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Industry Night is the long-talk format radio show and podcast that brings you up close and personal with the trends and trendsetters across today’s diverse food, wine, spirits, brews and hospitality landscape. For in-depth insights and insider tips, join your host, Nycci Nellis, cohost of Foodie and the Beast, the DC area’s one and only food and wine variety show, and all the locally, nationally and globally renowned chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, mixologists, somms, distillers, bre ...
 
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The wedding industry is experiencing a near total collapse as result of the current pandemic. So many couples have had to put their wedding dreams on hold while they wait for new mandates on when and how we can gather. No surprise, a group of leading women wedding professionals in DC have the solution, coming together to form a startup, Petit Soiré…
 
The last 8 weeks of this ongoing pandemic have been filled with incredible stories of people in the food, restaurant and hospitality industries taking their current model and turning them on their heads in order to survive. Today on Industry Night, Nycci talked with Jordan Cotton of DC’s first rum distillery, Cotton & Reed. Jordan, his partner Reed…
 
Well, we are in week 6 of the Covid-19 pandemic and everyday brings a new normal for us to grapple with. Some are staying at home — a roof over your head and a fridge full of food. Others do not have those luxuries. Today on Industry Night, Nycci is joined by the Chief Executive Officer of the Capital Area Food Bank, Radha Muthiah, who leads a team…
 
The Cares Act, the $2.2 trillion program put together to help businesses during the Covid-19 crisis has left many in the restaurant industry feeling frustrated with the funds or lack thereof appropriated. The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) was formed to help/save the local restaurant community and demand a well-deserved seat at the table. T…
 
The nation's restaurants are reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic, some have shut down while laying off employees. Others have been able to pivot in an instant and create whole new models — take away and to go — to keep people employed and stay afloat. Michael Babin and his team at Neighborhood Restaurant Group changed their entire company model not …
 
Lovers of food in the DC Area know the name Erik Bruner-Yang as someone who has launched a variety of kitchens featuring his creative take on different cuisines. In the last few years, he has opened Maketto, Brothers and Sisters, ABC Pony and most recently was named executive chef of &Pizza. Like most of the chef/restaurateurs in the county, Erik h…
 
Should you be going to your Farmers Market during this Coronavirus pandemic? Is there a safe and healthy way to access fresh, local foods? Today Nycci asks Juliet Glass, the external relations director for the Maryland Farmers Market Association, these questions and more on Industry Night. Durning this special episode, Nycci and Juliet discuss the …
 
In another special edition of Industry Night, Nycci has a conversation with COO of ThinkFoodGroup, Erik Martino about the vision to shut down their restaurant empire — almost before anyone else — and to pivot their team to Community Kitchens. All around the DC Metro Area, former upscale dining ThinkFoodGroup restaurants are now feeding the public f…
 
In this special edition of Industry Night, Nycci talks with Kathy Hollinger, President & CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) about the minute by minute changes to the restaurant and hospitality industries in these scary and strange times. No surprise that area restaurants and small businesses have shown their resilie…
 
Cheese lady and owner of area Cheesetiques Jill Erber returned to the Industry Night show and this time she didn't just bring cheese-- she brought friends ... good friends ... the kind of friends we all want. Gail Hobbs-Page, owner and head cheesemaker at Caromont Farm, Ron Kingsbury, chocolatier & owner/founder of Kingsbury Chocolates and Jason Wh…
 
Earlier this year, Nycci moderated a panel about plant-based eating, and was able to bring two of the esteemed panelists into Industry Night to chat the change in social norms around limiting meat from your diet and what it means for the environment. Bruce Friedrich, the executive director and co-founder of The Good Food Institute and Nicole Marqui…
 
Nycci sits down with another Niki: Niki Segnit, London-based author of the multi-award winning book, The Flavor Thesaurus. Niki’s newest cookbook, Lateral Cooking, is, in a sense, the ‘method’ companion to The Flavour Thesaurus – and is just as useful. The recipes in each chapter are arranged on a continuum, the transition from one recipe to anothe…
 
In studio today with David & Nycci Nellis is famed celebrity chef, television host, restaurateur and cookbook author, Lidia Bastianich, known to millions for bringing Italian cooking into our homes. Listen in for great stories about her life and fascinating insights into the evolution of Italian cuisine in America.Powered and distributed by Simplec…
 
For a new generation of cooks comes the latest edition of one of America’s most trusted cookbooks, the Joy of Cooking. This kitchen “bible” that home cooks have relied on for nearly 90 years, has now been updated and revised by the next generation of Joy family home cooks—Irma Rombauer’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife Megan Scott. John & M…
 
Today in studio, Nycci was joined by the man, the myth, the beer-director of Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG), Greg Engert. Greg & Nycci catch up and chat about the growth of NRG -- chef-driven restaurants, beer-focused offerings -- and now, Food Halls. Tune in and get a taste of NRG's newest offering in DC, The Roost (and The Grand Delancey in …
 
This week Nycci is joined by Crystal Bowyer, the president and CEO of the new National Children's Museum in D.C, and Dr. Ashley Rose Young who is Historian of the American Food History Project at The Smithsonian. Ashley catches up with Nycci about all the exciting upcoming Smithsonian Food History Weekend festivities. And, what happened to the Nati…
 
Today Nycci is joined in studio by a very special guest star, her husband, David Nellis. David popped in studio with guests, Dan & Meg McNeill of the recently opened distillery, MISCdistillery and Steve Bashore, director of trades at Mount Vernon. If you don't know about George Washington's massive distilling business, Steve fills us all in on our …
 
If you want to know American whiskey, you’ve got to know the mid-Atlantic region. In Pennsylvania & Maryland whiskey makers laid the groundwork for American whiskey and sparked a national rebellion. The 1790s Whiskey Rebellion played an important role in American history and is the spirit of this mid-Atlantic region. This unbridled spirit lives on …
 
What is it about being a private chef? Sounds like something only the wealthy can afford. Hold on, don’t judge a toque by its height. Today on Industry Night we chat with entrepreneurs in the food space — LaWanda White (founder of Private Chef, No Restaurant Week), Yahya Sardari (owner of Coffy Cafe), Damian Brown (founder of the Uncaged Chefs), Ti…
 
Industry Night is joined by local writer, Lani Furbank (Eater, Michelin, Edible DC, On Tap, etc) who recently wrote a comprehensive piece on how DC restaurants, chefs and bartenders are getting creative when it comes to reducing waste. Also in studio, Josh Carin. Josh is a true renaissance man who is currently the director of hospitality at the Mon…
 
The stars were out on this show! First we spoke with the Washington City Paper’s food editor extraordinaireLaura Hayes about how food/dining coverage in DC has morphed from “what to eat, where, and why” to meatier issues, such as sexual harassment in the kitchen, fair wages and tipping, sourcing and sustainability in an age of climate change. The, …
 
Across the past several years, Greater Washington has joined the exclusive “club” among the world’s most revered dining destinations. From Bon Appetit to Michelin, DC area restaurants are acknowledged as “must dine there!” Joining us on today’s show are three of the many who have helped to elevate DC’s dining rep to global status: Kathy Hollinger, …
 
Tonight on Industry Night, we have the distinct honor of gathering individuals who have worked in every corner of the earth in one DC studio to share their cultures, ideas, and values. First, Terry "TK" Harvey comes to us from Meridian, a diplomatic and global leadership institution that strengthens U.S. engagement with the world and accelerates co…
 
Nate Mook is a Renaissance Man – He serves as executive director of World Central Kitchen, the non-profit organization founded by Chef José Andrés to leverage the expertise of chefs and implement smart solutions to hunger and poverty. He also recently produced the HBO Documentaries film "Baltimore Rising", which documents the peaceful protests and …
 
Bill Thomas is the owner of Jack Rose Dining Saloon, home to the one of the largest publicly available whisk(e)y collections in the world with more than 2,700 different expressions. Thomas opened Jack Rose in 2011, but he has been in the whisk(e)y & bar business for more than 20 years. Considered one of the foremost authorities on whiskey in the Un…
 
May 18-19, 2019, DC celebrates Capital Trans Pride, drawing together members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community, allies, colleagues, family, and friends for a weekend of celebration, workshops, networking, and panel discussions on a variety of issues important to the Trans comm One such issue is the impact and legacy of the Ston…
 
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 trad…
 
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…
 
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 h…
 
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 mo…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 Full Service Radio. She’s also the Cooking & Gardening Teacher for kids at Mundo Verde, DC’s first “green” public charter school, and we’…
 
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 o…
 
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, …
 
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 directo…
 
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 …
 
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, Tarar…
 
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 ch…
 
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