“Now more than ever we need to celebrate our common humanity,

by coming together to build bridges and

unite against the voices which seek to divide us”

Kalpna Woolf 2018

The dominant story of our times and the biggest threat to global peace is the persistent focus on our differences: from terror, negative rhetoric, intolerance and a deluge of confused information. And yet, in cities and communities across the UK, we are faced with the challenge of bringing our diverse communities together.

Our story

We are a dynamic, social enterprise known as 91 Ways to Build a Global City, which was named after the 91 languages spoken in Bristol. Since 2015 we’ve collected recipes and food stories from many of Bristol’s language communities and helped to bring together groups who have never come into contact with one another before –bringing together over 12,000 people, speaking 40 languages, at  over 152 events in schools, universities, places of worship, with community organisations and even on boats.

Since our first launch event, 91 Ways has kept growing and spawned all sorts of follow ups: centrepiece mass meals at food festivals, local community events across the city and a roving pop up International Peace Café.All of this has not only brought together diverse communities across the city and showcased a myriad of world food cultures, but it has also provided an opportunity for a group of refugee women in Bristol – from Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea – to become part of the wider community, show off their local food cultures and develop skills to help them pursue fledgling catering careers.

Where next?

We want to go deep into our communities both locally and nationally. Reaching into areas where people feel isolated, fearful and forgotten. We plan to visit all these communities and to hold inter-community events so people can meet people from their community and from other parts of Bristol.Our focus will be Avonmouth, Southmead, Lockleaze, Hartcliffe, Stockwood, Knowle West and Barton Hill. Our events will encourage people to make genuine connections with their neighbours from other cultures by using the uniting power of food, to cross these divides and talk about our traditions and heritage.

Our events will feature food which is representative of that community and this acts as a starting point to talk, share personal stories, memories and cultural understandings throughout the event. These conversations lead to long-lasting connections and friendships. We will feature people’s recipes and memories on our website and share them with their community and others so that they can celebrate their diversity.

Bristol can be a beacon for peace

We are also looking to expand some of these activities into other cities; in 2018 we have used our projects in Bristol as template to trial similar style community projects in Nottingham, Belfast and South Gloucester and the results of these have been very encouraging.

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Our next set of free cooking classes for over 50’s start next Tuesday at The Sundial Kitchen, North Street, Bedminster. We have wonderful cooks from some of the different language communities in Bristol lined up to teach us how to cook their favourite heritage dish. Are you over 50? Join us for cooking, a lot of chatting and a delicious shared lunch. Email harriet@91ways.org to book your place.
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Foodie Friday ! This weeks' fabulous recipe for Asparagus pasta is from Claudia Poligioni. You might remember Claudia from a wonderful Italian supper club, during a snowy evening, at the start of 2019 ! Claudia works with @Coexhist Community Kitchen in Bristol and she has been helping us with our over 55's cooking classes.
Thank you so much Claudia for sharing your recipe.

Asparagus pasta

2 bunches asparagus

2 bunches asparagus
2 shallots
500 g fresh egg tagliatelle
40 g Parmesan , grated
Handful of thyme
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil

Snap the woody bottoms off the asparagus stalks and throw them away. Cut off the top 4cm of each stalk, put to one side and finely chop the remaining stalks. Slice shallots.
Heat a wide frying pan and gently fry the shallots first, then add the chopped asparagus stalks in a little olive oil and thyme. Add the asparagus tips for the last 2 minutes of cooking time. When the asparagus softens slightly turn the heat off and blend them roughly with stick blender.
Cook the tagliatelle in plenty of boiling salted water, according to pack instructions.
Drain the pasta, reserving a cup of the cooking water, and toss with the mashed asparagus.
Stir in most of the Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. If needed loosen the pasta with a little of the cooking water. Serve with the last of the Parmesan sprinkled on top.
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At 91 Ways we have a team of Community Ambassadors who work with us to spread the word about 91 Ways and our activities.

Each of the Ambassadors comes from a different background and brings a different set of skills, and links into different communities across Bristol.

Viviane is one of our Ambassadors and she has been working with the 91 Ways team for over 3 years; you probably will have met her if you have been to one of our supper clubs, and you may even have been lucky enough to sample one of her famous cakes !

Link to our website to meet Viviane and and learn about her journey with 91 ways

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91 Ways to Build a Global City2 weeks ago
We have a new series of free cooking classes for over 50’s starting on 2nd July. Taking bookings now. Join us.
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Have you signed up yet to any of the Food connections activities? There are a fantastic range of activities happening across Bristol this week! Don’t miss out !
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Final few tickets !! Don’t miss out ! Our latest supper club is a Vietnamese evening the talented Trung Trinh ( known as TT ).

TT is going to be cooking a 3 course Vietnamese meal for us at our next supper club, which will be Friday 26th July.

Tickets are now on sale https://www.fundsurfer.com/crowdfund/91-ways-our-expansion-continues-in-2019

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