Fooition stands for Food + Intuition. As an organization Fooition stands for bringing people together to evolve the conversation of healthy eating to include not just what we eat, but also how we eat. Food culture is too often overlooked when trying to rebuild food systems that are both sustainable and able to support healthy lifestyles. Fooition aims to revitalize food culture by fostering cross-cultural exchange between a rising middle-class striving to eat healthier and a vibrant community of refugees and immigrants whom are still connected to their culinary traditions. Their food cultures harbor a wealth of knowledge about how to grow, harvest, cook and eat food in ways that support symbiosis between people and nature and empower individuals to develop a sense of Fooition. It is time to welcome these diverse perspectives and contributions onto the stage of solving the most pressing issue of our time: food and how to feed a growing population without exhausting the resources that support the human race.
In the Community
Fooition serves the Denver-Aurora community by organizing several cross-cultural events that highlight food to celebrate diversity and shared humanity. Sometimes it is easy to forget that you don’t have to go half way around the world to engage with diverse communities and cultures in meaningful ways. That chance exists right here in our backyards. Denver is a hub for innovation when it comes to urban farming, sustainable food, and alternative models of health and nutrition. Greater inspiration awaits those who dare to be culturally curious. The diverse life experiences, food practices, and cuisines of Denver’s growing international community have essential contributions to make, unique voices to be heard, and delicious dishes to be sampled. Fooition is a doorway into the world of rich and vibrant food culture that exists right under our unsuspecting noses.
Burmese Village benefit dinners empower the Burmese refugee community by providing opportunities to share their food culture through a social enterprise model. The dinners help fund Zin Zin pursue her dream of opening the first Burmese restaurant in Denver. Zin Zin and Marin first met at the Mango House, a refugee resource center, and started co-teaching culturally empowering nutrition classes to Burmese refugees; focusing on the strong suits of Burmese food culture, and thoughtfully discussing what health challenges exist in both American and modern Burmese cuisine. From there they had the idea to start hosting 5 course dinners to share with Americans the unique flavors and healthful cuisine that is Burmese food.
In addition to Burmese Village, Fooition is working to expand its social outreach projects. There are many ideas and possibilities in the oven. Stay tuned to see what will be cooked up next.
Fooition for You
Fooition aims to help people re-ignite their inherent ability to make healthy eating choices and strengthen their trust in themselves to do so. The Fooition blog is full of tips and tools that reveal the healing power of food, and our own power to make informed food choices that are tailored to our individual needs. Fooition does not promote fashion-fad diets, reliance on external expertise or mere FDA regulations; instead it offers an alternative approach to health and nutrition that draws on the West, the East and everything in between. As individuals we have the birthright to be empowered to understand how foods affect our emotions, physical well-being, and even our interactions with the world around us.