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.

LATEST EPISODE

Foodie and the Beast - Sept.. 16, 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

Past Episodes

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
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Joining us are Chef Troy Knapp of the Michelin-starred, Blue Duck Tavern in DC's Park Hyatt Hotel, in to talk about the hotel's amazing tea program and a forward-looking, employee-focused program for nurturing the team there with nutritious meals; Mike Milyavsky and Ann Gorovoy, founders of Shaker and Spoon, a monthly cocktail subscription program that delivers the craft cocktail experience to your home with beautifully curated recipes and techniques for mixing the perfect drink, every time. (Think Blue Apron for cocktails); Adam Rosenbaum, strategic director for The Meatball Shop, an awesome, meatball-centric, full-service restaurant that's a hit all over Manhattan and Brooklyn and is opening here on DC's 14th Street, and Danny Lleda of DC's Slate Wine Bar, in with tastes and talk of the 200-plus wines he cellars.
00:50:31 8/4/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. On today's show: This show is awash in thought provoking topics info AND lotsa liquid refreshment. Guests include local entrepreneur, Kristof Grina, co founder of Up Top Acres, which bring greening to rooftops and other underutilized spaces with urban farming techniques yielding bountiful crops for city dwellers; Michael Iglesias, beverage director at chef Victor Albisu's new Poca Madre and Taco Bamba "combo" restaurant in the Penn Quarter, is in with tastes and talk if his selection of his more than 90 premium mescals; one of the world's foremost authorities on culinary culture, Amy Riolo, who is the national spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association's new, Quick Diabetic Recipes Cookbook, and is in discussing the value of the tasty, delish recipes in her new cookbook, and, finally, Sam Nellis, Foodie and the Beast's Number Three son, has become an acclaimed mixologist in his position as assistant GM and the guy in charge of the cocktail programs at The Red Hen and Chef Mike Friedman's other property, All-Purpose Shaw - he's invented a signature line-up of flavored spritzes, and we get to sample them all!
00:50:31 7/28/2018
Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Joining us are: The Urban Butcher, Cuban-born chef Raynald Mendizabal, whose Silver Spring restaurant was called a "carnivore's playground" by none other than the Post's Tom Seitsema; Kol Foods' Devorah Kimelman-Block and Emily Landsman, who have turned kosher meats into delicacies you won't believe; Michelle Gueydan, GM and somm at chef/owner Jen Crovato's new, 1310 Kitchen & Bar in Georgetown and Mark and Kristin Handwerger of The Board Room and now, Ms. Peacock's Champagne Lounge. Tune in for the fun!
00:50:27 7/21/2018
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
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

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