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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    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Cocktails … And More: A Chat With Phil Greene

    Tonight, cocktail historian, author and all-around spirits aficionado, Phil Greene, joins us on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast to talk his favorite subject and one of ours: Cocktails.

    Phil is an attorney, writer and cocktail historian and a founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans who manages the Museum’s D.C. cocktail seminar program. He has presented at events such as Tales of the Cocktail (since 2004), the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, San Antonio Cocktail Conference, Arizona Cocktail Week, Miami Rum Renaissance, the International Rum Festival, and many others. He has also presented multiple times for Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C., and has done events for the Washington Shakespeare Theatre, the Hemingway Society, the International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, the University of Louisville Cocktail Conference, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and many other notable institutions.

    In particular, Phil is an authority on the life and favorite drinks of Ernest Hemingway, and has presented on this topic before the Smithsonian and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the Hemingway Home in Key West, in New Orleans, and elsewhere around the world. His book, To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, (Penguin Press, 2012, 2d Ed. 2015), has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post (twice, in 2012 and again in 2015), Chicago Tribune, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Garden & Gun, Kirkus Reviews,, and many others, and remains a best seller in several categories.

    Phil’s second book, The Manhattan: The Story of the First Modern Cocktail (with recipes) was published in 2016, by Sterling Epicure. Phil is also a contributing author for the Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails to be published in 2019, and is a contributing columnist for The Daily Beast.

    JUST PUBLISHED – His newest book, A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris, is a look at the amazing era of Paris during that amazing decade, through the lens of the cocktails that were enjoyed by the writers, painters, poets, dancers, musicians, and other artists who flocked to Paris during the 1920s. 50+ authentic and easy to make recipes, anecdotes, excerpts, vintage ads and photos

    It's a great listen – plus, we’re drinking a lot of cocktails, so you can enjoy them , too, albeit vicariously!Paris during the 1920s. 50+ authentic and easy to make recipes, anecdotes, excerpts, vintage ads and photos

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    The Best Wines You (Probably) Never Heard Of!

    French wines? Sure, everyone knows about them! Same with the wines from Italy, California, Spain, and now Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.

    But Bulgaria?

    You bet. In fact, it is arguably true that winemaking was invented in what now is Bulgaria 6000 years ago. And today, some of the world’s finest – and best priced – reds, whites and rosés come from Bulgaria’s Thracian Valley. To learn more about that, our guest, G&B Wine Importers’ CEO Robert Hayk, will get you as close as you can get to a wine tasting on the radio. He’ll also offer fascinating primer on the terroir that produces these unique wines, their varied taste profiles, how they are produced and about where to find them at truly amazing prices in restaurants and wine stores across Greater DC.

    It all happens right here, on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast!

    Наздраве! (Cheers! in Bulgarian)

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    No Kid Hungry!

    America is the richest nation on the face of the earth; in fact, the richest nation in the history of the earth!

    Yet, every night, millions of kids go to bed hungry. Debbie Shore, co-founder of Share Our Strength, leads an organization that has raised millions to feed millions across the past several decades. She hasn’t done it alone. Among those helping her are some of the nation’s top chefs, who give of their time, talents and resources to help fight child hunger in America.

    Debbie Shore joins us tonight on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast, along with Top Chef alum and award-winning chef, Bryan Voltaggio of Volt and Family Meal.

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    Is it Kosher?

    A lot of people hear the phrase, “kosher” and mkay assume that it implies some sort of special of strange approach to food. Actually, it’s a pretty mainstream thing, and tonight on Industry Night with Foodie and the beast, you’ll hear from experts about what kosher foods are, “why” they are, and how the concept of “kosher” fits neatly into today’s more food quality-aware dining scene.

    Joining us are Devora Kimelman-Block, Founder & CEO of KOL Foods meat; Emily Landsman, who handles marketing and operations for KOL Foods and KOL’s media relations specialist, Zoe Schaeffer, from the Rodale Institute, to discuss a range of topics, including:

    KOL’s and Rodale’s 411s Grass-fed meat, pastured poultry (turkey/heritage chicken). What do the terms mean? (Devora) How and why is grass-fed better for animals. What about grain? What makes grass-fed meat healthier for people? What makes meat kosher? Regenerative agriculture. A net-positive return on the environment. What is it? How does it work? Fair labor practices. Worker fairness and farmer crisis – Food certifications – organic, regenerative. What do they mean for small farms, big farms?
    Problems with labeling and usage of terms, little real regulation means some companies can skirt the truth. (“Natural” and “grass finished” for example.) Why do people think regenerative and organic systems are better for the planet? Does it really heal the earth? Can regenerative/organic scale up to save agriculture? Save the world?

    Join us!

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    Isn't it Sweet?

    Today on Industry Night, Nycci Nellis chats with world-renowned pastry chef and bakery shop owner, Tiffany MacIssac. While everyone loves a little something sweet to eat, running a bakery and wedding cake shop takes more than sugar, butter and flour.

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    Beer? Here!

    Craft beers have become as diverse – and as delicious – as wine. What started as folks making homebrews in the tib (OK, we’re exaggerating a little to make s point) has become big business, with major breweries buying up-and-coming breweries in order to stay competitive.

    That said, we thought we’d go back to craft brewing’s roots and take a deep dive into the subject with folks who came from and know the homebrewing scene cold. Joining us on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast are:

    President Michael Stein and CEO Peter Jones OF Lost Lagers, the premier beverage research firm in D.C. Michael and Pewter help us experience history through beer, recreating extinct ales and lost lagers with some of the best breweries in the country and teaching homebrew classes at The Hill Center in Southeast DC. Michael has served his historic beers at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s Food History Program and serves as beer historian at DC Brau Brewing Company, LLC, the first production brewery in DC since 1956. Peter is a certified beer judge, and longtime homebrewer who also is Education Chair for the DC Homebrewers Club, Peter has taught a variety of topics and techniques for brewing novices through experts.

    Also joining in is Sara Bondioli, current president of the DC Homebrewers club and a co-founder of the club's women's brewing group, HOPS.

    The conversation is scintillating, as always, and the homebrews we taste are beyond good. Listen in!!!

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    C’mon Over to Julia Child’s Kitchen!

    This week on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast, we’re taking you deep into one of the coolest, food-centric events ever: the 2018 Smithsonian Food History Weekend!

    Home to Julia Child’s kitchen, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will host its fourth annual, Food History Weekend, November 1-3, 2018 —it’s a multifaceted festival consisting of four distinct events. Culinary leaders, researchers, practitioners, and scholars will inspire museum visitors to understand the history of food in America and the role we all play, individually and collectively, in shaping the future of food.

    Across three days, Smithsonian’s Food History Weekend will explore the history and changing dynamics of regional food cultures in the United States. How have regional foodways expressed their place? Who and what shape regional identities? How are new ideas about regions reviving, shaping, and reshaping food in America. Participants for the 2018 weekend include Aarón Sánchez, Jessica Harris, Edouardo Jordan, Sean Sherman, William Cronon, Janice Marshall and many more! Events and activities include cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, dynamic conversations, and Smithsonian collections, a black-tie gala, dance performances and last, but hardly least … beer history!

    Join us and our guest from the Smithsonian, Paula Johnson, a curator responsible for the food technology and marine resources collections and is the project director and co-curator for the exhibition, “FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000.” Theresa McCulla, a noted historian dedicated to the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and Ashley Rose Young, food historian at the National Museum of American History where she is the program developer and host of “Cooking Up History, ” a monthly cooking demonstration featuring a guest chef.

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    Italians & Jews at the Table

    It’s time to dine!

    Tonight on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast, join us and our guest, celebrated chef and restaurateur Mike Friedman, of DC’s equally as celebrated Red Hen and All-Purpose restaurants.

    Yes, we talk about Mike’s background. Yes, we delve into the origins and nexus points of Italian and Jewish cuisine (and their true, geographical nexus point: New Jersey!), but we’re also tasting some of Mike’s finest dishes, and, well, for us, that’s almost as much fun as talking with Mike. Almost. OK, pretty close!

    Have a listen!

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    What a Friend We Have in Cheeses!

    There’s nothing that Foodie and the Beast love more than … cheese! That’s why you should join us and our guest today, ‘big cheese” Jill Erber, founder and CEO of Cheesetique, a Northern Virginia specialty cheese shop and restaurant. Much as is wine, cheese is “in,” with more varieties, taste profiles and sources domestically and globally than ever before.

    Founded in 2004, Cheesetique is a leader in driving accessibility to cheeses that are both rare and delish. Jill joins us today with tastes and talk of the wonderful world of cheese.

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    Arriba! Andale! It’s Time To Dine With Vic!

    This week on Industry Night with Foodie and the Beast, we have a true, Renaissance Man with us. Chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu is the man behind the Poca Madre and Taco Bamba concepts that have taken DC by storm. With more than a decade of experience in fine dining and upscale French, American and Latin American restaurants, our friend, Chef Vic, combines his culinary education with his Latin American heritage to bring a unique style of cuisine to his restaurant concepts.

    Named 2015 Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and selected as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic award in 2016, Vic is no newcomer to success. Albisu’s first restaurant, Del Campo, was an upscale South American grill in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In 2013, it was named a Best New Restaurant by Esquire magazine. In 2014, Washingtonian magazine called Del Campo “Washington’s best steakhouse.” Before pursing independent ventures, Albisu served as celebrity chef Laurant Tourondel’s executive chef at BLT Steak in downtown D.C. While at the helm, Albisu cooked for President and Mrs. Obama and led the restaurant to earn several accolades, including RAMW's Power Spot of the Year in 2012.

    Outside the kitchen, Albisu is a member of the American Chef Corps, a network of chefs who serve as resources to the Department of State. In 2015, Albisu competed on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and bested the host and grill master with his signature dish, steak & eggs. Albisu has appeared as a guest judge on Telemundo’s Top Chef Estrellas and the FOX TV series Hell’s Kitchen.

    Join us for a truly delicious conversation with one of DC’s – and America’s – great chefs: Victor Albisu.

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