For the foodie family, the dining out experience used to look something like this: the grown-ups made a reservation at the trendiest/fanciest/no-kids-allowed restaurant (date night!). A few weeks later, said grown-ups try to recreate the meal at home for their tiny taste testers’ heightened palettes. Enter Cozymeal, for the best of both worlds. Just launched in the DMV, Cozymeal brings top chefs to your place, or invites you to theirs – for upscale home meals (and desserts). Bonus: They’ll even teach you and your brood how to make said dishes!

With just a few clicks, the site allows you to easily search a variety of chefs, menu offerings, price points, and venue types to find the perfect cooking class or dining experience. Here are some of the local chefs that specialize in cool kid-friendly experiences:


Chef Chericia
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., this chef’s love for food came from cooking Southern classics with her mother. Like a lot of chefs, her first experience was in her home kitchen. She went on to cook in gourmet food markets, such as Dean and Deluca, and hotel kitchens at The Park Hyatt and The W, and is well versed in many cuisines from ‘deep south’ American to Indian to sushi. Class to try: Kids Love Sushi


Chef Gwyn
Chef Gwyn has been cooking and writing about food for more than 25 years. Although she has worked in numerous B&Bs, country inns, and country clubs, her passion is teaching people how to cook healthy, delicious meals using locally sourced ingredients that feed not just the body but the soul. She believes that food is so much more than just sustenance; it’s about time with family and friends and the memories it creates. Class to try: Pasta Making for Kids

Chef Aleatra
This chef’s passion for food goes back as far as she can remember, but her favorite memory is of her first solo cooking experience, making scrambled eggs for her family at the age of six. She has trained in numerous cooking techniques since then including: world cuisine, dessert designing, and gluten-free baking. Class to try: Vanilla Beginnings for Kids

Have you tried a Cozymeal class? Tell us how it went in the comments below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady