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Multiple ways to be in the know about all the deliciousness happening locally, nationally, and internationally. Tune in to the food variety show, Foodie & The Beast, with David & Nycci Nellis on Federal News Network, or take a deep dive with Nycci on Industry Night on Real Fun DC.


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Not Your Dad's Fast Casual: Industry Night, May 18, 2023
Welcome to another Industry Night with Nycci Nellis. If you follow me on Insta - and you should @‌nyccinellis - you know I have been out and about. And it has been a week of incredible eats: -The Napa Valley Vintners were in town pouring their incredible wines all over town. And I wasn’t just at one event, I was at two! First, 25+ winemakers poured at the Duck & the Peach - side note - I did record a show there with several of them — and then I was invited to the Smithsonian for an incredible evening honoring the winemakers - Napa Valley Wines in Changing Times with: -Andy Erickson, Favia; -Dawnine Dyer, Dyer Vineyard; -Doug Shafer, Shafer Vineyards; -and Martin M. Reyes, Reyes Wine Group They all poured their wines during a glorious sit-down dinner while also chatting about the issues facing that gorgeous region. -Got a group of Boss Babes at Nobu for an evening of pristine sushi & amazing cocktails Now, since this is my third show recording this week, that’s the three things I have consumed since the last taping! But just wait until this weekend its chock full of events — White House Correspondents Party at the Ambassador of Japan’s Residence, checking out David Deshaies new Love, Makoto, and another trip up to NYC to celebrate famous alums of the CIA. Today’s show: Sahil Rahman & his partner Rahul Vinod are the two behind the wildly successful fast-casual concept, RASA. And honestly, I am feeling a little old sitting here.  Years ago when I started in this business I met his father, Surfy Rahman, and Surfy’s business partner chef K.N. Vinod when they opened Indique in Cleveland Park in 2002. These two men were part of an incredible wave of immigrant-owned restaurants in this city that helped change not just the way we ate — deliciously —  but also gave people a new point of view when it came to restaurants and the dining scene in this city. Cut to today, Sahil & Rahul have turned the industry on its head with their innovative concept of fine fast casual Indian. I personally love where Sahil’s head is at … tune in ~ "We're not selling Indian cuisine, we're selling happiness, and Indian cuisine happens to be our medium." -Sahil Rahman “You know, no matter where you start, the most important thing is to start and be relentless”- Sahil Rahman Listen to the full episode here. Watch the full episode here.  Our Guest: Sahil Raman - Instagram - Facebook - Website - Twitter


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Tableside prep on this week's #FoodieAndTheBeast: -Cory Van Horn has the info on all your Summer Staycays in Montgomery County #MoCoMo -The Green Zone, an industry favorite & now a Rammy nominee thanks to Chris Francke’s spirit exploration  -The Gaylord National Resort has gone through a massive renovation. Old Hickory Steakhouse got so much more than a new look. Allen Smith talks new breakfast, lunch & dinner - pancake boards anyone?  -An Adams Morgan favorite, Perry’s turns 40 this year & now the talented Masako Morishita is leading up the kitchen (she is also a Rammy nominee!)  -Part of the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, Calleva is a working farm for kids and adults to explore and learn. Alex Markoff talks animal activities, farm to table dinners and summer days at the farm. #FoodieAndTheBeast every Sunday at 11AM on 1500AM or here