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It Turns Homes Into Restaurants (and Tests Food Laws' Boundaries)

EatWith connects home chefs with dinner party guests, for a fee
EatWith connects home chefs with dinner party guests, for a feePhotograph by Elion Paz/EatWith

A good dinner party offers pleasures that the chicest restaurant can’t: the mixture of guests, conversation, food, and drink enjoyed in the home of an attentive host. “It brings people together around food,” says Guy Michlin, co-founder of a startup called EatWith. “Something magical happens.”

That’s the feeling Michlin wants people to get when they book a meal through EatWith. The site connects diners with home chefs who want to host supper-club-style meals. The company vets hosts and allows them to list menus and photos of their homes online. Then guests can reserve spots at the table—they must be approved by hosts—and pay online. EatWith holds the money and pays hosts after the meal, minus a 15 percent cut.