Happiest of meals

Stress-free dining club lets new parents enjoy Austin's best restaurants

This dining club lets new parents enjoy Austin's best restaurants

Nibble + Squeak dinner
Nibble + Squeak allows parents with young kids to enjoy the nation's best restaurants. Photo courtesy of Nibble + Squeak

Every parent with young kids has faced the dilemma: Do you risk the disapproving glances of fellow diners to have dinner at the latest hot spot? Or resign yourself to a life of fish sticks and chicken nuggets while Pippa the Pig plays in the background? Now, with the launch of kid-friendly dining club Nibble + Squeak, there’s a third option for family time in Austin. And it comes with considerably less stress.

Nibble + Squeak has already been introduced to raves in cities like New York, Miami, and San Francisco where the service has held events at top restaurants like Delaware and Hudson and Per Se, but a dinner on Sunday, November 12 at lauded Rainey Street restaurant Emmer & Rye will be the first local event.

Chef Kevin Fink, himself a new parent, has crafted a menu that’s a far cry from Kraft Mac & Cheese. The coursed meal for adults will feature oxtail maltagliata (a type of shaped pasta whose name literally means “badly cut”) with cabbage, onion, and lemon; short rib carnitas with pickled jalapeño, radish, and white Sonora roti; and cauliflower ceviche, lactic broth, and cilantro.

But as much as the dining club focuses on adult needs, the little ones are never forgotten. Local host Kelsey Hopping makes sure all the details of a pleasant dining experience are taken care of including plenty of high chairs, changing mats, space for stroller parking, and meals featuring kid-friendly bites. Members of Nibble + Squeak also have access to a newsletter and a dining guide that takes the guesswork out of dining with rugrats.

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Tickets for the Emmer & Rye dinner are on sale now for $92. Children's tickets are $20 and kids under 2 eat free.