How did you start?
We started in October 2016 as The Kitchen The Hague, organising weekly Sustainability Network Dinners. We realised there were many sustainability-related initiatives in and around The Hague and we thought it would be great to get people from these various organisations together over a dinner. Of course, we wanted the dinners themselves to be sustainable, so we used food that would otherwise have been thrown away. First we received most food from supermarkets, later local markets gave us more fruits and vegetables than we could eat. We started off with ten to twenty guests at our dinners and reached to over a hundred in spring 2017. We now host a maximum of 70 people to ensure enough food and space for everyone.
Why are you called ‘Conscious’ Kitchen?
We first called ourselves The Kitchen The Hague, as the kitchen for us represents a central place in the house where the family often gets together. Next to this community-aspect, we were looking for a name that also reflects our other values of conscious living and sustainability. That is how we came up with Conscious Kitchen.
What is your goal?
Our primary goal is to bring people together over food. At the same time, we want to fight food waste by cooking with fruits and veggies that would otherwise have been thrown away. On top of that, we aim to create awareness on sustainability: about the scale of food waste, about cooking with whatever is given to you and about how good plant-based food can be.
How can I get involved?
You can help us with market pickups, cooking, serving and cleaning. Every Monday we post a sign-up sheet in the event (make sure to be on time, shifts fill up quickly!).
Next to getting actively involved, come and talk to us at a dinner to if you have any ideas to improve our events; we’re always open to feedback and suggestions! In addition, you could support us by spreading our message and inviting people to our dinner.