Unlike deceptive cereal commercials and children's movies, even the most animated ingredients won't come to life at night and cook themselves. Create your own epicurean fairy tale with the practical magic of today's Groupon. For $75, you get $150 worth of meal delivery, in-home cooking lessons, or plated dinners from Eat & Smile Foods, the locally sourced catering operation that uses fresh ingredients for deliciously creative dining options.
A native Washingtonian and graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Oliver Friendly founded the company three years ago by offering in-home cooking lessons. If you opt for the personal cooking lessons, the knowledgeable Friendly will show up at your kitchen bearing all the essentials (tools, local produce, and meat) and know-how necessary to whip up a wonderful meal.
Put the spark back into your relationship with a 90-minute cooking lesson for two ($150), or fuel up for a chaotic week with seven delivered meals ($150 per person). Foil your guests into believing you're a culinary visionary with a five-course plated dinner for six people ($85–$100 per person) or a cocktail party including hors d'oeuvres for 25 ($25–$35 per person). View a complete list of possible options here.
Residences beyond a 15-mile radius of downtown D.C. will incur a surcharge.
- [Chef Oliver Friendly] is an expert at finding the best foods at the local farmers' markets. He knows how to use fresh ingredients and make the food look beautiful. He caters fabulous dinners and teaches cooking lessons in the comfort of your own home. – Lauren DeSantis, Capital Cooking blog
- The evening was well-paced and we were asked to pinch, smell, blanche, and even taste. [Friendly] told us what he was doing and why he was doing it at every moment. The techniques were simple – he wasn’t out to impress us, but rather to make sure that we deemed food that doesn’t come from a packet or comes from a professional kitchen accessible. – Lorena, DC Gastronome