INDUSTRY NIGHT

Take a deep dive into the Industry and beyond.
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The Snally Roars On Industry Night: Industry Night, September 13, 2022
The BEAST is back. No, not David Nellis of Foodie And The Beast fame. The BEAST - The Snalleygaster Festival. Back on with me is world-renowned beer expert, Neighborhood Restaurant Group Partner, and one of the brains behind Snalley, Greg Engert. Greg & I catch up on the the10 year anniversary and how one goes about curating all the incredibly unique offerings that one can really only find at this festival. Greg brought with him John and Bonnie Branding, Founders of the really fabulous Wheatland Spring Farm Brewery (Waterford VA), and the no less fabulous Dino Funari the Founder of Vitamin Sea Brewery. Together we chatted about the beer process, the current artisanal beer landscape, and what makes Snalleygaster so special. That’s Industry Night with Nycci Nellis, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on RealFunDC. Listen to the full episode here.
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Pouring Passions: Women Sommeliers (lots!) & Spirits in Your Glass: Industry Night, August 16, 2022
There’s a lot of sex appeal to the restaurant industry. Everyone wants to be a part of it. All that eating and drinking! Especially the drinking part. But it is work. Mike Cherner and Chris Schmid of Prestige Ledroit have really taken their passion for unique spirits and wine and made it their profession. But first, last week Tom Seitsema sort of stepped in it when he couldn’t recall the names of female sommeliers in the DC Area. What the What said all the women beverage directors and sommeliers! And like that, the DC Women In Wine doc was born. Tammy Gordon joins me with the details. Industry Night Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Real Fun DC. Listen to the full episode here.
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Living La Vida Local: Industry Night: July 26, 2022
What is an Independent Grocery Store? It’s NOT a store that is run by some huge corporate conglomerate with hundreds of properties across the country that does not have a finger on the pulse of the community that it is in. But an Independent Grocery store, like Dawson's, does! Back on the show is Bart Yablonsky of Dawson’s Market. Bart has made it his and Dawson's mission to be an active part of the community by showcasing local artisans and products. He is a true local curator and lucky us, he curated the show today by bringing with him a group of people who are making amazing products — available at Dawson's — Patrice Cunningham, Tae-Gu Kimchi Lane Levine, A Friendly Bread Karen Hoefener, NOMAD DUMPLiNGS Learn more about these amazing local talents on Industry with Nycci Nellis, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Real Fun DC, or listen to the full episode here.  
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So You Think You Know The Restaurant Industry: Industry Night, July 12, 2022
Everyone wants to open up a restaurant! It looks soooo easy — but there’s a reason that the restaurant failure rate is so high an estimated 30% failure rate. Profit margins are notoriously low, staff turnover is incredibly high, and the financial and operational challenges ushered in by the pandemic aren’t going away any time soon. The needs of the DC restaurant and hospitality industry are large. Enter the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and Executive Director, Kathy Hollinger for the latest status of our industry. What is happening locally - staff shortages, service fees & tipped wage — there’s a lot for the layperson to know and take in to be a truly educated diner! AND! The RAMMY’s are back. All that and more on the next Industry Night with Nycci Nellis, on Real Frun DC. Listen to the full episode here. ​​
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Plant Passions: Industry Night, July 5, 2022
I used to have a black thumb and because of an Imperial Palm, I began a slow descent into plant parent mania. I have no idea what I am doing, it is truly by a hope and a prayer that my plants not just survive but thrive. Lucky for all of us — there are incredible plant shops with passionate experts in the DC area and I have three of them here with me today -Matthew Roberts (Store Manager and Horticulturist, Gingko Gardens -Mollie Lee (Little Leaf Shop Director) -Mignon Hemsley and Danielle Doswell (co-founders of Grounded) On the next Industry Night, we talk plants, plant care, plant love, plant obsessives — why did that plant die?! — and DC Plant week. That’s Industry Night, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Real Fun DC. Listen to the full episode here.
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Big In Japan: Industry Night, June 21, 2022
In March 2011, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and then a massive tsunami struck Japan’s Tohoku region along the northeast coast. Near-total devastation and more than 20,000 deaths, Wiping out most of its food production it had forced the Japanese to reimagine the framework of the local economy, and it’s responding with surprising economic vigor thanks to new approaches to farming and fishing. Here in the US, the Japanese Embassy works to connect & educate US chefs and consumers on Tohoku’s farmers and fishermen. On the next Industry Night, Ryo Tsuzukihashi, Agriculture attaché at the Embassy of Japan, and Misaki Tanida, of Horaiya Honten Join Nycci to discuss how the region literally is rising from ashes. Tuesdays at 7pm on Real Fun DC. Listen to the full episode here.
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Bringing The Industry Favorites Back: Industry Night, June 14, 2022
While we all may be behaving as if the pandemic is over, it isn’t. And the residual effects of the last two years will clearly be felt for some time to come. Nobody knows that more than people in the hospitality community. A few weeks back, Greg Engert & Michael Babin of Neighborhood Restaurant Group reopened their flagship Churchkey to much well-deserved fanfare. It’s been a minute since the three of us have had a chance to catch up. Tune into Industry Night with Nycci Nellis on Real Fun DC. Listen to full episode here.
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Raising the Profile of Black Women In Food: Industry Night, May 31, 2022
Nina Oduro, Co-Founder of Dine Diaspora launched her Black-women owned agency with an eye toward culinary, community, and commerce. A connection of people and brands to African diaspora food culture. Dine Diaspora launched their 2022 “Black Women in Food” awards honoring 31 women. Don’t you want to know who they are? Find out on Industry Night with Nycci Nellis on Real Fun DC. Listen to the full episode here.
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Farmers Markets Don’t Just Miraculously Happen: Industry Night, May 24, 2022
Farmers Markets don’t just miraculously happen it takes a village to find an area with a need, identify the right location, get the right players together, all the permits, and then you have to curate the vendors and then, finally ring the opening bell! Deb Moser and Mitch Berliner have done just that. The new Half Street Market has opened right at Nat’s Ball Park — and on tonight's Industry Night Deb & Mitch brought their village: Michael Stevens President of The Capitol Riverfront BID, Mark Hannan Investment Associate Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners and Robert Giaimo, CEO and Co-founder, Silver Diner. But first The Friends Experience is in town and Jamaal Orr has the 411 on how you can hang with Joey, Monica, Rachel and the Gang. Industry Night every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on Real Fun DC. Listen to the full episode here.
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Buildings Are Alive!: Industry Night, May 17, 2022
Buildings Are Alive! Don’t believe me? On the next Industry Night, I chat with Cathy Frankel, Vice President for Exhibitions and Collections, of the National Building Museum and Bruno de Sa Moreira, CEO for Histovery, the team behind Notre-Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition. But before we all chat Emily Schildt, CEO & Founder of Pop Up Grocer, now at Union Market takes through her curated aisles. That’s Industry Night with Nycci Nellis on Real Fun DC. Listen to the full episode here.
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