Could Dining Out While Dining In Be Coming to Dallas?

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Dining out just got a lot more interesting.
Just as the Internet threatens to suck the last bit of personal connection out of humanity, it's providing interesting ways to bring people together again. Online companies like Uber and Lyft are connecting people who could use a ride with alternatives to impersonal cab services. AirBnB connects weary travelers with homeowners willing to rent out a room or even their entire home. And now a slew of new Internet companies are connecting the hungry with home cooks who fancy themselves as budding restaurateurs.

Earlier this week, NPR ran a story about dining out while dining in, featuring home cooks that have opened up their kitchens and dining rooms to strangers willing to pay the cost of admission and brave unsanctioned dining.

Don't think of this as just another "pop-up" dinner. These events are less formal, are hosted on a small scale in people's homes and tend to have a more personal nature than the underground dinners that rose to popularity a few years ago. They tend to showcase a host's heritage, allowing you to drop in and out of different cultures for a modest cost. And from the sound of that NPR spot, they seem like a lot fun.

Picture walking in the home of two Latin American cooks where you're instantly handed a drink, hot with rum, and a crispy empanadilla. Or the home of a Wall Street Banker turned Hindu monk where you sip on soup and (sigh) water. The possibilities are endless, potentially disastrous and likely fascinating.

The only problem are there aren't any dinners available here in town. Feastly doesn't list any dinners in the state of Texas, and while VouleVousDîner has one participant listed in Dallas he's yet to host an event, and his profile reads like a host who's still figuring things out. EatWith, on the other hand, doesn't have a single dinner listed. None. Sounds like an opportunity to me.

In fact the closest event to Dallas is way down in Houston, where a woman named Alice looks like she's killing it with French and North African cooking. Are you guys really going to let Houston beat us at everything? Get to cooking, Dallas. I'm hungry.


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19 comments
DocuherDouglas
DocuherDouglas

the best part is, no little douche boy part timers that attend smu getting up set they didn't get a $20 tip ;)

AmyS
AmyS

Are these people not concerned the TABC will hear of this and start a "sting" operation? They do this stuff all the time, and the website provides the tool they need to investigate. Selling alcohol (which includes beer and wine) without a license is a felony. And "the alcohol is free, the food is $$$" doesn't fly in front of a judge. Attornies who specialize in TABC law are very specialized (and expensive).

Once the TABC finds out, the state will come asking for back sales and mixed beverage taxes. All cash? Then they will guess what you owe, and guess on the high side - it's up to you to prove otherwise. Oops, it was all cash, you can't?

Not sure what the penalty is for selling food out of an unlicensed kitchen is in Dallas. I think the above was enough of a buzzkill.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Unless the dinners are arranged by a website that gets a commission, (like Uber) and reports earnings to the IRS, I see it as a great income perk for the host(ess). As i'm sure it would (and should) be CASH only, the IRS would never know about it.  

jsswinburn
jsswinburn

I am ready to do this...have long wished for something like it.

lebowski300
lebowski300

Won't DPD Vice Squad just start writing tickets for this? I'm confused. Also, this is an idea that will not catch on in Dallas unless it is hosted by and trafficked by transplants.

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

Ick.  I am not eating in some stranger's house.

MEHMEH
MEHMEH

Something tells me there's breakfast being served the morning after too at some of these fine gatherings.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

I do this once a month. Each different themed.

It's by word of mouth so there's no chuck wagon trail leading back to me.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

wonder how much Kergo would charge for a chicken parm feast.

DemigodH
DemigodH

Dixie beat me to it.  Everything?!?  Have you been to Houston?

dixiechickidie
dixiechickidie

Whoa, whoa, whoa. "Let Houston beat us at everything?" Are you suggesting that they are currently beating us at something? Never admit defeat, Scott. Never.

beda50
beda50

@scott.reitz@lebowski300 I would love to do this;  it is an adventure.  They list one guy named Casey who  is signed up to host a dinner.

lebowski300
lebowski300

And it will thrive in Dallas. But not by and for the natives. adamsonscott sums up the complete lack of adventure in this city.

lebowski300
lebowski300

@AdamsonScott Personal insult was not expressed or intended. All I said was what you said was what you said is a sentiment shared by so many. That you feel that is an insult, is indicative of some fairly thin skin. Some friendly advice: Just move along and don't comment in the future when all you have to say is "Ick". It's that easy if you don't want to feel personally insulted when people use your words to define what you say. What is clear is that obviously, your definition of "adventure" radically differs from anyone who would participate in such a social experience.

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

@lebowski300Personal insults are not warranted, thank you.  There are thousands of actual restaurants in the metroplex from which I can choose.  That's more than adventurous!

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