Food! Who doesn’t love a delicious meal? Whether enjoyed alone, with family, with strangers on the road, in your hometown restaurant or a far-flung city across the globe.
Let’s face it though, who has the time to prep all those ingredients and make their meals at home. On any day it’s as if we are being pulled in a thousand directions with no time to breathe, let alone cook.
However, there are workarounds: the all time favorite being ordering takeout – Chinese if you are feeling adventurous. Or, why not try a homemade cook meal by someone who adores cooking and has made it their life’s work to perfect the art?
I’m talking about meal sharing. And before you write it off as another millennial fad, let’s think about this.
You get to share a meal with someone dedicated to choosing the right ingredients and putting in the work to make the meal as delicious as possible.
Additionally, you can help out and participate in the preparation of your meal and build awesome friendships along the way!
Meal sharing has been around for years, it’s only in the recent past that it has gained popularity as a great way to get healthy homemade cook meals without the hassle of preparing the food yourself.
It gets even better. You can try out from a variety of cuisines from around the world and access to these experiences is often as easy as registering on a website, choosing the meal you’d like to experience and going to eat!
Today we feature some of these unique dining and learning experiences you can explore with the click of a mouse…or the swipe of a finger.
Feastly is a trend-setting service that started in Washington DC but has expanded to other cities across the country such as New York City, San Francisco and Chicago.
Feastly cooks get to expand their cooking skills and the sheer joy that comes from watching others devour their meals. Diners get to share delicious meals and get to meet people from different parts of the world.
Most meals are BYOB, and diners are more than happy to share a bottle of wine.
Feastly is unique in that they carefully vet chefs to ensure security and satisfaction. The platform also has a rating system for chefs so diners can compare before buying. You only buy what tempts your
You only buy what tempts your taste buds.
Based in San Francisco, EatWith is a meal sharing service designed to let locals and travelers alike experience unique cuisines.
EatWith operates in 35 destinations across the US with more being added each day. Worldwide, there are about 150 cities and 32 countries participating.
Chefs have a unique profile on the website with rating and reviews of their menus and cooking skills.
Users can browse through a selection of menus and choose the ones they’d like to participate in. EatWith is more popular abroad in cities like Paris and London, but people on mainland US and fast catching up with the service being popular among New Yorkers.
It makes it easy for diners to find menus ranging from brunch items, tapas, to full meals.
MealSharing was one of the first platforms to bring people together to enjoy expert made meals. It has expanded to over 450 cities across the globe and most popular among residents of Chicago, Madrid, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Berlin, (Germany).
The service began as a way of giving weary travelers a way to enjoy delicious homemade meals. But, it has now expanded to include meals by renowned and upcoming chefs.
Meals vary from simple home-made pizza to elaborate five-course meals depending on the experiences diners are looking for.
Hosts are thoroughly vetted to ensure the safety of diners and their menus featured for browsing on the site in a social networking format making the service attractive and convenient for diners.
Moreover, diners can recommend hosts and particular dishes to their family and friends, or even invite them to share.
That is, if you like your family!
An up and coming meal sharing app, CookApp is available in 27 cities across the US and also to diners in Latin America and Europe.
CookApp is built on the ethos of bringing diners and hosts together to enjoy meals in the spirit that food tastes better when shared. That is, the dining experience is just as important as the food itself and that a meal shared is just like an artist sharing his creation with a captive and appreciate audience.
That is, the dining experience is just as important as the food itself and that a meal shared is just like an artist sharing his creation with a captive and appreciate audience.
It’s no secret that residents in Southeast Asia have some of the most unique cuisines.
Just picture Chinese or Japanese Cuisine and you can be sure your taste buds will be blown away. In fact, renowned chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain
In fact, renowned chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain has said time and again that if he had to choose a place to eat for the rest of his life, it would be in Japan!
Plate Culture is designed for travelers to exotic and trendy Southeast Asia.
The service is set up so travelers can share in traditional Asian cuisine with locals. Areas currently participating include Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Meals are shared in local homes, exposing travelers not only to unique food, but interesting cultures and customs as well.
That might be the title of a New York Times Bestselling book about networking and relationship building, yet it captures the very spirit of meal sharing.
As the CEO of VizEat once said, the dining room table is the original social network. We couldn’t agree more.
Dining in someone’s home, in their country, satisfies not only your physical hunger, but gives you a cultural education.
It’s a great way to build friendships. You get to try fascinating meals you might never have otherwise tried and do so in great company.
Meal sharing is a way of bringing people together in a world that feels so fractured at times. You’ll get a deeper understanding of other people and their cultures and best of all, you’ll come out with your belly full – of a healthy home cooked meal.
So go out and try a shared meal today, you’ll come back a much better person, not to mention – well fed!
Happy dining everyone!
Glenn Carter is a sharing economy expert and is sharing his passion for side income through new digital platforms with his readers.