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This week on Foodie and The Beast we ate, we drank… and we did yoga. Brian Leventhal and Jonathan Stires joined us in studio to tell us about DC’s first ever urban winery, District Winery. The new space offers the ability to do a wine tasting, sit down for a meal at their restaurant Ana and/or sit outside on their patio overlooking the Anacostia. (Also be prepared for every wedding and special event to be held in their awesome event space) Throughout the show we sipped a few samples including chardonnay, Pino noir, Cabernet Franc, and lastly a bold and fruity cabernet sauvignon from Sonoma valley California. Chef Ryan Ratino talked about his new restaurant Bresca. Driven by what’s in season around the world and locally, he focuses on quality ingredient to create unique dishes that are presented in a fun and whimsical way. To get a feel for his creative style he brought in foie gras cake pops served in a ceramic mohawk. Bill and Suzy Menard brought their love for Italy into the studio this week. Their little “Italian village under one roof,” Via Umbria, has evolved to include a meat and cheese counter with an experienced butcher and a new chef’s kitchen. They brought in a little taste of Italy on their signature meat and cheese tray, served on a giant piece of sequoia wood the samples were beautiful and delicious. Erin Sonn talked about her new business Eat, Yoga, Drink which marries her love for yoga with her love for craft beer. Erin travels around leading pop-up yoga classes that always end with a beer. The Yoga calms the body and has many mental and physical health benefits and the beer after creates a community where you can let go of any thoughts or feelings that came up during the class. Brandon Williams, the genius behind Fishscale, brought in a delicious samples of his fish burgers for us to taste including a sheepshead (fish) burger and a speckled sea trout (fish) burger along with an array of condiments to compliment them. These condiments don’t include the typical ketchup or mayonnaise but are things like Dinosaur kale kimchi and cucumber tomato relish, which were both delicious on their own and on the burgers. To listen to the whole show, please click here. Be sure to check out the Facebook Live videos on Nycci’s Facebook profile, here as well.