“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
Inspired by his travels and unique food experiences abroad, Noah Karesh wanted to unlock the diverse food and cultural potential of cities everywhere. Flooded with too many impersonal and sterile restaurants, he sought to reintroduce the original social dining option: the home cooked meal.
From this Feastly is grown into a central marketplace where passionate chefs connect with adventurous eaters seeking more authentic dining options by offering unique meals served in a chef’s home. In lowering the barriers to entry for chef to share their culinary skills and stories with the world, he wanted to let chefs monetize their passions and provide exciting new food opportunities for eaters.
At present, Feastly is a growing community of eaters and chefs 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 chefs 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?
Dec. 14, nytimes.com
Turns out, it’s possible to break bread with a new group of people every night of the week, thanks to gatherings booked through phones and computers in a continuing search to find one’s “urban tribe” (to borrow a phrase from the author Ethan Watters).
Sept. 19, issuu.com
Food 'Incubators' offer new opportunities for downtown chefs and diners. Consdier them the Airbnb of the culinary industry.
Aug. 5, forbes.com
Eschewing the restaurant itself—the decor, the rent, the paperwork—Feastly is an online marketplace that allows any chef to showcase and offer dinners, pop-ups, supper clubs and other food experiences. With events in 75 cities under his belt, Karesh is focusing on building Feastly in San Francisco, with an eye toward global market domination. In his mind, everyone should have access to a fantastic meal with a new community, no matter where you are. And chefs, whether they have the funds for brick-and-mortar locations or not, should be able to share their art with eager diners.
Jan. 27, huffingtonpost.com
It’s not just cat videos anymore. Social sharing has created a whole new economy, and the possibilities are wide open.
The sharing economy is huge, and growing bigger every day. In a world where sending your kids to school feels risky, the speed with which we’ve embraced services based on trust is puzzling, but it works, and works well. Here are a few sharing services you might not have heard about.
Jan. 25, news.nationalpost.com
On paper, the idea is simple: Feastly is a community of home cooks and chefs offering culinary experiences — for a fee — outside of the traditional dining experience, often inside their homes. Users can browse upcoming meals scheduled in their city, or request a dinner from one of the thousands of registered cooks on the site. “The idea is that there’s an opportunity there to enable an interaction,” Karesh says. “We look at the dining room table as the original social network.”
Nov. 3, openforbusiness.opentable.com
Dining as we know it is changing rapidly. Costs for proprietors are higher than ever, between real estate and staffing, leading chefs to explore pop-ups and other creative concepts in lieu of opening new restaurants.
And at the same time, adventurous guests are craving new, innovative dining experiences they can’t find anywhere else.
Oct. 26, bizjournals.com
As pop-up restaurants have become a popular trend in the Bay Area, one website that provides a platform for chefs to host temporary dining spots has snagged a space for regular chef dinners.
Feastly, which acts as a marketplace to connect chefs with eaters for pop-up dining, will be hosting pop-ups every night from a regular lineup of its top-tier chefs. The website has partnered with the Lab Café at 801 22 nd St., which Michael Rechiutti of Rechiutti Chocolates has used for pop-ups regularly.
April 23, wired.com
Trust and sharing in the collaborative economy.
April 21, techcrunch.com
Over the last few years, a number of marketplaces have popped up to enable people who have assets or time to share them with others: There’s Airbnb for hosts who wish to share their apartments with guests who wish to stay there; RelayRides to allow people to share their cars with others who want to rent them; and Lyft to connect drivers with passengers in their cities.
Now there’s Feastly, which provides a marketplace to connect hungry eaters with cooks nearby.
March 24, smartertravel.com
You travel thousands of miles to experience new cultures. So why would you settle for a generic hotel or nondescript tourist restaurant? The burgeoning peer-to-peer or sharing-economy movement allows travelers to skip the traditional booking options and live la vita local by staying in other people's homes, driving their cars, eating in their kitchens, and otherwise, seeing a new destination through their eyes.
Jan. 16, npr.org
With website names like Eat With, Side Tour, VoulezVousDiner and Feastly, a new food trend that is sweeping New York and other cities allows diners to enjoy fine meals inside someone else's home. Think of it as Airbnb for hungry people.
Jan. 2, forbes.com
It's being called the "Sharing Economy," "Mesh Economy," "Collaborative Consumption," and now the "Collaborative Economy." Whatever term prevails, it's about a more efficient way of using valuable resources to benefit people, business and the planet.
Dec. 27, liberation.fr
Marie Ottavi of French newspaper Liberation investigates the phenomenon of dining with strangers; a 2.0 social recipe for the dinner table.
Dec. 15, travelandleisure.com
A slew of websites are enabling home cooks—amateurs and professionals alike—to invite out-of-towners into their private dining rooms.
Dec. 14, chenyuz.quora.com
Chenyu dives into the theory that the future may look a lot like the past, and that dining together through building community is A-OK in her book.
Nov. 29, pando.com
Startups are seeking to change the way we buy groceries, eat out, host dinner parties, pay for drinks, and cook our meals. Investors are paying attention.
Nov. 13, npr.org
Increasingly, individuals are reaching out to each other through the Internet. Thousands of Americans have started renting out their underused personal assets online to earn extra cash. They rent their apartments while they are away for the weekend, lend their cars for cash and even sell their spare time.
Sept. 10, dailycal.org
Daily Cal's food editor explains the Feastly platform for those looking for an experience outside of a restaurant.
Aug. 14, medium.com
“Join us at our table,” Feastly is a platform connecting cooks with adventurous diners in cooks’ homes, aiming to lower barriers for entry into the food space and provide feasters with more authentic, dynamic and social food experiences.
March 12, mercurynews.com
Feastly's goal is to connect diners to chefs, home cooks and even fellow diners for a meal they can share together.
Jan. 15, npr.org
Here's the skinny on four companies dedicated to helping people find, organize, monetize and manage supper clubs.
May 31, huffingtonpost.com
To an outsider, a Feastly meal looks a lot like a dinner party you pay to attend, where you don't know anyone. Co-founder Noah Karesh puts it a little differently. "Feastly leverages the best of technology to build real bread-breaking community using three simple ingredients: delicious food, an inviting home environment and good people."
April 29, washingtonpost.com
Feastly, co-founded by Noah Karesh and Danny Harris, is the outgrowth of a pitch the pair made during November’s D.C. Startup Weekend. Karesh came up with the idea after having a hard time finding authentic cuisine while on vacation in Guatemala.
“The concept of using the dinner table as that original social network was something that really appealed to both of us,” Harris said.
March 30, washingtoncitypaper.com
Sam Hiersteiner attends a Feastly meal in Adam's Morgan DC.
Feb. 17, wamu.org
If the folks at Feastly have their way, people may soon find themselves dining in a home they’ve never visited before, surrounded by a table of perfect strangers. (includes audio piece)