What would you do if ten strangers showed up at your home? Saturday night, I did what I always do to put people (including myself) at ease — I fed people. This is why everyone came in the first place. This how EatWith works. We’re a global network of hosts who do pop-up dinner in our homes — think globally, act locally at its most delicious.I change my menu seasonally to take advantage of the freshest produce, but one thing doesn’t change — we all meet as strangers and part as friends. If guests enjoyed my carrot lox, wild mushroom cake, Romesco-roasted vegetables and French lentils with lemon and mint as much as they seemed to, I’m glad. But food — and wine — can’t take all the credit for the ease, the buzz, the glow around the table we felt by the time the lemon-lavender cupcakes were no more than crumbs and the coffee pot was empty.
As I write in Feeding the Hungry Ghost, “Together, we become even better than what we are individually. We create celebration when we gather.” At EatWith events, I make the meal. But it’s the guests who make the evening delicious.