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WeFiFo. Be Our Guest.

WeFiFo is a platform that anyone can use to host and eat any sort of meal. Although the most searched-for recipe on Google in 2016 was (astonishingly) “green bean casserole”, we never cease to be amazed by the inventiveness with which our home cooks, chefs and supper clubbers theme, plan and execute their grub.

We have heard tell of chicken pudding, goat kebab, cheesecakes with absolutely no cheese. We have seen meals made in honour of love, lust, community, drunkenness and multicourse tasting menu perfection. We have seen food paired with playlists, with charity fundraising, with “small domain French wines from the Jura region, at 350 metres with their roots reaching straight into limestone leaving a real salinity to the finish”.

With a wine blogger and restaurant owner on the randomly allocated table we found ourselves on, it’s that mixture of people that is at the heart of WeFiFo.

If that last sentence felt ever so slightly more refined than our usual spiel then that would be because it was lifted straight from the amazing talk, tasting notes and guidance from Vine Trail who featured at WeFiFo’s first Bristol event last week. We had wanted to make a splash in Bristol for some time and it was through working with the almost offensively talented Matt Williamson that we managed to do just that… WeFiFo hosted a wonderful evening with more than 50 people where Matt’s food was paired with five small domain French wines curated and introduced by Vine Trail. That’s the black and white of it all but the evening was anything but. It was a kaleidoscope of colour, food and grape. The menu was wonderful, as you can see below, the wine was surprising in some instances and astonishing in others.

While it’s always a pleasure to eat well matched food and drink exciting new wine, the real star of the evening was the city and the people. Bristol has a thriving food scene and the event itself bore testament to that with a wine blogger and restaurant owner on the randomly allocated table we found ourselves on – and it’s that mixture of people that is at the heart of WeFiFo. We’d got to Matt through an introduction from one of our hosts who had cooked for 40 people at WeFiFo HQ. We met a chap that had been waiting for WeFiFo to come to Bristol since the very start of it all. We met the lovely owners of Flour and Ash (an amazing pizza place we have lined up for our next visit) and a woman who’s favourite food was tuna pasta bake and who had never eaten a scallop until that evening! – and all around us people were doing the same.

WeFiFo can be used to find a fun new place to have dinner with your mates; book a whole table and go and eat good, home cooked grub somewhere new. However, perhaps WeFiFo is at its most powerful when it enables new connections, prompts new communities and new friendships to develop. The business is growing in that way; we have plenty more events lined up to launch in Bristol, but the people that use us – the guests and the hosts – are intermingling freely and spreading the word. Come along to one of our events (in Bristol and beyond) and see what the fuss is about. Join up. Be our guest.

 

Words by Jon Stefani.  [Pictures by Hannah Blake.]

 

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