On this week’s Industry Night! So if you pay attention to my insta feed - @‌NycciNellis -  you know I have been out and about. And it has been a few weeks of incredible eats I am thinking of naming this part of the show — Nycci Knows, or Where is Nycci — think on it and give me your thoughts:
  • Cafe Teresa — Chef Ruben Garcia "popped up" at Elli Benchimol's little gem, Apero, and took us on a gastronomic tour of Valencia through tastes of his forthcoming Casa Teresa — opening soon in the highly-anticipated food hall, The Square in downtown DC. Some of the dishes we dined on: Jamón Ibérico, oysters with escabeche, do-it-yourself pan con tomate, traditional gazpacho with so much caviar and creamy, decadent flan. Loved Elli's fantastic pairings -- but cannot wait to dine in the real thing
  • Philippe Chow - All kinds of yumminess. Fat dumplings Peking-style duck with pancakes so thin and perfect and the cotton candy baked Alaska provided all the flash & dash
  • Salt Line Bethesda - Back at Kyle Bailey’s latest installation. It’s in my hood and I am going to be there a lot! The raw bar is where it is at for me. You will find me up at the bar here on out — slurping oysters, slathering spicy cocktail sauce on shrimp and pulling out long strands of meat from king crab legs. Pro tip — order the lobster roll in a lettuce leaf —
  • Comus Inn - Back in the Spring I had Corey Van Horn from Visit Moco on the show talking about the wonder of Moco and he kindly invited me to the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance’s - MATPRA event. I met amazing people from counties all over the Mid-Atlantic who have incredible restaurants, hotels, experiences, museums and festivals — more of this is going to be featured on the site — but they had us out in the Agricultural Reserve and went to the Comus Inn — a gorgeous space, looking at the mountains with lots of outdoor seating. There’s a little barn that looks a little bit beat up — but inside it is so fabulous — super chic and they were pouring Windridge Vineyards rose so I kinda hung out there BUT there was a ice cream window when we left and the soft serve was delish!
Okay! Now on to today’s show!

If you grew up in the 70’s your mother probably told you to clean your plate because there were children starving in Africa. What your mom should have said or better yet, what we know now, millions of pounds of food wind up in landfills every year. In 2019, in the U.S. 229 million tons of food went unsold or were uneaten. Here’s what’s scary about that statistic — this statistic - According to the USDA, more than 34 million people, including 9 million children, in the United States are food insecure. We have the food — its just not getting into peoples bellies. Enter Food Rescue. You may remember I brought Kate Urbank & Colleen Gillespie on Industry Night last year to talk about their web-based app that engages volunteers to transfer fresh food surpluses from local businesses to social service agencies serving the food insecure. Well they continue to do grow and do incredible work — so I brought both of them here with me today to reaquaint you with the program, talk about that growth, and to talk about all of that plus their new family meal for migrants program — Chef Matt Adler of Caruso’s and Alex Olivas, Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid are here as well.

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Today's Guests:

Food Rescue DC Instagram
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Kate Urbank Instagram 

Colleen Gillespie Instagram
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Alex Olivas Instagram

Matt Adler Instagram