Born in Brussels in 2012, Bookalokal chose Washington DC as its first launch market in the US for its vibrant food scene, openness to meeting new people and its diverse population. “DC’ers are always looking to making new contacts – whether professional or personal - particularly when so many people are passing through for a year or two. Meanwhile, a plethora of food entrepreneurs, aspiring chefs and foodies make the task of finding great hosts so easy.”
Guests range from travelers passing through town to expats and locals who share a passion for food. Hosts range from people who simply love to cook, to retired food professionals and aspiring chefs looking to experiment with new recipes and share time-tested recipes. Events on the site also feature local businesses, ranging from small-scale breweries to artisan bakeries and root-beer startups like DC’s own Thunder Beast.
Events generally cost the same or less than they would in a restaurant, and often include multiple courses along with wine, beer or other beverages. Follow the link for a list of events and hosts in DC: http://bookalokal.com/
One of Bookalokal’s unique features is the detailed user profile created by every user. While guests can’t see who is signed up for a meal, they can get acquainted with the host’s background, the languages they speak, their hobbies, interests, nationality, age and culinary history. Another feature is the ability to stay connected after an event. “We’re creating a real social network,” says Evelyne. “Unlike a lot of social networks today, ours is based on authentic, in person experiences.”
To join the network as a guest, a host, or both, visit http://bookalokal.com. To request a special invitation to one of our upcoming events, reach out to emily [at] bookalokal [dot] com. For special deals and info about new events, follow Bookalokal on twitter, facebook, instagram and pinterest.