Carmine’s Meets Foodie & the Beast … off, off, way off Broadway

FOODIE 02bFoodie & the Beast duo (aka David and Nycci Nellis) have jumped off the cyber/radio wave they’ve been riding with Nycci's to meet a New York transplant: Carmine’s family style Italian restaurant in Penn Quarter, Washington , DC. The meeting (ala a live remote radio broadcast of the weekly show on 1500 am) will take place in the front bar area on the 7th Street storefront side from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on this Sunday, January 15. Show up and you’ll be accompanied by perhaps a couple hundred friends, fans, foodies and a few beasts, no doubt.

Foodservice Monthly met with the show hosts and Jeffrey Bank, CEO of The Alicart Restaurant Group owner of Carmine’s at the DC location. Bank, who opened Carmine’s in August 2010 said he became aware of David and Nycci at the very beginning and has been a fan of the radio broadcast. Regarding his initial interest in hosting the show he said, “The show is fun but it’s also serious about food. Early on I wanted to find out how can we get more involved.”

David Nellis gave me his take on Foodie & the Beast, “It’s a variety show.” The show is an hour long cavalcade of guests, including on any given Sunday chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, food activists, authors, bartenders, sommeliers … if you’re engaging and connected to hospitality, you are a potential visitor and possessing a little juicy gossip might be a tipping point. It’s hard to imagine radio broadcasting such sensory experiences as food wine and cocktails but the enthusiasm, energy and talent of the hosts and guests make it a hospitality happening. If you need proof of a visual nature check out this YouTube link for taped episodes of Foodie & the Beast.

Nycci Nellis is the founder, publisher of … the leading event and in-the-know electronic newsletter and hospitality resource in the Metro region.

Carmine's has committed to hosting one remote broadcast with Foodie & the Beast each quarter during 2012. For the first show, Nycci and David haven’t taken any chances by bringing on board an all-star lineup starting with the event hosts Jeffrey Bank, Chef Terry and Mixologist Erin Ward. Then in alphabetical order to protect myself: Jeff Black (Black Restaurant Group), Scott Drewno (The Source), Brian MacNair (DC Central Kitchen), Joan Nathan (award winning author of 10 cookbooks), Michel Richard and Nicholas Stefanelli (Bibiana).

Carmine’s has tickets for the show for $35 that will include Carmine’s food fare as well as Bloody Marys and Mimosas throughout the broadcast. If you can’t make it, you can find it on the air at WFED-AM, 1500.



About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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