Plus a new art show and top awards for one PR agency.
March 11, 2021
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Been to Church Lately?

Get right with the sports Gods and head to Church Hall - now open for all March Madness games. The festivities kick off with Selection Sunday on March 14 at 6 pm, culminating in the National Championship April 5 at 9 pm. Enjoy $8 liters of Gansett, $10 liters of Church Hall IPA, and $6 ultimate nachos during all games, which will be shown on big-screen TVs. Make your reservations today! And while you're in the neighborhood, you may as well head up the steps to Pinstripes and celebrate St. Patrick's Day, too. From March 13 - 21, don't miss their themed drinks and dessert specials, from Guinness floats to green beer, and pistachio gelato.

Baby, Sporty, Posh, Scary, and Cardamom  

No disrespect to Ginger. Spicez, a one-stop-shop for spices, herbs, desserts and traditional Indian and Eastern food, is now open at 1610 Wisconsin Avenue. The owner, Rani, says she inherited her passion for cooking from her mother, who "experimented with unique spice blends and cooking techniques to transform ordinary ingredients into mouthwatering dishes." In addition to a wide variety of spices - from black pepper mustard seeds, to jaggery and dry ginger powder - the shop features a sweets corner. Highlights include a sweet carrot pudding called Gajar ka halwa, and Gulab jamun - soft fried dumplings that are traditionally made of thickened or reduced milk and soaked in rose-flavored sugar syrup. Spiced chai and to-go meals spotlighting Indian and Pakistani cuisine will also be available, with cooking classes planned for the future. 

Submits Two-Week Notice

Our high school counselor never told us this was a career option. Congratulations to Georgetown's The Brand Guild, named PR Agency of the Year by Whisky Magazine for their work with Uncle Nearest (which you can get at Potomac Wines & Spirits). Founded and led by Fawn Weaver, the first African-American woman to lead a major American spirit brand, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is inspired by the first African-American master distiller on record, Nearest Green, a formerly enslaved man who is now known to have taught a young Jack Daniel how to make his famous spirit and was also Jack Daniel’s first master distiller. The Brand Guild has helped grow Uncle Nearest into the fastest-growing independent American whiskey brand in U.S. history, with an average of 280 million media impressions per month. To learn how The Brand Guild worked to elevate the profiles of both Weaver and the descendants of Nearest Green himself - landing the whisky brand coverage in the likes of Forbes, Esquire and Oprah's Favorite Things - plus how their agency has recalibrated (and thrived) during the pandemic, read more here.

Let's Taco 'Bout Giving Back

We stole that pun from Chaia, who probably stole it from a Dad. Feed the Fridge is an effort to bring nourishment where there is hunger, while helping pandemic-battered restaurants stay in business. Refrigerators are installed throughout DC, and - through donations - participating restaurants are able to make enough food to stock the refrigerators each day. Those in need of food can stop by a refrigerator and take what they need to feed themselves or their families. Chaia is participating in this amazing initiative with their Rainbow Bowls, and you can help keep them stocked by making a donation. Every dollar raised goes to feeding those in need. And while you've got Chaia on the brain, swing by the Georgetown location at 3207 Grace St NW for a meal of your own - from black bean enchiladas, to farm tostadas, chipotle sweet potato hash tacos, creamly cauliflower soup, and family taco boxes. 

Calmly Exit WebMD - You Should See Double

What that woman envisioned as she began her Jesus fresco "restoration." Join Washington Printmakers Gallery (1641 Wisconsin Ave NW) for their new Metamorphosis show, running now through May 2. Metamorphosis examines the ways in which printmakers and photographers are making use of new technologies in their works. A printmaker may start with a classical drawing, then paint a version in color onto acrylic sheets which are then printed onto fine handmade paper. Collage elements may be added, or successive layers may be printed from other matrices. Photographers may augment their work using digital means, or by printing on varying surfaces, from paper to metal to acrylic. The gallery is using this show to celebrate the transformation of springtime - taking tradition and creating new realities with 21st century means, while respecting the disciplines from which they came. Check out the show Saturdays, 11am - 5pm and Sundays, 1pm - 4pm. In-person and Facetime appointments can be scheduled.

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