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Washington, DCCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Best known for its museums and monuments, Washington DC is also full of exciting, historic neighborhoods that offer a wide range of cuisine that will change your expectations of our nation's capitol. Always known for power lunches and elegant State dinners, Washington DC is now beginning to turn heads as a diverse culinary capital. As local chefs and home-grown talent make names for themselves in DC restaurants, some of the world’s leading chefs have also set up shop in the District. With a dizzying number of new eateries, celebrity chef hot spots, international gems, fresh farmers markets and budget-friendly food trucks at every corner, DC is a food lover’s playground.

Choose one of our Pre-Packaged Vacations to Washington, DC

Capital City Culinary Escape
If you’re looking for a tasty getaway in the most powerful city on earth, you’ve found it! Rub elbows with Senators and Representatives, or mingle with media moguls as you luxuriate in accommodations directly across from the White House. You’ll wonder if you’re on a culinary getaway or a power trip…but whatever you call it, you’ll be cooking up some serious fun in our nation’s capital.
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Washington, Washington, DC
Hip & Hungry Getaway
Celebrate the world of international cuisine and the pleasure of sharing it with others in the heart of our nation's global culinary capital. Enjoy hands-on experiences, engaging you and your guest in all aspects of the Washington, D.C. epicurean lifestyle - cooking, dining, travel, entertaining and shopping.
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Georgetown, Washington, DC
Old Town Alexandria Culinary Getaway
Old Town Alexandria is located approximately 6 miles south of downtown Washington, DC, and is the host city for this extraordinary culinary getaway. Chiefly known for its historic town houses, art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants…Alexandria is also home to many talented chefs making their mark on the national culinary scene.
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Alexandria, Virginia

— Washington, DC Cooking Schools —

2941 Restaurant
Falls Church 703-270-1500
All of our cooking classes include cooking demonstrations, written recipes, dinner with fine wine and a 2941 French baguette to take home. A highly entertaining evening for couples, friends or co-workers. From cooking novices to connoisseurs, everyone will enjoy this unique experience.
Chef Jean-Claude Cuisine
Washington, D.C. 202-628-0590
From France to the United States and Jamaica, Chef Jean-Claude has delighted many with his classic and creative French cuisine. He loves nothing more than to share great food and wine with family and friends, old and new.
Chef Professor
Upper Marlboro 301-627-4496
Chef Professor offers Personal Cooking Classes presented in a client's home in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland suburbs including Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland areas.
Reisterstown 410-833-4242
Gather up a group of your friends & family that are passionate about cooking to have an unforgettable evening learning all the tips and tricks-of-the-trade!
Company's Coming
Washington, DC
You will learn to cook better with new skills as you gain an appreciation for new flavors. Our recipes specialize in appetizing, fresh and healthy foods that are easy to prepare - we promise!
Cook with Ben
Columbia 410-312-0001
All classes offer hands-on learning in a relaxed and intimate setting. Class sizes are deliberately small, allowing participants the time and space to truly master the lesson and their cooking skills.
Dinner is Served
Fairfax 703-323-6261
Enjoy Chef Cal, Executive Chef of “Dinner Is Served” Personal Chef Service, while he demonstrates preparing quick and easy meals. He has spent over thirty years in the travel and hospitality industry, from flying the friendly skies to running a country inn.
Glenfiddich Farm Cookery School
Leesburg 703 771 3056
We look forward to seeing you at Glenfiddich Farm, so bring along your appetite and curiosity and pick up ideas for whipping together some interesting, elegant and easy meals for family and friends.
Italian Insights
Vienna 703-938-0822
Enjoy a three-hour lunch or dinner with your friends in your own home while learning about Italy, cooking, and most important…eating a delicious and simple Italian meal that you can always recreate for your loved ones!
Just Cakes
Bethesda 301-718-5111
Working with our pastry chefs, your children will learn about and prepare a wide variety of desserts and presentations. Projects will include gingerbread beach cottages, cake baking, cake decoration and a host of other sweet treats. Lunch will be provided and plenty of sweet treats to share at home.
L’Academie de Cuisine
Bethesda 301-986-9490
L'Academie de Cuisine is the premier cooking school in the DC Metro area for both professional and recreational programs. Whether you're a rookie in the kitchen and looking for a beginner class, a home pro looking to perfect your techniques, or want a fun evening out with good friends and good food, we have a class for you!
Lebanese Taverna Café
Arlington 703-841-1562
Lebanese Taverna holds public and private cooking classes. A great idea to celebrate a special occasion, a team building experience or group activity. Whether you are a recreational chef or a beginner, join in on the fun and learn our trade secrets!
Mancini's Café & Bakery
Alexandria 703-838-3663
Mancini’s schedules special events at the café. We offer cooking classes, themed parties, such as our very popular Italian Sunday Night Dinner, where I prepare recipes from the old Brooklyn neighborhood, and guests enjoy this food while meeting new friends.
Fairfax 703-304-2417
NutrientChef is a privately owned company, located in Northern Virginia, that offers in-home nutrition counseling and cooking instruction.
Sur la Table
Arlington 703-414-3580
Sur La Table's cooking programs provide the opportunity for you to become a celebrity in your own kitchen. Instructors include each region's best known as well as internationally renowned chefs willing to share their secrets.
Thai Basil Restaurant
Chantilly 703-478-3666
At the Thai Basil Restaurant, Chef-Owner Nongkran Daks offers classes for those who wish to make authentic Thai dishes right in their own home. Courses consist of three hands-on sessions with each class session concluding with a dinner consisting of the dishes learned.
Tiny Chefs
Silver Spring 301-518-6108
Kids eat the food they prepare and each child will receive an apron, and fun pack, along with their very own recipes of everything they make. Tiny Chefs offer fun, educational and hands-on culinary classes for children ages 3 to 14 years old.
What's Cooking!
Washington, DC 202-483-7282
Established in 1976, What’s Cooking offers hands-on cooking classes taught by teacher, author and culinary professional Phyllis Frucht. What’s Cooking!’s series of classes range from “The International Gourmet” to “Asian Cooking,” and include a schedule of classes for cooking healthy vegetarian meals.

Taste What's Happening!

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington DC
3/20/2015 - 4/12/2015
The trees, a gift from Japan, give the festival a distinctly Japanese flavor with movies, art, a sake and sushi tasting, kite festival & street fair.

Taste of the Nation

Featuring top chefs and mixologists -- all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

Heart's Delight

Washington DC
4/22/2015 - 4/25/2015
A premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats and our distinguished guests gather to play and bid

National Harbor Food and Wine Festival

National Harbor
5/2/2015 - 5/3/2015
A waterfront food and wine festival emphasizing food and wine pairing, artisanal and organic products, and boutique wines.


Washington DC
Brings together boutique wines from around the world, local food vendor, and musical performers, including emerging and established artists.

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon
5/15/2015 - 5/17/2015
Sip wine while taking a candlelit tour of the Mansion, including the rarely-open wine cellar, Enjoy live blues overlooking the scenic Potomac River.

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

Centreville, VA
5/30/2015 - 5/31/2015
Features tastings by more than 50 wineries, educational seminars on food pairing, fine art exhibits, food and live entertainment.


Washington DC
6/5/2015 - 6/6/2015
The premier beer and food pairing event in the U.S.

Alexandria Food and Wine Festival

A lively showcase of local food and wine with a full day of entertainment including music, arts and craft exhibits

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Washington DC
6/24/2015 - 6/28/2015
Artisans from around the country & the world give demos of native folk arts. Shop crafts & food featuring dishes related to the festival’s themes

Safeway BBQ Battle

Washington DC
6/27/2015 - 6/28/2015
Features a cook-off between top BBQ purveyors & great BBQ restaurants, cooking demos, food samples, & interactive cooking displays.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Washington DC
7/1/2015 - 7/5/2015
Artisans from around the country & the world give demos of native folk arts. Shop crafts & food featuring dishes related to the festival’s themes.

Maryland Seafood Festival

Annapolis, MD
9/12/2015 - 9/13/2015
Features The Capital Crab Soup Cook-off, live music performances, craft booths and family activities.

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon
10/2/2015 - 10/4/2015
Sip wine while taking a candlelit tour of the Mansion, including the rarely-open wine cellar, Enjoy live blues overlooking the scenic Potomac River.

Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

10/24/2015 - 10/25/2015
Noted cookbook authors, demos from knife skills to holiday entertaining, beer, wine and spirits pavilion with local mixologists and much more.
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