Refettorio Paris opens its doors, thanks to the support of Carrefour and its Foundation
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On Thursday 15 March, Refettorio Paris opened its doors, thanks to support from Carrefour and its Foundation. The latest project from triple Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura’s Food for Soul organisation, every evening this charity restaurant based in the crypt of the Madeleine Church will serve 100 free, complete and balanced meals to the capital's most needy. And it will do this with support from renowned chefs who will be taking it in turns to man the ovens with the seasons. As part of the drive to tackle food wastage, the dishes served will be made from fresh products that are nearing their use-by dates – in particular, products taken from the shelves of the Rue de Sèvres Carrefour Market. This is in line with the retailer's long-standing initiatives – initiatives that are being further bolstered.
Gastronomy creating social ties and helping to include society's most vulnerable
Every day of the week, a team of young chefs will recycle nearly 130 kg of foodstuffs – partly collected from the Rue de Sèvres Carrefour Market store in Paris' seventh arrondissement by the Ile-de-France Food Bank – and turn it into delicious and balanced meals. Start-up company Phenix – of which Carrefour and its Foundation are partners – will also be supplying the Paris Refettorio.
People will be welcomed – in warm and friendly setting – by fifteen or so volunteers who will wait on the tables between 6:30 PM and 8 PM. Refettorio Paris will combine ethics and the aesthetic and so will exhibit works by French artists JR and Prune Nourry.
After Milan and Rio de Janeiro… Paris gets its own Refettorio!
Having turned food into a means of tackling exclusion, the Carrefour Foundation has supported the creation of several Refettori throughout the world since 2015.
- Refettorio Ambrosiano in Italy, which supported the Food Banks in storing redistributed foodstuffs during the Milan universal exhibition, particularly for the charity anti-wastage restaurant created by Massimo Bottura.
- Refettorio Gastromotiva in Brazil in 2016 where the Carrefour Foundation supported the creation of chef David Hertz' restaurant designed to help people get back into employment during the Olympic and Paralympic games, then the creation of Refettori in São Paulo, Recife and Salvador de Bahia.
Donations throughout the year: the equivalent of 106 million meals donated by Carrefour stores in 2017
Every day, Carrefour gives away fresh products as part of its drive to combat food wastage. These products nearing their expiry dates are taken off the shelves by employees who have received appropriate training and then given to charities which then in turn redistribute them to the most needy.
Carrefour supports more than 700 associations and donated the equivalent of nearly 106 million meals to food aid organisations in 2017 (Secours Populaire, Restos du Cœur, Food Banks, etc.)
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