#Asia Singapore startup aiming to become the Airbnb for home dining gets US$500K funding

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BonAppetour is a social dining platform aims to enable travellers to connect with local hosts through unique dining experiences, thus forging new friendships and meaningful travel experiences

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Singapore-based social dining platform BonAppetour has raised US$500,000 in seed funding from serial tech entrepreneur and investor Wong Toon King of FarSight Capital and Indonesian VC fund Prasetia Dwidharma.

BonAppetour will use the funds to expand its presence into the top culinary hubs around the world, including Rome, Paris, and Barcelona — where they already have a thriving community.

“With the funding, we will be able to expand our offerings into new markets. Other than the culinary hubs in Europe, our travel community has also been seeking dining experiences in Tokyo, Bangkok and Melbourne. We are prepared to grow our community in these top culinary destinations and are receiving host applications at the moment,” said CEO and Co-founder Rinita Vanjre.

Founded in 2013 by Inez Wihardjo, Giovanni Casinelli, and Rinita Vanjre, BonAppetour is a social dining platform that aims to enable travellers to connect with local hosts through unique dining experiences, thus forging new friendships and meaningful travel experiences. The startup aims to be the Airbnb for home-dining.

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BonAppetour works with talented local home chefs and hobby chefs to curate one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Currently, BonAppetour has more than 500 passionate hosts on the platform, who have hosted thousands of guests for a dining experience at their homes.

Some examples of a BonAppetour experience include a traditional 6-course feast with an Italian nonna in Rome, a dining experience in a luxurious 18th century apartment in Paris, and a paella making workshop on the rooftop in Barcelona.

“We believe that they (BonAppetour) can be very successful as a brand furthering global food and hospitality tourism by making local home dining a highlight of each visitors travel experience, as many of their raving BonAppetour fans have testified,” said Wong Toon King of FarSight Capital.

Watch how a BonAppetour experience looks like here.

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