Industry Night with Foodie & The Beast
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A Washington radio staple since 2008 on 1500AM Sundays at 11:00 a.m., Foodie and the Beast – starring Nycci and David Nellis, cohosts of the DC area’s one and only, food and wine variety show – has come to Full Service Radio as Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast. While the broadcast version of the show has brief segments featuring locally, nationally and globally renowned chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, somms, distiller, brewmasters, pitmasters and much more, Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast will be a long-talk formatted show, with in-depth looks at trends and trendmakers across the landscape for edibles, potables, hospitality and more.

This show records and broadcasts LIVE on Full Service Radio from the lobby of the LINE DC in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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    Solid Gold

    The evening’s show has “winners” written all over it.

    Joining is are Spanish winemaker Ivan Lopez and legendary, DC restaurateurs, Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray. Ivan and his wife live in the shadow of the Pyrenees where they lovingly grow some of Spain’s most heralded grapes. Their Bodegas Claudalia wines are prized for their dedication to traditional winemaking and distinctive tastes and structures. And Ellen and Todd are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the opening of their signature, downtown DC restaurant, Equinox, that has led the way on tastes and food movements for these past, two decades. Equinox was among the first restaurants to focus on sourcing only sustainable foods and humanely raised animals. Today, the focus is on their newest program, “Not Wasted” – that is, not wasting any aspect of foods, including using technology from Cuisine Solutions (the world leader in sous vide techniques) to ensure that the excellent nutrition and tastes to be derived from vegetable cuttings (e.g., carrot stems, mushroom stems etc.) that in past have just been thrown away, have viable and delicious uses. Think of it as “snout to tail” for veggies!

    Join us for two fascinating discussions!

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    There’s a first time for everything … and this is it!

    The last time you looked in the mirror or stood on a scale, did you recoil with horror? Fact is, people tend to gain (a lot of) weight over the winter months. Then spring rolls in, pool openings loom on the horizon, and commitments to dieting and living a healthier lifestyle start rolling off our tongues. But what diet will it work, keep the weight off and leave you looking and feeling better?

    The answer for you may be EMP 180, as it is for Industry Night host, David Nellis. Join him and his wife and EMP 180’s founders, nutritionists and other clients with real world weight loss and health benefits stories. Learn about the program, how it works, what you eat, health benefits and how it can change your food relationships for the better.

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    Tea, Anyone?

    Our guest this week on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast is Christian Eck, Assistant Food and Beverage Manager and Tea Specialist at Michelin-starred, Blue Duck tavern in Westend DC’s glorious, Park Hyatt Hotel.

    As well as being Blue Duck Tavern’s tea specialist, Christian is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, so he is able to offer pithy parallels between the farming and production of wines and teas. Even better, he delivers incredible knowledge into the origins and history of tea varieties (Remember that all tea comes from the same plant and leaf – production techniques are what deliver such a range of tea types) and had tons to offer about the tastes and health benefits of the more than 30 varieties he serves at Blue Duck’s unique Tea Cellar, a one-of-a-kind, tea-centric experience here in DC.

    Join us for a spot of tea, won’t you?

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    “When you say “Napa Valley,” I say “Wine!”

    Let’s play word association. We say, “Napa Valley” and you say, “Wine!” Of course! What else would you say to America’s top, vinicultural brand. With all due respect to Virginia, Oregon and every other, wine producing state in the union, California’s Napa Valley is it, when it comes to producing America’s finest wines and for marketing America’s most powerful, regional wine brand. The Napa Valley Vintners is nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 525 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home.

    So, representatives of the Napa Valley Vintners Association were in DC , and we snared several for a deep dive into the association’s mission history, but also into the history and world of Napa Valley wine growing and, of course, some Napa Valley wines tastings! Joining us were Rex Stults, Senior Director of Industry Relations for the Napa Valley Vintners; Dawnine Dyer, Partner, Dyer Vineyard, a real-deal, longtime Napa Valley winemaker who spent 25 years as Winemaker at Domaine Chandon and a partner in the award-winning, Meteor Vineyard and Emma Swain, CEO at St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery: Emma Swain, CSW and CEO of St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery who also serves as the Board Chair for the Wine Market Council and is a board member of the Napa Valley Vintners.

    If you’re serious about wine – or even if you not – this is a roundtable discussion not to be missed!


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    The Go-Getters!

    Today’s Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast should be titled, “The Go-Getters!”

    First, meet AJ Dronkers, a certifiable, DC “man about town.’ As associate publisher and digital editor of EdibleDC Magazine, he’s full of inside knowledge about the local food scene, especially when it comes to the regional bounty and diversity of foods to eb found at our many, local, farmers’ markets. But, he’s also an accomplished exercise devotee(make that, “maniac”) and night owl who’s got lots to tell about the single life in DC. You’ll want to hear what he has to say.

    We also are joined by Sadie Kurzban, If the name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, the name of her booming business – 305 Fitness – surely will. At 29, Sadie already stands atop a booming, new wave of studios in DC, New York and Boston (and more on the way), featuring non-stop, dance-cardio workouts with live DJs and rhythmic light show. You dance, you sweat like crazy, you get fit and you have a blast at every workout. Sadie’s a ball of fire and a ball of energy, and you’re def going to want to hear how this savvy, Brown grad and entrepreneur got it going.

    Join us!

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    Carla Hall's Soul Food On Industry Night

    How did Carla Hall wind up interviewing Michelle Obama in Cleveland on March 16? Intentions. Carla Hall, best known from her days on Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars, and more recently, as the former co-host of The Chew, has never had a plan. But she has always had intentions. Today on Industry Night, Nycci Nellis and Carla Hall talk about how Carla's intentions have taken her from being an accountant to a modeling career, from being the sandwich lady to now being an accomplished television personality and cookbook author. Carla's latest book, "Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration" is a rich offering of dishes and recipes that have roots in history and heritage and it’s delicious.

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    Food for Kids, Food for Adults, Food for Thought

    This edition of Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast, we’re speaking with two, exceptional authorities in their own right.

    First, Kiko Bourne hosts Lunch Agenda, a food systems education podcast right here on She’s also the Cooking & Gardening Teacher for kids at Mundo Verde, DC’s first “green” public charter school, and we’ll chat with her about her good works teaching kids about … good foods! Previously, she was head of marketing for the Capital Area Food Bank and marketing director for San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Market.

    Justin Severino is a four-time, James Beard Foundation award nominee for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic and a 2015 and 2014 winner of FOOD & WINE’s “The People’s Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic” and chef/co-owner of Cure, a neighborhood restaurant in Pittsburgh dedicated to local sourcing and seasonal cooking with an urban-Mediterranean influence, and nearby Morcilla, an award-winning Spanish restaurant serving pintxos and family-style dishes. His new spot, The Larder at Larimer, a collaboration with Scott Smith at East End Brewing Company, will open in early 2019.

    Severino is a great interview. He’s a skilled, whole animal butcher who brings an extensive charcuterie program and flavors of an Italian-American upbringing to his menu. In 2012, Cure was named one of the “Top 50 Best New Restaurants” by Bon Appétit magazine, so you know he’s quite a chef! Since opening, Morcilla has been chosen by Pittsburgh Magazine as the “2016 Best New Restaurant”. Bon Appétit ranked it Number Four in the country in the annual, “Best New Restaurants” issue, and it was nominated for a 2016 James Beard Foundation award in the “Best New Restaurants” category.

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    The Make Up of Makeup and Why It Matters

    Title: The Make Up of Makeup and Why It Matters.

    Tonight, we tackle subjects of consuming interest: The cosmetics industry and the products it manufactures. What’s in what they tell us? How do cosmetics products work? Aer the ingredients good for – or harmful to - our skin?

    Most people don’t think about their skin as one of their body’s essential organs, but it is. And men and women alike use all sorts of product and slather all sorts of “stuff” on their Faces and bodies to look and feel better.

    What’s in all that stuff, why and what does it really do?

    In with us today are Melanie Benesch a legislative attorney with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an activist group specializing in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants and corporate accountability. With her is Carla Burns, and EWG research analyst with a focus on cosmetics and personal care products.

    Join us!

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    Now THAT’S Entertainment!

    When a venue has been in place and entertaining guests for more than two centuries, you know they must be doing something more than right!

    A case in point: DC’s Tudor Place, originally founded by Thomas and Martha Peter. Ardent Federalists, they hosted politicians of that persuasion at Tudor Place in the early 19th century (They were so patriotic, they named their daughters Columbia, America, and Britannia). At Tudor Place, one was likely to come across tipsy congressmen getting intoxicated on apple toddy served from a Mount Vernon punch bowl; BBQ, early 19th Century-style (Tudor Place has one of the earliest extant smokehouses remaining in the District (1795); vintage Madeira (Tudor House has on display several bottles of historic alcohol in the Tudor Place collection including bottles of Madeira wine from the 1840s; early 19th Century, “Farm to Table” practices and … much more!

    Joining us on the show is Grant Quertermous, curator at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden and former assistant curator of collections at James Madison's Montpelier. Grant offers an instructive look back at 19th Century hospitality, Peters Family-style, and also clues us and you into how you can visit Tudor Place and attend their Landmark lecture series, other members-only Events, Tudor Nights and Behind the Scene Tours and other family events.


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    You Were What You Ate!

    Tonight on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast, we’re jumping into the Industry Night time machine with anthropologist/archeologist Dr. Bill Schindler to look at how and what (very) ancient man and woman ate and how we should seek to replicate that diet today. Dr. Schindler is, first and foremost, a very cool guy who also happens to be director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab, an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and the co-star of the National Geographic series, The Great Human Race.

    Schindler’s basic thesis is that our bodies are pretty much the same as they were when humans first walked upright and that we’re designed to operate no differently than our ancestors did, when it comes to utilizing prehistoric and traditional technologies (tools), especially as they relate to food acquisition, processing, storage, and consumption. He believes that the better understanding of prehistoric life made possible through the archaeological record and a practical understanding of the technologies that created it can contextualize our place in the world and help provide answers to many of the issues facing us today, especially when it comes to our diet.

    He’s a huge, proactive advocate of traditional foodways and constantly seeks new ways to incorporate lessons learned from his research into the diets of modern humans. His outlook on food has revolutionized the way in which he and his family eat and he attributes much of the health his wife and three children enjoy to the nutrient dense hunted, gathered, and fermented foods that comprise a significant portion of their diets.

    This was a truly mind-blowing interview – join us to get your own mind blown and some good advice for how to start eating like a human again!

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