary libation. Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast!
Foodie and the Beast: October 18, 2014
This sunday’s Foodie and the Beast was focused on clean and not-so-clean eating as we explored all things paleo and chocolate! After all, life is about balance, right? Linda Cornish, of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership reeducated us on the importance of incorporating fish into our diets twice weekly and the best ways to prepare it. Kim Schwabenbauer, nutritionist, triathlete, and founder of Fuel, along with Wade Foster, triathlete and participating member of Team Beef in the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon next weekend, were in studio to talk about the beek checkoff that will fuel runners at the race next weekend and how protein helps athletes perform. Robert Morton joined Foodie and the Beast to give us the 411 on his exciting, new company, Power Supply, which delivers fresh, local, chef-made meals for meat-lovers and vegetarians alike to area gyms and yoga studios. Nisha Sidhu, co-owner of Co Co. Sala, had us all prematurely craving Halloween sweets as she treated us to tastes of Co Co. Sala’s latest confections and filled us in on how they’re celebrating the chocolate-centric holiday at their locations. And, last but not least, Del Frisco kept our thirsts quenched pouring selections from their expansive wine list of 1500 labels and more than 20,000 bottles. It was another tasty sunday at Foodie and the Beast! Click on the image, or click here, to listen to the full show!
Foodie and the Beast: October 12, 2014
The temperatures are cooling down but the restaurant scene is as hot as ever! Foodie and the Beast played host to some of its biggest players on sunday, and, per usual, we had a blast doing it! David Deshaies Corporate Chef/General Manager/Chef/Partner at Central provided us with a 411 of what he and Chef Michel Richard are up to at Central. Mark Furstenburg, recently having opened a new concept in Van Ness, Bread Furst, chatted about all of the happenings taking place at his latest venture. Vesna Stojanovic, owner of La Jolie European Skincare in Chevy Chase DC and Mt. Washington Spa in Baltimore, was in talking holistic skincare and home skin and healthcare remedies. Greg Casten, of Profish, joined us in studio to discuss the upcoming, second annual Shuck It! Beer and Oyster Festival at Tony and Joe’s on Saturday, October 18th. And to help us wash all this foodie talk down, Peter Martino, founder of Capital Teas, served up some of their most delicious and herbaceous selections. It was another great sunday at Foodie and the Beast. Click here, or click on the image, for the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: September 28, 2014
Foodie and the Beast wrapped up a delicious first month of fall with a group of esteemed guests and plenty of culinary conversation! Tracy Luckow, head of global insights and innovation of Sabra Dipping Company was in studio to give us all the details on Sabra Hummus’ first-ever pop-up, Hummus House. Marisa McClellan, food writer, blogger at Food in Jars and author of Food in Jars: Preserving Small Batches Year-Round and her newest book, Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces walked us through the time-honored tradition of, you guessed it, canning and preserving! Katherine Miller, founder of the non-profit, Chef Action Network (CAN) was in studio to discuss her organization’s work which aims to harness the power of America’s preeminent chefs in support of a strong, sustainable, just, and healthy food system. Of course, no Foodie and the Beast would be complete without a few cocktails to wet our palates; master mixologist, Casper Rice, and head bartender, Lauren O’Leary, of Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola, joined us to mix up delicious libations and fill us in on all of the restaurant’s fall happenings. It was another great Foodie and the Beast broadcast! Click here, or click on the image, for the full segment.
Foodie and the Beast: September 7, 2014
September is off to a great start at Foodie and the Beast! Osteria Morini Executive Chef Matt Adler was in studio to chat with us about the restaurant’s end-of-summer pig roast and the exciting plans they have in store for the fall. Author of popular blog, Sweet Eats, and newly published author of Seriously Delish, Jessica Merchant, talks with us about how to properly celebrate, and create dishes incorporating, our favorite guilty pleasure: calories! With Moonshine on everyone’s lips these days, literally and figuratively, Vince Riggi and Brian Marks of Bell Isle Moonshine were in studio discussing the resurgence of one of America’s oldest, and previously illicit, boozy pleasures: moonshine! Chef Ethan Mcklee of the newly renovated Urbana in DC’s Kimpton Palomar joined us to share talks and tastes of Urbana’s new menu and style. Last but not least, the guys who put “wild” in Wilder, and many of their co-owned spots around town, Ari and Micah Wilder, who recently opened Chaplin in Shaw, mixed up some delicious mocktails and gave us the 411 on Chaplin’s executive chef, Myo Htun, and much more. It was another great Sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Click here, or click on the image, for the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: August 24, 2014
Well, August, that’s a wrap in the Foodie and the Beast studio! We had a great last August show in-studio with a lot of fun and interesting guests! We first were joined by Travis Croxton- the man behind Rappahannock River Oysters who provides some of the east coast’s best oysters to restaurants across the country- including his very own Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Union Market. Beth Erickson, president and CEO of Visit Loudon, Jordan Harris, winemaker and general manager from Tarara Winery, and Jason Miller, owner of Wine Kitchen, all joined us to chat about Virginia’s upcoming wine and food event, Epicuriance Virginia. Merging delicious meals with healthy living, GWMFA doctor, Dr. Amr Madkour, and former Food Network personality, Marc Silverstein, co-host award-winning web series, Epicure, as a means to provide individuals with dietary restrictions the tools to create culinary masterpieces that align with their medical needs. The duo gave us the run-down on what it takes to conceptualize and produce such a unique series. And, of course, to wash all this culinary conversation down, Dave Mahoney, Sapporo’s VP and director of sales for Sapporo USA, provided sips of and intel about Japan’s oldest beer brand and the #1 selling Asian beer in the US. Thanks to all guests for another fun and food-filled Foodie and the Beast. Click here, or click on the link, to listen to the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: August 10, 2014
It was another jam-packed sunday on Foodie and the Beast radio. With SoulCycle recently having opened its very first DC outpost, two of the team’s fit and fabulous members, Gabby Etrog and Brooke Henderson, were in studio to give us the 411 on the latest fitness trend taking the entire nation by storm. We were exhausted just listening to them explain the intense, total-body, cardio workout! Francine Byron joined Foodie and the Beast to chat about her new cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen, and what it was like to have almost won cooking competition show, American Baking Competition. James Beard-award-winning chef and esteemed restaurateur RJ Cooper talked with us about his accomplished career and two of his area restaurants- Rogue 24 and Gypsy Soul. Bourbon Steak’s sommelier, Winn Roberton, gave Foodie and the Beast a run-down on the world’s alleged oldest wine varietal, Rose, and France’s oldest wine region, Provence. Lastly, providing the studio with some festive spirit, pun intended, Jon Peterson and Clyde Davis, Rum Day DC founders, Trevor Frye, beverage director at Jack Rose and host of annual Rum-b-que, and Jason Gehring, chef and CEO of Rum Day sponsor, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., shared all the details regarding Rum Day DC from August 14 through 16 with us. It was another great sunday morning at Foodie and the Beast! Click on the image, or click here, for the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: July 27, 2014
July wrapped up in the most delicious of ways in the Foodie and the Beast studio on sunday. Bryan Voltaggio, local Top Chef celebrity and chef/owner of Volt, Range, Aggio, and Lunchbox chatted with us about what it takes to juggle a booming, high-profile career and a string of successful restaurants. Vodka authority, Victor Matus, author of Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America gave us the 411 on his, and our, lime and seltzer accompaniment of choice. Harper McClure, current Chef de Cuisine at Brabo Restaurant in Alexandria told us all about the latest happenings over in Old Town. As no Foodie and the Beast would be complete without something wash down all this talk of food, Boris Stojkovic, the beverage for Copperwood Tavern and the soon-to-be Orange Anchor. Click here, or click on the image to listen to the full segment!
Foodie and the Beast: July 20, 2014
Things are heating up this summer, especially in the kitchen’s of DC’s top restaurants! Foodie and the Beast uncovers the latest culinary happenings in the DMV with a studio packed full of awesome guests! Low-income families are twice as likely to suffer from obesity and obesity-related conditoions due to lack of access to fresh, healthy, and affordably priced foods. Pam Hess and Juju Harris are in studio to discuss their efforts to change this statistic by providing “low-access food areas” a mobile food truck, Arcadia, that sources locally and offers healthy produce and goods at fractions of the costs found elsewhere. Managing Director Eduan Steynberg and General Manager Johann Diedericks of Stellenbosch Vineyards were in studio to chat with us about the esteemed South African wine producer and its decades of history. Founder and owner of Macon Bistro in Chevy Chase Circle, DC, Tony Brown, joined Foodie and the Beast to chat about the new eatery and the early success its had so far. Last but certainly not least, Chef and Owner Karen Barroso of Casa Oaxaca talked with us about what it takes to serve up delicious food in Adams Morgan- a neighborhood primarily known for entertainment and late-night fun. It was another tasty Sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: July 13, 2013
Foodie and the Beast was on-location this week as Nycci and David toured the luxe Mandarin Oriental and explored the many ways in which the hotel offers guests a unique and high-class hotel experience. Timothy Harleth, the director of front office operations, greeted us upon arrival and provided us with background about the chain as we walked the space. After working up an appetite touring the grounds, we satisfied our hunger with Chef de Cuisine Mark McDonell at the delicious in-house restaurant, Muse. A trip to the hotel spa was then in order as Nycci toured the beautiful facilities with Brandon Coffing, the hotel’s director of spa. Next up, Blake Parker, Mandarin Oriental’s bar and lounge manager gave us the lowdown on everything from the cocktail program to the tea service in the Mandarin Oriental’s Empress Lounge. We wrapped up our whirlwind tour with none other than the hotel’s assistant of food and beverage, Jakob Musyt, who gave us the 411 on the varied food options available and the menu prep involved in special events. It was a great day spent at a great hotel sure to wow any out-of-towner, or even in-towners, like us! For the full broadcast, please click here, or click on the image.
Foodie and the Beast: June 29, 2014
Foodie and the Beast wrapped up the first month of summer in the tastiest way possible- with plenty of food, foodie guests, and food-related news, per usual! Having recently opened Boston-based, latin-influenced TICO on the ever-growing 14th street, James Beard award-winning chef, Michael Schlow, and TICO’s director of operations and cocktail expert, Steve Uhr, were in studio to give us the 411 on the popular, new spot. Mariana Cotlear, the New York marketing strategist for Chipotle, called in to studio and discussed with us a new tactic Chipotle is using to help aid back-office operations in conjunction with Food and Tech connect. Founder and creator of Ripe Life Wines, Mary Mcauley, chatted with us about her interesting path to becoming a winemaker and her latest wine, Clambake Chardonnay. You know what they say…time flies by when you’re having foodie fun! With another great month in studio in the books, Foodie and the Beast looks forward to the rest of the summer’s deliciousness. Click here, or click on the image, for the full segment.
Foodie and The Beast: June 15, 2014
With things heating up outside, the Foodie and the Beast studio was sizzling inside with the area’s hottest food personalities, interviews, and news. Taking a break from all of the excitement happening at their new Dupont restaurant, STK General Manager Rob Saunders and Mixologist Carrie Sippel joined us to talk, mix, and pour their signature cocktails. Chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, The Majestic, and Eamonn’s and David Hagedorn, Washington Post food writer, were both on set to discuss their new collaborative cookbook, My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve. With the prestigious RAMMY Awards quickly approaching on June 22nd, Kathy Hollinger, the executive director of Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, took us behind the scenes of the RAMMY ceremony and nomination process. Tony Lucca, managing partner of 1905, chatted with us about 1905 and his group’s new restaurant, opening soon in DC, EL Camino. Last but certainly not least, chef/owner of the award-winning Pikayo restaurant in The Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, Chef Wilo Benet, Puerto Rico, is in town to cook up a Father’s Day brunch today at Mio today and told us all about why we should have made reservatons! It was another great sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio; click here or click on the image for the full broadcast!
Foodie and the Beast: June 8, 2014
Another tasty month kicked off in the Foodie and the Beast studio this Sunday! Joe Palma, who was recently appointed as Executive Chef at Bourbon Steak in The Four Seasons, gave us all the details on his approach to updating and revising the beloved restaurant’s menu. Teeny Lamothe, author of the new cookbook Teeny’s Tour of Pie, was in studio to offer us tastes and conversation about one very sweet subject- pies! Two Best Pastry Chef nominees for DC’s premier restaurant industry awards, The Rammys, Santosh Tiptur from Co Co Sala and Tom Wellings from Fiola, joined us to chat all about the art and science of becoming a great pastry chef. Trummers of Main co-owner, Stefan Trummer, gave us the 411 on the acclaimed restaurant’s summer menu and how it’s developed staying power in DC’s competitive restaurant scene. Of course, no Foodie and the Beast would be complete without having a delicious libation to sip on and chat about. Nikolai Konick, Rhum Clement’s brand liaison, educated us on one of the world’s oldest rums, Rhum Clement. Click here or click on the image to listen to the full broadcast!
Foodie and the Beast: June 1, 2014
Foodie and the Beast was reporting live from Great Taste of Tysons and it was the perfect way to kick off a “great” event! Everyone has heard of blind wine tastings but what about blind beer tastings? We had a panel of esteemed beer meisters on set to teach us, and the audience, what to look for when swirling, sniffing, and savoring a beer. Dave Coleman of Three Star Brewery, Allison Lange, a brewer and scientist at Port City, Teddy Folkman, Chef and Beer Aficianado at Granville Moore’s and founder of DC Beer Week, Bill Madden, executive brewer at Mad Fox Brewery, and Jeff Hancock of DC Brau were our expert guides through the morning’s delicious flights of beers. Last but not least, the host and mastermind of the daylong event, Greg Nivens, joined the excitement to give us the 411 on what to expect in the hours ahead including chef demos and VIP offerings. Click here to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: May 18, 2014
The Foodie and the Beast studio was abuzz with food-fueled excitement on the morning of May 15th. Lyndsey Marks from Coastal Sunbelt Produce talked to us about where the company sources their food from and the process it goes through to reach them. Lee Brian Schrager, author of Fried and True, which features 50 recipes for America’s best fried chicken and sides, chatted with us about all things, you guessed it, fried chicken. Chef Matthew Morrison and Food and Beverage Director Mark Sewell of the Marriott Marquis DC gave us the 411 on the newly opened hotel that’s taken the number one spot for the city’s largest hotel with 1175 rooms. Greg Nivens, the man behind all huge food and wine events in the DMV, gave us all the details on the upcoming Great Tastes of Tyson event (which your very own Foodie and the Beast will be live recording at)! And last, but certainly not least, Eric Platt, VP/ Director of Sales with Pacific Prime Wines, Mal McLennan of Miami Creek Wines, and Dr. John William Forrest of Forrest Estate Winery and The New Zealand Screwcap Initiative were in studio pouring delicious sips of wine while discussing the different varietals. It was another great sunday in The Foodie and the Beast studio! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: May 11, 2014
It was a very happy Mother’s Day in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Kicking things off, Matt and Kori Wallace were in studio to chat with us about the line of fruit ketchups, called ‘Chups, that they are developing at Union Kitchen. Gale Gand, a James Beard Award-winning chef, co-founder of TRU in Chicacgo, and former host of long-running Food Network show Sweet Dreams, talked to us about her latest cookbook that explores her most cherished role- being “Mom” and preparing meals for her brood of three. Holly McCullough, executive director of the Reston Greater Arts Center, gave us the 411 o the upcoming Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival happening May 16th to 18th. In studio to celebrate Red Hen’s one year anniversary was Executive Chef and Partner Mike Friedman who gave us a look back at its first year and a look forward to the many more to come. Of course, no sunday would be complete without libations- Ari and Micah Wilder of the new 14th Street spot, Red Light, mixed up delicious cocktails throughout the program and filled us in on the latest happenings at their new cocktails and dessert bar. It was another great sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast!
Foodie and the Beast: May 4, 2014
Every year, National Harbor’s Wine and Food Festival is one of DC’s most exciting culinary events. Foodie and the Beast was in the thick of it as the show recorded live in front of a hungry and thirsty studio audience. When at a wine and food festival, it is only fitting to start eating and drinking early; Foodie and the Beast’s guests did just that! A panel of esteemed wine experts including Brett Kroll, Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s wine director, and Tom Finnegan, beverage manager at Vine Crush, sipped and swirled a variety of wines along with audience members. In an effort to soak up all the vino, local celebrity chefs and keynote festival attendees Scott Drewno, executive chef at The Source, Rock Harper, of DC’s Central Kitchen and Mike Isabella, owner of G, Kapnos, and Graffiato, were onset preparing delicious demos. After wrapping up a great show, a glorious day of sipping and dining ensued! Click on the image, or click here, for the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: April 27, 2014
We took a tour of Bethesda Row this Sunday via the Foodie and the Beast studio with lots of exciting guests representing the area’s diverse businesses! Ernie Brice from Cafe Deluxe provided us with delicious sips and all the latest happenings at his eatery. Vanessa Rodriguez, senior marketing manager at Bethesda Row, gave us an overview of the area and a look back at how things have grown over the years. Molli Rondepierre, district manager at Blue Mercury, filled us in on what makeup trends to try out this spring. Adin Alai, DC metro area manager of Equinox, sat down with us to chat about all things fitness happening this season. Sassy Jacobs, Co-owner of Sassanova clothing store in Bethesda and Baltimore, and Jillian and Sascha Roth, owners of homeware and furniture store Urban Country, spilled the 411 on current products their stores are carrying and the most popular items to watch out for this season. It was another great Sunday at Foodie and the Beast! Click here, or click on the image, for the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: April 13, 2014
Sundays on set at Foodie and The Beast are always abuzz! Susan Baracas of The Jewish Food Experience (JFE), an exciting project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s United Jewish Endowment Fund that brings people together through the universal language of Jewish food joined us to chat about the project and upcoming Passover. Author of the “I Quit Sugar” cookbook Sarah Wilson told us how to quell a pesky sweet tooth. Stacy England and Chef Josh Hahn of Eat-Well Group spoke to us about the Food & Friends “Dining Out For Life” charity event. Culinary Director Jeff Witt and Chef Jermey Andersen from Airlie- a stunning retreat in Warrenton that treats guests to a distraction-free learning enviroment commited to sustainabiyt, gave us teh 411 on operations and the mamazing food project/garden on its premises. And, of course, Joseph Ambrose, head mixologist at the W Hotel was on set to provide us with delicious, spring-inspired cocktails. It was a great show and the perfect way to wrap up the weekend!
Foodie and the Beast: April 6, 2013
Victor Albisu, Best New Chef and Restaurant Rammy Finalist and Chef/Owner of Del Campo and Taco Bamba, joined us to chat about all of his recent industry success. Tina Leone, CEO of Ballston Bid, was in studio with Beermeister Bryan Lopes to talk about the burgeoning restaurant scene in Ballston as well as the Bid’s competition to find Ballston’s next great restaurateur. Sticky Fingers’ Doran Pedersan gave us the scoop on the bakery’s latest news and involvement with The Chamber Dance Project’s Red Hot Tango Competition that is coming up. Celebrated Mixologist JP Caseras, of Todd English’s MXDC, provided the studio with delicious sips inspired by the restrauant’s “cocina mexican’ flavors all morning long. It was a great way to kick off April in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full show.
Foodie and the Beast: March 29, 2014
We wrapped up March with a fabulous sunday in the Foodie and the Beast studio! Richard Sandoval, world renowned chef/restaurateur and head of one of the “25 Coolest Multi-concept Companies” according to Restaurant and Hospitality Magazine, joined to talk with us about his newest DC restaurant, Toro Toro. Paul Lowe, pastry chef, prop stylist, and the creative genius behind quarterly publication Sweet Paul was in studio to chat about his latest cookbook, Sweet Paul: Eat and Make, Showing How to Combine Simple Ingredients to Get Amazing Results. Since March is National Nutrition Month, workout and nutrition guru, Steve Hayes, spoke with us about his training program, The Hayes Ways. Courtney Kissell, Executive Director The Reading Connection, was in with Michael Muller, Assistant Manager of Arrowine & Spirits, to tell us all about Wine & Words 2014- the Friday, April 4 fundraiser celebrating The Reading Connection’s 25th year. Last, but certainly not least, owners Kabir Amir and Swati Bose of Flight Wine Bar and Chef Bradley Curtis, of Minibar, Zaytinya, Graffiato, and DGS, were in studio to discuss their latest culinary happenings. We can’t wait for all the food-filled fun that April will bring! Click here, or click on the image, to listen to the full broadcast.
Foodie and the Beast: March 16, 2014
The Beast is out and Marjorie Meeks Bradley is in! Sunday’s Foodie and the Beast was all about girl power as Marjorie took David Nellis’ spot in the studio alongside Nycci. We were so happy she could host with us despite her busy schedule- Marjorie has served as Executive Chef at Ripple since last March, competed in and won Lamb Jam, opened a second restaurant- Roofers Union, and is a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef. Chef/Owner of the the brand new Carolina Kitchen, Lance London, was in the studio with us to talk about the new spot in the vibrant new community of Rhode Island Row. Pinstripes Georgetown’s General Manager Ben Heiking and Executive Chef Laurence Cohen were in studio with treats and the lowdown on their newly opened bocce/bowling/jazz eatery and hangout spot. Talented Argentinian curator and photographer of traveling photo exhibit Deep Silence, Marcos Furer, was in studio along with Chef Franck Loquet and visiting Chef Olivier Falchi of the Sofitel Buenos Aires, to discuss their collaborative Argentina Through Flavors and Sceneries Grand Opening event at Sofitel DC. Owen Thompson mixed up some delicious libations for the studio as he gave us the 411 on his new role as beverage director at Cafe Saint Ex and Bar Pilar. To listen to the full broadcast, click on the image, or click here.
Foodie and the Beast: March 9, 2014
With spring just around the corner, the restaurant industry is all a buzz with new and exciting activity. Jordan Harris, winemaker at Tarara winery, gives the lowdown on his new wine company, Boneyard. Amanda Moniz, historian and former pastry chef at multiple bakeries and restaurants, let’s us in on how she managed to combine her two passions for baking and culinary history thorough her blog- History’s Just Desserts- and the classes she’ll be teaching at The Hill Center in April & June. Brendan Murphy, Beverage Manager at the new El Rey (as well as The Brixton, American Ice Co., Den of Thieves, Marvin, Patty-Boom-Boom, The Gibson, The Satellite Rom, and Chez Billy), was in studio to keep our whistles wet. Lauren Winter and Brian Miller , talented restaurant architects, sat down with Foodie and the Beast to discuss the amazing spaces they’ve created at El Rey, The Gibson, Takaya, Red Hen, Hank’s on the Hill, and many others. Last but certainly not least, Michael Sapienza chatted with about two very special, charitable events, Love Your Butt and Eat 4 Life. To listen to the full show, click here, or click on the image.
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.