WeFiFo has been described in recent press as “Airbnb for supper clubs”. This is a great comparison, but I think WeFiFo is actually so much more than that.
Yes, we provide an opportunity for enthusiastic home cooks to make money out of their kitchen skills but we are every bit as passionate about encouraging people to fling their doors open and welcome their neighbours into their homes.
In order, though, for our intrepid hosts to be successful, they need willing guests to take a chance and book a seat at their tables. This is why we need a vast number of people (including you, please) to take a leap of faith with us and dare to try something completely different. But if you think it takes courage to go to an unknown house for a meal cooked by an unknown host then spare a thought for our cooks…. They’re challenging themselves in a completely new way, they’re cooking for people they don’t know, and they’re subjecting themselves to highly visible reviews and ratings…
There are so many reasons to get involved – it could be to earn money, it could be to meet like minded people, it could be to save on food wastage, it could be to help make a dent in the number of people who regularly eat in isolation.
And they’re doing it! Up and down the country, (today the UK, tomorrow the rest of the world) our hosts are posting menus and turning their homes, gardens or community buildings into pop up restaurants. The stories we are already hearing are heartwarming! There are tales of new friendships made and fears overcome. We’ve heard of people eating together for the first time having lived in the same street for a decade and never previously spoken. We’ve heard of people crying when they received their first 5* review. (And we’ve heard whispers of our first WeFiFo romance which caused a bit of a cheer in the WeFiFo office.)
The revolution is beginning and it is one absolutely everyone can join in with. There are so many reasons to get involved – it could be to earn money, it could be to meet like minded people, it could be to save on food wastage, it could be to help make a dent in the number of people who regularly eat in isolation. Or it could be, like so many of us, that you like to eat, you like to cook, but sometimes it’s nice to let somebody else do the washing up.
Whatever your reason, give it a go and please, please do share your stories.
We’ll be updating you regularly here, but as a community driven project with sharing at its heart, we hope very much that you’ll be contributing your own stories, experiences and recipes here very soon. And as the website and app evolves (steered very much by our users’ requirements) we hope this will be a revolution you choose to make your own.
Seni Glaister. CEO and WeFiFounder
[Photographs: Timothy Tyndale]