An Italian dinner in a wooden house

by Daniela Chimienti

Where there is a kitchen, there are a lot of exciting things happening. 

Last Monday we celebrated the partnership between our Das Hallo Projekt and Über den Tellerand with a wonderful event where the Italian cuisine was the star. Picture this: Twenty-some people engaged in chopping eggplants, rocket, onions, tomatoes, mozzarella; in cooking pasta; in preparing delicious fruit baskets carved in melons. Pure art, pure love 

Most of these people were Italians and Germans, but I could count about ten nationalities in all: I met Parag from India, Anara from Kyrgyzstan, Suad from Jordan, Joseph from Lebanon as well as people from Ukraine, Peru, Brazil, Turkey and Argentina.  

Munich is multicultural, everyone knows that, but when you have such a concentration of all this wonderful funky diversity is squeezed into a single cozy room like the one on Preysing Street Well, it is amazing and fun. 

That night, all you could feel were good vibesanywhere, anytime. When people talked among each other into German, English and even Italian as well; when people ate; when people laughed. 

A partnership between organizations is powerful: people are brought together under the shield of integration. It creates an an immediate sense of community around a common project. That night the common project was a delicious pasta alla Norma and fruit salad, thanks to Michela, our Italian hobby chef.

And without even realizing it, while you are doing this experience of doing together something, you are improving your German and at the same time, you are creating new friendships and building  intercultural bridges.


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My name is Daniela, 100% made in Italy, based in Munich currently. I struggle every day to master German, like a dragon against dragons! I have been writing forever. In Italian first, in English then. And now, in German as well. I hope Goethe can forgive me. 

I have joined Das Hallo Projekt because they are a super cool team. Big ups to colorful multicultie enterprises!