How to Get Started

Thank you for joining out Dine In community! We are happy to have you in our growing group of people cooking and conversing with their loved ones.

Our ask is simple: host a #virtualdinnerparty with loved ones near and far while donating to our centre. During a time where people are physically apart, we want to bring people together. We’ve created a step-by-step guide for group calls and video conferencing to help our diners reach their full ‘host with the most’ potential!

Video Conferencing apps for groups

Skype– Simple Video calls, good for groups

Skype offers people the option to simply video chat on a laptop, tablet, or mobile. You must have a Skype account to use it, but it is free to set up an account. Click here to set up your account today and get started.

Skype is available on your desktop through a download, or from your app store on tablets and mobiles. Set up is quick and easy. Here is a step by step guide on how to start.

Zoom- Video Conferencing for big groups

Zoom offers large groups the chance to video conference for up to 40 minutes. After the 40 minute mark, users must log off or if they want to continue, sign up for a paid membership. All parties on the call must have Zoom downloaded to participate. Click here to download Zoom.

This service offers great video quality, but uses a call-invite model. You must be invited to a Zoom call meeting to join. Here’s a guide on how to set up a Zoom account and meeting.

Google Hangouts- Free tool for all Gmail user to connect

Most people have a Gmail account, and if you don’t- setting up one is free and easy. We find Google Hangouts is a great, easy option for people to video chat with big groups for an unlimited amount of time. You can access hangouts from your desktop, mobile, or tablet. Here’s how!

To start a Google Hangout, you must invite people to a hangout meeting- just like you would a dinner party! All invited members will have access to a link. Simply click that link and start video chatting!

WhatsApp and Facetime Video

Both WhatsApp and Facetime have great and easy to use video conferencing systems built in for small group conferencing.

Whatsapp allows video chats of 4 screens or less with great video quality. Click here for information on how to video chat with Whatsapp.

If everyone in your intended dinner party has an iPhone or apple product, you can use Facetime. Facetime video works with up to 32 people and is a great easy way to connect. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to set up a call.