Coffee, Cake and a Chat : Invitation to Parisians

Coffee, Cake and a Chat : Invitation to Parisians

Here at BonAppetour we were deeply saddened to hear the news about Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. We have many hosts and team members working in and around the affected area who were (thankfully) not hurt, so these events really hit home. Our sympathies lay with the friends and families of the victims, the world is thinking of you. 

We understand that at a time like this people need to grieve and talk about the what has happened. Bernadette, one of our hosts, is reaching out to the families of the victims. She has told us, in her own words

"I would like in some small way to do something for the families of the victims and would like to welcome them chez moi for tea/coffee and cupcakes/cookies, of course this will be at no charge.  My apartment is located on Blvd Richard Lenoir – a 10 minute walk from the Bataclan site. If you are in this area don't hesitate to contact BonAppetour's Paris Community Manager here: [email protected] to make arrangements."

We would like to open this invitation up to the families of those directly affected by the attacks in Paris, who just need a chat and to find themselves amongst friends.

Join us today between 18:30 – 20:30, email [email protected] for the exact address. Future dates are to be confirmed.

 

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BonAppetour Launch in Barcelona

BonAppetour Launch in Barcelona

BonAppetour, es una plataforma global que permite a los viajeros disfrutar de una experiencia gastronómica exclusiva y en privado en hogares de personas residentes en las ciudades que visitan.

Ya se trate de una cena con amigos en una acogedora terraza en Roma, o una cena en casa de uno de los concursantes de Top Chef Concursante en París, o bien una fiesta tradicional con una familia residente en Singapur, cualquiera de estas opciones se puede convertir en inolvidable experiencia gastronómica. ¡BonAppetour está a punto de ponerse en marcha en Barcelona!

 ¿Quieres ser uno de nuestros anfitriones de BonAppetour en Barcelona?

BonAppetour está buscando anfitriones en Barcelona, que pueden mostrar los turistas, lo que la ciudad tiene que ofrecer de su increíble cultura y gastronomía. Muéstranos tu creatividad y haznos saber qué experiencia gastronómica te gustaría compartir con personas de todo el mundo.

Be a BonAppetour Host in Barcelona

Los Co-Fundadores de BonAppetour estarán en Barcelona del 8 al 14 de octubre y estarán encantados de conocerte en persona durante los días 8, 9, 10, 11 y 12 de octubre, para compartir contigo nuestro proyecto y darte la bienvenida a la comunidad. Además podrás disfrutar de servicios exclusivos si eres uno de nuestros primeros anfitriones en Barcelona:

  • con el pack de bienvenida BonAppetour,
  • como una sesión fotográfica gratuita y
  • asistencia personalizada para mejorar tu perfil. 

¡Reserva aquí una fecha para que podamos visitarte! 

Además, te invitamos a participar en nuestra fiesta de presentación el próximo 13 de octubre en Ma Que Bontà. En el evento podrás conocer a otros miembros de la comunidad y pasar una noche donde podrás conocer nuevos amigos, disfrutar de la buena comida y divertirte!
¡Inscríbete ahora, quedan pocas plazas!


BonAppetour is a global platform that lets travelers have the chance to taste authentic local cuisines, and feel the local culture and hospitality, by dining at homes of locals, whenever they travel. Be it a dinner with new friends on a terrace in Rome, or dining at the home of a Top Chef Contestant in Paris, or a traditional banana leaf feast with a local family in Singapore, a memorable dining experience is in store. Now, BonAppetour is launching in Barcelona!

 Want to be one of our hosts at BonAppetour Barcelona?

BonAppetour is looking for hosts in Barcelona, that can show tourists, what the city has to offer- both culinary, and culture. Show us your creativity and let us know what dining experience that you would love to share with people from all over the world.

Be a BonAppetour Host in Barcelona

The BonAppetour co-founders will be in Barcelona from October 8th-14th, and would love to meet you in person to share more about the project, and welcome you into the community. Also, get exclusive services as our first hosts in Barcelona with:

  • a complementary BonAppetour Welcome Pack,
  • free photography services,
  • and special marketing assistance.

BOOK A SLOT HERE!

Also, you are invited to join our launch party on October 13 in Ma Que Bontà. Meet fellow members of the community and have a great evening filled with new friends, great food, and fun!Sign up now, as there are only few places are left!

 

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Expo Milano 2015 – Exclusive Giveaway

Expo Milano 2015 - Exclusive Giveaway

Here at BonAppetour we want to offer our foodie friends the amazing chance to be part of the 20 million people across the globe visiting Milan’s Universal Exhibition: Expo Milano 2015. The theme is Feeding the Planet and the importance of sustainability. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample the delights of the world’s food culture, marvel at the latest technology and be inspired by architecture.

 

Although the exhibition has been running since May, all good things must come to an end. So we would like to offer you the chance to visit the Milan Expo before it finishes on October 31st. This is definitely an event not to be missed!

You will taste the best dishes the world has to offer and find out more about what we are doing, as a planet, to resolve the problems of nutrition and the resources of our world.

This is guaranteed to be an experience you will never forget. We have 3 tickets to give away to 3 winners. All you have to do to win is:

 

  • Head over to our Facebook page and give us a like

  • Comment under our Giveaway post why you want to go to the Expo. That’s it!
     

We will be announcing the winner by the end of this week- Good luck!

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BonAppetour Hosts: Alessandro Ricchi

BonAppetour Hosts: Alessandro Ricchi

Possessing an ardent passion for cooking, Alessandro has earned a HACCP certification, and is a graduated sommelier registered under the Worldwide Sommelier Association.

 As a child, he used to watch on as his grandmother and mother prepare meals in the kitchen. After graduating with a degree in law, he went on to become a practitioner for a short period of time. He soon came to the realisation that this was not where his passion lies, and decided to make a career switch to pursue his love for cooking. 

1. What do you like most about being a BonAppetour host?

Being a host at BonAppetour helped me in managing my home restaurant. Before meeting Rinita and her team, I tried to become a host through my own means and spreading the word through social media. I encountered many difficulties and met with few positive results. I tried other home restaurant platforms, but they proved to be unprofessional.

The turning point came when I joined BonAppetour. Their advertising channels and social media marketing strategies helped to garner more attention for my home restaurant, and I received more bookings for dining experiences. My collaboration with BonAppetour has provided me with many opportunities to meet people from diverse cultures. What I find extremely rewarding is getting to know what authentic Roman and Italian cuisine means to other people.  

2. Where do the locals go to eat in your city?

There are many places to dine at in Rome. The problem is that many of them are tourist traps, often selling food of poor quality at high prices. I recommend that travellers approach the Romans, and ask them where they go to eat at. Of course, now that there are home restaurants, this serves as the best answer to the needs of travellers, for they can enjoy authentic and traditional dishes prepared with top quality ingredients. 

3. What are some places that locals like to hang out at?

For shopping, we head to Via Cola di Rienzo and its surrounding streets, where prices are affordable and there are plenty of shops to visit. For dining, we usually go to Trastevere or Testaccio. These are two ancient neighbourhoods of Rome filled with restaurants and pubs, and are now popular with tourists. 

The locals head to public neighbourhood markets to shop for fresh food. There are many of these in Rome, with the market of Piazza Vittorio, as well as the recently renovated Trionfale Market being famous spots. The public parks are perfect for taking a relaxing stroll or for an invigorating run. I would recommend Villa Doria Pamphili, Villa Borghese and Villa Ada, for these are the most beautiful parks. Those who wish to go to the beach can take a thirty minutes journey to Ostia or Fregene. The sea water at these coasts are not very clean, but there are many bars and discos along the beach. 

4. Did you always have a passion for food and cooking? Tell us more about your experiences and background with cooking.

I developed a passion for cooking from a young age. This passion was transmitted from my grandmother, Iolanda, and my mother, Maria Pia. Curious about the ongoings in the kitchen, I began to experiement with culinary pursuits as as child with my grandmother, discovering more about homemade pasta, gnocchi and Roman cuisine. From my mother, I learnt about the traditional cuisine of Abruzzi, and developed the desire to create new recipes. Even back then, it was clear that I had a passion for cooking. However, for some time, this passion was accompanied by a strong interest in academic pursuits. 

After graduating with a degree in law, I carried on as a practitioner. However, I could not deny my passion for cooking, and decided to take up a diploma by the Chef of Hotel, and continued on to work as a chef in a famous international hotel chain. I have attained the HACCP certificate, and am a sommelier with the Worldwide Sommelier Association. 

For me, cooking is always a pleasure. It is relaxing and rewarding. I am always happy when guests taste the dishes, especially when the items are my creations. In fact, I love experimenting and creating new recipes. Sometimes, I start with a traditional dish and add a modern twist, while at other times I design a new dish from scratch. 

5. Which are the dishes that you love cooking the most?

I love cooking traditional Italian dishes, especially first courses, homemade pasta, as well as meat and fish mains. Most of the time, I cook dishes originating from Rome, Tuscany and Abruzzo, as well as typical Roman pasta dishes such as carbonara, gricia, amatriciana and cacio e pepe. I also enjoy making changes to traditional recipes, and experimenting with dishes to cater to special food requests made by vegetarians, vegans or individuals with food intolerances and allergies. 

Find out more about dining with host Alessandro here.

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