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Lincoln Pantry Communal Lunches
Culture is a Verb

Communal Lunches are part of Inaugural Artist Kathrin Böhm's Culture is a Verb commission for Mansions of the Future. Each monthly lunch has a different theme and uses food— its production, consumption and policies – as the perfect common denominator to connect everyone around the table.

The monthly lunches are an opportunity to meet others, share a locally sourced lunch together and have informal conversations about topics including, but not limited to food growth and production.

Each lunch will be prepared with locally sourced food.

1. Growing
12 noon – 2pm
Thursday 28 June 2018

For the first communal lunch at Mansions of the Future on Thursday 28 June from 12-2pm we are inviting Lincoln residents who are actively involved in growing and thinking food on a number of levels, from running community allotments, to therapeutic growing, no-food-waste initiatives and rethinking food systems.

Nigel Curry will lead the lunch by presenting A food strategy for the City of Lincoln. Nigel Curry is a member of the Health Advancement Research Team (HART) and Visiting Professor in the Lincoln International Business School.  

2. "3 courses, 3 pounds"
12 noon – 2pm
Thursday 16 August

For the second communal lunch Mint Lane Cafe will lead an open discussion around social eating and how to create healthy and affordable meals, while demonstrating how to make one simple dish.

Mint Lane Cafe is a social eating space providing a warm welcome to the well-being centre of Lincoln. It uses retail surplus food to create healthy and affordable meals alongside purposeful and creative activities. They work to reduce food waste and take action on food poverty by providing wholesome meals for people who cannot afford to eat well. There are many volunteering opportunities at the cafe. You can get involved to make a difference through various roles with provided training.

3. School Dinners
Culture is a Verb
Thursday 20 September, 12pm – 2pm

This lunch will be led by Jason O’Rourke, headteacher food education speaker at the Washingborough Academy. Washingborough Academy has gained national recognition for the curriculum it has developed which has put healthy living and food education at the forefront of children’s learning. They are the only in-house school caterer to have achieved the Soil Associations Gold Catering Mark, as well as being a Gold Food for Life School. The Academy have appeared on national TV for there work in addressing childhood obesity. They are a case study school for the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan and are the lead school in introducing the internationally acclaimed SAPERE method of Taste Education into the UK – www.flavourschool.org.uk

4. Cooperatives
Culture is a Verb
Thursday 18 October, 12pm – 2pm

David Johnson will be hosting the lunch and the theme is ‘Cooperatives’. David is a Cooperative Development Lincolnshire coordinator, supporting the development of cooperatives and Social Enterprises throughout Lincolnshire. David discovered the third sector by volunteering widely throughout Lincoln until appointed Engagement and Involvement officer for Alzheimer’s Society Lincolnshire. 

5. Herb Charms
Culture is a Verb
Thursday 15 November, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Booking required, suitable for ages 18+

November’s lunch is titled Herb Charmsand coincides with upcoming intimate exhibition, Wild City. Speaking at this month’s lunch is Herbalist Hannah Sylvester. Hannah has worked alongside Wild City artist, Liz Davis, in recreating an Anglo-Saxon Nine Herb Charm for the occasion of the exhibition opening in Lincoln. Artist Liz Davis will also join us as we talk together about herbs and those attending will have the opportunity to view Davis’ exhibition, Wild City