Dine with people you don’t know and share a table for an unforgettable moment, that’s the purpose of VizEat. The Tinder for foodie friendship.
Internet changed the way we travel. Hospitality sector has dramatically transformed. It is now community-driven based on comments and ratings. Sharing services are exploding. For my next trip to Marseille, I book a room in a house of 4, share a car from my hometown to destination and have a meal with local inhabitants on site.
These new web communities are excellent opportunities to live unique experiences and meet with locals. And if you might be reluctant to improvise a homestay accommodation (no space/no extra-bed), hosting a brunch or diner could be much easier. “Table is the first social network” say in unison Jean-Michel Petit and Camille Rumani, the co-founders of the website. Whatever the meal you offer, you just need a table, little imagination and strong will to start.
Our VizEat experience
First excitement. For the foodie I am, sharing my table sounded instantly awesome. Then reluctance. My husband didn’t hear it the same way at first. “Isn’t it weird to welcome some strangers at home?” And perseverance. I did subscribe on the website and register my first meal. But then I freaked out. “Will they like our food? Will we be ready on time?” And in the end, VizEaters arrived and magic operated. We finished the meal with four new friends we felt we already knew. Will we repeat the experience? Certainly yes. Will we book a seat at someone else place ? Certainly yes again!
Yvan Cadiou is certainly never at a loss for words. Both cook and actor at heart, he knows how to run the show. For the semaine du goût (the taste week), he’ll present his nomadic cuisine for 5 days in 5 different Naturalia shops in Paris. Equipped with his cooking briefcase, the travelling cook moves from one place to the other and installs his itinerant kitchen anywhere he goes like in his show J’irai cuisiner chez vous. In Naturalia shops, he feels just like home and goes from shelve to shelve to pick up the product he likes to twist the recipes he’s cooking live. And if Yvan brings the love of good food to the partnership, it’s getting both ways as the organic fresh vegetables and fruits from the store chain are strong fondations of a tasty cuisine.
Because he found in love of the cooking from the street during his numerous travel around the world (particularly in Quebec and the US), he sometimes considers French cooking a bit too conservative. His weakness for Anglo-saxon culture will definitely seduce an international audience that he’ll be happy to welcome at his workshops in Provence. All you will find is the pleasure of sharing a good meal and maybe the secret of “eating French and becoming sexy” as he loves to say.
SAVE THE DATE: FOOD SHOW // YVAN CADIOU // SEMAINE DU GOÛT/ AT NATURALIA from 10.00am to 3.00pm :
14 octobre : NATURALIA 2, rue du Jourdain – 75020 Paris (métro: L11 jourdain)
15 octobre : NATURALIA 21, bd des Batignolles – 75008 Paris ( métroL 2, 13| Rome, Place de Clichy )
16 octobre : NATURALIA 84, rue Beaubourg -75003 Paris (métro L 11 | Arts et Métiers)
17 octobre :NATURALIA 8 rue Lakanal – 75015 Paris (nouveau) (métro: L 8| Commerce)
18 octobre : NATURALIA 6, avenue Sainte Foy – 92200 Neuilly Sur Seine (nouveau) ( métro L1| les sablons, pont de neuilly.)
More information on Yvan Cadiou workshop in Provence :
Cooking Class in Provence Workshop
3453 ancien chemin d’Arles 13690 Graveson
Phone +33 (0)6 63 48 75 75
Led by Alain Ducasse and team, the French National Holiday of Restaurants (‘Tous au restaurant’) was created three years ago to honor French cuisine during a week of celebrations and culinary events. Gathering thousands of restaurants from all over France, the offer was simple: ‘your guest is our guest’. What an appealing promise!
Participating chefs list was impressive and included some of the best: Helene Darroze, Guy Savoy, Michel Rostang, Thierry Marx, Alain Ducasse and more… We were very excited about this event that was part of every foodies conversation. All of us ready for serial booking. The week of celebrations is coming to an end and as a result, we only tried one remarkable table: Helene Darroze. Here is what we liked and disliked.
We liked when restaurants played ball, the reduced bill and Helene Darroze restaurant.
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