Foodie and the Beast – April 10, 2022

Hosted by David and Nycci Nellis.

On today’s show:

• James Simpson, beverage director and partner at Espita, authentic Southern Mexican food and drinks in
Shaw, DC.;
• Chef Adrienne Cheatham. For now, she’s best known for being the runner up on season 15 of “Top Chef.” Or maybe she’s better known as the chef de cuisine under Marcus Samuelsson at Streetbird, where she received a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide. But … Chef Adrienne is about to be even better known after Tuesday, when her very first cookbook, “Sunday Best,” debuts. The title is inspired by the longstanding African American tradition of wearing your best clothes on Sundays for church services and gatherings, and the cookbook parallels this tradition, dressing up Southern/soul food in its “Sunday best;”
• Jeff Fugate. He LOVES queso. So much so that he founded Empty Bowl Queso. He now has a small queso empire going, providing queso-maniacs with their daily fixes through stores across six states, including Maryland, Virginia and the District;

• “Oodaalolly” is a time-honored expression of joy, surprise and delight. It’s what inspires Swiss-Filipino entrepreneur and sixth-generation chocolate maker Hernan Lauber’s many creations using Filipino cacao, ingredients, and flavors to make award-winning chocolate works of art, and have some fun doing it!