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Do It Yourself Family Dining Experience - At a Restaurant

Most families either go to a restaurant or order food to take home almost every evening. Eating this way is both unhealthy and misses an opportunity to educate children about food. This concept addresses both hurdles by combining ready to eat food with healthy eating education. Families go to the restaurant and select their own ingredients for dinner, then the staff prepares the dishes for them.

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This is a retail concept centered around the restaurant experience. Children, young adults, and families start with an empty plate and select their ingredients from different stations presented similar to a salad bar: Protein, Fruits and Vegetables, Etc. After children and families select their ingredients, the dishes are either given to staff members to prepare, or taken to a cooking station where the family prepares the meal themselves.

Participants can create their own experience by choosing the level of guidance they prefer. The full spectrum of services will range from workshops and classes to passive suggestions on recipe cards while selecting ingredients. Staff members can fully support customers by explaining how to cook, what benefits are from specific ingredients, as well as guide through unfamiliar ingredients.

This concept can continue to evolve as children and families require different services:

Daycare, after school, and summer camp programs can be held here, where kids will learn from staff members how to shop for and prepare ingredients. Students can come during the day for hands-on field trips that relate to a similar topic in the classroom.

Adult or youth workshops can be conducted so parents and young adults can educate their children and younger siblings about food and healthy eating. (Almost all of my peers don't know how to cook.)

Families can come here for dinner for an easy, quick meal, where children are entertained by staff members while parents relax (or participate in the learning process).

Families in need can purchase ingredients here, which enable them to use cooking stations which contain supplies they may not be able to afford at home.

I found inspiration for this concept from:
The Apple Genius Bar found inside Apple Computer stores
Island Wood Educational Center:

Age of kids. The solutions to changing kids’ eating behaviors will vary depending on their age. What works for a toddler won’t necessarily fly for a teenager, although we suspect some concepts might be appropriate for all ages—even adults! Which age bracket does your concept address (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Pre-school (Tots) 2-4
  • Elementary (Kids) 5-10
  • Middle school (Tweens) 11-13
  • High school (Teens) 14 -18
  • Young adults 18-21

Hurdles to success. Helping kids make smarter food choices comes with a variety of hurdles that have to be addressed in order for a design solution to be successful, which of these do you think that your Concept overcomes (tick all relevant boxes)?

  • Expense and Convenience
  • Lack of Knowledge


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This is an excellent idea. Do dining by yourself at a restaurant not only can choose the healthy food to cooking, but also can educate children how to eat the healthy food. Therefore, it is a very useful way for our healthy. Besides, though this way people can learn cooking skill from the restaurant, such as learn how to use the fresh foods to make delicious dining for family. So I am looking forward to know more development about that.

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