You know it’s arrived when Greg Nivens, the “foodie impresario” CEO of the Trigger Agency, is in the studio promoting yet another (the 11thAnnual!) Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor (May 4-5). Listen in for tips on what to enjoy and how to get tix. Sarah Collins calls in from the UK to tell us about her amazing nonprofit, the Wonderbag Foundation, and its Wonderbag, a simple but revolutionary, heat-retention slow-cooker, saving lives across Africa from smoke inhalation, combating deforestation, providing time women to work and for children to go to school and decreasing the incidents of rape. John Coleman, wine and cheese buyer for Balducci’s, travels the world searching for the most interesting and delicious products out there and is in with his latest finds for relaxed, spring/summer wining and dining.
Return guest Tory Pratt is the founder of Pratt Standard Cocktail Company, makers of popular, original tonic syrups recipes that incubated here in DC at Mess Hall and now have gone nationwide. Last, but hardly least, is champion mixologist Chad Spangler, bartender, and owner of Service Bar DC, who was recently crowned top mixologist for the Northeast Region by the National Restaurant Association at their Star of the Bar Mixology Contest. Chad’s now heading to Chicago to compete for the national title, but … made a Foodie and the Beast pit stop to bring us some tasty sips of his cocktail concoctions, including the award-winner that sent him on the national championships.