Local Restaurants Get Into The DIY Biz


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

Cook Kitz
With camp cancelled and the novelty of being home having worn off, Cook Kitz aims to provide kids and parents a moment of culinary escape. From now through mid-August, Cook Kitz will deliver a weekly cooking project to your doorstep. Each kit focuses on a main recipe with “choose-your-own-adventure” elements to encourage culinary imagination and recipe versatility. The Kitz provide a fun activity that is already curated, scripted and measured out.  So while parents may have varying levels of involvement, the work of pre-planning, shopping and measuring and the investment is contained and there isn’t a lot of waste sitting on the pantry shelves. Developed by Becca Katz, recent culinary school grad, with help from
Prescription Chicken (Val Zweig, owner of  Prescription Chickenis Becca’s sister), Becca and the team are ready to help you and your family get in the kitchen and create.  cookkitz.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.

Prescription Chicken
Prescription Chicken is offering DIY challah kits with everything you need to make delicious Rx chicken challah. $12 gets you flour, yeast, eggs, olive oil, salt and sugar, the recipe...and $5 goes to #SoupSupport fund.  In addition to delivering meals to hospitals in the DC area, Rx Chicken has partnered with the amazing Food on the Stove, an organization dedicated to helping Firefighters/EMS workers eat healthy - even harder in these COVID-19 times. 440 L Street NW; prescriptionchicken.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 
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 
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

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