Hi. I’m Marta. In the summer of 2015, my husband Mark and I travelled around Poland, visiting some of the country’s most popular destinations, including the pretty towns of Sandomierz and Kazimerz Dolny. After a string of disappointing experiences with food and service at tourist-trap restaurants, I suddenly thought - why can we not just eat with a local family at their home instead? I mean, Poles are great cooks and wonderful hosts, after all. On the way back to Krakow, where we live, I decided to start the ball rolling. I put a short notice in a local travel website, and invited anyone to join us for dinner at our home, each Wednesday. Our family and friends thought we were mad. No-one will come to a stranger’s home for food, they said. Well, since that time, we’ve hosted over 600 people at our home - and every evening has been a wonderful and positive experience.
Along the way, we invited our friend Will to join us and together we started building a platform to connect home cooks and guests around the world. Today, over 500 cooks in 73 cities around the world have opened their doors like we do. We’ve seen the magic that happens when people from completely different backgrounds meet over shared home food, and how it builds our local communities - something so important in our modern world, where no-one seems to have as much time for each other as they used to. We’re now working with huge enthusiasm to spread this idea, and we hope you can join us and bring meal sharing to your own town or city too. Please pull up a chair and join us!
Ideas and Finance. Born in Zimbabwe, Mark is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. A self-taught web coder, in 2002 Mark co-founded the hyperlocal travel portal, Local Life, building traffic to over one million users per month, with no advertising spend. In 2004, he launched iTouch operations in Poland, bringing the UK’s largest mobile ringtone company to the Polish market. iTouch was sold to Japan’s For-side.com for 175 million GBP later the following year. In 2014 Mark founded the disruptive hotel booking site, Bidroom.com.
Superstar cook. A native of Krakow, Marta graduated with distinction from the Sculpture Department of The Academy of Fine Arts. Marta co-founded Local Life, and from 2008 to 2012 was Publisher of the Krakow Post, the city’s English-language newspaper. A passionate home cook, Marta is the face of Eataway, appearing in press, on TV and at conferences, and still hosting Eataway meals at her home in Krakow each Wednesday.
Community and Communication. Having lived in France, Slovenia and Portugal, Maciek finally found his sweet spot in Kraków. A graduate in Economics from Krakow’s University of Economics, he’s happier making things happen than following old worn-out paths. Co-organizer of TEDxKraków, bmx rider, sharing economy and D.I.Y ethics enthusiast, besides taking care of Eataway’s community, he can also cook some decent vegan food!
Food Ninja. Super-active student of International Business Relations in Krakow, and big fan of social media, startups and productivity. In love with food from all over the World, Grzesiek takes care of marketing related challenges.
Agata Poznańska - coordinator
Chrystian Heczko - Czech
Vojtech Bagin, Eva Andrejcova - Slovak
Bianka Rojek, Max Broy - German
Rauno Torp - Estonian
Pascal Chevriaux - French
Milda Zakaite - Lithuanian
Agota Kisimre - Hungarian
Martina Cester - Italian
Marc Piena - Dutch
Victoria Molina - Spanish
Veikko Suvanto - Finnish
Amélie Tingsnäs - Swedish
Kaia Høivik - Norwegian
Julia Lipskaja - Russian
Göksel Yeşilkaya - Turkish
Jūlija Boikova - Latvian
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