New & Improved Chef-Led DIY
No reason to be intimidated, these restaurant quality do-it-yourself kits give you a step by step guide to creating your own deliciousness at home.
CHIKO is offering ChiKo-At-Home Pantry Kits on Capitol Hill's online marketplace. They have a variety of bundles available: Two Chinese Kits and two Korean Kits. Get the standard for $28 or splurge on deluxe for $38 for additional goodies. They all come with special recipe cards, and find more recipe cards online. Looking to whip up some delish dishes at home? Let their curated boxes help you channel your inner Masterchef. Pick-up and delivery are both available. 423 8th Street SE; chikodc.com
Denizen’s Craft Collection
Denizen’s Craft Collection is a curated selection of goods that champions and highlights other local small businesses. They have handpicked local spices, candles, salad dressing, coffee beans, meats, and more that you can now order for pickup and delivery alongside their beer, hard seltzer, wine, cocktails, and merch. Goods come from local producers such as Whisked! Cookies, Dress It Up Dressing, Kin & Care, Vigiante Coffee, Meatcrafters, Nativo Spices, and more. All items come direct from Denizens for delivery or for pickup in their Riverdale Park & Silver Spring locations. For more information, visit denizensbrewingco.com/craftcollection.
Don Cicio e Figli Discovery Kit
Enjoy a Don Cicio e Figli tasting in the comfort of your home. The Discovery Kits are perfect for one or many. Explore the diversity of the Don Cicio history with fifteen 50ml samples of liqueurs produced in their distillery. For more information and to order your box, visit donciccioefigli.com/bottleshop/discovery-box
Equinox Restaurant x Hestia Harlow
Because social gatherings continue to evolve, Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff have created the first collaboration of its kind with Dave Myers and Andrew and Marielle Shortell, of new Maryland-based events company Hestia Harlow, out of the desire for their guests to connect with their loved ones, but to do so safely. The Equinox x Hestia Harlow Collaboration is a series of expertly-packed, chef-driven dining experiences, conveniently delivered in a box with everything you need to entertain with elegance, polish, and ease. After dining, items may be rinsed, wrapped, and placed back in the reusable, postage-paid box to be picked up by mail. Choose from packages such as Moveable Feast, Milestone Celebrations, Backyard Drive-In, and more, complete with Chesapeake-inspired dishes, hyper-curated tablescapes, candles, and even flowers. Packages start at $100 per person including food, beverages, table settings, finishing touches, and flowers. Services are also available a la carte. Visit equinoxrestaurant.com or hestiaharlow.com for more information.
Near Country Provisions
As we all try to get our households organized for the fall, Near Country Provisions wants to help with their meat delivery program. By subscribing to receive pasture-raised proteins from local farms, you can set up a no-hassle regular delivery schedule. Set it and forget it, with the flexibility to modify, skip a month, or cancel your subscription at any time. The meat Near Provisions sources and delivers is flavorful, nutrient-dense and ethically-raised on partner farms that are local to the District (you can read about them here). The beef is 100% grass-fed; the pork is pasture- and woodlot-raised. For more information, visit nearcountry.com.
Nicoletta Italian Kitchen
Nicoletta Italian Kitchen is offering BYO Pizza Kits that can be ordered through delivery services ($35) and curbside pick-up ($30). The BYO Pizza Kit will include two Caesar salads, 14 ounces of Nicoletta Italian Kitchen’s signature three-day pizza dough, tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, and basil, as well as instructions on “how to stretch and bake” your pizza. Toppings can be added for an extra cost like: pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, red onion, spinach, and fonduta. 901 4th Street NW; 202.697.6888; nicolettakitchen.com.
Order your own bagel kits from Pearl’s Bagels to create your perfect bite. Options include the "Lox Box", with Ivy City Smokehouse nova lox, Little Wild Things microgreens, capers, pickled red onions, a tomato, and cream cheese, or the "BEC Box" which will include Epic Curing bacon, a half-dozen cage-free eggs, sliced cheddar cheese and a little jar of ketchup. To order, visit pearlsbagels.com
Shouk has launched a selection of plant-based, modern Israeli meal kits. Each kit serves four people ($48) and comes with pre-portioned ingredients, recipes and cooking instructions. Kit options include the Fried Shouk’n kit, falafel kit, and mushroom shawarma kit. The kits are available for carryout and delivery. 655 K Street NW; 202.945.4747; shouk.com.
South Block is offering national shipping on their newest offering – Acai Smoothie Bowl Kits. Each kit comes with freeze-able acai in two of South Block's best selling flavors – The Warrior and the PBJ – plus housemade granola, shaved coconut, cacao nibs, and fresh fruit. 3210 Grace Street NW; 703.465.8423; southblockjuice.com
St. Anselm is now offering buttermilk biscuit baking kits that are available for pickup and delivery. The Kit is $18 and includes everything needed to make the biscuits from home, including all wet ingredients, dry ingredients, and a recipe with step-by-step instructions. 1250 5th Street NE; 202.864.2199; stanselmdc.com
Stella Barra Pizzeria and Wine Bar
Develop your culinary skills with a build-your-own-pizza kit courtesy of Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar. This all-in-one box has all you need to create one Margherita Pizza built for two, including tomato sauce plus the freshest mozzarella and basil ($16.95). 11825 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda; 301.770.8609; stellabarra.com
On the tails of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tea Drunk has started an online Educational Tea Club with a monthly subscription opportunity that offers the chance to meet and connect with team members, brew tea samples while following video, and receive special discounts on pre-sale teas. Live and recorded classes are available in brewing, tea crash courses, and even for the tea connoisseur wanting to gain higher experience in tea making. Tea Drunk provides tea service to corporations and institutes as well. Shunan Teng, founder of Tea Drunk, is the educator for the TED-Ed lesson – The History of Tea and has collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to execute a temporary Chinese tea house in the museum. She is an avid educator on tea and has spoken on the subject matter at many institutions including Yale University, World Tea Expo, and Stony Brook University. For more information, visit tea-drunk.com/tea-club.
International award-winning chef, Danny Lledo, announced national shipping on his make-at-home paella kits. The paella kit comes with all the ingredients you need to make paella in your own home with pre measured rice, chicken, spices, and more. Chef Lledo is even offering a Zoom masterclass to guide home cooks, step-by-step in perfecting the art of paella. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue NW; xiquetdl.com