Two of the joys of travel? Food and people. Many years ago I ran a discussion forum online and in one thread we were discussing our favourite travel memories. For so many of us, those special memories involved eating wonderful meals with new friends.

When this was pointed out, I looked back at the memories I’d posted and it was true; every single memory I’d written about involved dining with new friends in new locations.

Of course, in those days, we were lucky when we had the opportunity of doing so but today – thanks to the EatWith app and website – we can enjoy gourmet experiences almost anywhere in the world with a small group of like-minded people in the homes of local chefs.

Today I have been looking at:

  • A veggie-laden organic feast in Buenos Aires
  • The art of sushi in Melbourne
  • Nigerian cuisine in Vienna
  • A French feast in Vancouver
  • A organic gastronomic dinner party in Paris
  • Bavarian fusion dinner in Munich
  • Typical Portuguese dinner in Lisbon

And so very many more. See the videos below to see even more options.

This service has been called ‘the Airbnb of fine dining’. Yes, this is all part of the sharing economy whereby dedicated cooks and chefs hold small dinner parties for a small fee. The cost tends to be a fraction of the price of a meal in a restaurant and the providers are far more attentive when it comes to the small details to ensure that their guests have a truly memorable experience.

These experiences are not just gastronomic. Most chefs provide meals for small parties – maybe eight or so people – and so are ideal for people who are travelling alone or for couples who want to broaden their horizons, meet new people and experience a very special evening.


Maybe you’re a keen cook who would like to offer this service to people in your area? It’s a great way to indulge your favourite pastime, meet new people and satisfy that hospitality urge that most cooks have!




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.
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