FOODIE & THE BEAST

The DC area’s only food & wine variety show, now in its 11th year.
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: FEBRUARY 16, 2020
On this week's Foodie & the Beast were awash in great potables and related info. First to join us: Winebow's Jason Whiteside, proud holder of a Level 4 Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and a Certified WSET Wine Educator, in talking about the potential impact of new wine tariffs and with tastes of great wines to try as spring dining rolls in. Next up? Laura Evan, former Fox 5 news anchor and designated leader of DC Newswomen, the organization behind the 11th Annual NewsBash, Tuesday, February 18, where supporters dressed in head-to-toe pink, will raise money, awareness, and the roof to support breast cancer victims. And for people who maybe overeat, the cool new thing is cryo fat freezing. Radiance Med-Spa owners Marvin and Candice Lytle are in with all the deets on what it is and how and why it works to remove fat "especially pesky muffin tops" permanently. Also in Sabrina Medora of Un-Plated, the website known for meaty content about the food world, and the Coconut Club's bar manager, Chris Chapman. They've teamed on an alcohol-free cocktail event in response to demand for more, non-alcoholic options made with the same seriousness given to traditional cocktails. And speaking of cocktails, we also were joined by Funding Spirits" two key players, distillery director Jon Arroyo and vice president for sales, Clyde Davis, who told the tale of Farmers Restaurant Group's (Founding Farmers, Famers, Fishers and Bakers) new, DC distillery and whipped up cocktails (real ones!) with their branded vodka, gin, and whiskey.
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: FEBRUARY 2, 2020
On this edition of Foodie & the Beast; Catherine Goulding is the business development manager for North America for Meat and Livestock Australia. We're talking true, delicious Aussie beef and lamb. We attended their event at Gravitas and it was a spectacular feast. She's in to chat about the glories of Aussie beef and lamb; Ever gone truffle hunting? We have. Ever found a white truffle? We definitely haven't. These rare, delicious fungi are a truffle gourmand's holy grail. In fact, one sold in Philly in 2018 for $112,000 and our guest Mauro Carbone was there. He's general manager of the Langhe Monferrato Roero Tourism Board and director of Italy's National Center for Truffle Studies; When it's time to watch a big game, where do you want to go?! Scott Shaw, principal, Alexandria Restaurant Group, which operates Joe Theismann's Restaurant, is talking what to eat and where for to eat it; An old friend of ours and of Foodie and the Beast, Bertrand Chemel, has been the celebrated executive chef at Restaurant 2941 in Northern Virginia since 2008. Most chefs and most restaurants don't last that long in the same place. What's the secret to his longevity there and 2941's continued success? Bertrand tells us how it's done; Vienna resident Michael Biddick is head sommelier and owner of Blend 111. He is a Master of Bordeaux wine, a certified French Wine Scholar (FSW), was trained by the Court of Master Sommeliers and authored the award-winning book "43 Wine Regions."  He's here to share both knowledge and a few bottles of wine.
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: JANUARY 16, 2020
This week's Foodie & the Beast, we liked this place a lot: Nina May, on 11th Street. Offering New American cuisine, it opened in November. Today we welcome Colin McClimans, the executive chef and owner;  Mary Ackley, of the Little Wild Things City Farm, produces Certified Naturally Grown microgreens, micro-herbs, shoots, and edible flowers on less than a quarter-acre in the heart of Washington, D.C. And she serves over 50 restaurants, hotels, caterers, schools, grocery stores and organizations wholesale, and also sell directly to the general public in greater D.C.; Frank Linn and Kate Diamond, co-owners of Frankly-pizza started as a mobile pizza oven in 2011, frequenting farmers markets in Montgomery County. It opened a brick and mortar location in Kensington, Maryland in July 2014; Will Patton, beverage director at the Michelin-starred Brescia (and at the upcoming Jônt. Will is currently a finalist at the prestigious Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition;  And Nazia Khan, director of coffee and counter service for NRG, who will lead the charge on the development of Cameo, the all-day coffee shop at The Roost food hall.
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: CUISINE SOLUTIONS & INTERNATIONAL SOUS VIDE DAY JANUARY 12, 2020
On this edition of Foodie & the Beast we celebrate Sous Vide January 26th, 2020 is International Sous Vide Day, and our first show of the year is an homage to this innovative cooking method that virtually guarantees perfectly cooked, delicious food every time.Invented by scientist Dr. Bruno Goussault in 1971 (and whose 78thbirthday also is on the 26th), sous vide (French for, "under vacuum") is the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This technique produces results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method. Since the invention of sous vides, Dr. Goussault has shared his techniques (through his global company, Cuisine Solutions, and through his Culinary Research and Education Academy (CREA), a global leader in culinary research, education and consulting) chefs and consumers the world over. In fact, sous vide is so common now in restaurants and home kitchens that you even can find sous vide foods at Starbucks!Join us for a spirited, fascinating roundtable discussion tracing the invention of sous vide and the launch and growing, the global impact of Cuisine Solutions and CREA and more, including cryo, Cuisine Solutions' latest innovation to diminish produce waste, while extracting amazing flavors from vegetable "leftovers."  Along with Dr. Gossault, you'll hear from executive chef and co-owner of DC's legendary Equinox restaurant, Todd Grey, and two of Cuisine Solutions' foremost chef/food innovators, Del DiPietro and Sean Wheaton.For more info on how to celebrate International Sous Vide Day here in DC, in Paris and Bangkok,  visit www.TheListAreYouOnIt.com or www.cuisinesolutions.com
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: DECEMBER 8, 2019
Talk about delicious shows! This week's Foodie and the Beast had something for every taste bud. First, we were joined by chef extraordinaire and innovative restaurateur Erik Bruner Yang (whose company, Foreign National, owns Maketto, Spoken English, Brothers And Sisters, Hometown Newsstand, Shopkeepers), who has a new spot, ABC PONY, an '80s- and '90s-themed pasta place (with Asian influences) in the Navy Yard. Erik's signature is creating very cool, food and space combos as common gathering spots. Also in are Antonio Matarazzo and Chef Matteo Venini, co-owners of Stellina Pizzeria at Union Market, with news about a new Stellina location coming in 2020 and their new, Union market pastry shop, Annare. Brandon Gaynor, founder and CEO of Eat Brgz (Eat Burgers), joins us with tastes and talk of his new, fast casual burger concept where healthy, custom, meat and plant-based hamburgers are served up. And, Manny Nadal, assistant GM at the sky-high, POV cocktail at the W Washington DC is in and serving up politically-themed cocktails for the holidays.
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: NOVEMBER 24, 2019
On today's Foodie & the Beast: Butter Chicken Company- 's Asad Sheikh with news of Bombay Street Food Butter Chicken Company, a fast-casual concept recently opened in Farragut West - Javier Arze, founder of Huntsman Specialty Game & More , in with his field to table wild game - Suzy Menard of Via Umbria with the scoop on holiday dining, gifting, and more - Susan Sadigova, Director of Strategic Development, Foreign Policy magazine on the Food Forever Solutions Summit, Foreign Policy's inaugural food security summit will bring together high-level guests across multiple sectors to address and discuss the most pressing issues facing our global food system, including biodiversity, agricultural innovation, and sustainable business models for a changing world. Plus, of course, drinks! Dan Ziegler, Founder, Chacho Spirits - in with his Chacho jalapeno “aguardiente,” a sugarcane-based liquor native to Colombia, South America. Listen in for all the fun.
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: NOVEMBER 17, 2019
On This Edition Of Foodie & The Beast: Jeff & Jill Erber Of Cheesetique To Talk About Opening A New Space In Shirlington; RAMW's D.C.Cocktail Week Is Back. We Have All The Details And Harley Mocker From Karma Modern Indian In To Tell What He's Cooked Up For It; Reid Shilling Of Shilling Canning;  an Age-old Tradition In French Charcuterie, Pâté En Croûte (or Pie-crust), Is A Meat Pie Baked In A Pastry, Usually Made Of Veal And Pork. Sound Easy? Wrong! Pâté En Croûte Mastery Demands Proficiency In Both Butchery And Pastry, Relentless Attention To Detail, And True Culinary Artistry. When It Comes To Major Pate En Croute Competitions, Most Expect The French To Dominate. Not This Year. American-born Christian Welch, Chef De Cuisine At Kingbirdin The Watergate, Is The 2019 North American Champion Of Pâté En Croute. Chef Welch Is In Today With His Mentor, Kingbird's Executive Chef - And Frenchman - Sébastien Giannini;  for Our Drinks Segment We Have Paul Gonzalez, Manager/bartender At Allegory At The Eaton Hotel, Al Thompson, Bar Director, Hanumanh, And Kapri Robinson, D.C.'s 2017 Queen Of Cocktails, Founder Of The Chocolate City's Best Cocktail Competition And Bartender At The Reliable Tavern On Georgia Avenue.
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: NOVEMBER 11 2019
On this week's Foodie & the Beast we had our annual, holiday gift-giving show never fails to deliver, and this year was no different. So, if you're still searching for the ideal gift for that special someone, listen up! Joining us in-studio was City Center DC's general manager, Timothy Lowry, who resides over a fabulous collection of top-of-the-pyramid designers, such as Carolina Herrera, Alexis Bittar, Dior, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and ..! well, you get it. With him were Felix Johnson, manager of the Alexis Bittar jewelry store with stunning, original designs, and Joshua Trusty, store director at CH Carolina Herrera (Check Instagram to see Nycci decked out in Bittar costume jewelry and a Herrera "to die for" dress). And for those who enjoy holiday gift shopping in a different realm, we also had DC Brau's Mari Rodela and Mel Afzal, co-founder of KrampusnachtDC in with news about the 7th annual DC Brau Holiday Market, happening on Small Business Saturday, November 30th at DC Brau and featuring a special visit by Santa's sidekick, Krampus. And, if liquid gifting is more to your liking, try Moet Chandon or Veuve Clicquot or ..! We did, thanks to our friend and frequent guest, wine expert Chris Houck.
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FOODIE & THE BEAST: NOVEMBER 3, 2019
On this edition of Foodie and the Beast we have Ashley Rose Young, Ph.D., of the American Food History Project of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, talking about the 2019 food history weekend; Justin Pass and Rachel Watson present Sera Luce. Inspired by an Italian classic, Sera Luce Venetian Spritz awakens your palate with the perfect balance of bitter and sweet; the Northern Virginia Battle of the Bartenders to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is coming up. Lauren Barrett, operations manager and event coordinator from Scott and Becky Harris' Catoctin Creek Distilling is in with the details; Chas Jefferson, wine director and sommelier at Jug & Table and the Roofers Union.
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FOODIE & BEAST: OCTOBER 27, 2019
On this weeks episode of Foodie & the Beast: Steve Bashore, Director of Trades at George Washington's Mount Vernon - there's lots going on there in the coming weeks, including the George Washington Whiskey Festival this weekend, featuring some of the finest spirits from Virginia craft distillers and other famous whiskey producers. Celebrity chef Todd English is back, chatting about his gig as executive chef/partner of MXDC Cocina Mexicana by Todd English, Day of the Dead, Japanese Shabu menus, and how the twain shall meet. Jonathan & Laura Nelms, co-owners of Supra Restaurant, DC's first and only Georgian restaurant, are in with news about Georgian wines, a new restaurant they're opening, and more. Galvin Medrano, head bartender at Morris American Bar is in with talk and tastes of Halloween.
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