Wouldn’t it be great to share a meal with locals when you travel?
An opportunity for a culinary and cultural experience!
An opportunity to spend time with interesting people!
A way to avoid tourist traps!
Now you can – domestically and nearly worldwide.
Websites that bring willing hosts together with diners eager for a new dining experience. Another example of the growing sharing economy.
Potential hosts get vetted. Host sites want to knot what qualifies them to offer a worthy dining experience. Some sites make require that the host to serve them a sample meal. While some of the hosts are trained chefs, many are just interesting people with a love of food and a passion to share.
As a potential diner you pick a city and date then check out the offerings. Usually there is an enticing description, photos, reviews and a sample menu. A map will give you a general idea of where the event will take place. Once you sign up and pay your tab, you get the exact address via email. Meals vary from $35 to $75.
These dining experiences are not just for travelers. In San Francisco and New York, guests are mostly locals and intercity travelers. In other cities the ratio flips to more tourists.
Interested? Here are the links to some of the websites and new adventures.