Our initiatives under the umbrella of Fati’s Food’ are a tribute to Fatima’s love of food and everything it represents. Just like Fatima, we aim to spread joy – using food as a means to nourish, connect, and empower people.
REMEMBERING FATI’S LOVE FOR FOOD
“I LOVE TAKING PAKISTANI FLAVOURS AND SPICES, USING THEM TO CREATE DISHES THAT ARE REMINISCENT OF THE FLAVOURS OF MY CHILDHOOD. MY PAST AND MY PRESENT ESSENTIALLY BECOMES MY FUTURE, WHERE WHAT I KNOW IN MY BONES IS COMBINED WITH WHAT I END UP CREATING”
FATI’S FOOD TRUCK
Fatima’s first real brush with child poverty came when she was around 7 years old and had just moved to Karachi from the US with her family. Every day, on her way back from school, she would stop at a traffic signal where she saw a group of young children asking for food. At that time, all she would have were chips
and juice that her mother had packed for the car ride home. Although tired and hungry herself, Fati started giving her snacks to the kids and saw the smiles her humble meal would bring to their faces. This gesture became a bigger ritual with weekend trips to the market where she and her mom began feeding the children burgers or kebab rolls or ice cream. These interactions brought joy to both the giver and the receiver. To Fatima, it was not a “langar” or distribution of food en masse, but rather, this gesture of hers was about bringing joy and putting a smile on the young faces she saw herself in, by sharing a special treat.
These experiences made the reality of the “haves and have-nots” obvious for Fatima, which influenced her very deeply and stayed a part of her consciousness. She wrote about her thoughts and feelings on this, after her win on ‘Chopped’, “The Belly of the Beast”, which was published in the Sunday Times. You can read it here, in her own words, about how this period in her life influenced her future endeavors.
Fati’s very own “Van Pakistan” stall at Smorgusburg New York, came from her desire to start up a food truck in America. She had wanted to go around the country introducing delicious Pakistani food in approachable ways to the American public, so our initiative too, takes inspiration from her concept of “Van Pakistan”.
Our initiative will have Fati’s Food truck driving around town as well as going to specific spots such as orphanages, to share special treats for children and young people who may not have the means or opportunities to indulge in such delights. This venture focuses solely on bringing joy and spreading smiles and will operate in the afternoon and evenings, four days a week, initially providing at least 100 treats a day. Our offerings will constantly change, and we will collaborate with local food businesses to develop exclusive items that will only be available through our truck and purchasable for a limited amount of time to the general public to generate funds that we need to subsidize the treats we want to give away.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION THROUGH RECOVERED FOOD
Fatima worked in several top restaurants during her career. She learned the art of providing a meal that not only tasted delicious but looked beautiful too. As she strove to achieve perfection in presentation, she saw so much wastage of nutritious, edible food first-hand. The amount of good food going to waste from restaurants, grocery stores, farms and more haunted her. She wanted to find creative ways to identify what may otherwise be wasted and repurpose it.
We want to work with various providers and producers to identify, collect and repurpose sources of food waste from farms, food manufacturing, restaurants, retail stores, etc., and to join us in the conversation of ensuring no nutritious food goes to waste. If you are an individual or organization within food supply channels such as supermarkets, farms, food manufacturers, or others who could help us redirect or utilise potential food waste items, please connect with us so we can build our network of suppliers and sources.