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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    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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    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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