Would you eat at a stranger's house? That's exactly something I had to consider when I was invited to check out a relatively new idea that started in Europe and has moved to DC: Bookalokal.
"At Bookalokal, we live, work and travel the world. No matter where we go, it’s always food that brings people together. Our aim is simple: to make it easy and safe to share an authentic meal with people anywhere in the world."
The brunch was hosted by the founder of Bookalokal, Evelyne, which made me feel safe, but just to be sure I'll feel even more comfortable, I brought my friend K with me ;) Safety in numbers!
So how does it work? You go to the Bookalokal website and browse events by your geographical location. There are baking lessons, brunches, bartending classes and ice cream parties hosted by people verified by Bookalokal founders. You sign up and pay for the event you like and show up, meet new people, eat delicious food and learn something new.
The brunch K and I attended had a never ending amount of mimosas with mango, peach, apricot, orange and grapefruit juices, and I loved the idea of adding frozen berries and fruit to your glass to keep the beverage cold.
The food spread was quite impressive: salads, quiches, breakfast casserole, roasted potatoes, BACON (I was just craving it a few days earlier and my craving was definitely satisfied), bread, coffee, tea and a delicious crumble made by Evelyne's co host Jackie.
I think Bookalokal is a great way to meet new people if you are new to a city or just want to find those who have similar interest: food! At brunch there were both men and women, although women definitely made up the majority. What I loved most was how international and diverse the group was. We were born in different countries, spoke different languages and had occupations that would have never brought us together, but that did not matter because we all loved brunch and trying something new!
If you have specific questions, you can read this very thorough Q&A!
Go see if there is a Bookalokal in your city, find an event that sounds interesting, bring a friend, and meet new people over food and drinks. Who knows, maybe you'll love it so much you'll open up your home and host the next event?
Disclosure: I was invited to check out the brunch event free of charge and bring a friend. I was under no obligation to blog about it. All opinions are my own.