Surprisingly and happily, with a new year still battling COVID 19, there are new restaurants and other hospitality innovations popping up. Joining us on the first show of 2021 on Foodie & The Beast: * Deb Moser, co-founder of Central Farm Markets, with valuable info about shopping for the freshest of the fresh, farm-to-consumer produce, meats and more, during the pandemic. *Zach Patterson, of Melrose Umbrella Co. bar in LA and a Genever (Gen-aa-ver) Category Ambassador, with a tutorial on the differences between gin and genever (a cross between gin and whiskey). *Chef Kevin Tien, hailed by Food & Wine as one of America’s 10 best new chefs, now executive chef at Moon Rabbit, his modern Vietnamese restaurant at the InterContinental Washington D.C. on The Wharf. * Hollis Wells Silverman chatted about her recently opened, The Duck and the Peach, one of three she’ll open at the 700 Penn development on Capitol Hill. Think laid-back Northern California cuisine with a dose of New England comfort. *Neighborhood Restaurant Group – they of Iron Gate, Blue Jacket, Rustico and more – has a new addition run by a leading chef. It’s Leni, an all-day cafe headed by James Beard-nominated chef Brittanny Anderson, that opened November 2020 at NRG’s The Roost on Capitol Hill. Leni pays homage to 1970s eastern European health food trends (think fermented foods, lots of whole grains, etc.). Listen to the ful episode here.