Picture it--Washington, D.C., November, 2011
Inspired by his travels and unique food experiences abroad, the exceptionally bearded Noah Karesh wanted to unlock the diverse food and cultural potential of Washington, D.C. Flooded with too many impersonal and sterile restaurants, he sought to reintroduce the original social dining option: the home cooked meal.
His vision: to create a marketplace where passionate cooks could connect with adventurous eaters seeking more authentic and social dining options by offering home cooked meals in a cook's home. In lowering the barriers to entry for cooks to share their skills and stories with the world, he wanted to let cooks monetize their passions and provide exciting new food opportunities for eaters.
Feastly was developed, and built over 54 sleepless hours with a team of developers, entrepreneurs, eaters, cooks, travelers, and storytellers during Washington, D.C.'s Start Up Weekend in November 2011. Two months later, Feastly hosted its first meal, a Libyan feast cooked by Feastly Co-Founder Danny Harris' Mom, a native of Tripoli. More than simply a delicious dinner, the meal brought together a group of interesting people who sat for hours, long after dessert and mint tea, to discover shared connections, learn about the history of Libya, and tell stories about their favorite meals at home.
At present, Feastly is a growing movement of eaters and cooks who want more from dining. Feasters seek authentic food, served around big tables with good people. They are adventurous, but remember their humble food beginnings. A Feaster may be just as excited about an inviting bowl of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich as she is for a goat roast. And, our cooks are a talented, hospitable group of food lovers with incredible abilities to turn their homes into warm, inviting spaces filled with the wonderful flavors and aromas of their favorite dishes.
Now, won't you join us for a meal and help us to revolutionize dining?
"Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.” Julia Child