Dinner Swap Groups in the Bay Area

If you’re getting tired of your family’s dinner recipes but don’t want to surf the web for new dishes, we have a solution. It’s a chance to try new foods, and also meet new families in your community. Sound appealing? It’s called dinner swapping. 
Dinner swapping, or food exchanging, isn’t a new concept. It’s basically bartering: an opportunity to swap a Tupperware container of your extra chili for a few jars of homemade apple butter.
This food trend has made its way around the Bay Area. The New York Times wrote about the trend: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/us/25bcfoodswap.html?_r=1.
So there are plenty of opportunities to attend a homemade food swap. Try new foods, spend less time cooking and make new friends. It’s a win-win-win!
Here are the groups we’ve found. Maybe there’s one in your neighborhood. Or start your own! Let us know about it and we will add it to this list. Email [email protected]
East Bay Homemade Food Swap. This swap occurs four times a year at different locations around the Bay Area. It’s organized by Kendra Poma, who is a big fan of trading in general: Poma also organizes clothing and plant swaps. Her blog is on hold for now as she prepares to have a baby, but she plans to resume with a homemade food swap in October.
Food Swap Silicon Valley. This relatively new food swap based in Silicon Valley calls itself a “community around a shared love for, and interest in swapping, your favorite locally grown, foraged and handmade foods.” “Like” its Facebook page for updates on their next event. https://www.facebook.com/foodswapsv
Homemade Swap: Monthly at 18 Reasons. On the second Sunday of every month at 4:30pm, families gather at 18 Reasons in San Francisco to trade homemade family dinners. Bring at least one dinner to barter. Confirm before attending.
Homemade Trade SF. Hosted monthly by SF Swappers, this group (co-founded by a professional chef) aims to “provide an opportunity for home cooks to share food they enjoy, creating with a community of like-minded food lovers. We welcome bakers, canners, picklers, distillers, home cooks and everyone passionate about making and sharing food.”
None of the above swaps in your area? Check out the Food Swap Network to find a group that works for you, or organize your own:
Food Swap Network
Swap On-Demand. Have extra food you want to trade right now? If you can’t wait for a monthly swap, try the Leftover Swap app. You can ask for or offer leftovers to your neighbors.
Mallory Pickett is a freelance journalist in Berkeley, California.


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