DC area foodie parents rejoice, for Nibble and Squeak is here! Nibble and Squeak (NBS) hails from New York where they’ve been hosting events at high end eateries where spoken and unspoken rules dictate the exclusion of children. Nibble and Squeak creates an accommodating atmosphere for families by providing highchairs, changing tables, and has also partnered with Mommy Nearest who is generously paying the bill for children. For a few hours parents and children are welcome for high end family style dining, DC’s chapter kicks off this weekend with a sold out event at Requin in Fairfax, Virginia. The 16 adults and 13 children in attendance can expect menu offerings such as french onion soup, lobster puff pastry and chocolate souffle hazelnut ice cream (no chicken nuggets or hot dogs here).
I had the opportunity to sit down with the woman behind the DC chapter, first time mom to a one year old, Ashley. Inspired by their feature in the New York Times Ashley contacted NBS founder Melissa and started a DC chapter. She’s currently busy finding host restaurants and, the vetting process works both ways, she’s finding some restaurants are more open to the idea than others. “Hopefully as word of NBS spreads, more restaurants will be willing to open their doors” says Ashley. The New York chapter has had success on weeknights and during lunch hours, when such establishments are usually closed. Ashley acknowledges that DC parents seem to have different preferences than their New York counterparts for example, weekend dining vs. midweek dining.
The inaugural event is being held at Requin, a highly acclaimed restaurant in the Mosaic District of Fairfax. The popular restaurant, founded by celebrity chefs Jennifer Carroll and Mike Isabella became a permanent fixture after success as a pop-up. The French Mediterranean food elicits rave reviews on Yelp with praise for their atmosphere and small sharable plates, neither of which is generally accessible to children. Ashley tells me her contact at Requin “could not have been more helpful , couldn’t ask for a better place to kick it off. Hoping Chef Carroll will be there too!”
The kinks of Nibble and Squeak DC are still being worked out but DC parents can look forward to a minimum of one event a month and if New York is any indication we have a lot of formerly off limits restaurants coming our way.