WE COMBAT POVERTY WITH DELICIOUSNESS


We want to better the lives of vulnerable and marginalized individuals and to drive social change,

through initiatives that have food, cooking, and entrepreneurship as recurrent elements.

THE FOUNDATION'S WORK IS FOCUSED ON THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

TO DRIVE SOCIAL CHANGE AND TO COMBAT POVERTY THROUGH INITIATIVES RELATED TO FOOD AND HOSPITALITY

TO USE EDUCATION IN FOOD, COOKING, AND CULINARY CRAFT AS INSTRUMENTS TO INSPIRE PEOPLE IN PRISONS AND IN STRUGGLING COMMUNITIES TO CHOOSE A LIFE WITHOUT CRIME.

TO BREAK PICKY EATING HABITS OF CHILDREN AND, FROM AN EARLY AGE, STRENGTHEN THEIR ABILITY TO INFLUENCE SUSTAINABLE AND HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES.

INITIATIVES


Coming from humble beginnings, the Melting Pot Foundation has created international presence, starting with a pioneering state prison cooking shcool program in Copenhagen, Denmark ahead of an umbrella of initiatives throughout Bolivia - including acclaimed gourmet restaurant GUSTU and the series of neighborhood cafeterias and cooking schools in Manq'a. Later Manq'a emerged to Columbia and the Melting Pot Foundation initiated another social program in Brownsville, Brooklyn -- New York City, featuring a culinary school for at-risk youth in conjunction with a neighborhood restaurant and bakery/café.



MELTING POT HISTORY


August 2010

Claus Meyer founds The Melting Pot. A not-for-profit with the mission of spreading social uplift through the culinary arts and traditions. The Melting Pot works to build solidarity through the celebration of local cuisine while providing marketable skills for their most vulnerable members.



September 2010

The Melting Pot, in collaboration with the Prison Service and State Prison Vridsløselille, set up a culinary school within the prison. The goal was to bring together chefs across the country to do the same in all Danish prisons, as a way to inspire the inmates to change careers and live a life without crime. Additionally, to spread the thinking that all ex-offenders who have served their punishment, deserves a second chance.



March 2012

The first project outside of Denmark is established in Bolivia: The Gustu School is a culinary school/restaurant that trains young Bolivians, with fewer opportunities, in the areas of kitchen and bakery. From this single project three programs were born: Restaurant Gustu, Cafeterias and Schools Manq’a and Gustu Training Center.



August 2014

Project Manager Lucas Denton established relationships with key neighborhood organizations and individuals with the aim of conceptualizing a project in which Brownsvillians could improve the community and quality of their own lives through the culinary arts. The project is based upon the blueprint of Bolivia’s Gustu, combining a world-class restaurant, culinary school and bakery to train Brownsvillian youth.


GET IN TOUCH


Melting Pot Foundation Denmark

Toldbodgade 51B, St.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Director, Magnus Søgaard

ms [at] meltingpotfoundation.org

Melting Pot Foundation Bolivia

Ave Costanera

Calle 10

La Paz, Bolivia

Melting Pot Foundation US Inc.

69 Belmont Ave

Brooklyn, New York City, USA

Director, Lucas Denton

ld [at] meltingpotfoundation.org