While one third of food produced in the world is wasted, millions of people stay hungry everyday and live in constant food insecurity. Refettorio Gastromotiva is an initiative brought to Brazil by chefs Massimo Bottura (Food for Soul), David Hertz (Gastromotiva) and by the journalist Ale Forbes to contribute to fighting food waste, malnutrition and social exclusion. Refettorio - in latin Reficere - means recuperate and restore. At the Refettorio Gastromotiva recuperating food is just as important as promoting and restoring the dignity of people.
For a world with no waste.
For a world with more inclusion.
Refettorio Gastromotiva brings nourishment, culture and dignity for all, in a place full of art. Launched during the olympic games, it became a legacy for the city. It works as a restaurant-school with invited chefs and young talents from Gastromotiva cooking with surplus ingredients. We offer free dinner for vulnerable populations and, soon, lunch for the the public, under the ‘pay for lunch, leave dinner paid” concept.
Nourish the world with love, respect and opportunity.
Become a volunteer!
We directly work with people in socially vulnerable situations, and after listening to more than 700 testimonies from volunteers who have passed through here, we are convinced that serving brings as much dignity as being served! To live the experience of one night serving and hosting the ones that are most in need, just sign up here! We work from Monday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Rua da Lapa 108, Centro - RJ. If you want to contribute in a different way or have doubts, write us at email@example.com
We prepare healthy, seasonal and delicious meals for individuals living in social vulnerability in Lapa, Rio de Janeiro.
We cook with surplus ingredients, that are still good for consumption, and that would otherwise been discarded.
Our staff consists of young gastronomic talents from underprivileged communities in Rio de Janeiro, who graduated one of the Gastromotiva programs.
Education and health
We run as a hub for social gastronomy, offering lectures and workshops to encourage healthy and sustainable habits and customs.
A partnership amongst many good people
In the space provided by the Rio de Janeiro's City Hall, we built the Refettorio Gastromotiva with the support of dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals - a true multi-stakeholder effort.
To fulfill the dream of building this project from scratch, Vik Muniz, the art curator, the Campana Brothers and Maneco Quinderé, volunteered to design the scenography and furniture. The architectural project is developed by Gustavo Cedroni of METRO Architects. These internationally recognized professionals collaborate with us as they believe in the power of food and gastronomy to transform lives and social realities.
More than 80 chefs and souschefs from Brazil and around the world came to cook during the first phase of implementation of Refettorio Gastromotiva. They shared meals and knowledge to fight waste and strengthen the Global Movement of #SocialGastronomy. Each week new chefs are invited to share their spices. Follow our social networks to be connected!