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.


Foodie and the Beast - July 15, 2018

Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Today: Joining us this week are Alex Levin, executive pastry chef for Michael Schlow Restaurants, in to talk about the new, Jewish Roman brunch he's created at Casolare; Dr. Shayla Cornick, owner of CYCLED, an upscale boutique, indoor cycling studio in with tips on ideal, pre- and post workout snacks and overall nutrition for working out; CEO Shana Greenbaum and COO Luba Hansen of Healthy Fresh Meals and their fresh, never frozen, ready-to-eat meals, delivered weekly across the region; Nic Bash of Honeyflower, a catering company with a focus on health, wholesomeness and sustainability, and somm Jay Youmans, educational director and owner of the Capital Wine School, and owner of Rock Creek Wine Merchants, a sales and marketing consultancy, in with tastes and talk of SommCon, the annual wine tasting/wine education event that DC loves to sip!
00:50:35 7/14/2018

Past Episodes

Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Today: Sit back, relax and enjoy a show that treats ALL your senses. Our guests include Corporate Executive Chef, Demetrio Zavala from Alan Popovsky's PRG restaurants (Teddy's, Lincoln and the new DNP - Declaration Nationals Park) in to talk All-Star Game special hot dogs and more, plus a recap of his winning stint on the Food Network's Chopped. Also in is Soulex found Pedramin Vaziri with updates on flotation, the newest form of meditation (We've tried it, and it rocks!). In with her is her devoted client, Meaghan Scott, who's got great insights on the benefits of flotation after several months. But wait ... there's more! Chef Todd Sprik of the "Lupos" - Lupo Verde, Lupo Marino and the new market at Lupo Verde - is in with news about expanded fare. And, because booze is always an essential part of the show, we have Adrienne Walker of Blue Henry handcrafted cocktail candy in with the latest twist on treats for your taste buds!
00:50:37 7/7/2018
From edibles to potables, this show has it all. Our guests include celebrated chef and restaurateur Erik Bruner Yang (Toki Underground, Maketto) whose two, new restaurants, Brothers & Sisters and Spoken English, at the uber-cool, Line Hotel in Adams Morgan are the talk of DC; former DHS attorney-turned-ice-cream-maven, Jessica Lai of Ice Cream Jubilee; Co-owner Nick Fontana and Chef Rob Brown from the very cool, new food and entertainment venue, Pearl Street Warehouse, just opened at DC's newest hot spot, The Wharf, and Jessica Banaroti, marketing director for Huneeus Wines and Sonoma's famous, Flowers Winery.
00:50:07 6/24/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Today: * On June 19 D.C. residents will vote on Initiative 77, the highly controversial proposal to eliminate the tipped minimum wage in all District restaurants. The ballot measure has the potential to transform the way restaurants operate, servers and bartenders are paid, and diners eat out. Good? Bad? The answer's not all that easy. So, in with us today to discuss all sides of the issue are two of D.C.'s highest profile restarateurs, Jill Tyler, co-owner of Tail Up Goat, and Genevieve Villamora, co-owner of Bad Saint, as well as a seasoned server, Thea Merl. * Candy Schibli is the owner and founder of the Southeastern Roastery, a small batch specialty coffee roasting company in D.C. One of her main focuses is to incorporate women throughout her supply chain. We sip, sample and chat about how women are making an impact in what still is a male-dominated industry. * This month, at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C.'s Quadrant Bar & Lounge launched a revolutionary, sound-aged spirits program using sonic wave technology to mimic the taste and qualities of traditionally aged spirits. Quadrant's lead mixologist, Chris Mendenhall, is in to tell us about it and to pour some tasty spirits. * What makes the wines of Margaret River, Western Australia, so different from the rest of Australian wines? Australian Bruce Dukes is a consultant and winemaker. He's in with tastes and talk of exceptional, but not yet widely appreciated, Margaret River wines.
00:50:39 6/9/2018

Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Today: 

  • David Hoffman, general manager of Sagamore Pendy Hotel in Baltimore
  • Jenn Segul, author of Once Upon a Chef
  • John and Sukey Jamison, owners Jamison Farm

00:49:41 6/3/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Today: * Legendary food journalist and author Mark Bittman tells us how to grill everything; * James Beard Award-winning, Michelin Star-holding chef Patrick O'Connell of the Inn at Little Washington is in to chat with us about the 40th anniversary celebration of that establishment of renown; * Church Hall is a new addition to D.C.'s great lineup of watering holes. The guy behind it is Geoff Dawson; * and the 37TH annual Virignia Wine Festival is coming up June 2-3, and two of the participants are here, pouring their best: Neal Glaser of Horton Vineyards and Victor Guimarais of Morais Vineyards.
00:50:38 5/19/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. THE 10th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge happens May 17 at the Reagan Building in Washington. The Challenge encourages culinary diplomacy through the celebration of food, drinks, dance, music and fashion. Today on Foodie and the Beast, we're celebrating the "drinks!" We're joined by some experts on the topic: * Erik Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment and special events for Events DC; * Matthew Keller, representing the embassy of Liechtenstein; * Carl Hartill, counselor, embassy of Canada, sampling a number of Canadian craft beers; * Cristina Tufts, Harbor Wines (representing the embassy of Moldova).
00:50:24 5/5/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Today: Cinco de Mayo is coming, and we're getting in the spirit. * * Mexico in a Bottle mezcal tasting event organizer Susan Coss , accompanied by ? Joahna Hernandez of Manos de Maiz, bringing back the real flavors of corn to D.C., ? Erick Rodriguez, from Alma Mezcalera, known to some, we understand, as the "Indiana Jones" of mezcal, and Christian Irabien, until recently the executive chef and culinary program director for the La Cocina VA Project and now preparing to open Amparo Fondita, a modern Mexican restaurant in Mount Pleasant. * and ... speaking of Mexican cuisine -- you know him from his awesome serbian cuisine restaurant, Ambar - Ivan Iricanin is heading south of the U.S. border to open not one, but two restaurants in one with a definite Mexican flavor, Tacos, Tortas and Tequila and Buena Vida. He has brought his chef de cuisine, Graham Bartlett; * Erica Meier is the executive director of Compassion Over Killing (COK), a national non-profit animal protection organization exposing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting veg-friendly eating as a way to build a kinder world. * Finally, we introduce you to Supra, a new Georgian cuisine restaurant (that's Georgian as in Tbilisi, not the ATL!). Jonathan Nelms and Jacob Weinstein are in with tastes and talk of Supra and some great Georgian wines.
00:50:38 4/28/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Today: We're consumed by - and consuming! - wine! After opening in five other cities, City Winery finally has come to DC. It's 40,000 square-foot location in Petworth includes a huge, wine production facility, a restaurant, party space and 300-seat, live performance venue, all on four floors. Pretty cool! Hear about it from City Winery's winemaker, Pascal Valadier, beverage director, Vanessa Phillips and John O'Neill, talent buyer, while we sip great wines and get the 411 on acts coming to the venue, including Suzanne Vega, Joan Armatrading, Billy Squire, and many more. Chef Frida Johansson has served as the Executive Chef of Sweden's Ambassador to the United States of America since May 2010. During that time, Frida has had the opportunity to cook for SUCH notables such as King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Silvia, and Prince Daniel as well as Vice President Joseph Biden, government ministers, Members of Congress, Nobel Laureates, the Washington Capitals, and more - Chef Frida joins us in studio with tastes and talk of life as an embassy chef. And, speaking of Petworth ... Ruta del Vino is a Latin American wine bar with an awesome wine cellar filled with great tastes from across South and Central America (only). Justin Logan is in with the pours, and has with him chef Will Harner, whose ceviches and other small dishes are stirring up impressive reviews. And, as always, Central Farm Markets' Mitch Berliner offers the 411 on what's fresh and wonderful at their three farmers' markets around town.
00:50:29 4/21/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Today: * Charity off the Hook raises important funding for lots of great local charities. It is sponsored by Profish Charities. We have John Rorapaugh, Profish director of sustainability and cofounder of Charity off the Hook, and Becky Lee, family law attorney and founder of Becky's Fund to foster awareness of domestic violence; * Dining with the Chefs is a biannual fundraiser that supports the Campus Kitchen, a project of the DC Central Kitchen. Wildwood Kitchen chef Brandon Shapiro and Camous Kitchen head Rivka Alvial are in to tell us about it; * Inquiring minds want to know : who are the Halal Guys and what's their culinary mission? Andrew Eck is here to share the story of how one food cart in New York City has become a national franchise chain; * Greg Nivens, the impresario's impresario who heads the Trigger Agency in Annapolis, is the guy behind all those amazing beer, wine and food events you find in summer months around this area. He talks about the upcoming National Wine and Food Festival at the National Harbor.
00:50:29 4/14/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Today the show goes all local, all the time. Dawson's Market in Rockville (MD) Town Square is a market that features products from local vendors that have to meet strict standards for all-natural ingredients and production. The second Tuesday of every month, Dawson's hosts and highlights several of its select vendors whose products represent the excellence of its offering. Today. Bart Yablonsky of Dawson's is in with a number of his top providers, including: * Greg Glenn of Rockland Farms (Poolesville, MD) - Rocklands is a full working farm and vineyard. CEO Greg Glenn is in with tastes and talk of Rocklands' Anna's Ros , a Merlot, Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cab Sauv blend, and Farmhouse, a 100% Chamborcin, whole cluster, steel aged, light, dry red wine. Bio: * Tsiona Bellete, an Ethiopian chef whose packaged foods use exotic ingredients from Ethiopia in dips, chips, dried soups and stews and more. * Jenn Rogers, CEO of newly launched Brawling Bear Brewing, with tastes of her Bare Knuckle IPA ( juicy East Coast Style India Pale Ale with sweet citrus hop flavors) And Low Blow Blonde Ale. * Andy Brown's Eat Pizza is taking the world by storm - A frozen pizza that cooks up perfectly (crisp bottom, doughy crust!) in the oven, Eat Pizza is at Dawson's, of course, but also at 54 Whole Foods and more.Ya Vietnamese yogurt is simply delish. Founders Fred Chen and Phuong Nguyen have perfected the offering in a range of good-for-you flavors. * Ever Bar founder Alex Hempfield has created a hemp seed protein bar now found nationwide and enjoyed by millions.
00:50:28 4/7/2018

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