We will have a cooking event almost every day in our container. At each event we can host up to 20 people. The one and only rule is that there is a mix of both refugees and locals at our kitchen table. A small group will be the hosts for the evening and be responsible for bringing the recipe(s) and doing the grocery shopping, either alone or with us.
At the beginning of the event all participants will meet at the container, get to know one another and have some starters. After a short introduction from our side the hosts will present the recipe and explain how to prepare it. Then the cooking starts. When the food is ready everybody comes together at the kitchen table and enjoys the meal. Bon Appetit! But the event isn’t over then. Being full and happy everyone does the dishes together, this will be used as an opportunity to talk about future meet ups.
Through the engaging activity of cooking we want to bring people together: refugees and locals, juniors and seniors, foodies and football fans, singers and storytellers, Christians and Muslims, men and women – humans. They will all meet at our kitchen table while cooking and eating together. Conversations will be made and prejudices overcome.
At the same time, we aim to create strong, local networks between committed individuals, non-profit organizations and refugees who will continue this dialogue once the container has moved on. We hope to leave communities behind that continue cooking, eating and talking.
The kitchen container is the heart of our project. As a meeting place it conveys a dramatic symbolism: While goods can be shipped across borders, it is impossible for many people to move to and within Europe freely and legally.
Therefore, we chose a sustainable and relatively inexpensive construction that is still inviting and striking in a public space. At the same time our kitchen remains mobile and can be transported to remote places all over Europe. It offers enough space and protection to create a secure and homely atmosphere and can be used flexibly.
The used cargo container was turned into a functional kitchen and cosy meeting place by architecture students from the Chair of Design and Construction of Professor Donatella Fioretti at the Technical University of Berlin.
The story behind
In 2012 Jule, Rabea and Andi, the founders of Kitchen on the Run, had the idea of building a container bar, traveling the world on a ship, being a meeting point for people to connect, to share stories, cultures and experiences. This plan was never realized, but neither was it lost.
In March 2015 when they saw the open call for the Advocate Europe Idea Challenge the container idea popped up again and Kitchen on the Run was born. They refined the concept, wrote an application, built a Lego prototype and started a self-made website. Despite having no backing from an experienced organisation and only the vaguest of idea of how the project
would actually be realized, a good amount of enthusiasm, confidence and courage helped Kitchen on the Run end up in the top 10 winning projects out of a total of 600 applications. And so in June 2015 the adventure began…
In October 2015 they joined the Berlin based organization Über den Tellerrand e. V. and Kitchen on the Run became the European ambassador of a big community of people creating encounters and a new togetherness between refugees and locals all over Germany.
For five months they traveled Europe, starting in Bari/Italy going all the way up through Marseille/France, Duisburg/Germany, Deventer/the Netherlands until they reached Gotenburg/Sweden as last destination. A journey which was symbolically along a common odyssey of refugees through Europe from the Italian Mediterranean to Sweden – to draw attention to the fact that we, as Europeans, share the responsibility for refugees arriving
Hello, we are Ina, Daniel and Agnes and together with the blue container we are Kitchen on the Run. We believe in people and the unifying power of good food. We believe in Tabouleh and Currywurst. We believe in encounter.