Ultimate travel industry disrupter Airbnb is at it again—this time testing out a pilot program in San Francisco whereby hosts also make meals for their guests. According to a recent article in Reuters, one of the trial dinners was $25 per person for three courses; Airbnb would take a portion of the earnings. The company isn’t offering any details, stating only, “We are always experimenting with new ways to create meaningful experiences on Airbnb.”
Eating with—and like—a local is a trend that’s been on our radar, as seen in start-ups such as EatWith, Feastly, Traveling Spoon, and Bookalokal. It all goes back to the idea that today’s traveler wants authentic experiences—and what’s more real than having a home-cooked meal in the destination you are visiting?
For the hosts who choose to participate, it would be a chance for them to live out their innkeeper fantasies. But we have to ask: How many will actually want to prepare and serve a multi-course meal on top of keeping their houses neat and tidy for guests? Since the program is just a trial for now, it sounds like Airbnb is currently trying to find that out for itself.
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.