The mission of Zenful Bites is to cultivate a sustainable, healthy, and just food system in the Washington, DC metro area via providing cooking workshops and offering holistic eco-catering services.  

About the Founders:

Co-founders Josephine Chu and Yolanda Hawthorne met over 5 years ago and quickly bonded over their love of food and using food as the medium to transform lives and create a sustainable and healthy food community here in Washington, DC. 

Check out this profile of Zenful Bites written by Raluca Besliu, on the blog, Taking on the Giant. 

Check out this profile of Zenful Bites  by Rebecca Rivero on Middle Women. 

Check out this profile about co-founder Yolanda Hawthorne on Think Local First DC. 

Check out this profile of Zenful Bites, written by Genna Byrd on Start DC. 

Check out our cooking demo of Eggplant "Meatballs" on WUSA9. 

Co-founders Josephine Chu and Yolanda Hawthorne 

Co-founders Josephine Chu and Yolanda Hawthorne 


Sustainability at Zenful Bites means achieving social, economic, and environmental equity for all and carefully balancing the needs of the people and the planet with profits.

As a women-owned business, we believe in empowering women to make the change that we want to see in this world. 

We believe in being good stewards of the earth and supporting our community. We previously partnered with the DC chapter of the non-profit, Grand Aspirations, to provide food justice programming for youth in DC.

Some of our current sustainability efforts include: sourcing from local and organic vendors, recycling on site, and buying in bulk to reduce packaging.  We encourage and make available glassware, china, and reusable bags and are willing to sacrifice convenience to do our part.  Even simple things such as providing pitchers of ice water instead of bottled water can make an impact.

 We purchase from farms that practice sustainable agriculture including ECO City Farms and Three Part Harmony Farm.  We shop regularly at the Penn Quarter, Dupont, Takoma Park & Bloomingdale’s farmer markets and have relationships with numerous local vendors.