Hi all, here is where we draft options for good healthy eating and collaboration with food providers in Matera during Lote4. We have a budget of 3300 EUR for LOTE4 meals and other food activities, to be managed between @Natalia_Skoczylas, @katalin and whoever wants to be involved.
Please add your ideas in here or in a comment below.
Based on this conversation and community calls, the aims are
(1) The unMonastery experience made us all realise the importance of sharing meals together in order to build and nurture the community
(2) to support local producers and businesses in Matera
(3) create an opportunity for them to showcase and even teach agricultural, organic ways and cooking skills eg Food Safari where people would buy fixed amounts tickets in advance from local shops/restaurants and have a walk stopping by “unAperitivo”
How many days? How many people?
- 3 and 1/2 event days - 23 afternoon, 24, 25, 26.
- 60-80 participants estimated (as of October 1, there's 40 confirmed, not including the people in Matera and new registrations over the course of this month)
Noemi’s draft budget includes: breakfast (croissants, biscuits etc), sandwiches lunch - seems catering is more accessible and manageable from logistics point of view, and a community dinner each evening. If we can put something aside for the hackathon great, but we only know once we have the numbers right…
(Maybe two sandwiches per person is too much? Although it would probably be eaten later. Also tap water is really good in Matera - we had some large plastic bottles to take them upstairs, maybe still around? // Katalin) (Just in from Marc: Saverio’s sandwich prices: €1.50 for prosciutto, €2.00 for vegetarian. @Noemi, @Natalia_Skoczylas)
|What?||Lumpsum||Unit price||No. of units||No. of days||Subtotal|
|Morning snacks (24,25,26)||100||3||300|
|Lunch sandwiches (24,25,26)
(how many per person?)
|Evening community meals (23,24,25)||500||2||1500|
|Drinks (water 1.5l)||1||160||3||480|
|Coffee, tea, sugar||150||150|
|Plates, forks, cups||150||150|
|what else do we need? add it here|
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Evening community meals
Given that the kitchen has consistently been the heart of the unMonastery project - It feels absurd to me to even contemplate not making it a major aspect of the conference, at very least dinner. It’s clear from the way that we ran unMo that it’s way more efficient to put in a substantial block of time into cooking on one day so that others will do the same for you on another day. - Ben
Ideas so far: We need to keep it simple, both for costs and time. These meals could be cooked at unMonastery or take the shape of nomadic dinners and set up in other parts/neighborhoods of Matera. Local friends will be invited to contribute with a dish, as it is accustomed, but not to cook for 80 (careful distinction pointed out by Katalin: My instinct is that it is condescending to ask for help with cooking and call it cultural exchange. But it may be just me. Teaching how to cook Italian food and producing dinner for 80 people are very different things).
Another idea is to include options for vegetarians!
Perhaps we could do one at Piccianello market, glean food that will be thrown out and making a meal together. As we have a good group of supporters already in Piccianello and so might be able to swing it without too much difficulty-- plus there are a lot of empty spaces there as we know. (Maria)
How can I get involved and register for cooking, shopping, cleaning up?
SHOPPING (2 people/day = 1.5 hour)
BREAKFAST CLEANUP + garbage (2 person/day= 30 minutes)
LUNCH CLEANUP + garbage (2 person/day= 60 minutes)
DINNER COOKING (as many as possible, at least 5 = 2 hours)
DINNER CLEANUP (5 person/day = 2 hours)
DINNERTIME garbage (2 person/day = 30 minutes )
Please leave a comment if you would like to be added to the list, specifying which group you prefer to help in!
You will also be able to add yourself to the team on the spot, as soon as you arrive at Lote4.
We need a driver for each day, to take the shopping team to the market, - please consider signing up for shopping if you come to LOTE by car.
- tables and chairs: It'd be good to have more foldable tables, given that most of the weighty ones will be used for sessions.
- pottery, bowls, possibly another hotplate: need to borrow them
- car: need to borrow one to do the shopping
- add it here
Food Safari on the 26th (not confirmed)
A tour of eating spots in the city. We invite a small number of local restaurants to be included on a map where visitors who show them event badges + Tickets, and they can sample a small piece of their speciality. Then tickets could be sold from any of the participating restaurants or at the Lote4 check in by them, so we are not handling money. The map could be included in the little booklet that participants receive on location More info soon to come.
What happens during the hackathon 20-22?
The unMonastery team will be there, and they will be able to extend cooking duties to cover the few extra people in the house.
No waste policy
The unMonastery operates “secondary raw materials stations” instead of garbage bins. We collect (nearly) everything into recyclable/compostable piles. There will be containers in the kitchen, clearly labeled, please use them. If you are not sure where your trash should go, ask an unMonasterian. Cigarette butts go into assigned cans, we store them, they are not recyclable.
One idea is to ask people to bring their own plates, cups, forks (not fond of it// Noemi)
Last year at Lote we encouraged everyone to write their names on cups and wash their plates to avoid plastic dumps piling up!
Building food sessions in the Lote4 official agenda
Maybe we can have a session about local food and cooking, separately from feeding the crowd. Is it realistic to invite local food producers to showcase their food and show us how to cook it as sessions during LOTE? And Make sure we buy the produce from them for the meals at a fair price? One thing we can offer is to do high quality video footage of the session and help promote it on social media after the event.
What’s missing? Add it here?