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Thursday
Jan242013

Democratize Dinner Parties At Your Home 

Foodie trends continue to expand in unexpected ways.  Take a relatively new site named www.eatfeastly.com.  This time, instead of a pop up restaurant, or dine with a local when you travel, let’s just have them over to the house.  Feastly is part of a series of projects in what has been named the “share economy”. The “share economy” premise is that cost declines when people consume together.  The concept for Feastly was developed in Washington D.C. during a “Start-up Weekend” brainstorming session in November, 2011 that included, what turned out to be, founders Noah Karesh and Danny Harris.  Their vision is ” to create a marketplace where passionate cooks could connect with adventurous eaters seeking more authentic and social dining options by offering home cooked meals in a cook's home”.

Feastly is an online market place that connects passionate cooks and food-lovers for homemade meals prepared at home. Feastly attempts to create an atmosphere where diners with a wide variety of diverse backgrounds are brought together in a setting that is more congenial to socializing than an antiseptic restaurant environment.

Feastly is currently seeking to expand into the New York City and San Francisco area. Of course, depending on local regulations, these supper clubs will likely get different regulatory treatment in different communities.  To assuage diners worried about food safety, the Feastly site says hosts "opt in" to its guidelines. But that doesn't mean supper clubs are above health authority guidelines.  In fact, one in New Jersey was shut down last year because it didn't have a license.  As this trend grows, I am sure it will get more attention from health authorities.  In the words of Anthony Bourdain, “Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

Feastly says a new website will be launched soon, with added features allowing diners to share their thoughts on meals and rank the cooks.

Would you go on a blind date at a Feastly dinner party?  

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