With the belief that people are meant to relate to one another, Cape Town-based Austin Simmons and Andrew Vanover founded a project titled 50 Days 50 Meals, an initiative involving conversation, consumption and compilation. With food as a universal language, they set out with the goal to engage individuals from multiple socioeconomic backgrounds using the bistro table as common ground. Every day for 50 days, they intend to seek out an individual or family with whom there is no connection (a perfect stranger) and engage with them by either purchasing or preparing a meal for them.
Their understanding that face-to-face communication is at the core of any sound and sensible relationship has set the groundwork for a project all about people and conversation. With a straightforward goal in mind, these two have created a model that anyone can execute, and an ideology that everyone can relate to. As they so simply put it, “don’t be afraid to have a conversation.”
01. 50 Days 50 Meals