One of the worst feelings is being an oblivious tourist. As much as we may try to experience authentic culture, ignorance often leads us to the tourist spots. And food experiences aren’t exempt. More millennials are choosing vacations on the basis of food (see: foodie). What if there was an Airbnb for food experiences during travel? Camille Rumani pondered this as a Parisian living in China. She loved learning about the culture at its root: around the dinner table with friends and their families. So, she co-founded Eatwith, an app to facilitate authentic food experiences in 130 countries. Bold TV learns about the broad scope and unique innovation of the app. Bon appétit!
Believe it or not, tourists don’t always know the most authentic experiences. For example, the #1 market for Eatwith is Italy. The common issue for travelers is how to choose from the hundreds of Italian restaurants in one square mile of their hotel. Even when they finally choose a restaurant, they may be surrounded only by other tourists. Eatwith gives the option to connect with locals. People now have the option for a more fulfilling and connected travel experience. And maybe the community will be so enriched that foodies will forget to let the “phone eat first.”
Yes! One of the priorities of Eatwith is to provide users with a sense of community — that feeling of sitting around the dinner table with friends. So they’ve done their homework to make sure the experience isn’t sketchy. All hosts go through a vetting process complete with ID verifications, menu and food pic submissions, and interviews; only around 7 percent of applicants make it to the app. And because of their select system, they provide users with the best quality. Learn more about Rumani and her community of food and travel lovers in this interview!