Foodie & The Beast Show at Carmine’s

Foodie & The Beast at Carmine's
Foodie & The Beast at Carmine's

By Punch Palate Correspondent Megan McGrath

Sunday morning I attended the first ever out-of-studio live taping of the popular Foodie and The Beast show at Carmines.  As most of you know, the radio show airs every Sunday from 11:00 am -12:00 pm on AM 1500, and it features on-air DC food personalities David and Nycci Nellis.  Foodie and The Beast also airs as a tv show on NBC4’s Washington Non-stop Fridays at 8:30pm and Saturdays at Noon.  Sunday was the first of four out-of-studio shows for the year, and Foodie and The Beast will hold one per quarter with a live studio audience at Carmine’s.

David, Nycci and Jeff
David, Nycci and Jeff Bank
Guest Table at Carmines
Guest Table at Carmine's (Can you spot Michel Richard?)

The show’s animated duo were joined yesterday by Carmine’s CEO Jeff Bank, Carmine’s Beverage Director Erin Ward, Carmine’s Executive Chef, Terry Natas, and a who’s who of chefs including Michel Richard, Jeff Black, Scott Drewno, and Nick Stefanelli.

The legendary Michel Richard joked with David and Nycci and the crowd about his upcoming diet for his son’s wedding, before discussing his second Central Restaurant in Vegas.  The restaurant opened in Vegas in September of 2011 and is an impressive 15,000 square feet with a patio.  Michel hopes to focus on New York City next as he expands his restaurant empire.

Michel Richard talks to the audience
Michel Richard talks to the audience
David, Nycci and Jeff Black
David, Nycci and Jeff Black

Afterward, Jeff Black jumped in the hot seat to talk about the recent success of Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and his Black Jack Bar.  Jeff also talked about his Black Family Foundation, and how he started it to help parents like him with diabetic children.  He’s in development to build a kitchen for Children’s Hospital, and plans to invite six pairs of parents to a class with a nutritionist as a way to educate them on the unique dietary needs of their children.

Scott Drewno, Head Chef for Wolfgang Puck’s The Source stepped up to the microphone to talk about his special menu steeped in Chinese traditions and superstitions for the upcoming Chinese New Year.  Scott also mentioned that Wolfgang Puck will be in town on February 3 for the special Chinese New Year Eight Course Tasting Menu Dinner.  Some of the items will include a whole fish to symbolize family, dumplings shaped like coins to symbolize wealth, and long lo mien-style noodles to symbolize a long and prosperous life.   Additional details on the dinner will be posted on The Source website in the next few weeks.

In addition, Joan Nathan (James Beard award-winning cookbook author) and Chief Development Officer of DC Central Kitchen, Brian MacNair stopped by to tell the live audience about the upcoming Sips & Sups event to benefit Martha’s Table & D.C. Central Kitchen.  Tickets are on sale for the fourth annual Saturday Night Sips event.The event will be held January 21 at the Newseum, and will be hosted by Alice Waters, Joan Nathan and Jose Andres.  The following day local chefs, and chefs from across the globe will hold 20 intimate Sunday Night Suppers in local residences across D.C. Participating award-winning chefs include Top Chef favorites Jennifer Carroll and Spike Mendelsohn, and local DC favorites Kaz Okochi, Scott Drewno, Haidar Karoum, Nick Stefanelli and more.

 

Carmines' Beverage Director Erin Ward
Carmines' Beverage Director Erin Ward

Throughout the show, the crowd sampled Carmine’s Beverage Director Erin Ward’s creations  and watched her demo the recipe for each beverage.  These included a house-made Sangria, the Sinatra Ice Tea (similar to a Whiskey Sour), and the Sicilian Frozen Lemon Drop.  In addition, Carmine’s had plenty of traditional brunch libations including Bloody Marys and Mimosas for the audience.

At the end of the hour-long show, guests were able to mingle and sample four different pastas prepared by Carmine’s Executive Chef Terry Natas.  These included Gnocchi Bolognese, Pesto Cavatappi with Sundried Tomatoes, Vegetarian Lasagna, and Tortellini Alfredo.   Mmmm!  Stay tuned for the next live Foodie and The Beast show!

Pasta from Carmines
Pasta from Carmines

 

**Punch Palate Correspondent Megan McGrath is a serious foodie turned avid food blogger.  Megan believes that food is fun, and is always looking for the next big thing on the DC food scene!  She is a Legal Recruitment Manager for a law firm in Washington DC, and handles all levels of attorney hiring for the DC, Denver and New York Offices.  Megan lives in Arlington, and can often be found experimenting in her kitchen for her blog http://imperfectlydelicious.wordpress.com.  Follow her on Twitter @imprfctlydelish **

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