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Pizzeria Paradiso Aims to Donate 10,000 Pizzas to Healthcare Workers and Families in Need

Plus, Bresca launches takeout this week

Photo: Pizzeria Paradiso [Official photo]

Pizzeria Paradiso launches 10,000 Pizzas initiative

Restaurateur Ruth Gresser is setting a goal to donate 10,000 pizzas to children and families in need and frontline workers, helping the D.C. community during the coronavirus pandemic. Starting tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., Pizzeria Paradiso will distribute 300 individual pizzas in Hyattsville in conjunction with Real Food for Kids: Chefs Feeding Families and Art Works Now to help families impacted by closed schools. Children and adults served will receive a vegetable and whole grain crust pizza, and an Art Works Now MANDALA Coloring Sheet. This will continue every Thursday for the next ten weeks, while supplies last.

On multiple days next week, Pizzeria Paradiso team plans to distribute 200 pizzas to senior citizens in Hyattsville, 125 pizzas each to Children’s Hospital and GW Hospital, and then 250 pizzas to Hook Hall Helps, which supports workers experiencing loss of hours or employment during COVID-19.

Want to donate? Head to the 10,000 Pizzas donation site online, or suggest a drop-off location by e-mailing

Bresca debuts a four-course to-go menu

Chef Ryan Ratino at Bresca is getting into takeout, rolling out a to-go menu today at 11 a.m. on Tock with service starting Friday. The Michelin-starred 14th Street restaurant will offer a four-course meal for $45 per person, and dishes will rotate weekly. This is similar to the Dabney’s multicourse $45 takeout meals.

Ice Cream Jubilee reopens locations and boosts employee pay

Local ice cream brand Ice Cream Jubilee opened up shop again at The Yards Park at 301 Water Street SE and at 1407 T Street NW, with hours from Thursday through Sunday. Six best-selling flavors are available for delivery, and it’s also possible to donate ice cream to first responders. The shop also wrote on Instagram that all hourly staff will get a “25% pay increase for shifts worked.”

Tables Without Borders raises money to support D.C.’s immigrant community

Nonprofit organization Tables Without Borders is continuing its mission to support refugees and asylum-seeking chefs during the coronavirus crisis. A GoFundMe fundraiser seeks to raise money so that refugee chefs can cook meals for clients of Ayuda DC, which provides legal, social, and language services for immigrants in the D.C. community. Chef Bacon Williams, who left Cote D’Ivoire for the U.S. six months ago, will cook the first round of meals out of the former Whaley’s kitchen.

Heurich House Museum sets up an online market with local makers

D.C. food brands Pratt Standard Cocktail Co., Sweet Crimes Bakery, 734 Coffee, The Dough Jar, and maple syrup provider Langdon Wood are participating in Heurich House Museum’s online market for local makers. Dubbed Christkindlmarkt in April, the market will run Saturday, April 18 through Sunday, April 26, with 100 locally-made products available for purchase with free shipping.

Photo: Courtesy of Heurich House Museum