A new company based in Belgium is promoting exactly what I love about travel—good food, meeting interesting people, and gaining insights into the city's culture through the people who live there. It's called Bookalokal.
Bookalokal started in Brussels but now has hosts all over Belgium and in some US cities as well. The concept is simple. A host signs up to offer a food experience, and guests sign up for a food experience of their choice (for a small fee). The experiences can be sit-down meals, beer or wine tastings, cooking classes, or anything at all. We even attended a Murder Mystery dinner.
Guests get to interact with locals, ask questions about the city, and learn about where the locals go to eat, shop, and have fun.
So far we've attended two Bookalokal events but hope to enjoy more in the future.