As dinner service got under way on Sunday, a dishevelled man identifying himself only as Nilson removed a few radish slices from his aubergine panzanella salad and deposited them in a plastic bucket holding a window cleaning kit.
Photo: Reuters, working with local partners, Massimo Bottura's gourmet soup kitchen Refettorio Gastromotiva has steam rabattkod been serving up three-course meals for the past week.
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It was Father's Day in Brazil, and so for many of the men gathered who talked about life's wrong turns and their estrangement from family, emotions ran high.
Once the Games are over, the project will morph into a lunchtime restaurant, proceeds of which will fund evening meals for the homeless.
In contrast to the government-run centres, where meals are served on prison-like food trays with throw-away cups, the Refettorio is an epicurean's delight, complete with designer wood tables, oversized photos of the staff by French artist JR and a long mural of the Last Supper.But it is the royal treatment they relish most.His aim is to educate people about food waste in order to help feed the 800 million in the world who are hungry.With questions swirling over the 12 billion US dollar (9.2 billion) price tag of South America's first Olympics, Mr Bottura wanted to make a statement about the Games' sustainability by taking on one symbol of Olympic waste: the more than 230 tons of food supplied.As dinner wound down, Mr Costa e Silva emerged from the kitchen to thank his guests.Beneficiaries are selected by groups like one that runs a shelter for transvestites who work as prostitutes on Lapa's streets.
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He wiped a tear from his cheek and continued.