Having persuaded millions of travelers to forgo hotels to stay in people’s homes, Airbnb is looking to see if they’ll ditch restaurants, too. According to Reuters, the hospitality site is running a pilot program in San Francisco for people to host home-cooked meals served in their homes. Airbnb takes a fee.
Similar services have cropped up, including Eatwith, Feastly, and Cookening. They give aspiring cooks a chance to gain experience without having to land a gig at a restaurant while offering customers a new environment to dine in. Aside from concerns about cleanliness and quality, a number of things make home dining a tougher sell than home-sharing.