Two Conde Nast publications—Cookie, the lifestyle magazine for the modern mom, and Gourmet, the magazine of good living–jointly announced that they will unveil the first-ever Kids’ Restaurant Week in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the joys of eating out as a family.  Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital, and Pure Via, the all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener, sponsor this inaugural Kids’ Restaurant Week.  Carolyn Kremins, VP/publisher of Cookie, says, “Meals are an important time for families to spend together, and we are thrilled to be able to offer them this unique experience.”  From June 13 through June 21, families with young children will have the opportunity to enjoy fine family dining at some of the best restaurants in Washington D.C., including Art & Soul, Asia Nine, Beacon Street Bar & Grill, Cafe du Parc, Firefly, Juniper at the Fairmont, Mie N Yu, M Street Bar & Grill, Palette at Loews, The Hay-Adams and Zola. “This program is a great opportunity for children to have fun trying new foods while learning to make healthy choices that will last a lifetime,” says Nancy Berger Cardone, VP/publisher of Gourmet.


Throughout the week, participating restaurants will offer special discounts and fixed-price menus with dinner seating from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Kids 11 and under will pay their age, while adults and children 12 and over will pay $29.00 each. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Eastern Market and Miriam’s Kitchen. Kids’ Restaurant Week festivities kick off with the national launch event on June 13 at Eastern Market, on Capitol Hill neighborhood. The event, from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., will feature cooking demonstrations, as well as food tastings with top chefs from other participating restaurants and culinary activities for kids.  “Kids’ Restaurant Week gives parents a chance to enjoy a fun family night out while their children learn more about the food they’re eating and where it comes from,” said Victoria Isley, Sr. VP, marketing and communications, Destination DC. “We’re excited to work with two great titles like Cookie and Gourmet to bring this program to Washington, DC and to give local families a chance to celebrate the end of the school year.”