An inclusive place of beauty dedicated to the most vulnerable, Refettorio Mérida celebrates Mexican culture and community spirit.
Food for Soul, the nonprofit organization founded by Chef Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore to fight food waste while strengthening social inclusion and community resilience, has partnered with Fundación Palace, Palace Resorts’ philanthropic institution, whose main objective is to help contribute and give back to the communities in which it operates. The two organizations will open the first North American Refettoriothis spring, in the city center of Mérida, Mexico.Refettorio Mérida is to be a gift to the city, providing a unique sense of community that respects the many social layers of Mérida.
The city has always been a melting pot of cultures and nationalities and even today has a very strong, well-established cultural identity with influences from all over the world. This diversity will be reflected and celebrated within the walls of the refettorio, which will become a place for people to express their culture and identity. Refettorio Mérida will operate with the support of Food for Soul and Fundación Palace, offering a space where meals are shared and also providing workshops and events throughout the year to inspire and engage the whole community.