Bottura’s Refettorio to open in the U.S. thanks to the Rockefeller Foundation
Massimo Bottura’s (pictured) Refettorio will soon launch in the United States. The Rockefeller Foundation, an American philanthropic organization, has awarded a $500,000 grant to Food for Soul, the non-profit organization run by the chef and his wife Lara Gilmore. The aim is to fight poverty in various American cities, creating community spaces that promote social inclusion while fighting food waste at the same time.
Two Refettorio community kitchens are to open in the U.S. by 2019, but that number is expected grow in the coming years. The cities being considered include New York, Washington, Detroit, Baltimore, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans and Chicago.
In the meantime, the new London Refettorio is to open in June. This project came about as the result of a partnership with The Felix Project, a charity organization that aims to reduce food waste. This Refettorio will follow the same model as previous projects in Milan during Expo 2015 and Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games.