We are a community-focused social enterprise called 91 Ways to Build a Global City, based in Bristol and named after the 91 languages spoken there. At the core of everything we do is our belief in the connecting power of food and community.
Our aim is to build a more global city through encouraging people to share their personal food journeys, recipes, and passions. We believe this will help to bridge the gaps between Bristol’s 91 language communities and build a more united city. We also want to help people to make better decisions about their nutrition and well-being, so that they can improve the health and sustainability of themselves, their families, and our city.
To achieve this aim we hold regular community-focused events and Supper Clubs around the city, bringing together people from different communities to share food and stories. Since our formation in 2015 we have connected more than 12,000 people, speaking 40 languages, at over 180 events held in local centres, schools, universities, places of worship, and even on boats. We have held centrepiece mass meals at food festivals and community events, and produced a roving pop-up International Peace Café.
Our work so far has not only brought together diverse communities across the city and showcased a myriad of world food cultures, but it has also provided the opportunity for a group of refugee women in Bristol – from Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea – to become part of the wider community, share their food cultures, and develop skills to help them pursue catering careers.
Our work is focused in the areas of Bristol with the lowest income*: Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Henbury, Brentry, Southmead, Lockleaze, Lawrence Hill, Filwood, Hartcliffe and Withywood. We plan to visit all of these communities and hold inter-community events, encouraging 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.
*Data taken from the 2019 Indices of Deprivation Summary Report