A PurpleDinner is a meal enjoyed in someone’s home. Simple as that!
This site matches diners and hosts so they can enjoy home-cooked meals in the comfort of personal homes.
PurpleDinner, launched in June 2014, has members from over 80 countries and the membership is growing quickly.
A radio show on the Twenty-Something Traveler features PurpleDinner! Listen here.
PurpleDinner was featured in Tromsø, Norway's newspaper "iTromsø":
PurpleDinner is also featured by the company SocialGo out of approximately 500,000 sites that use SocialGo's website infrastructure:
In addition to offering opportunities for guests to share dinners in the homes of hosts around the world, PurpleDinner also offers opportunities for local groups of friends and family to plan dinners throughout the week; to meet people around the world online for shared dinners; discuss topics about cooking, dining, and traveling through forums; and connect with local like-minded people in Groups started by members. PurpleDinner allows hosts to offer dinners for free, or to receive compensation. So PurpleDinner is a flexible website that can help people connect for home dinners and more...
The birth of the PurpleDinner
... from Greg Taff, one of the founders
On a vacation about 5 years ago, I was driving with a friend through a residential neighborhood in Miami, Florida around dinner time. We were getting hungry as the sun was setting over a quaint tree-lined neighborhood, and scents of barbeques and ethnic foods emanated from some of the homes. I looked around and said something like this to my friend, “We’re hungry and all these people in this neighborhood are cooking dinner right now, and some might be happy to host us for dinner. But we just can’t access them! Instead we have to drive all the way downtown, park, and pay a high price for a restaurant. But what if we could have dinner in one of these homes? What if we built a website to allow people to access these dinners cooked nightly in everyone’s home? It could even be more fun than eating in a restaurant!”
Then years later, while playing tennis in my new home in Tromsø, Norway, I met Marsil Andjelov Al-Mahamid, co-founder of PurpleDinner, who had recently graduated from a Master's program in Business Creation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Tromsø, and we quickly became friends and decided to start this website. Marsil's friend and colleague from the Master's program, John-Frederik Solberg, soon joined us and the three of us planned and launched the site, choosing the exciting name of PurpleDinner to encourage people to have fun and be creative with dinners hosted in people's homes!