A Junction of Creative Collaboration

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Interdisciplinary education often involves interdisciplinary collaboration. So, apart from acquainting oneself with the jargon of different faculties, the most interesting part of studying Industrial Ecology was teamwork. Co-creating with techies and analysts, creatives and the business-minded, philosophers and designers. Luckily, … Continue reading

Love Ravin’ About Food?

So far, I’ve heard about many type of new approaches to food-related hospitality emerging. Some restaurants change their looks and menu every other week, or month. Others are mobile and drive around constantly, which can be seen at this weekend’s Kitchens-on-Wheels-Festival in Amsterdam.

But the newest, and most exciting I’ve come across lately was introduced by this line:

They Gather Secretly at Night, and Then They (Shhh!) Eat.

It’s the title of this article in the New York Times, explaining the magnetizing effect of underground markets, and secretly set-up food fests, in particular in San Francisco. We might have our Amsterdam counterpart with the Youth Food Movement’s Eat-Ins, amazingly successful events where everyone brings their own foodies, and collectively shares and.. yes, eats. But that’s not really secretive and night-owly enough, yet.

Eating at night has something more to it. First of all, anything that takes place at night is exciting and mysterious. And eating-at-night is also peculiar, side-stepping our routine of three meals a day. And secondly, when it concerns food, at night your other senses might be put to the test, too. Often our eyes determine what we eat, going for an appetizing appearance or familiarity. Let’s move from looks, to taste, smell. And. Touch.

Let’s rave.

Fork Politics

The Youth Food Movement in The Netherlands is a youth-run organization that strives for a more balanced food system. Last week they organized a guerrilla-lunch on the Spui, a tourist draw in the center of Amsterdam, on the same day as the elections for the Provincial Council. Everyone eager to receive a truly free and tasty lunch was explained how your fork is, in essence, a vote. Daily, there are at least three moments you choose what kind of food you buy. It’s good to realize you do have the opportunity to customize your plate three times a day. And such a freedom of choice – for me – brings about a sense of responsibility to support those suppliers, farmers and producers that share my values. Just like what I look for in a political party. That’s why this year, I allowed my fork to vote.