A Little Assistance from the Experts (Don’t Worry, We Won’t Tell)


Photo credit: Michael Collins, Hestia Harlow

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

Cork Wine Bar & Market
Cork is now offering Cork At Home. Each week Cork's kitchen helps you create a wonderful meal in your home complete with all the prepared ingredients and a bottle of hand selected wine. With each dinner kit they will give you step by step instructions by their chef (with prep time always under 30 minutes), plus detailed wine tasting notes prepared by the Cork team. Each meal will feed four with leftovers ~ a special way to make nights when you don't want to go out special. Order by 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays for pickup on Saturdays between noon and 5:00 p.m. To order, click here.

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.

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.

Pearl’s Bagels
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

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

In celebration of Swiss National Day, Stable has launched at-home grilling, picnic, and fondue kits to enjoy a taste of summer in Switzerland at home. Stable’s at-home kits highlight the celebratory and classic foods of Swiss National Day and feature many products direct from Switzerland and its surrounding countries, which have a strong influence on the Swiss culinary fabric. Stable owners Silvan Kraemer and David Fritsche designed the at-home packages as a new way for guests to bring home Swiss regional foods and products that are not always available on the restaurant’s current carry-out-only menu. The Grill Package includes Cervelat, brats, baguette, beer and Swiss soda, while The Picnic Package features Belper Knoelle Cheese, speck, sausage, Berliners, and rose wine. Lastly, the Fondue Package stars Stable’s signature fondue blend of Swiss cheeses along with a bottle of wine and a shot of Kirsch. Kits are meant to serve two people, and the beverages are optional. All packages must be pre-ordered with 72-hours advance notice. Orders can be placed online at stabledc.com or by calling 202.733.4604 or emailing [email protected].

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