Food Truck Delivers Local Opportunities

A new community program in Rotterdam is bringing a food truck with new eating options -- and business opportunities -- to working class neighborhoods.
April 18, 2009, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Last year, Solomon began combing Rotterdam's working-class immigrant district Afrikaanderwijk for neighborhood foodstuff that might otherwise be discarded. Calling her method "super-use," she takes products nearing their shelf date from groceries and green markets and conjures recipes to transform them into sellable snacks. Aging lemon, coriander, and smoked beets were injected into hummus; bread dough became crackers; and all kinds of vegetables were pickled."

"In fact, the truck, called Lucky Mi Fortune Cooking, is part of a larger initiative, led by the local architect Dennis Kaspori and the artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, to inject new life into the neighborhood. Kaspori says their practice questions the role that citizens can play in Dutch revitalization programs."

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Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 in Metropolis
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