Photo credit: New York Times

In the spirit of our last post about some of the positive things happening in Rio in the lead up to the Olympic games, here’s another spirit-lifting piece.

Refettorio Gastromotiva, the brainchild of Italian Chef Massimo Bottura, is serving homeless people leftover and “unacceptable” food (think fresh – but perhaps slightly bruised) from the Olympic Village.

Here are some topline facts about the Refettorio (or “dining hall” in Italian), which is as much about awareness of food waste as it is about feeding those in need:
• The Refettorio Gastromotiva was built in 55 days
• It is located in Lapa, a neighborhood in downtown Rio
• It is not a “pop-up”: a 10-year lease was signed care of Chef Bottura’s Food for Soul
• Is in collaboration with Chef David Hertz, a Brazilian social entrepreneur who trains disadvantaged people as kitchen assistants with outfits in Mexico City and coming soon to South Africa
• Alain Ducasse, Joan Roca and Virgilio Martínez Véliz (a friend of SUSHISAMBA) were just a few of the culinary luminaries who have stopped by to date

Read the New York Times article about Refettorio Gastromotiva in its entirety here.