Eat and Greet
New services spawn social home dining affairs
Life / 19 Dec 2012
The rise of the sharing economy has been dissected ad nauseum (yes, we’re guilty too), yet it continues to evolve. Countless startups are working overtime to distinguish themselves as ‘the Airbnb of’ just about anything: cars, office space, pet housing, and more. One of the latest developments is the rise of collaboration services that showcase social dining. Welcome, ‘the Airbnb's of dinner parties.'
SupperKing is a community-based app that allows amateur chefs to invite people over for home-cooked meals or dinner parties, turning their dining rooms into speakeasy restaurants. The platform offers users opportunities to either host or be hosted. Hosts determine and post the cost, date, time, location and any other information about the meal, while diners can search by neighborhood, cuisine, price and more. Afterwards, guests can rate their experiences to inform prospective future attendees. For those uncomfortable with strangers at the dinner table, the app also can be used to connect groups via invites for strictly private culinary affairs.
Feastly democratizes fine dining by enabling passionate cooks to turn their homes into temporary restaurants for gourmets in Washington, D.C., New York, and San Francisco. The online marketplace originated when co-founder Noah Karesh realized that “the dining table is the optimal social network.” Entrepreneurial chefs, after registering on the Feastly site, determine menu, price, date and maximum number of diners. Feastly then takes care of filling the seats—when a meal is listed, it is advertised to potential diners through Feastly’s email list, Twitter, and Facebook—and handling payments. The company hopes to expand its service to international audiences eventually.
With Zokos, dinner party guests can contribute money to a gathering without awkward cash exchanges. The platform allows hosts to set a minimum and maximum number of guests and send invites through Facebook or email. To join, guests commit to contributing a specified amount towards the cost of the party. If the goal is reached by noon the day before the event, the guests who RSVP are charged and the money goes into the host’s PayPal account. If there aren’t enough attendees, the party is cancelled and no one is charged. Recently, Zokos expanded its crowdfunding capabilities to tailgate parties, wine tastings, and cooking lessons.
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