Article posted on January 22nd, 2018
French startup VizEat, an online booking platform for locally hosted culinary experiences, has rebranded as EatWith after acquiring San Francisco-based EatWith in September. EatWith is the largest social eating platform in the U.S.
By Michelle Baran
The French company was founded in 2014 as a booking app for travelers interested in having interactions with locals that revolve around food. Since then, it has grown into a global meal-sharing platform with more than 25,000 hosts in 130 countries.
Through EatWith, guests can book a variety of culinary experiences, including a meal in a host’s home, an interactive market visit, a cooking class or an elaborate, high-end feast prepared by an accomplished chef. Prices for these experiences can range anywhere from $10 to $165 and up per person.
Last year, EatWith (then VizEat) partnered with several travel companies, including The Travel Corporation. Guests traveling with the tour company’s brands — which include Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Contiki — gained access to EatWith’s meal-sharing experiences while on their tour or river cruise.
The company also inked a deal with Virtuoso last year, making its locally hosted dining encounters bookable by Virtuoso agents.
The EatWith mobile app is available for download for iOS and Android devices. Anyone can sign up to become either a host or a guest.