It’s an extremely exciting time period that we are all witnessing right now. When living in Seattle, I was interested in tech on such a high level and now that I’m here living and working in the heart of it, my interests have heightened even more. I don’t think my parents ever thought that they would have a chance to witness a time when startups would become so focused on the sharing community, but here it is. It was a feeling that I experienced and treasured in college, but now that the community is spanning across the country and across the world through technology, it is startling to see it take over in ways that people never thought possible. Airbnb, Lyft, to list a few and now EatWith – a startup that came from Israel that I’m itching to talk about. While traveling, EatWith acts as a platform that allows you to eat with local families for a more unique experience and promote communication and interpersonal interaction. The service recently came to the United States back in July and kicked off with New York hoping to add cities like Miami and San Francisco soon.
How exactly does it work?
If you’re interested in hosting, an EatWith representative will swing by to meet with you, check out your digs and judge your cooking. If deemed worthy, you then set up a profile and advertise your own brunches, lunches and dinner parties, often with themes (such as a Cinco de Mayo brunch, a contemporary Thai-Brazilian feast, or a “crazy dinner of borscht and flautas”). Hosts also set a suggested donation per attendee.
If you’re a guest seeking a slice of local life, you can search the website by location and apply for a seat at a gathering nearby. The host will assess your online profile, start a dialogue with you and decide whether to accept you as a guest.
Meals will typically range from $25-$50 per guest with EatWith taking 15% of each transaction. All Things D calls it the “Airbnb for meals.”
I actually just checked out the website myself and would find myself using it (if it came to San Francisco) for potential dinner parties. Has anyone used it or read any reviews yet?
**Update 12/8 – They are actually already in San Francisco too!