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The Washington Post: DC Brau and Pizzeria Paradiso turn spent grains into bread for the poor

By Greg Kitsock

Every work week Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock of DC Brau shovel about 1,500 pounds of soggy grain out of their mash tun. Left to itself, this used-up barley (it resembles “dehydrated oatmeal,” according to Skall) would begin to fester, turning sour and smelly in a day or less.

None of it goes into the city’s sewer system, assert Skall and Hancock. Their usual modus operandi is to donate their leftovers to local farmers, who use for it for composting or, more commonly, for livestock feed. (“Cows are number one,” says Skall, but goats and poultry like it as well.)

To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, the partners set their sights a few links up the food chain and decided to turn their waste into bread for the city’s indigent population.

The day after the holiday, Skall and Hancock sealed five gallons of spent grain in a food-grade plastic bucket and rushed the grain, still warm from steeping in hot water, to Pizzeria Paradiso, which turned it into loaves at its kitchens in Dupont Circle and Old Town.

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Washington Post Pizza Showdown: Rank the D.C. Area’s Top Pies

Pizza: You like it, I like it, and any way you slice it (in squares or triangles, of course), it’s everywhere. The Dominos, Pizza Huts and Papa Johns of the District have become an afterthought — like that abandoned slice left in the box overnight — thanks to a Neapolitan-fueled renaissance that has reshaped the District’s pizzasphere. Who is responsible for this new upper crust of pizzerias?  … In Friday’s Weekend section, we set out to find the area’s best pizzas, whether new or old, square or round, New York or New Haven style. Now’s your chance to vote on them. We categorized the 24 candidates by the pizzeria’s ambiance, but when deciding on your favorite, you should vote based on how good the pizza is, above all else. We’ll compile the results and put them up in a head-to-head poll next week.

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Washington Post Lifestyle: Pizzeria Paradiso turns 20

Washington Post LifestylePIZZA DATES: Ruth Gresser is celebrating two decades of pizzamaking with a week-long numbers theme: “Everything is about the 20s,” says the Washington chef-restaurateur, who introduced her first Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle on Nov. 8, 1991, and went on to open branches in Georgetown (2002) and Alexandria (2010).

On Nov. 9, Gresser’s three pizzerias are offering all-you-can-eat pie and up to two beers per person for $20. On Nov. 11, a patron’s first brew will cost 20 cents. The next day, dining room customers will pay the same amount per topping, for up to three adornments. And come Sunday, the Old Town branch is offering a make-your-own demonstration by Gresser and giving away the first 20 pies made by children.