Munch Together is a totally new concept in dining, eating out while also eating in. Munch works much in the same way as Air BnB, you’ll be eating in a strangers home, but a stranger who has actively wanted to invite you and cook for you. To start set up a profile on the Munch Together site, and tell people a little about yourself. You then search through Munch’s in your area, all of which have menu’s, and chose whatever one fits you and your culinary preferences best.
Munch Together fonder Mo Abushaaban set up Munch with the aim of ending the Palestinian Israeli conflict – I enjoy it when people are highly ambitious for good! Originally from Gaza, Mo see’s sharing food together as a way of breaking down boundaries, of building up understanding and relationships and resolving conflict. Food is a universal, and the simple act of sharing it is also a way of sharing ourselves, our lives, of caring for others whether stranger of friend.
I chose to go the the inaugural Munch which was a Mexican feast for 12. I paid £11 and was sent a guide for guests and the details of your host. The guide answers questions about cancellations and refunds but also sets out some ground rules and boundaries for etiquette. The day before I also got a reminder email – and the Munch emails are nice, they can’t stop telling you how great you are!
The inaugural event was success, with a brilliant atmosphere, and delicious food – catering for both vegetarians and gluten intolerance. The first ten or so minutes felt a little awkward, however everyone knew that they were going to meet a bunch of strangers and very quickly the atmosphere warmed up. I didn’t talk to every guest, but I met a fair few new people, and found out about interesting Phds, swapped falafel and bath bomb recipes, talked about my work, dinner party disasters, discussed how annoying overly positive people are and everyone’s experience of the Aurora Borealis. It was delicious, friendly, informal and fun. Much thanks goes to Ilana for opening up her home to us and being such a warm host.
Munch is an especially good idea for those who may be travelling and would like a real taste of the local area, those who are new to an area and looking to meet people, anyone who just wants someone else to cook but not pay restaurant charges. Or you could be like me, a extrovert who enjoys meeting new people but is bizarrely surrounded by introvert friends who don’t.
I’m definitely planning to go to another Munch, and a little further down the line I might host one myself. Talking to Mo about his future plans, he doesn’t just want to solve international conflicts, he’s also said that if in five years there hasn’t been a wedding of two people who’ve meet at Munch he’ll be very disappointed. That kind of encapsulates what Munch and Mo are all about. It’s about love.