Past Event

The Phi Centre hosts a photo and video exhibit as part of the Theater of Life event series

Opening hours:
Wednesday to Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday: noon to 5 PM
*On evenings when films are being shown in Space B (2nd floor), the exhibition remains accessible to visitors until the start of the film

Free admission 

As part our the Theater of Life event series, the Phi Centre’s art gallery will feature a powerful photography and video exhibit of images from the Refettorio Ambrosiano, a communal gathering place where food waste is used to feed political refugees, the homeless, blue-collar workers, and immigrants.

The pictures by Alberto Bobbera will be for sale and all the proceeds will go to Massimo Bottura’s Foundation Food for Soul.

This exhibit is part of the Theater of Life series of socio-culinary events to be held at the Phi Centre from May 25 to 28. Centred on the theme of food waste, the programme will include a conference, culinary demonstrations and meals prepared by top local and international chefs.

Photo credit: Triplex Films (cover)



The Refettorio Ambrosiano

In 2015, chef Massimo Bottura renovated an abandoned theatre in Milan’s disadvantaged Greco quarter to open a new type of soup kitchen. Under his guidance, the Refettorio Ambrosiano became a communal gathering place where food waste generated by the 2015 Expo in Milan, Italy, could be used to feed political refugees, the homeless, blue-collar workers, and immigrants. In a delightful setting light years removed from that of the traditional soup kitchen, forty internationally renowned chefs – including Canadian chefs Antonio Park, Jeremy Charles, and John Winter Russell – took turns cooking up a storm at the Refettorio Ambrosiano. Expo 2015 is over, but the Refettorio Ambrosiano continues to feed the hungry.cales.

Massimo Bottura

Culinary visionary Massimo Bottura is no stranger to thinking outside the kitchen. At the vanguard of a new generation of Italian chefs, his work both as an innovator and restaurateur has consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s most creative culinary figures. Massimo’s internationally renowned three Michelin star restaurant, Osteria Francescana, is currently second on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants listing. Massimo is also known for applying his creativity to bigger picture social issues, such as the Food for Soul project which commenced in Milan and created meals from repurposed food scraps. He engages the public in community projects aimed at bringing dignity back to the table.

La Tablée des Chefs is a non-profit organization that has for mission is to feed people in need and to develop the culinary education of youth. It is also the engine of social involvement for Chefs, Cooks and Pastry chefs. Through its food chores and its Sustainable Food Brokerage Service, La Tablée des Chefs redistribute annually more than 498 000 servings of food to people in need. The organization also offers culinary training programs that focus on basic cooking techniques and the principles of healthy eating. Les Ateliers du Frère Toc are offered in every Youth Centers of the province in order to develop teenagers culinary autonomy and encourage the acquisition of tangible skills needed to complete daily tasks. Les Brigades Culinaires program is offered in 60 high schools, to more than 1 200 teenagers, in 14 regions across Quebec.

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