CULINARY HEALING

Food has long been used as an effective way to bring people together. As supper clubs have shown success, brands and eateries are using mindfulness, education and conversation formats to create serendipitous moments that bond people together.

REMEDYING HUNGER
Kitchen Healing, Jules Blane Davis, US

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.

EATING TENSIONS
Conflict Kitchen, US

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.

STRANGERS UNITE
Chatty Cafe, Costa, UK

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.

49%
NEARLY HALF of adults
ADMIT HAVING FACE-TO-FACE
CONSERVATIONS ON AVERAGE
FEWER THAN SIX TIMES A DAY.
Costa (2018)
83%
OF PEOPLE ARE WILLING
TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR
FOOD IF IT BENEFITS
SOCIETY.
68%
ALTHOUGH MOST WOULD
EXPECT IT TO BE NO
MORE THAN 10% ON TOP
OF THEIR TOTAL BILL.
I-AM (2018)

TAKEOUT

As both of solo dining and loneliness is onthe rise, using clever formats to bring people- especially strangers - together through dining experiences prove successful building communities and collective happiness rather than just individual.