On January 8, 2012, the raw milk issue was featured on a local talk show in the U.S. nation’s capital. The hosts of the Foodie and the Beast show are Nycci (pronounced Nicki) Nellis, and her husband (apparently the Beast) David Nellis. They invited Liz Reitzig of the Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Sally Fallon Morell, a newly licensed cheese maker in suburban Maryland in for an on-air chat.
The show, which airs on 1500 AM 11:ooam-12 noon Sundays, started with a wine tasting with wine director Theo Rutherford of Fiola. According to the January 2012 Washingtonian Magazine, Fiola is # 8 on their list of 100 Very Best restaurants in Washington, D.C. The show ended with Jill Richmond, a food entrepreneur who launched a successful dining club called Coterie. The raw milk and raw milk cheese conversations were the second and third segments of the show.
During the show, the hosts, and their sound board operator tasted raw milk and raw milk cheese, and then discussed consumer access and choice with their guests. Interestingly, it was a press release about the opening of Sally Fallon Morell’s new P.A. Bowen farm store that prompted the invite to discuss raw milk on the hour-long show.
Nycci and David are an entertaining duo, and very professional. They had no qualms about wading into the controversy and the current U.S. government policy regarding raw milk.
Their show also airs on TV on Fridays, on NBC 4’s Non-Stop DC show, which is all about the food scene in Washington. Unfortunately, this particular day the TV crew was not able to make it, so I filled the void by taking photos during the show.
Which meant I got to taste the wine, Sally’s blue and cheddar cheeses and the milk Liz brought, along with the hosts! Leave it to Sally Fallon Morell to make a blue cheese that spreads like butter. It is amazing. Yeah!
Here is a link to the January 8 Foodie and the Beast show, have a listen!
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