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The Daily Dish Presents #BigBandandBooks

June 25, 2017

Way too much talent (and 100% local) for a Sunday afternoon in June. But we're not complaining. Zena Polin invited The Georgetown Dish to a literary and musical feast at her RAMMY-nominated The Daily Dish.

Zena Polin (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Zena Polin

Three celebrated authors: Cathy Alter, Cathy Cruise and Andrew Gifford joined five year-old Leo Feldman in readings of their latest works following The Santa Fe Writers Project Book Festival.

Leo Feldman (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Leo Feldman

As Feldman told the audience about How to Make Your Mom Happy, "I wrote this book because "my mom hit her head."

Cathy Alter (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Cathy Alter

In honor of Independence Day, instead of a passage from Crush, Feldman's mom, Cathy Alter chose her latest essay: "Girlhood Liberation Came from a Catcall," a poignant tale from her adolescence where the author discovered, after idolizing her stylish mother, that it was finally her turn to see something in the mirror "that could take me places, that could, and would, get me into all sorts of trouble."

Cathy Cruise (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Cathy Cruise

Cathy Crusie read from A Hundred Weddings, her debut novel about being dragged to too many weddings by her wedding planner mother.

Andrew Gifford (Photo by: Judith eermann) Andrew Gifford

In We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford's Ice Cream Empire about his childhood and the family ice cream business, Andrew Gifford read of learning of his grandmother's death several decades after the fact by an all too secretive mother who had left her six year-old son to watch "The War of the Worlds" as she attended the funeral.

Carmen Musalem Pinto (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Carmen Musalem Pinto

Then The Rockville Swing Band performed contemporary jazz big band arrangements and traditional swing with the amazing 16-year old singer Carmen Musalem Pinto. Remember that name. Incredible, incredible voice!


Add a little wine and the restaurant-turned dance hall was a most joyous place. 

The Rockville Swing Band (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Rockville Swing Band

Andrew Gifford and Eugenie Oliver (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Andrew Gifford and Eugenie Oliver

Listening to Anderw Gifford (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Listening to Anderw Gifford

Carmen Musalem Pinto and Claudia Pinto (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Carmen Musalem Pinto and Claudia Pinto

Scallops and Rose (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Scallops and Rose

8301 Grubb Road, Silver Spring, MD (Photo by: Judith Beermann) 8301 Grubb Road, Silver Spring, MD

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Falafel For Good

June 18, 2017

Inside Falafel Inc. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Inside Falafel Inc.

No falafel has ever come close to my first in Kiryat Tivon, too many decades ago. Until now.


Brainchild of Ahmad Ashkar, Palestinian-American businessman, author and founder/CEO of the Hult Prize FoundationFalafel Inc. is a lot more than Georgetown’s latest tasty street food diner.


In 2016, Esquire magazine selected Ashkar “Entrepreneur of the Year.” And for good reason.


As authentic as the recipes passed down by Ashkar’s mother, it’s also “the world’s first falafel quick-service food social enterprise.”

On the wall inside Falafel Inc. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) On the wall inside Falafel Inc.

In 800 square feet, previously occupied by Quick Pita at 1210 Potomac Street, "every meal you buy, helps feed a refugee in need." The menu is simple. Falafel in a bowl or falafel in pita. Tasty sauces, sides and drinks. That's it. 


Judging by the line outside 20 minutes before noon opening time on Saturday, Falafel Inc. is well on the way towards its goal “to build a world-wide community of 100 stores … to feed 1,000,000 refugees every year.”


Patio dining at Falafel Inc. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Patio dining at Falafel Inc.

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Pillar & Post Brings the British Back to Georgetown

June 7, 2017

Denby tableware on antique table with pew chairs (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Denby tableware on antique table with pew chairs

For Daphna and her mom Judith Peled, Pillar & Post is more than a carefully curated shop filled with British antique furnishings, original artwork and home accessories. "It's bittersweet when things get sold because we've personally selected every item on one of our shopping trips to England," Judith explains. "When we buy something it means we both love it so its very special to us," adds her daughter.

A love of home design, travel and British history meant that transitioning from the political and lobbying world to retail has been an exciting adventure albeit on familiar turf for this new mom and her family. "We love Georgetown and didn't think there was something that had the British aesthetic here," Daphna explains, "The scale of the shop dictates the scale of the pieces, which really is a great fit for urban spaces."

Pietro Puglisi and Daphna Peled (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Pietro Puglisi and Daphna Peled

Officially open now after their neighborood debut/sneak peek earlier this year during the annual French Market, Pillar & Post is a most welcome addition to the Book Hill area. 

Formerly Sherman Pickey, the space lends itself perfectly to displaying everything from a Regency dresser to kitchen accessories from sustainable organic Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire. "We discovered this fabulous company when we ate at their London restaurant," Daphna tells The Georgetown Dish. "After a bit of cajoling, the shop agreed to let us sell their products." Look for the aromatic candle line in mason jars (we loved the  Bergamot) and canvas aprons and oven mitts.  

Edwardian loveseat (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Edwardian loveseat

Another charming British houseware and children's accessories line is from Sophie Allport. When's the last time you saw a hare doorstop or knitted sheep cushions with a matching blanket?

Whether you're decorating a new Georgetown townhome or looking for a house-warming or baby gift, check out this elegant shop for one-of-a-kind treasures.

Pillar & Post is located at 1647 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Tel. 202.290.3084 

Daphna & Judith Peled (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Daphna & Judith Peled
Etagere with Sophie Allport children's accessories (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Etagere with Sophie Allport children's accessories

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