Gather Round Family Chef Service
Gather Round Family Chef Service

Gather Round Family Chef Service

Offers remote services
Offers remote services
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Introduction: What if you could be more comfortable, more capable, and more playful in the kitchen? How great would it feel to prepare dinner with confidence that it’ll be delicious? I offer cooking lessons to help you master exactly what you want to learn in the kitchen. Each lesson is tailored to your goals and dietary preferences. Or perhaps you’re reconnecting with friends and want to mark the occasion with a special dinner. I offer Cooking Lesson Dinner Parties in which your group learns to cook together and celebrates its shared efforts with a feast! And if you want to skip the cooking entirely and find dinner waiting in your fridge, cooked just for your family and ready when you are -- I do that too!

Hired 7 times

Serves Washington, DC

1 employee

3 years in business

Payment methods

Check, Venmo, Zelle

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

Featured Projects

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and professionalism.

Exceptional 5.0

13 reviews


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Erica G.
Apr 30, 2022
Ariel was a joy to work with! She was super kind, knowledgeable, and all-around fun to cook with. It was a lovely experience that I'd definitely recommend to anyone from a beginner to expert level.
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Ellie C.
Nov 9, 2021
We had a fantastic experience with Gather Round Family Chef service as support following the birth of my second child. I knew cooking would be difficult and getting take out frequently would not serve my healing process. Gather Round's nutritious and delicious meals allowed me to focus time bonding with my baby and still take care of myself!
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Jasmine Y.
Oct 25, 2021
I had a great experience working Ariel. She is really nice and knowledgeable about cooking different types of cuisines. My main point of working with Ariel was to add some additional skills to my cooking toolkit and I feel all my questions were answered from how to execute various cooking techniques, different flavor pairings, and any other cooking 101 questions I would toss out. Thanks for your help these past 4 sessions. Looking forward to working again in the future.
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Leslie A.
Sep 18, 2021
Ariel was easy to work with and great at suggesting dishes for us to try and that accommodated the fact that some of us are vegetarians. Dinners became easy and enjoyable and her cooking was delicious. We felt better to be eating home-cooked meals and happy to not stress over shopping lists and cooking after a long day of work. Our kids developed some favorites that we never would have predicted. All in all, we had an excellent experience We highly recommend this service.
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Kate M.
Aug 16, 2021

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Ariel was a pleasure to work with and helped make a surprise birthday dinner party a huge success. She helped plan a great menu and was a great teacher as we prepared some new recipies.

Details: 6 - 10 people • French • Soups and sauces • Roasting and braising • Knife skills • No dietary restrictions • Adult (over 18) • Intermediate • My home, venue, etc.

Private Cooking Lessons


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    The best way to contact me is to reach out through my website. The price listed on Thumbtack is a rough estimate for the general public. Based on our discussion, I'll propose specific options that will suit your family or group's needs. The right solution for you might be different than the listed price.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The best way to contact me is to reach out through my website. We'll start with a phone call about your vision for the cooking lessons, the cooking party, or the family dinner. I'll follow up with options that will help get everyone around the table. You'll decide which option fits best, and we'll take it from there!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I’ve been there. For fourteen years I battled a long commute and a demanding job as a teacher. My spouse works long hours to preserve democracy. My kids go to two different schools. For me, family life often felt like solving a riddle at a full sprint. Meanwhile, I’m grateful for the lessons I learned around my childhood dinner table. Try new things. Eat the veggies. Share your day’s joys and trials. A family gathers at home. To give my children the healthy food habits and table manners that I got at home, I had to find a way to juggle all the balls. Through the past decade, I’ve made it a priority and a habit to gather my family together around the table. And it’s not just about gathering… I know how to do it in a way that eliminates everyone’s stress, most importantly mine. Now that I’ve figured it out, my family and I have dinner together every night. I cook a wide range of meals that are seasonal, worldly, and fresh. My kids eat everything. I know how important it is to have family dinner every night, and that’s why I’m helping families do the same thing.

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