Eat With Strangers Apps (EWSAs) – The Origin
Now termed more informally as “Airbnb For Food”, the EWSAs were invented around the 2010s when some businesses did not want their tourists to sit in bars away from the authentic culinary experience of their land and wanted to help the novice or wannabe chefs to monetize their hobbies from the comfort of their homes.
With this concept in mind, Airbnb For Food apps aim to bridge the gap between good cooks and tourists looking for authentic culinary experiences in their travel places. The companies that develop and deploy these apps usually earn a share from the chefs’ every event or gain a lump sum sign up amount from them.
Hereafter, the chefs can create dining experiences for the tourists and travelers, who, in turn, can join complete strangers over dinner to learn about the local cuisines, taste some of it, and make friends in a strange land.
The Standout Features Of Airbnb For Food Applications
Most Eat With Strangers Apps have these features in common-
An event creation functionality – The locals who love to try their hands at cooking and are confident of their meals, create brunch, lunch, or dinner events to host the tourists and travelers in their locality.
An event search functionality – The tourists and travelers can search for the events of their choice by looking at a large variety of events being hosted by the locals in their travel destinations.
A filter functionality – Travelers can filter the events according to their preferences to narrow down their options and select their choice faster and better.
Rating and Reviews – The travelers are encouraged to review and rate their experiences on the profiles of their hosts, thus creating a community of food lovers and helping other travelers pick the highest rated hosts for their dining purposes.
Price setting and Payments functionality – Most of the EWSAs keep the pricing decision inclusive of their commissions, if any, and integrate a payment gateway for seamless payments to the host of the event.
The terms of hosting – The hosts get to set the terms of their hosting such as the minimum number of guests, whether or not the guests are allowed to smoke, the dress codes, the menu options, etc.
Airbnb For Food applications are growing in popularity as an increasing number of visitors want to enjoy authentic local experiences while they are exploring remote parts of the world. At times, the dining experiences end up in cooking lessons and market strolling- all because of the inclusive amicable community EWSAs build.
Airbnb For Food Applications – The Challenges Down The Road
These apps face some pertinent challenges. First, they need to look out for numerous chefs to join their platform. Without crossing a threshold of available options for visitors in a city, an Airbnb For Food app cannot pick up.
Just like in any other industry, customers like to have options, and the only way to give them that is through increasing the number of chefs and cooks on the platform to host events.
Second, there need to be enough attendees so that hosts can earn a decent amount from their events. This is a recurring problem that many people have complained about after using EWSAs. The hosts are compelled to cancel their event when their minimum guest numbers are not met. Getting enough customers for the hosts is the second challenge for Airbnb For Food apps.
When these two setbacks are catered to, the disruption in the Food and Restaurant industry will be no less impactful than the similar industry disruptions caused by Airbnb and Uber, for example.
CDN Solutions Group’ Airbnb For Food Application Development Services
At CDN Solutions Group, when it comes to experimenting and innovating with the latest technologies and trends, we are second to none. We have developed a ground-shattering Airbnb For Food application for one of our offshore clients in Australia.
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While we integrated all the standout features that a standard EWSA should have, here are some salient characteristics of our project that is successfully delivered and deployed-
A Host App – To make the matters simple and leave out the intricacies, we developed a separate host app for the local people who want to host people at their residences over dinners and lunches. The host app enables the local person to describe their event, mention the timings, the event date, the minimum guest requirements, gender specifications of their guests, and their social interests. The app also allows the host to either enable all of his guests to instantly book a slot at their event, or go through a screening process after which the host can approve the booking of their guests.
A Guest App – The guest app allows the visitors to view the local events on an integrated map, gives them a wrap up of their viewed events and recommends dining experiences to them based on their previous searches and interests. Apart from this, the app enables the travelers to view the details of the events that the host entered and check their ratings and reviews to decide the one that’s best for them.
Food Take Aways – Our application also allows travelers to take away wrapped and packed food to their places when they don’t want to socialize. This functionality eliminates the necessity for a traveler to be social when they only want to enjoy locally prepared cuisines in the comfort of their homes.
Our developers worked on the following technologies to develop and design the website and the apps for our overseas customer-
iOS app development with Objective C in iOS SDK, and Xcode.
Android app development with Java for the native development using the Android SDK.
Website development with PHP CodeIgnitor for CMS, NodeJS, and Socket.IO.
CDN Solutions Group has the capacity, the capabilities, and the proficiency in handling new technologies and trends adeptly.