Research on happiness has found that people discover a sense of identity when belonging to a group or community. Both introverts and extroverts are happier when they are with other people than when alone, and one experience that is cultivating a sense of community and happiness in a unique way is Eatwith. Eatwith, somewhat reminiscent of Airbnb, but with a foodie focus, invites guests of up to twelve strangers to dinner parties thrown by private chefs in the culinary artist’s home.

Eatwith is more than a way to book a meal, but positions itself as a unique opportunity to make connections. The website, originally created for international travelers who wanted local and authentic dining experiences, has found a place for the city-dwelling adventurers. People are drawn to meals that offer a more intimate, communal experience. Jeremy Bringardner, former Chopped winner and chef at LYFE, says that Eatwith is a great way to meet like-minded individuals and cultivate a little more adventure in one’s own life. Along with Jeremy’s fiancé, actress and mixologist Lynette Coll, the two enjoy hosting meals monthly in their California residence. 

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