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It has bonded stranger and kin alike for years, and is one of the few acts of generosity that is not limited by wealth or status, language or gender. We at Foodie have an ardent desire to see food utilised for the good of the world, insofar as menial and everyday activities have such a power. In our day we can often see much relentless malice, unnecessary acrimony and an overuse of negativity that has detracted from what food was always meant to do: sustain our bodies, delight our senses and offer a chance for bonding and memory making. What “The Food Sharing Economy” is doing is changing that, by removing barriers like white clothed tables and a detached understanding of who is conscientiously preparing our delicious food (but don’t get us wrong; on occasion we love a good white table cloth).
The Food Sharing Economy is based on the idea of, as Lisa Gansky, author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing states, “using modern technology and social networks to provide people with goods and services without the burden and expense of owning them outright.” A Professor at NYU Stern School of Business and an academic thought leader in this space, Arun Sundararajan, is helping to progress this movement, which he states “represents a new kind of capitalist system, where traditional ownership and interacting with big brands is shifting to access and peer-to-peer systems.”
The idea is to gather and to share food; the most basic yet enjoyable of necessities. People will list their talents and their locations, and like a candy shop of culinary and interpersonal experiences, the ‘customer’ can scroll through the options, finally purchasing one that they most resonate with. It is an idea that is quickly gaining traction all over the world, from taxis to spare rooms, and we believe the future is going to be based on sharing. A dinner party, open to all, with friendliness and a delectable, home-cooked meal all part of the package.
There are some really neat ways of getting involved in this phenomena, depending on where you live, what kind of food culture your city holds, and even the type of cuisine that is being focused on. We have a list below of the most popular at the moment, and have used EatWith and Feastly ourselves, so we can certainly vouch for their credibility in today’s burgeoning food sharing market. Enjoy foodies and go make some new friends!
Active (in alphabetical order):
- Cook Eat
- Plate Culture
- Sharingdais.com an Online Platform for Peer to Peer Sharing
- Traveling Spoon
This sounds a bit intriguing doesn’t it? We have an exciting article about our own experience in New York last week around the corner for you dear foodies! Stay tuned.