Foodie and the Beast

Nycci Nellis is everyone's "go to" food journalist for insights and in depth info about everything happening across the food/wine/spirits/brews/restaurant scenes in the Mid-Atlantic and across the U.S. Her husband, David, is a beer and burgers guy. On radio since 2009, they host celebrity guest interviews with famous and up-and-coming chefs, winemakers, distillers, oystermen, farmers, marine biologists and more. Get the foodie info you need to know and won't find anywhere else; enjoy irreverent repartee; pick up great recipe tips for cooking to cocktails and ... have fun! .. with Nycci and David Nellis on the one and only, Foodie and the Beast.


It's been 10 years already?

Foodie and the Beast celebrated 10th anniversary on Federal News Network's airwaves with a live, 2-hour remote broadcast from Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Bluejacket, DC's most amazing brewery/restaurant/bar. Hosts David and Nycci Nellis welcomed scores of guests ? from restaurateurs and chefs to distillers and mixologists, and many more.
00:05:29 11/12/2018

Past Episodes

Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Peter Greenberg, a multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, America's most recognized travel news journalist. As the host of the public television show "The Travel Detective," he's the consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news; * And, speaking of insider info, Andrew Trull, who runs media relations for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, is no slouch when it comes to great insider tips for flying during the holidays. For example, how to make the best of a delay, what to do if your flight is delayed a day or two, what kinds of things should we pack for a long layover? * Executive chef Judith Hernandez knows Reagan National Airport like the back of her hand. She's shring info about what to do when it's time to dine at D.C.'s longest-serving airport; * Robin Fisher, founder and CEO of Polished Image and Style, knows what we do when we're hanging at the airport and we've finished eating ... we shop! Robin's in to talk buying some holiday gifts and finding fun and unique items while you are at the airport; * Michael Matarazzo works at one of those cool places you like to stop into while hanging at the airport. He' the operations specialist at Reagan's Grille District, and one of the things he specializes in is mixing awesome cocktails and finding great craft beers across a range of taste profiles.
00:49:13 11/3/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Between 1939 and 2015, Montgomery County lost 71 percent of its farmland. That loss was slowed in 1980, when citizens, farmers, politicians, and planners created the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, recognizing the value of land set aside for the environment, farming, history, and community. Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau are in to discuss "Bread and Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve;" * Mission Navy Yard, the enormous bar and restaurant, is now open across from Nats Park. Fritz Brogan and chef Roberto Hernandez are in with tastes and talk of Mission Navy Yard; * According to the National Restaurant Association, African-Americans make up only 8% of restaurant owners and the same share of restaurant managers. So rhe industry, the community and patrons across the board need a wake-up call: from Nov. 4 to 11, D.C. celebrates Black Restaurant Week and, with it, the city's top talent in food and drink. In with us today for a roundtable discussion are: o Two of the event's three cofounders; (1) Dr. Erinn D. Tucker, director of Georgetown University's global hospitality leadership master's program; and (2) Chef Furard Tate, who provides training, mentoring, and teaches job skills; o Meggrolls founder and food truck entrepreneur Meghan Baroody. Meggrolls was named a Top 25 Food Truck in Washingtonian Magazine's Ultimate Food Truck Guide in 2014, was featured in Southern Living Magazine as offering "some of the South's most Inventive meals" and voted "Best Food Truck" this past summer in Northern Virginia Magazine. o Grey Goose Ambassador Earlecia Richelle. Living and working in New York City, she developed a distinct conceptual style, fusing culture, history, and cocktails to open new avenues of communication and creative expression. * And then there's our drinks segment. Eric Kozlik is a D.C.-based cocktail entrepreneur, educator, and podcaster. He is the CEO of the Modern Bar Cart, a cocktail platform helping home bartenders and industry pros make better drinks. And... he's gonna make some for us!
00:52:07 10/27/2018
The Wharf is D.C.'s hot, new meeting place, with dazzling water views, spectacular new restaurants, year-round entertainment, and waterside style all together in one inspiring location.
00:50:08 10/14/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Brian McNair is in with news about Rock the Block, a food event for a new charity in an old part of town: it's a culinary tour of Old Town Alexandria - and proceeds will benefit the foremost organization that finds and protects children, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; * Vickie Reh is a chef and certified sommelier from Arlington, Virginia who spent years traveling to visit and cook with winemakers in France and Italy. "The Wine Table" is her new book recounting these adventures Chef Vickie is in with us today to tell us all about it; * June Drummond is a former attorney from Brazil who discovered that life is sweet when dealing with sweets. She's the founder of June B Sweet and she's with us today with tastes and talk of brigadeiro, a Brazilian national treat most commonly made in chocolate; * Robert Hayk of G&B Importers is in with Bulgarian wines for us to taste, and to tell us about their line of Rough Day wines. We've discovered that, after a rough day, Rough Day's rose, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon are the best possible antidotes.
00:50:39 10/6/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Bresca is a neighborhood restaurant on 14th St. that is anything but neighborhood. The recent recipient of a Michelin star, Bresca's kitchen is headed by chef Ryan Ratino who, according to Michelin, delivers "a clear sense of culinary artistry and whimsy" with a menu driven by "bistronomy." Chef Ryan is in with us today, so stick around to learn what that means! * More than 7500 people are homeless in D.C. on any given night. About a third are considered chronically homeless, meaning they have been homeless for years, or repeatedly, and are living with a chronic health condition. Miriam's Kitchen is committed to ending chronic homelessness in D.C., connecting the chronically homeless to permanent supportive housing, ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing and helping to feed those in need. Chef Cheryl Bell of Miriam's Kitchen is in with the whole story; * Angelina Klouthis is executive director of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, which helps provide rural communities in India with training, tools, and technology to make sure development leaves no one behind. The foundation is hosting a fundraising wine and food tasting on Oct. 20 and Angelina's in to tell us all about it; And the Taste of Bethesda is coming up Saturday, Oct. 6. Brenna O'Malley and Stephanie Coppula of the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Rock Bottom Brewery's brewmaster Geoff Lively and general manager Shane Weeks are in with info and "starter sips" to get us ready and rarin' to go.
00:50:35 9/29/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * Ashok Bajaj has done it again - the restaurateur with the Midas touch - the man behind such monumental D.C. dining spots as Rasika, The Oval Room and The Bombay Club, has transformed Ardeo/Bardeo in Cleveland Park into Sababa, an Israeli dining concept. Sababa's executive chef, Ryan Moore, is in with tastes and talk of this great new dining spot; * Every visit to a Cuban home starts with the offer of a cafecito topped with caramel-colored foam called "espumita" and every night ends with a passed tray filled with small cups of sweet coffee. D.C.'S Colada Shop carries on that tradition with amazing Cubano coffee greats, including caffeinated cocktails. The Colada Shop's Chef Mario is in to jack us up with a taste; * Along with the power breakfast, the restaurant Seasons at the Four Seasons Washington D.C. hotel boasts one of America's premier steakhouses, Bourbon Steak. Executive chef Drew Adams loves to dress up his menu with seasonal treats foraged from local forests. That's cool. but what's cooler is that you can tag along! Chef Drew is going to tell you how; * Today's drink segment is a tad different. Jill Erber is the founder of the Cheesetique, a specialty cheese shop. So, she knows here cheeses. She also knows her wines - and which of them pair well with her cheeses.
00:50:25 9/22/2018

Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis.

Lotsa fun to report from Foodie and the Beast this week!  Guests include Andrew Court, Executive Chef at the fabulous, Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC. Chef Andrew, who spends his days (and nights!) fashioning menus for the hotels, legendary power-dining spot, Seasons, the stand-alone wine bar ENO, and working with the team at the hotel's renowned American steakhouse. Bourbon Steak,; environmental activist Lisa Comento leads the Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Restaurants program, seeking to combat the plastic pollution suffocating our oceans with more than 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic and drive changes in behavior, all to drive improvements to our plastic (and water!) footprint; former Finnish Embassy executive chef, Mikko Kosonen opened his first restaurant, Mikko, in Dupont, and the Nordic cuisine at Mikko, says the Washington Post,  "...represents the best of all the Nordic nations," and Dancing Moon Coffee's Jamie Weldon and Scott Steer give us talk and tastes of the health benefits and amazing flavor varieties of fair trade coffees from around the world.


Join us for a truly delicious show!

00:50:35 9/15/2018
Foodie and the Beast is vegan! In with us is repeat guest Erica Meier, founder and executive director of Compassion Over Killing (COK and founder of what now is the east coast's largest, annual vegan festival, VegFest.  The 10th annual DC VegFest is Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 at Yards Park from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., with free admission, free festival of food, music, education, and inspiration.
00:50:35 9/8/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: * In a city of a thousand and one pizza places, how does one achieve superstar status? Andrew Dana (a.k.a. Dough Boy), founder of D.C.'s Timber Pizza Co., joins us; * Texas de Brazil in D.C.'s Mount Vernon Triangle is recognized for its unique blend of Brazilian culture and fare complemented by the generous hospitality of Texas. We'll be joined by Texas de Brazil's event manager, Courtney Bond, to hear all about it; * What?! More pizza talk? You bet - Chef Daniele Catalani cut his teeth with James Beard Award-winning chef Roberto Donna. Since then Daniele has gone on to his own fame and fortune and now has his own place, Cucina Al Volo, where the pizzas are sublime. Daniele joins us with even more carbs on hand; * One of America's most successful annual fundraisers is one many people around here are not aware of, because it happens on the Left Coast. Since its inception the Sonoma County Wine Auction has raised more than $29 million to support community organizations focused on literacy, education, health and human services, the environment and arts and culture. Last October this California county was affected by the wildfires. Over 5000 homes were lost and over 100 businesses also, so this year's event is especially meaningful.. We have George Hamel of Sonoma's Hamel Family Wines on the phone to give us all the event details and to tell you how you can get involved; * Restarauteur Hakan Ilhan's Mirabelle is on everyone's list as one of D.C.'s finest restaurants. One reason? An amazing wine list, crafted by Mirabelle's general manager and beverage director, Jennifer Knowles. She's in with tastes and talk of all the many delicious treats to be found there.
00:50:33 8/25/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis.
00:49:19 8/25/2018

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