COMFORT FOOD
EMPATHIC EATING

A collaboration with Fan Sissoko

An intimate experience combining audio storytelling and dining to bring people’s emotional food memories to life.

What does love taste like? What about fear? Or relief? You order your meal from a menu of carefully curated feelings. You start eating, and you start listening. You hear a stranger’s voice. They tell you about the food you are eating, what it means to them, and how the memory of it makes them feel. By the end of it, are they still a stranger?

why
'Comfort food' builds on the old age wisdom that food brings people together. If food is a powerful social connector, can it also be used to trigger empathy between two individuals with radically different life experiences? It aims to remind us that, in what is often described as the age of loneliness, eating can be a powerful act of social intimacy.

To listen to our Comfort food stories and find out more about the project, go to comfortfoodstories.org