Bookalokal aims to make it easy and safe to share an authentic food experience with people anywhere in the world, and to give travellers access to local people through a meal.
Websites that already existed like Couchsurfing or Air B'n'B could help their user connect with local people but their main purpose is for the users to find an accommodation. Couchsurfing can be used to meet people without being hosted by them, but the organisation of meals together would be very informal. Bookalokal, unlike Couchsurfing, assigns a price to the meal, which makes it more formal. The quality and reliability are much different, there are standards. The difference between Bookalokal and the concept of “Table d'hôtes” is that these establishments are very localised and have their own websites, but they are not gathered on a market place with global presence, so that system would not be scalable.