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Behind the Glitz & Glamour: Industry Night, June 6, 2024
Hello, and welcome to another episode of Industry Night with me, Nycci Nellis. So it’s taken me a few days to get back into the thick of things after my trip to Barcelona — I don’t usually suffer from jet lag. And my sleeping and exercising were on target, but I have been loath to really go out and be about. BUT all of that is about to change, cause we are rolling into May in DC and boy is there a lot to do, eat, play  - so so much. And look where I am today. My current residency  is with Peter Chang’s Restaurants. You know Peter Chang? Once coined the restless chef — because area foodies would follow him all around the region to get one of his famous Sichuan dishes.  We are back in Chang Chang today, one of Chef’s most recent openings and the very first one in DC. Last week we talked with Lydia Chang about her family and their incredible story, from leaving China, to working at the Chinese Embassy, to staying here - now having over 16 restaurants. I’m so grateful to Lydia for making this residency happen, and in a bit I’ll be talking with Jen Lin-Liu, event director at Chang Chang. There is a massive catering arm of the restaurant — they do family style dinners and wine events here. Jen is going to fill us in on all of that. And then later in the show I am so excited to talk with today's guest.  I’ll be chatting with Jessica Powers — you know her as the style setting Publisher of DC Magazine. We are going to get into the story of how all those glossies came to DC and how DC Mag maintained its presence. I see food, fashion and party hopping chats in our future.But first - Where have I been?-I’ve been cooking — family in town — Chicken Saltimbocca, Lemon dressed Char, Chicken Provencal, Flourless chocolate cake-Ceibo — I popped into Ceibo, a spot that draws its inspiration from South America with a special focus on Uruguay. Brothers Manuel and Juan Oliveras have divvied up the duties, with Manuel offering his incredible experience in wine and hospitality in the front of the house, and in the back of the house, Chef Juan is serving his recently launched spring menu that features an incredible array of beautifully plated and tasty dishes-And Nobu — Yes that Nobu was in town.  I was literally eating out of his handsNot long after I launched TheListAreYouOnIt — the glossies came to town. DC Modern Luxury, DC Style, Capitol File … the city’s nightlife changed overnight with sexy parties and store openings. It was so much fun — now this is all pre Insta — but as social media picked up, so did the power of these publications. Now DC Style did not last long, and I’m not sure what went down with Cap File & DC — but I’ve got Jessica Powers Volz with me today. And we are going to talk about all the glitz and glamor. How is it that a magazine creates experiences that happen off the page?Watch the full episode here, or listen in here.
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Is That a Napa Valley Wine in Your Glass? Industry Night, May 30, 2024
Welcome back to another episode of Industry Night. If you are joining me on YouTube, you can see I am in a new location this week (taking a break from the Peter Chang Family Restaurants where I will be back next week in their brand new location, Ni Hao). And have I mentioned yet that the month of May I’ll be recording at the Capital Jewish Museum? I am — they have a new exhibit on Deli Culture - I’ll Have What She's Having - and they are hosting Industry Night there for the month. AND THEN — I’ll be out at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane for the month of June. I’m just a tad excited about all these amazing people and places who are hosting Industry Night - including where I am now. So today we are at the Urban Grape in Shaw. The Urban Grape is one of the country’s most successful independently owned wine stores, recently opened in DC, and is America’s largest certified Black-owned beverage retailer. They thoughtfully curate wine, beer, and spirits with an emphasis on representation for diverse makers, regions, and varieties. I’ll be talking to old friend, Kat Dean AND THEN — I am so excited. Every year, for the last 5 years? I have had the pleasure of having the Napa Valley Vintners & Napa Valley Winemakers on my show. Such an amazing opportunity to talk to the makers, the farmers, the producers and get an insider look on the nature of the wine business, what is going into the bottle at this moment, what are the pressing issues that are affecting their businesses, and…what are they pouring into my glass right now?!Michelle NoviCounsel and Sr. Director of Industry RelationsNapa Valley VintnersKellie DuckhornGeneral ManagerBaldacci Family VineyardsMalek AmraniFounder & WinemakerThe Vice WinesAre all joining me … but first Where I’ve Been:- WHCD Party at the National Women’s Museum - thanks to DC Magazine- Casa Teresa- Cranes x Crimson Lane Wines- WineLair - new and improved- Quick round trip to Philly to revisit Royal Izakaya Listen to the episode here, or watch it all on YouTube, here.
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This is How Your Garden Grows: Industry Night, May 23, 2024
Thanks for  joining me again on the latest Industry Night. I’ve been traveling the last few weeks, so I am excited to be back on air with my new residency. The next few weeks I’ll be hanging out in some of Peter Chang’s Restaurants. You know Peter Chang? Once coined the restless chef — because area foodies would follow him all around the region to get one of his famous Sichuan dishes. This week I am starting off in Chang. Chang, one of chef’s most recent openings, and the very first one in DC. Peter Chang and his family have such an incredible story, from leaving China, to working at the Chinese Embassy to staying here with his family and now having over 16 restaurants. I’m so grateful to chef’s daughter and business partner, Lydia Chang, for inviting me into her fantastic restaurants to record the show and share her family’s journey. I will be talking to Lydia in just a sec and then later in the show I am so excited to talk with today's guest, Kathy Jentz, editor/publisher of Washington Gardener. I mean hello people, it's planting season! Who better to help our garden’s grow than Kathy?But first .. where have I been traveling?- Barcelona- James Beard Finalists Announcements here in DC at the Waldorf- Lunch at Bazaar- Dinner at Cucina Morini- AlfredaListen in to the full episode here, or watch it all unfold here. 
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So You Want to Be the DC Mayor of Nightlife: Industry Night, May 16, 2024
Hey all, and thanks for joining me again. Delighted to be here for my last in-person show at Tony & Joe's. I am so grateful to Greg Casten and his team here for supporting my work and hosting this show, which requires work. The team needs a space to set up, turn the music down, and allow for good light. I always need a massive amount of hot water and tea, and everyone here at Tony & Joe's is always so accommodating! Hospitality is alive and well here. As I have mentioned on every show here — once patio season starts — Tony & Joe's is one of the go-to patios in D.C. Get here early on a nice day if you want prime seating on the sparkling Potomac water, watching the boats go by. So special thanks, as always, to Greg Casten for being such a tremendous supporter of me, this show, and my work.Later in the show, I'll be chatting with the mayor of nightlife — Salah Czapary. How does one become a Mayor of nightlife, and what is it that they do? 'Cause to this aging club girl, it sounds like a dream gig. But it can't all be house music and shots, right? I think Salah will burst my bubble and tell me there's none of that. Salah has a fascinating background; he is a D.C. native and the son of immigrants. He spent over a decade leading community outreach initiatives and engaging with the nightlife community — he is a former D.C. police officer, and he did run as a candidate for Ward 1's D.C. Council seat — but did not make it over the finish line. But all things happen for a reason, right?But first a little on where I've been: Brunch at Anju on Sunday. So I don't usually go to brunch because I'm out for so many lunches and dinners. Anju might change me. Black Garlic Caesar, the horseradish bloody Mary, and my favorite dish that I am not going to try to pronounce, but let me explain it- chewy rice cakes like gnocchi, smothered in mozzarella with a hint of spicy tomato sauce — has my name all over it. I joined Parisian journalist Marine Sanclemete at the top of the Pendry Hotel at The Wharf for beautiful views, snacks of sushi and chatted D.C. She is doing a 10 page spread for Le Figaro Magazine. Her photographer, Eric took a bunch of photos, who knows! Maybe I'll be a hit in Paris? Stopped by the Latvian Embassy - cause that's what you do when you live in D.C. — for Micaehle Weissman's book launch - The Rye Bread Marriage. A wonderful book about rye bread and marriage. Really.Okay, enough about me. On October 18, 2018 Mayor Bowser signed the "Office and Commission of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017," establishing the District's first Office of Nightlife and Culture. The role was previously held by good friend Shawn Townsend, now the head of RAMW and then Solana Vander Nat. Aside from taking care of our city nightlife - you should know that Salah is a graduate of the Metropolitan Police Academy; he completed a Fellowship in Innovative Policing at Georgetown Law Center, the Program for Excellence in Municipal Management through George Washington University, AND he is completing his Master's Degree in Homeland Security and National Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. So he is busy.So excited to chat D.C. living with Salah - listen to the full conversation here, or watch the entire episode, here.
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The Largest Self-Funded Female Wine Importer: Industry Night, April 11, 2024
Hey All, and thanks for joining me again. It was patio season and no…now it isn't. This is spring in DC. One day it’s sunny and 70 and one day it’s sunny and 30. ANYWAY. The ridiculous weather doesn’t take away my excitement from taping this month’s show at Tony & Joe’s. I am down on the sparkling Potomac water, watching the boats go by. This is a so “if you know you know” situation. Tony and Joe’s has one of the best patios in DC with views of the Kennedy Center. As I have said, once the weather hits an acceptable temperature, find me out on that patio with a tray of fresh shucked oysters and a glass of rose. Thanks as always to Greg Casten for being such a tremendous supporter of me, this show, and the work that I do.Later in the show, I’ll be chatting with Mary Taylor of Mary Taylor wines. For the span of her professional life, she has been active in all aspects of the wine industry, whether selling high-end French and Italian wines at the Sotheby’s auction, opening a retail store in lower Manhattan, serving as the president of a Tri-state area wholesale company, or working as a portfolio manager for a major distributor covering the entire United States. Fast forward to now and Mary Taylor Wine is the largest self-funded female wine importer in the United States. If you don’t know Mary Taylor - you are about to…Listen to the podcast interview here, or watch the full episode here.  
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How FreshFarm Markets Continue to Locally Feed: Industry Night, March 28, 2024
Thanks for joining us again on Industry Night with me — Nycci Nellis. It is patio season in DC and I am so so excited because this month’s show is being taped at Tony & Joe’s right down on the water in Georgetown. If you live in the DMV or have ever visited this city chances are you’ve been here. They have one of the best patios – it looks out on the Potomac with views of the Kennedy Center.Seriously, on a gorgeous day, you want to sit out on that patio with a tray of fresh shucked oysters and a glass of rose and watch the boats go by. Thanks as always to Greg Casten and his whole team for always being such a tremendous supporter of me, this show, and the work that I do.Today, I’ll be chatting with Hugo Mogollon, the Executive Director of Fresh Farm Markets here in the DMV. Before launching The List in 2003, I was already a Fresh Farm supporter. I would schlep all five kids down to Dupont Circle on Sundays, not long after that first market opened in 1997, and we would leave with bags and bags of vegetables, eggs, and fruit. Once in the Industry, I became friendly with the FreshFarm founders, Bernie Prince and Ann Yonkers. They were some of the first guests on Foodie & the Beast. Over the years, FreshFarm Markets have expanded with more than 20 markets, and have created incredible outreach programs that bring fresh food to so many people. AND, FreshFarm has launched many businesses in this area as well. Giving makers an opportunity to R&D, grow and create brick & mortars — Call Your Mother, Red Apron and Gordy’s Pickles comes to mind.But first a little on where I’ve been:- I emceed the Embassy Chefs Challenge and it was amazing- I ate all the things at the Regarding Her Women’s History Month Dinner at Centrolina with Tiffany MacIssac, Amy Brandwein, Ellen Yin, Kimberly Prince and Rochelle Cooper- I also judged a pisco competition at Causa — cause that’s what I do- And, not food but a lil’ culture, took in the Star Power exhibit at the Portrait Gallery. I am a huge George Hurrell fan. As I mentioned, I am a FreshFarm fan and a shopper. In 2019 Hugo Mogollon joined FreshFarm as executive director. Fresfarm merged with Community Foodworks, which Hugo had led for five years, and now FreshFarm is the largest farmers market organization in the Mid-Atlantic. What Freshfarm can now offer as a regional food system is immense, as is their reach and impact. I am ready to get all updated – aren’t you?Listen to the full episode here, and watch it all, here. 
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Bubbles for the Winn: Industry Night, March 21, 2024
Hey all and thanks for joining me again on this week’s Industry Night. So excited to spend this month at Tony & Joe’s down on the waterfront in Georgetown. If you live in the DMV or have ever visited this city, chances are you’ve been here. They have one of the best patios. It looks out on the Potomac with views of the Kennedy Center. Seriously, on a gorgeous day, you want to sit out on that patio with a tray of fresh shucked oysters and a glass of rose and watch the boats go by. So special thanks as always to Greg Casten for being such a tremendous supporter of me, this show, and the work that I do. I’m going to chat with Greg in a minute about the history of Tony & Joes and Tony - Greg’s Uncle Tony - who was such a character and just recently passed away. Later in the show, I’ll be chatting with good friend and wine authority Winn Roberton. Winn runs the show at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak and I love talking wine with him. And by the end of today’s show, you will too.But first — one of my favorite things to do is talk about where I am eating and I kid you not, I have been seriously out and about and eating all the good things — mostly!- I celebrated the Lunar New Year with Scott Drewno & Danny Lee at Chiko for their Lunar New Year Tea — They brought in Jill Nguyen of Capitol Jill Baking and Caroline Ta of Sweets by Caroline with ginger scones, dumplings, tea sandwiches, and milk buns- Popped into Fiola for a glass of Mt Etna Bianco & airy gnocchi- Love a Rasika check in and on a Friday, it is hopping- I’ve been to Moon Rabbit twice in the last two weeks — it is that good — you may have listened to my show with Kevin Tien & Susan Bae and team that I did there before they opened, and everything that we talked about — their intention, commitment, passion — it all ends up on the plate. There’s also a really sunny vibe — they are all so happy to be there and be open and be serving delicious mod -Vietnamese. Do not miss the pate chaud or any of Susan’s desserts- I stopped by Tail Up Goat. They are now doing a tasting menu only in the dining room so I just sat at the bar had a wonderful glass of La Croix Gratiot Les Zazous — a truly lovely white that Bill Jensen recommended. He also poured me a funky wine - Sipon from Slovenia — and of course, he poured me a Riesling because it makes him crazy that I don’t like it. And I have to tell you — he didn’t even try. He poured me a Riesling that had a sweet finish and I was like, you gotta be kidding me. When I bring in Winn we are going to talk about Somms and their love of Resling!- Last one — although I have so many more places that I have been — I went to Service Bar. Now if you know me you know I’m not really a cocktail drinker. But it had been a minute since I had been in and I was looking forward to catching up with Christine Kim. Again, the city was pretty lit up. U Street had bars filled, with people waiting on lines to get in and other people pouring out. So fun. They play amazing music, and if you are a cocktail drinker while, the place looks like a hole in the wall — the cocktails are thoughtful, balanced and well madeOkay! On to today’s show!When you are at Bourbon Steak there is a very tall individual walking around busily taking care of all the patrons — you cannot miss Winn Roberton, the head sommelier. And there’s over 750 labels on that wine list!A local boy, raised in Washington, DC, Winn's journey into the world of wine started as a server at Bourbon Steak in 2008.Listen to our full conversation here, or watch it unfold on YouTube, here. 
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Diplomatic Relations: Industry Night, February 28, 2024
Over the years I have had the incredible pleasure of emceeing the Embassy Chef Challenge, and with that came the ability to chat with embassy chefs, ambassadors, their families, and attaches. You may remember during the last round, I went to several of the embassies and cooked with their chefs. Oh my goodness, it was so much fun, I learned so much, and it gave me the opportunity to share their histories, culture, and of course, cuisine! If you don’t know, Events DC’s Embassy Chef Challenge is a gathering of embassy chefs from around the world, showcasing the flavors of their home countries in this delicious culinary competition. And the chefs take it seriously! This experience is so DC … in fact DC is truly the only place in the country where an event like this can be executed with such dramatic flair. Mark your calendars for March 7th~Now… where am I? I’m in the Cuban Embassy. Isn’t that amazing? For so long, this gorgeous building was not utilized or accessible because of the relations between our two countries. But in 2015 that all changed — I mean isn’t this what it is all about? Maintaining diplomatic relations with others? Now, I understand that there is a Hemingway bar in here — so you know we are going to get all into it. AND, I am so delighted to reestablish my relations with Jinhee Kim - Chief Creative Officer for Events DC - and create a new relationship with David Ramírez - Cultural Attaché for the Embassy of Cuba.So, normally at this part of the show I take you on my culinary tour of where I have been eating this past week — and your girl has been out, so I’m not going to get all into it — because I have some very special guests sitting here with me — But just a quick list!-The New La Bonne Vache in Gtown — get on line!-The New Aventino in Bethesda — make your rez now-Cork celebrated their sweet 16-Gravitas & Kappo did a collab dinner-The Emperor’s birthday at the Japanese EmbassySee that fits — Tuesday I’m at the Japanese Embassy and today, I’m here at the Cuban Embassy. Listen to the full episode here, and watch it all on YouTube, here.
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New & Improved: Industry Night, February 15, 2024
Do you recognize where I am? I have to be honest, I cannot believe I am in the space that once housed Coco Sala. For those of you who remember, Coco Sala was love letter to chocolate in a variety of forms and this space was…chocolate-y. But if you know who took over the space here in Penn Quarter, then you know I am in the greatly anticipated and just re-opened Moon Rabbit. Less than a year ago, we were all shocked when the original Moon Rabbit suddenly closed in the Wharf’s InterContinental Hotel. David and I, our kids, the whole family loved the beautiful and delicious take on Vietnamese cuisine that Kevin Tien, Susan Bae, and team were serving. We were heart broken and we were not alone.And here we are! And with the whole team with me now!Chef Kevin TienPastry Chef Susan BaeChef Judy BeltranoBar Director Thi NguyenAnd oh we are going to get into all the things! But first, so you know, I have been out and about —-Beloved BBQ-Cut-Fairfax City Restaurant Week — I am your Restaurant Week Lady-Mama Chang & The Wine Hour-James Beard Long List aka Semi-Finalists alert!-Centrolina-Pastis - What is New in The Neighborhood-Duck & The PeachSo I first met four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist, 2023 RAMW Chef of the Year, Food and Wine Best New Chef 2018, chef Kevin Tien when he was in the kitchen at Himitsu. But it wasn’t until he started coming into in the Foodie & The Beast studio that I really got to know him, his heart, and his passion better. Pastry chef Susan Bae joined him a few times and now I totally have a girl crush on her. Chef Judy Beltrano & Speed Rack finalist bar director Thi Nguyen round out his team here, and I am so excited for them and this beautiful space, and for me — because the Moon Rabbit is back.Listen to the full episode here, and watch it all unfold here. 
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How Does Your Garden Grow? Industry Night, February 8, 2024
Welcome to another Industry Night. I've been taking it a little slow for the month of January, taking time for a little refresh. I have been so fortunate to be able to share such incredible stories from people who do the work on this show. It's really an honor. I am amazed and grateful, especially when I look over all the shows from the past year. If you listen to the show, you can also see what we are doing on YouTube — which makes it so much fun for me. Adding the YouTube component has been such a game-changer. You can see me at the WineLair, The Point, and The Watermark Hotel — these residencies have been so unique. AND so much to come in 2024. More and more and more in 2024!And that starts with my guest today. So you hear me talk about my other show, Foodie & The Beast — it's been on air for 15 years — I know you know! But I've had mostly AMAZING shows over the course of those 15 years. Once in a while, a guest gets nervous or struggles, but still, it is usually all salvageable. Well, a few months ago, Emma Jagoz, this incredible first-generation organic vegetable farmer who founded Moon Valley Farm, was on, and every other guest — EVERY other guest --  did not have it that day. Emma has such a terrific story, and it kind of got overshadowed by what wasn't happening in the studio. I was disappointed and honestly a bit angry. But we can talk about media training or being ready for an interview on another day. (Actually, I think I am going to do a quick little video on that!) I was hoping Emma wouldn't hold it against me when I asked her to join me on this show, and thankfully, she did not. Moon Valley Farm is this year-round certified organic vegetable farm. It's an online farmers market for home delivery; it has a 600+ member community-supported agriculture program; it services many of the restaurants you eat in and school systems — I mean! Anyway — we will get into Emma and how she makes her garden grow in a just a second, first I'm going to tell you where I have been:So you know, I have been out and about —-Amparo Fondita - Fab Mexican cuisine by Chef Christian Irabien-RAMW Annual Holiday Party at the Park on 14th-Late Night Dining at Old Ebbitt-High Tea at the St. Regis-Immigrant Food Serves Up Lunch at Planet Word-Back at the Glorious Casa TeresaNow to Emma Jagoz of Moon Valley Farm. Emma grew Moon Valley from a one-woman show cultivating ¼ acre for 12 people to employing 20, cultivating 70 acres, and feeding thousands.Let's get into it. Listen to the full episode here, or watch it here. 
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