Bringing the social grubbing experience to the home, SupperKing enables would-be hosts to plan dinner parties for their friends or future friends (also known as people they have not met yet or strangers). Originating from Los Angeles, SupperKing was founded by Kai Stubbe to “enable the peer to peer in-home dining experience.” Similar to the GrubWithUs program for social dining in restaurants, SupperKing brings the meet-up home for added intimacy and potential reduction in dinner costs.
Once users download the free, location-based iOS app, they can pursue two options: setup and host a meal in their home or RSVP to join another member’s dinner party. When hosting an event, the user can choose the location, topics or themes for the dinner (such as art, fine wine, best architecture of the city, travel stories), select a cuisine, dinner menu, price for attendance per seat ($1-$99), and number of available seats. Attendees can then search for event listings by location, price, topic, menu, date, and other keywords. The app also allows users to search for events by “What’s Popular.”
Since events are held in member’s homes, safety and transparency are of upmost importance to the SupperKing community. Hosts are able to keep the reservations open to anyone in the community, or as a safety feature, choose to review each guest who replied to attend. Hosts are able to screen their potential guests via Twitter or Facebook determine to accept or reject the guest for the dinner party. The app also enables hosts to connect with their friends and invite them for private dinner parties.
As with many consumer-to-consumer sharing economies, peer reviews of the users are important to revealing user personalities, establishing trust and easing future activity. SupperKing also invites guests and hosts to review one another following the completion of each meal. Eventually, SupperKing hopes that the best hosts (the Julia Childs) and the most charming, charismatic guests (the Richard Bransons) ascend the popularity ranks and are invited to premier SupperKing dinner parties.
New to Los Angeles, German-born Kai said about starting SupperKing,
I didn’t know people and I was wishing for a platform to sit at a local table and get some local insight and news.
The app is currently available for San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.