Hungry? Be my guest

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6Any traveller coming to France expects to find the exquisite quality of its cuisine. Food and wine are treated here very seriously. They are part of the true French “art-de-vivre.”

What could be better for the traveller who wants to get off the beaten track, than sharing a meal with French people in their own home? Imagine being part of a student’s cocktail party, coming to a wine and cheese tasting or sharing a diner in a private apartment with a great view over Paris roof tops, while having friendly talks with the other guests and your hosts.

Launched in Paris at the beginning of 2014 VizEat is a website for travellers to dine with locals. It’s the real Social Dining network, with thousands of hosts in over fifty countries of the world. France was the first destination and now has over 1.000 hosts; obviously Paris has a large coverage. In the last weeks VizEat opened 2 new websites dedicated to the Italian and Spanish hosts and British and the German VizEat websites are coming soon.

Camille Rumani and Jean-Michel Petit, the two French co-founders of WizEat, say the table is the gateway to the world. Their idea is to offer to tourists the opportunity to enter the privacy of local homes and to have a private meal representing the country they are visiting. Who can better talk of a place than the people who live there? And what could be a better time to exchange views than around a homemade mouth watering meal?

3Rumani explains that none of the hosts is expecting to make a fortune from joining. It’s only an opportunity to get a personal enrichment by meeting and receiving foreign guests as friends, showing them their cooking skills. VizEat hosts also have a great sense of hospitality and they love to exchange and communicate. Most of them are regular travellers and they are used to meet the inhabitants during their own trips.

In a single click you get access to a world of tastes and ambiances. VizEat hosts offer to guests a large choice of menus and places. Traditional table, arty table, breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, wine and cheese, market tours or even cooking classes. You will find many French hosts offering many types of meals from Peru, Vietnam, Japan or even from Setchuan.

1Each VizEat hosts is individually presented with all you might need to know. The place where they staying, the languages spoken, the scheduled time, the menu, the meal price that is always fixed by the host himself with an average price from €20 to 40 per guest and a few photos showing some of the dishes they like to serve. You will also have direct web contact with your host to discuss the menu of the day and your tastes.

The meal’s price is entirely earned by the host. VizEat adds a 15% fee which includes insurance from Lloyds of London that covers both hosts and guests up to €100.000

When you sign up for a booking with a host, the payment is put on hold until you get the booking confirmation. Hosts are generally expected to answer within the next 24 hours. all info at: www.vizeat.com

Photos  © VizEat by Adelie Vernhes and Ludivine Nakedcat

 

 

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