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.

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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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    Whiskey? Whisky? However you spell it, it‘s all good!

    Tonight on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast, we’re joined by Scott and Becky Harris, founders of Catoctin Creek® Distilling.

    We first met Scott and Becky in 2009, when our broadcast, food and wine variety show, Foodie and the Beast, only recently had launched and when Scott and Becky we just brewing their first batches of rye. Now 10 years later, Catoctin Creek, the first legal distillery in Loudoun County, VA since before Prohibition, produces Virginia's most awarded whisky, Roundstone Rye, and Scott and Becky are on the show to talk about the trials, tribulations and soaring success they’ve experienced.

    Extra-interesting point: Becky Harris is the distillery’s chief distiller – not too many women play with that title in what is traditionally a boys’ sandbox. So listen in to hear what it took for this chemist-turned-distiller to create Virginia’s most successful rye whisky.

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    Virginia Wine: From Obscurity To National Prominence

    Across the past four decades or so, Virginia wines have gone from obscurity (Wine? Virginia? No way!) to national prominence. The Commonwealth is now tied with Texas (Texas? Wine? Really?!) as the nation’s fifth largest wine producers.

    Among Virginia’s most prominent wine producers is Tarara, located in Loudoun County. For 30 years this year, Tarara has produced exceptional wines from its own grapes and those of neighboring vineyards. And for the past 12 years, Tarara’s award-winning winemaker has been Canadian Jordan Harris (Canadian? Yup! They make wine there, too!).

    Jordan is in with us on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast with tastes and talk of his path from “What am I gonna do with my life?” high school kid to celebrated winemaker; Tarara’s exceptional varietals, and if how, as winemaker, he and his farm are responding to and learning to work around climate change that, for example, brought record-setting amounts of rain to Northern Virginia last year.

    It’s a fascinating and (for us!) tasty show. Join us!

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    DC’s Lebanese Taverna – umm, umm, good!

    It’s a family affair!

    Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast host Gladys Abi-Najm, Grace Abi-Najm Shea and their brother, Dany for a deep dive into the story and the glory of DC’s fabulous, Lebanese Taverna. Launched by their dad and his kids, it started as a one-stop, suburban pizza and sub shop in the ‘70s and has grown into an 11-restaurant chain stretching across DC, Maryland and Virginia with more coming. And, on the way to today’s success, Lebanese Taverna brought Mediterranean cuisine center stage in the DC area and helped make “hummus,” “kibbeh” and “labneh” household words and refrigerator “must haves.”

    Join us for a deep dive into the Lebanese Taverna success story and to live vicariously as we taste some truly awesome, Lebanese wines!

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    Guinness, Anyone?

    Ryan Wagner, Guinness Brewery Ambassador, and Hollie Stephenson, Head Brewer join the show to talk all things Guinness.

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    The National Museum of Women in the Arts

    The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to exhibiting the work of women artists. Our guest today is GINNY TREANOR, the museum’s Associate Curator, who in addition to taking us through all that the museum does to promote awareness of and interest in women in the arts, will offer an insiders’ preview of the museum’s upcoming spotlight on the celebrated American luxury fashion house, Rodarte, founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The Rodarte exhibit, the first fashion exhibition ever organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, is now on display thru February 10, 2019 and showcases the designers’ visionary concepts, impeccable craftsmanship and profound impact on the fashion industry.

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    Georgia on My Mind: A Taste of World-Class, Georgian Wines

    In this episode of we’re giving you a great, vicarious taste of Georgian wines (Georgia the country, not the state!) While many Americans may be unfamiliar with the nation of Georgia, which emerged from behind the Iron Curtain after the breakup of the Soviet Union, most wines experts agree that winemaking was invented there some 8,000 years ago. To this day, an impressive diversity of Georgian wines continue to thrill palates everywhere.

    Noel Brockett, a lover of all things Georgian and the man in charge at Georgian Wine House, a Maryland-based import company founded by Georgian wine enthusiasts in 2005, joins us with tastes and talk of Georgian wine culture, its over 500 indigenous grape varieties and both its ancient qvevri (pronounced, “k-vevri”) skin-contact and modern wine-making techniques.

    Join us!

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    Sustainable Eating: Eliminating Animals From Our Plates

    On this episode of Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast, we’re talking plant-based dining that tastes good, is good for you AND is great for the planet!

    Our guest is Ran Nussbacher, cofounder of Shouk: Voted Washington D.C.'s Best Fast Casual Restaurant, Shouk’s healthy, Israeli-inspired fare has a huge following, because Shouk’s food is not just flavorful, it’s also world-changing. Convinced that eliminating animals from our plates is the only sustainable way forward, Ran and his team have set out to change our eating habits, one pita at a time. Having been inspired by the markets and lively food of his native Israel, Ran and Shouk are getting us to eat our veggies, and love it.

    Tune in to find out how Ran and Shouk plan to change how we eat, by making plant-based food that people crave!

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