Here's an interesting vacation option for open-minded, sociable travelers looking to experience local cuisine on a very personal level. EatWith is a website connecting dinner party hosts from around the globe with guests seeking to wine, dine, and meet others over brunch, lunch, or dinner...it's like Facebook meets Airbnb with fork in hand.
EatWith launched a year ago, and is now listing open house dining events in New York, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, and Israel, where the service was founded.
The peer-to-peer site works like this: potential hosts meet with an EatWith representative, who inspects both the applicant's cooking chops and the host's space to determine whether both pass muster. Approved hosts then upload photos and detailed information about themselves, their home/region, and culinary specialties, while describing the format of the meal (e.g. full course vs. tasting menu), cuisine type (e.g. vegetarian), whether alcohol will be served, event duration, and the minimum/maximum amount of guests in attendance. Prices can range from $25 for "A Very Good Brunch" up to $100 for a "Step Inside a Celebrity Chef's Flavor Elevator" (?!) and the host ultimately decides whom to allow to attend their event. More participating cities are planned for launch, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.
Via All Things D