Live on Seventh St DC … It’s Foodie & the Beast at Carmine’s

DSC_0037OK, as promised Sunday morning at Carmine’s DC came and so did the Foodie & the Beast duo (David and Nycci Nellis), their guests and a vocal fan base bolstered by a rowdy (but polite) food press, bloggers and PR contingent. Jeffrey Bank, Carmine's CEO, welcomed the morning crew gathered for the 11 a.m. – 12 noon radio show on WFED-AM 1500. Mixologist Erin Ward, also the corporate beverage director soothed the thirsty throats with a healthy Carmine's sangria and the show was showing quite nicely its ability to deliver an entertaining "variety" live remote.  

The heavy Tweeters had their devices clicking so I'm peppering this post with a few of my favorite tweetsmiths. Their witticisms and reporting is always appreciated by this follower. 


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Nycci Nellis,, is uber bright and she knows how to win over an audience when she opened the guest cavalcade with the ebullient Michel Richard . He didn't even have to cook and he had them eating out of his hand with his devilish sense of humor and irresistible twinkle. If radioland had listeners that maybe knew of his talent and his restaurants but had never listened to him before … well, I believe he has a few more fans today. DSC_0073

If you need proof of a visual nature check out this YouTube link for taped episodes of Foodie & the Beast. I'll be watching for the YouTube version of today's show to hit the Web … and I'll replace the link here. Stay tuned. As soon as the next Carmine's date it set, I will also post that information for those that will want to get in their show ticket requests. With a plan for one show at Carmine's a quarter, it looks like the earliest date could be April.

The fast paced show included an impressive guest list: Jeff Black (Black Restaurant Group), Scott Drewno (The Source), Brian MacNair (DC Central Kitchen), Joan Nathan (award winning author of 10 cookbooks), and Nicholas Stefanelli (Bibiana). I left before the Carmine's kitchen let loose with the food … and I was always on the outer edge of the beverage deployment, but it sounds like all were greatly appreciated.

I left early so I'll let my PR friend Amber Pfau sum up the morning as I headed to Starbucks for a hot chocolate and a pastry on my way home and back to work.

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Yes, we must do it again.



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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