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The Comfort (Food) of Strangers

Rebecca Flint Marx | August 28, 2014 | Food & Drink Story Eat and Drink

Now that supper clubs have effectively colonized much of America’s urban landscape, where else can the adventurous diner go? Into the homes of strangers, of course.

EatWith, a company that bills itself as the world’s first platform for home restaurants, matches diners with home cooks, the premise being that eating in local households is the best way to discover a city. Earlier this year, the company, which was founded in Tel Aviv in 2012, moved its headquarters to SoMa, where it promptly added several San Francisco home cooks to its roster of 500 hosts in 32 countries around the world.

Would-be hosts go through a lengthy application process; among the thoroughly vetted local offerings are German-Californian fusion in the Mission and Ayurvedic Indian food in NoPa. Think of it as one part OkCupid and one part Airbnb, but way more appetizing.

Originally published in the September issue of San Francisco

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