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October 21, 2014

Socially Conscious Ice Cream Scoopers Hit Recess DC

Socially Conscious Ice Cream Scoopers Hit Recess DC

(Courtesy Taharka Brothers)

The Baltimore-based ice cream making Taharka Bros. will be serving up socio-politically inspired sweets at Recess DC Tuesday night in the hopes of putting a cherry on top of a Kickstarter campaign geared toward landing them a food truck.

The “Ice Cream for Change” tasting is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Recess DC (727 15th St. NW). Admission is free, but promoters are suggesting donations of $20 in order to help the entrepreneurs reach their $28,000 fundraising goal. A donation of $50 entitles guests to open bar access from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Although still a young company, the TB brand already extends beyond Charm City, including standing orders for their signature gourmet ice creams at Eatonville restaurant and the various Busboys and Poets outposts surrounding our area.

TB has also participated in the now-annual DC Scoop competition and plans to face off against fellow frozen treat purveyors later this month.

CEO De’von Brown — who described the company philosophy as “Martin Luther King Jr. + MTV Raps + Ben & Jerry’s” — told HOH they’ll most likely be dishing out some alcohol-infused goodies to the Recess crowd, floating Jack Daniels chocolate and Bourbon vanilla as solid contenders.

Some of their more conceptual creations include: “A Dream Preferred,” a toasted coconut-Haitian rhum-raisin swirl seeded with pieces of brown sugar toffee honoring poet Langston Hughes, “Zinn Meditation,” a peach-lavender ice cream mixed with rye shortbread crumbles dedicated to American historian Howard Zinn and “Chocka Khan’s Good Morning,” maple ice cream mixed with hominy grits, dark chocolate chips and cayenne-spiked, smoked bacon bits, an homage to soul singer and former Black Panther Party supporter Chaka Khan.

“Everything we do makes you think about it,” Brown said of their provocative offerings.

You said a mouthful there, buddy.

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