Village clubs: food

 
Rebecca and Bodil are friends from their Public Health studies, and were in charge of making veggie curry for 30 hungry food clubbers.

Rebecca and Bodil are friends from their Public Health studies, and were in charge of making veggie curry for 30 hungry food clubbers.

CPH Village has several clubs and initiatives run by the villagers. One of the most popular is the food club, “Madklubben”, where the 30+ members eat together every Sunday.

The food club’s centre of gravity is the community space kitchen in the village on Refshaleøen. It sports all the pots, pans and utensils to handle a feast, and the busy chefs can blast their favorite tunes while chopping vegetables. The «dining hall» easily fits 50 people, and long tables set the scene for an informal and simple dining experience.

Madklubben is organised through a Facebook group where the members take turn in posting their menu of the week. Interested diners then RSVP so that the chef can get the right amount of ingredients. Each diner MobilePays a fixed price of 35 DKK ahead of the meal and reserves his/her seat at the table. Profits (a common occurrence) are reinvested in the food club, be it more and better equipment, exotic spices and sharper knives.

“We want to invest in making the food club bigger and better. For instance, we are really keen on more baking equipment, and our budget for getting that is growing for each meal that is taking place.”

 
 
Rebecca: “I decided to make veggie curry this time. I already had the paste, and a vegetarian dish is both inclusive and easy to make.”

Rebecca: “I decided to make veggie curry this time. I already had the paste, and a vegetarian dish is both inclusive and easy to make.”

Bodil: “You tend to cook for one in your own kitchen. The food club gives us an opportunity to share a meal and get to know one another.”

Bodil: “You tend to cook for one in your own kitchen. The food club gives us an opportunity to share a meal and get to know one another.”

 
 
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Rebecca and Bodil cooked for around 30 people this Sunday. The long table seated a mix of new and old friends, both Danish and internationals villagers.

“The long table makes for an inclusive atmosphere and the language barrier seems to disappear when you’re sharing a meal.”

 
 
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Nikolaj (left) was one of the first members of the food club.

“In the early days, we brought our own pots, plates and cutlery to cook and eat in someone’s apartment. When the Community Space Kitchen was built, we were quick to move into the larger space and the club grew organically.

There are so many good things about the food club; we get together, save money and don’t have to think about cooking (nearly) every Sunday!”


Åsmund Hogstad