A newcomer to the sharing economy is meal hosting. So new in fact that as I was researching companies offering this service I found that about half the companies mentioned in articles over the past 2 years are no longer around. And the ones that do exist pretty much all got their start in 2012 or later. Think Airbnb for meals. For travelers this means an opportunity to eat in the home of a local, sharing a home cooked meal with locals and other travelers. I admit I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m excited to test it out on upcoming trips.
There are a few variations on this theme, but the main option facilitates locals hosting a group of people for a meal in their home. People attending might be locals in search of a good meal, or travelers looking to enjoy home cooking in the place they are visiting. There are also some companies focusing on home cooked meal delivery. This could be useful to travelers who want a good local meal without going to a restaurant, but the focus of this service is delivering food to locals who don’t have the time or inclination to cook for themselves.
A few of the companies in this space focus on travelers, but because they are new and all focused on the web experience, I think they can all be easily used for this purpose.