FOODIE & THE BEAST

The DC area’s only food & wine variety show, now in its 11th year.
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FOODIE &THE BEAST: JUNE 16,2024
 -Gigi Arandid is the Founder of BINGE Bar, a celebration of sobriety for those looking to have fun without the booze.  Elevated cocktails and a vegan + non-vegan, Filipino inspired menu.-Chef Tony Chittum, goes backs to his roots. The celebrated chef of Iron Gate is going back to his roots & now also overseeing the kitchen at his first Neighborhood Restaurant, Vermillion. He also brought in cider-doughnuts.-With 13 office spanning the US, HGA is an architectural firm with services that span the spectrum of what today’s environmentally-conscious buildings and their tenants demand. Ben Webne, an HGA principal joins us to chat sustainable design, lighting, engineering and food halls.-Kathy Jentz is a journalist, editor and publisher of the award-winning Washington Gardener Magazine. She hosts the popular GardenDC Podcast, and she’s in to talk what she’s planting/harvesting right now.-Drew Darneille is the award-winning Owner/Pitmaster at Smokecraft Modern Barbecue. He’s also throwing it down at the upcoming, 32nd Annual Giant BBQ Battle next week. Will he share is smoking secrets? Every Sunday at 11AM on 1500AM or here.
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FOODIE & The Beast: June 2, 2024
It was BOOZY in studio today — glassware everywhere!  - RAMW’s Kieristin Wilbert called in with all the details on this week’s RAMMY Cocktail promo - Tim O‘Rourke, wine sales & education manager at Prestige-Ledroit Distributing Co.: He trained as a chef, worked with Michel Richard at Citronelle where he learned about wines, and the rest is history.  Tim just returned from France and he brought in his knowledge & wine.- Jovana Urriola is now the Executive Chef at Colada Shop. She’s a fabulously talented Panamanian chef, restaurateur, television personality, and RAMMY nominee and she’s in today with news about all the delicious changes she is cooking up at Colada Shop. Ummmm, corn croquetas!- Great wines? Delicious beers? Who doesn't love both (just not in the same glass)? Jeremy Ligon is the winemaker, and Jin Bowman is the brewer at Barrel Oak Winery & Brewery. There they produce both at the gorgeous property and recently won a Double Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. We’ll hear from them, taste their wares & plan a drive out to Delaplane.- Summer = entertaining. Sydney Morgan, a Senior Account Executive at Occasions Catering, plans all of the top events, like the Kevin Hart Mark Twain event at the Kennedy Center. She’s has all the tricks of the trades when it comes to incredible event- and wedding-planning.#FoodieAndTheBeast every Sunday at 11AM on 1500AM~ or here. 
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: May 19, 2024
I know I always say today's show is really good, but what can I say other than that today, it is really good! Aynae Simmons of Visit Montgomery calls in with the deals & dishes on Go MoCo Month & MoCo's Kick-Off to SummerDanya Degen lit up the studio with her infectious enthusiasm for serving Greek wines at the Greek-ish restaurant Meli nestled in the lobby of The Silva Apartments in Adams MorganTry not to tear up as Scott Schenkelberg, President and CEO of Miriam's Kitchen, discusses the work of this incredible nonprofit in DC, which seeks to end homelessness and hunger among our neediest neighbors. Back in February, I went to a fantastic lunar tea hosted at Chiko - Scott Drewno & Danny Lee invited Jill Nguyen, the baker behind Capitol Jill Baking &  Caroline Ta, Owner and Baker at SweetsbyCaroline, to participate & Nycci fell in love with both of them. A few weeks back Jill joined us and today Caroline is in with her gorgeously decorated, delicate & delicious cookies.Is there anyone on the planet like Michaele Weissman? Food writer, author, writing teacher, and coach. Her first book, A History of Women in America, has sold a quarter of a million copies and is still in print. We met her right after her next magnum opus, God in A Cup, about the specialty coffee industry. Now, she has written an homage to love, marriage, and Latvian rye bread. In her can't-put-it-down memoir, Rye Bread Marriage, she asks: How do the stories we live & the ones we inherit play a role in our relationships?  The show needs to be longer! We could have given each guest the whole show today, and still needed more time. Tune in today & every Sunday to Foodie & The Beast @ 11AM on 1500AM or Here 
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: MAY 5, 2024
An incredible discussion about the status of Fine Dining on today’s #FoodieAndTheBeastImpromptu panel chat at the show’s endDavid & Nycci chat with:-James Cao, Bar Supervisor at Smoke & Mirrors, the rooftop restaurant and bar atop the AC Hotel, Capitol Hill Navy Yard, crafted stunning cocktails-Chef/Owner Johnny Spero of Reverie Restaurant and Bar Spero is back on Foodie and the Beast – You may recall that a huge fire took out Chef Johnny’s Michelin-starred tasting experience in Georgetown. It reopened in March 2024 and Johnny’s in with his POV.-There’s been a changing of the guard at the French restaurant, L’Avant-Garde DC. Now helmed by Chef/Partner Sébastien Giannini, he joined us to take us into the kitchen & disucss the proper salade nicoise -Lamb Jam is back. Lamb Jam Month celebrates the culinary creativity of chefs across the country and supports family-operated farms and ranches that are raising sheep in the U.S. In May, chefs in DC will run a small plate on their menu featuring American lamb and compete for the title of Lamb Jam Master of their city. Demetri Mechelis, Chef Owner or Martha Dear  & current Lamb Jam Master is in with the detailsThat’s Foodie & The Beast. Ever Sunday at 11AM on 1500AM or Here. 
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: APRIL 21,2024
We are back from Barc (aka Barcelona) and what an up-lifting time was had by everyone in the #FoodieAndTheBeast studio: -First, a quick chat with Dania Jolley of Events DC about the return of Passport DC. This annual journey around the world highlights DC's thriving international diplomatic community with incredible events and activations. -Oh we were all on a high, thanks to Ashley McPherson, aka Ash McFierce, the Owner, Curator and Lead Mixologist of McFierce Experience; an events, catering and mixology company that you need to know about in DC. She crafts cocktails, experiences & she incorporates some mood enhancements to some of her products. -You see Fox 5’s Erin Como everywhere and with good reason, she really has her finger on the pulse on what is happening in the DC food scene and luck us she shares it on all her outlets including LION Lunch Hour, and Cooking with Como. Listen in for her tips, passion for home-cooked meals and appreciation for local chefs and restaurants. -Farmer in the house. David Sachs is owner of Grapewood Farm where he grows organic Virginia grain and mills stone-ground flour for area restaurants and bakeries. We discuss terroir and hear the good, the bad, and the ugly – but, mostly, the good – of life on the farm.-Wait until you see this cake! Jill Nguyen, the baker behind Capitol Jill Baking, a Capitol Hill microbakery specializes in sourdough bread, pastries, and fab mod cakes.-And lastly, joining us at absolutely the perfect moment is Isidre Sala, Head of the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the United States and Canada, Perfect? Why? Because we just returned from Barcelona, the heart of Catalonia, a couple of days ago. So we are prepped and ready to chat about all things Catalonian. Viva Cataluña! Every Sunday at 11AM on 15000AM or Here. 
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FOODIE & THE BEast: MARCH 23,2024
Peak Fun on Today’s Foodie & the Beast: -ICYMI, RAMW Spring Wine Fling is Swinging Around theDMV-Shawn Townsend of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington Zooms in with an update us on the new law that reduces liquor liability costs & better protect restaurant from frivolous lawsuits-It’s International Women’s Month AND Maryland Wine Month. So it’s fitting that a prominent woman in the wine biz – from Maryland – joins us. We talk & taste with Regina McCarthy, General Manager at The Vineyards at Dodon.-The Jacks are in studio. Jack Maher and Jack Walten, cofounders of Sea Suite Cruises, setting sail this year with Whitlow’s on Water, a 50-foot floating tiki bar sailing from Georgetown Harbour and the Navy Yard. -From a Kensington pop-up to a Bethesda brick and mortar down the street from their high school alma mater – WJ – Dalia’s Falafel owner Ben Assaraf have hit on a fast casual concept that’s fast becoming a Bethesda go to.-More talk of wine, this time, Rose, yay! Josephine Carr of Castle Hill Cider and Matt Harmon of Harmony Wine, togethter they created Daze of Rosé, their special, pink twist on a traditional, springtime wine festival. You get to be the judge Tune into Foodie & the Beast every Sunday at 11AM on 1500AM or  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/foodie-and-the-beast/id1265867635?i=1000650214009
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FOODIE & The Beast: MARCH 17, 2024
Incantations, healing tonics, and industry women reveal their power. A coven gathering on Foodie& The Beast  -Cinnamon, turmeric, garlic & ginger form the base of the healing Khamsa Tonic. Lesley Deveraux created the elixir as a natural health aid to fight seasonal allergies, and it also happens to mix well with gin.-The magical Deb Schaffer a spell on us as we ready for the Spring Equinox this coming Tuesday. Deb creates tools to help people discover their spiritual superpowers. We lit her intention-based candles and deepened our energy.-Speaking of Equinoxes, one of the first guests on this show 15 years ago was Ellen Kassoff, who, along with her husband, Todd Gray, owns DC's legendary Equinox Restaurant downtown. Now in a new location. -The "bee sting" cookies at Baked & Wired are our kryptonite. Teresa Velazquez, the creative genius behind some of the best baked goods in the city, chatted, starting in paper and ZAP; she's now the award-winning chef behind Baked & Wired and A Baked Joint. -Six-time James Beard Award nominee Amy Brandwein of Centrolina and Piccolina da Centrolina mastered the art of creatingdishes that taste exactly as they should and as good as they do in Italy. Amy shares sage advice as a mentor and a hospitality industry leader. (And not a green beer in site)11AM on 1500AM or here 
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FOODIE & the beast: March 10, 2024
Foodie & The Beast Springs Forward This Morning David aka The Beast had the show all to himself today, hard for him to screw it up considering the incredible people in studioWe don’t need a special month to celebrate women but we are leaning in and featuring two of the spirits industry’s leading lights, Chanel Turner of Global Alliance Distribution, FOU-DRE VODKA and The Black Owned Wine and Spirits Festival AND Kimberly La Rose, co-founder of Wisher Vodka. Get your sweet tooth ready. Two of DC’s great pastry chefs serve deliciously at their restaurants and now are collaborating together with other fabulous women on an upcoming tea.  Moon Rabbit’s Susan Bae and Duck & The Peache’s Rochelle Cooper.Let’s go boating this spring! Michelin Star-awarded Chef, sommelier, and yachtsman Troy Knapp, brings his passion for great food and wine to different kind of world-class dining experience – this one actually on the DC waterways. Troy is the Owner and Experience Curator at Sea Table DC – an intimate, fine dining, private yacht experience. OK, so as much as it’s still women’s History Month, a pretty famous guy is about to take the stage on March 17th. Yes, it’s our old buddy St. Patrick, whose day is filled with wearing a lot of green stuff, drinking a lot of green stuff and celebrating the fact that there are no snakes in Ireland. Brian Nixon, General Manager, McClellan’s Retreat is in with news of something different and very cool  for St. Paddy’s Day that doesn’t involve green beer, inappropriately named shots, and long waits at the bar to get your drinks. Foodie & The Beast - Every Sunday at 11AM on 1500AM or https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/foodie-and-the-beast/id1265867635
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: March 3, 2024
Yo ho ho & a bottle of rum, or two or three -  Today’s Foodie &  The Beast -ICYMI: The Embassy Chef Challenge is back March 7th (with Nycci as Emcee yea!) & Jinhee Kim, Chief Creative Officer at Events DC is back as well with all the diplomatic details as well as  “rummelier” Dameain Williams of Visit Barbados. It got boozy. -And then, not so boozy. Starting the year off dry aka DryJanuary has now morphed into people turning away from alcohol-fueled evening all year.  Enter JW Wiseman, Founder of Curious Elixirs, a company committed to creating the world’s best booze-free craft cocktails and redefine social drinking. -Back to diplomacy. Téa Ivanovic & Peter Schechter are Co-Founders of Immigrant Food. Their unique mission is to defend the vision of America as the land of immigrants, honoring past immigrants and uplifting today’s immigrants through its Gastroadvocacy.And you know Nycci is the unofficial Restaurant Week chick — another neighborhood restaurant week to go eat your way through. Vienna Restaurant Week! Now through March 10th.  Ashley Curtis Marketing & Business Engagement Specialist for the Town of Vienna has all the delish details.Every Sunday at 11AM on 1500AM or https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/foodie-and-the-beast/id1265867635
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FOODIE & the beast: February 25, 2024
Foodie & The Beast kicks the celebration WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH with a studio of incredible women that are each powerhouses in the food & hospitality community. Stories were shared, advice was given and everyone is ready to kick ass and take names. -All of today’s guests are deeply involved with REGARDING HER, the national nonprofit specifically dedicated to accelerating the growth of women entrepreneurs and leaders in food and beverage. Regarding Her DC has taken over the month of March with events, dinners, collabs and classes.  -Mary Sue Milliken, yes, the James Beard and Julia Child Award-winning chef, cookbook author, food system activist, and co-owner of Mundo Hospitality Group is also one of the driving forces behind the formation of Regarding Her. -Can’t have a celebration without the bubbles. Of course, Diane Gross, cofounder of CORK WINE BAR & MARKET brought the sparkling & other tastes to pair with cheesemonger Alice Bergen selection of cheeses. We are all CheeseMonsters now.  -Vivien Bang, Owner of Lei Musubi came with her griddle and cooked us all up her favorite childhood snack, musubi. Now we all have a craving for these stuffed rice balls that are dusted with furikake (and, no that is not a porn reference, it’s a Japanese spice mix). -Jamie Leeds, an OG and good friend of ours, you know her as the founder and operator of world-famous Hank’s Oyster Bar. Jamie is one of the leaders of Regarding Her DC and discusses the importance of working with other women entrepreneurs in the industry.   -Patrice Cleary, the chef and owner of Purple Patch Restaurant and soon to open Joia Burger shared her story and delish dishes of her Filipino-American inspired menu.  -Tiffany MacIssac, hobbled in - ski accident- and wrapped up the show with all the Regarding Her DC activations -  events, dinners, collabs and classes - throughout the month of March. Link here
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