5 questions to DC Crenshaw, the founder of Little Diner’s Crew | Feast and Field: Food Starts in the Field


Feast and Field chats with DC Crenshaw, the founder of Little Diner’s Crew, an innovative new Chicago-based dining club for kids ages 4-12 and teens ages 13-18.

DC Crenshaw

Tell us about Little Diner’s Crew. How it works?

“LDC is a food club for kids and teens that expands their palates beyond macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers. Each month we offer cuisine from a different country and organize a unique dining experience for children and parents at a local restaurant. We work closely with chefs to curate a 4-6 course tasting menu that is both affordable and adventurous. During the experience, children sit at their own table, meet the chef, enjoy mocktails, taste and rate the dishes, learn how the food is prepared and where the ingredients come from. We also review and practice proper dining etiquette. Members receive a passport which is stamped after each event to document their culinary journey with LDC. Parents benefit from their own experience at the adult table.

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Why did you create this organization?

“We introduced our children to different types of food at a young age, so they were already eating foods like sushi, Indian and Thai food. Parents often asked us how we got our kids to eat foods other than mac and cheese and chicken fingers, and we were also frustrated that most restaurants only had those options on their kid’s menu. We knew they had to be a way to help parents expose their kids to different types of cuisine and help restaurants provide better food options for kids, and it’s from those challenges that Little Diner’s Crew was born.

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Any highlights you want to share?

“So far, LDC has hosted over 40 events with some of the best restaurants and chefs in town. Over 100 members have joined in the past 5 years, but most importantly, it makes us proud to hear the testimonials from parents who say LDC has helped turn their picky eater into a little foodie. It’s amazing to watch the kids become more adventurous eaters while attending our events and taking ownership of their dining experience.

And, what’s next for you?

Next, we’re launching an LDC chapter in Aspen, Colorado, and we’re really excited about the launch of CrewFood, our new online food delivery platform. CrewFood will continue to expand palates at home with a curated list of restaurants and dishes that have been tested and approved by kids. CrewFood will make it easier for parents to order food the whole family will love. This is expected to launch in early 2022.

To learn more about Little Diner’s Crew, visit littledinerscrew.com.


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