Dining is an inherently social experience. We break bread with our nearest and dearest for holidays and share a meal with friends and loved ones to celebrate those special occasions in life. In the most basic form, food has a way of breaking down barriers and bringing people together.
Dishcrawl, a San Francisco Bay Area startup, is capitalizing on the intrinsic social aspect of food and using it to bring people together to explore restaurants in their local communities. Foodies unite from all over to sample dishes at four different locations in the span of a few hours in one night.
With more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S., San Francisco is the ideal location for such an event and a great way to sample the best of what the town has to offer. I was fortunate enough to be invited as a guest on a recent crawl in the upper crust of Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights.
The evening was shrouded in mystery, and I learned of the meeting spot just 48 hours before the event. The remaining locations were kept tightly under wraps – only to be revealed the night of the event.
Nearly, 40 people from all walks of life turned up for the Fillmore Dishcrawl. We were all brought together by a shared passion – the exploration of food. This common bond instantly connected people and soon this room full of strangers gave way to new friends.
For the next several hours we marched down Fillmore Street sampling dishes at Harry’s Bar, Bun Mee, Thai Stick and Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar. Each restaurant shared some of their favorite and most well known dishes with us. It was a great way for people to get a little taste of what the Pacific Heights food scene had to offer.
In the end, our bellies were full and our minds filled with new places and experiences. And food did what it does best – it brought people together. Dishcrawl is a great way to uncover the gems in your own city and come together with people who are looking to do the same.
Dishcrawl events can be found in 105 cities throughout the United States and Canada. To learn about an event near you, visit Dishcrawl’s website: http://www.dishcrawl.com.