FOOD AS COMMUNITY

UBUNTU IS THE NAME OF MY NEXT ADVENTURE, IN WHICH I AIM TO BRING TOGETHER ALL MY PASSIONS: A SOCIAL DINING VENTURE AND WORKSHOP SERIES CONNECTING PEOPLE THROUGH FOOD, STORIES, EXPERIENCES ... ALL THE WHILE BRINGING DIFFERENT CULTURES, CUISINES, MUSIC, CRAFT AND ART INTO THE EXPERIENCE.

The name Ubuntu originates from the bantian language of South Africa and signifies the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects us all;

Humanity is not embedded in my person solely as an individual; my humanity is co-substantively bestowed upon the other and me. Humanity is a quality we owe to each other. We create each other and need to sustain this otherness creation. And if we belong to each other, we participate in our creations: we are because you are, and since you are, definitely I am. The ‘I am’ is not a rigid subject, but a dynamic self-constitution dependent on this otherness creation of relation and distance.

food is our common ground

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the 31days dinner

31DAYS WAS AN INTENSIVE CREATIVE SOCIAL COLLABORATION THAT TOOK PLACE IN 2016, INVOLVING MORE THAN 100 CREATIVES – CHEFS, FOODIES, WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, POETS, SCIENTISTS, ARTISTS, TREND ANA- LYSTS, PHILOSOPHERS AND VEGAN ROOKIES. A COLLABORATIVE CREATIVE RESPONSE TO AN EMERGING GLOBAL IMPERATIVE TO RE- THINK WHAT WE PUT ON OUR PLATES.

– A PERFECT PROJECT FOR THE HOLISTIC CHEF TO TAKE PART IN!

The series of events were assembled into an anecdotal vegan cookbook, based on the 31 dinners during the 31 days in January, a celebration of– and a conversation about veganism; told, cooked, photographed, impro- vised, drawn and mused over. Chapters by people completely new to the idea, rubbing shoulders with chapters by profiled writers whose unique perspectives offers a varied set of entry points to the subject matter.

Having personally realised the benefits of a plant based diet coming from a meat eating background (both eating and cooking) 31days seemed like a perfect concept/vision to be a part of. The conversation is all about swapping your point of view, embracing a different diet, even if just for the month of January.

I wanted to help instill that seed of thought that you don’t need meat to be strong. To have some conversations about the benefits of plant based eating.

Eating isn’t just about food. The social and cultural experience around it is not to be underestimated. The sensory aspects, sound, smell, visual ... All of the above are ingredients that are essential to how I approach to working with food. As the nature of 31days was also designed for com- munity based eating, it made sense to involve my community. And so it became a collaborative initiative, with a friend providing her home to host the dinner. Her ties to Morocco inspired the menu and authentic spices from Marrakesh made it come to life.

The social get together for eating, and even cooking together as a social occasion, is fundamental to how I am.

To find out more about this creative social collaboration please visit 31days.no