"Our hearts are aligned when we share the same dreams. By setting the table for the experience of sharing a story, you have aligned our hearts."
-Blair Randall, Executive Director Emeritus of Garden for the Environment
Real Food Real Stories' mission is to humanize the food movement and inspire cultural and social change for a connected, healthy and just food system.
Our Founding Story
The story of RFRS started with founder Pei-Ru Ko's journey to heal her disabling auto-immmune condition through food. While researching the growing practices of Bay Area food options, Pei-Ru befriended many local food producers truly in the business to feed people and heal our planet. As Pei-Ru began to recover through each nourishing soups and stews, she started to ask the question, "How can I give back to the budding food movement that helped me heal?"
In the summer of 2014 Pei-Ru and a group of friends passionate about issues of sustainability in food & community building put on the first Real Food Real Stories gathering in a San Francisco home. The 40+ people gathered showed the power of pairing authentic storytelling & an inspired, shared meal to build local food communities, where eaters are invited to deeply connect with those actively stewarding our land, sea and overall food system.
The power of connection to activate the sustainable food movement emerged that evening made it clear that we must share the experience with others. Since then, a team of volunteer collaborators has been working together to build the community initiative and partner with local producers, food/agriculture advocacy groups, food businesses and eaters. In October 2015, RFRS became a non-profit (501c3) project of Earth Island Institute.
To further learn about RFRS' journey and why we believe that gathering is a form of activism, please take a look at this article written by Pei-Ru, published by Earth Island Journal.
Gatherings: we curate many forms of gatherings to facilitate live-storytelling and connection.
- RFRS x Airbnb feature live storytelling from some of the best Bay Area food makers and farmers. Plus, you'll always find ingredients from the story in the shared meal.
- RFRS Picnics are casual yet intimate traveling food experiences that takes place in unique food spaces. As always, the gathering will center around honest and authentic live storytelling fro changemakers in food.
- RFRS Supperclubs are intimate and immersive community gatherings set in home environments over shared meals and around honest and authentic storytelling from changemakers in food.
- RFRS Digestifs are follow-up gatherings with RFRS storytellers, offering opportunities to deepen relationships, further discussions and get hands-on.
Chef's Table: we can be hired to curate private experiences of powerful live-storytelling and paired meals for companies, conferences and communities. For more information, please contact email@example.com.