Social Tables Antoniano
Via Guinizelli 3 – 40125 Bologna
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Social Tables Antoniano was opened to expand the activities of an existing community kitchen in Bologna and serve nutritious meals cooked with surplus ingredients to families in situations of social vulnerability.
Eager to engage with a smaller local reality, In May 2016 Food for Soul partnered with the Antoniano Onlus, a non-profit organisation from Bologna, to expand the services offered by its community kitchen.
Designer Francesco Faccin from Slow Wood and a team of architects from the Studio Lucchi & Biserni transformed the old community kitchen into a friendly dining area creating a welcoming place for families and children to feel comfortable and at ease.
Thanks to the food surplus donated by local supermarkets, producers and artisans, every Monday night the new Social Tables Antoniano welcomes families with children who live in situations of social vulnerability and offers them a three-course dinner service cooked entirely by our staffed cook Jhonny. The dishes are served to the guests by a team of volunteers from the local community, who have helped create, thanks to their energy and positivity, a welcoming and joyful atmosphere.
Twice a month, we also invite professional chefs from the province of Bologna to volunteer in the kitchen and help Jhonny and his team with the preparation of the meals, sharing their skills and creativity with the staff of the Social Tables Antoniano, and helping us raise awareness in the community on the issues of food waste and social isolation.
As the holidays are coming to an end, we have saved a special recipe for last, one that perfectly sums up the message of our campaign ‘Cooking is an Act of Love’. Our President Lara Gilmore tells us about it as she makes tortellini with her son Charlie.
By revisiting one of the most popular dishes of cucina povera, Italian head-to-tail culinary tradition, chef Francesco Vincenzi and Pastificio Agricolo Mancini show that cutting down food waste is possible, while also improving the well-being of the planet and our communities.
It doesn’t matter what ingredients we have available: sometimes the most diverse ones, if combined with love, can result in something beautiful and unexpected. This is the philosophy behind one of the most traditional Christmas recipes in Modena, home to the Food for Soul team.