The most interesting local meal in a destination might be in someone’s home. Thanks to these local meal platforms, you don’t have to know someone personally to sit down at their dinner table.
Whether you’re seeking Instagram-worthy dishes, tasty street food or a culturally enlightening cooking class, these platforms will connect you to an immersive experience. Such meals are hosted by by both professional chefs and passionate at-home cooks, and usually start around $30 a person and range upwards of $70 or more.
A World of Choices
Available in over 130 countries, EatWith chooses its hosts by audition — prospective chefs must lead a demo event in their homes to ensure their skills are up to par. Chefs tend to get very creative with the dinner themes, such as “Balkan Feast,” “Vegan Vietnamese” and “Journey Through The Silk Road,” and sometimes offer cooking workshops and market tours. Some tasty experiences you’ll find on the site include an Italian aperitivo picnic, Venezuelan arepas and a rooftop picnic with massage in New York City with Hudson River views.
Choose Your Feast
Currently Chefsfeed operates only in the U.S, and you’ll find a slew of delicious options in and around New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.. Use the service’s search filters to help you find your perfect meal event, including dietary restrictions for those wanting Paleo, raw, vegan and other specific types of cuisine. Among the options: You can play dress up and have high tea in a local home, join a customized pizza party and learn why dining on insects can be a good thing.
Pick a Theme
BonAppetour takes a slightly different approach to dining in a local home — instead of purchasing a spot to an in-home dining event you’ll request a specific date to dine privately in a local home. Local chefs are located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, along with a handful in Africa (South Africa and Kenya) and Oceania (New Zealand’s Cook Islands and select Australian cities).
Before requesting a spot, you’ll be able to see the theme of the dinner — maybe it will be authentic “Niçoise” cuisine or a Chinese hot pot experience — as well as read reviews and let hosts know any dietary restrictions or menu preferences.
If you’re visiting New York City, an immersive platform called League of Kitchens offers the unique opportunity to attend a cooking workshop in the home of a local immigrant. The experiences are small group classes lasting a few hours, and after working hard to turn ingredients into delicious dishes you’ll sit around the table to dine on your creations and have a cultural exchange.
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