We had a wonderful variety of guests on Foodie & The Beast this week. Paty Funegra, Founder and CEO of La Cocina VA, discussed her ventures as a social entrepreneur, activist, and advocate. La Cocina is a workforce and small business development nonprofit organization that provides vocational job training for the food service and hospitality industries, English language training, and job placement for the unemployed as well as healthy meals to the hungry and underserved populations. La Cocina focuses on helping Latino immigrants build their lives in the United States. Next, we had Mikala Brennan, the chef and owner of Hula Girl Hawaiian Bar and Grill in Arlington. We tried handcrafted modern Hawaiian cocktails, Spam mushabi, and delicious poke bowls. Of course, we had even more to drink because we had restaurateur-turned-wine-merchant Mike Cordero to talk about the launch of his newest venture, Cordero Wines. He poured glasses of his delightfully smooth Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Merlot. Finally, Alicia Merritt from Washington City Paper came in to tell us about the fifth annual Best of D.C. Celebration, which honors the finalists and winners of this year’s Best of D.C. Readers’ Poll. To listen to the whole show, please click here.
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