A self-titled ‘kitchen healer’, practitioner Jules Blane Davis works with people to undo ideas about eating and cooking and create new rituals. It’s mindfulness mixed with dining. By relieving people of their shyness to cooking, she works with them to create new, holistic rituals to enhance the dining experience and rethink what it means to make food.
Conflict Kitchen is a pop up restaurant that serves food from countries that the United States is in conflict with. The restaurant rotates cuisines and identities and also compliments the food and dining experience with events, performances, publications, and discussions to engage with the public and educate about the cultures and politics whilst they dine. Through food, Conflict Kitchen is diversifying the narrative around countries and cultures and healing community tensions through food and education.
Coffee chain Costa has been rolling out its ‘chatty cafe’ scheme to encourage its customers to talk to one another more. Through designated ‘Chatter and Natter’ tables, people can strike up a conversation with strangers through the wider motivation to address the loneliness epidemic.