Dinner Exchange Berlin is a series of convivial gatherings of people who are interested in the issue of food waste as well as a catering service. Prior to the dinner, lunch or breakfast, we collect food that would otherwise go to waste from markets, bakeries, wine merchants, coffee shops and other food distributors. From this random collection of ingredients we create innovative dishes and, hopefully, situations of vibrant social interaction. After each event, part of the income goes to initiatives and organizations concerned with food waste.

We have organized dinners, brunches and breakfasts in the framework of different festivals and events (55th Biennale di Venezia; documenta 13; Climate KIC Germany; HAU/raumlabor; KW – Institute for Contemporary Art; Salon Populaire; Kunstraum Kreuzberg), to which we invited guests from diverse fields –art, architecture, dance, science– to discuss and performatively present a specific topic.

Our first Dinner Exchange took place on Sunday, October 16th, 2011, in a Berlin artist studio/flat in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

All our events require reservations.

Check us out on the Trenntstadt Berlin: http://trenntmap.de

An offspring of Dinner Exchange Berlin, Dinner Exchange Americana, is run on special occasions by Sandra Teitge out of New York, USA, where she currently resides.


Dinner Exchange Berlin ist sowohl ein konviviales Zusammentreffen von Menschen, die sich für das Thema Verschwendung interessieren, als auch ein Catering Service. Am jeweiligen Tag werden aus auf diversen Märkten gespendeten Lebensmittelresten, die normalerweise von den Vertreibern weggeworfen werden, Gerichte zubereitet. Nach jeder Veranstaltung gehen ein Teil der Einnahmen an Organisationen, die sich für bessere Lebensmittelverteilung einsetzen.

Unser Menü ist je nach den verfügbaren Lebensmittelresten von Supermärkten, Wochenmärkten und anderen Lebensmittelvertreibern dem Zufallsprinzip unterworfen. Unserer Kreativität ist dabei keine Grenzen gesetzt. Wir bemühen uns stets, in der Qualität der von uns gezauberten Gerichte keine Kompromisse einzugehen.

Neben von uns selbst organisierten Essen kochten wir im Rahmen verschiedener Festivals und Veranstaltungen Abendessen, Brunches und Frühstücke (z.B. Biennale di Venezia; documenta 13; Climate KIC Germany; HAU/raumlabor; KW – Institute for Contemporary Art; Salon Populaire; Kunstraum Kreuzberg), zu denen wir Gäste aus verschiedenen Bereichen –Kunst, Architektur, Tanz, Wissenschaft– einluden, ein bestimmtes Thema zu diskutieren und performativ darzustellen.

Unsere erste Veranstaltung fand am 16. Oktober 2011 in einem Wohnatelier in Berlin-Kreuzberg statt.

Alle unsere Veranstaltungen benötigen Reservierungen.

Wir sind in der Trenntstadt Berlin: http://trenntmap.de vertreten.

Ein Ableger des Dinner Exchange Berlin, Dinner Exchange Americana, wird von Sandra Teitge zu besonderen Anlässen von New York, USA, aus organisiert, wo Sandra momentan lebt und arbeitet.

Sarah Mewes (*1983, West Berlin) is a journalist. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Goldsmiths (University of London), with degrees in social and political sciences, and completed law school in 2010. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sarah worked for both the public and private sector in Europe and Africa, legal aid practices across London, as well as undertaking a foray into corporate law. She enjoys exploring different cultures, not least through their culinary practices.

Sandra Teitge (*1982, East Berlin) is New York-based independent curator/programmer, writer, and cultural researcher and artistic director of the residency program FD13 in Saint Paul, MN/U.S. She organizes discursive events and exhibitions in the realm of contemporary art and is interested in creating time-based situations, which focus on dialogue, knowledge exchange, and the body. Recent curatorial projects include a procession in Puerto Rico with the artist Papo Colo (MoMA PS1), research in the framework of culinary politics in Mexico City/Mexico, Beirut/Lebanon and Munich/Germany, the WorldWide Storefront organized by the Storefront for Art & Architecture New York, the all-night performative exhibition Vexations at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, the Pavilion of Georgia at the 55th Biennale di Venezia, and the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Sandra regularly writes for diverse (maga)zines and contributed to the publication “Metropolitan Views II. Art Scenes in Berlin 1989-2009.” She studied Art & Visual History (MA) in Berlin and Media Studies and French (BA) at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, and at the Nouvelle Sorbonne in Paris, France. Besides her curatorial activities, Sandra teaches Art Theory & History at different colleges.

Eckehard Mewes (*1949, Wangerooge) is a recently retired mathematician who has worked for non-governmental organisations for much of his life, as well as teaching maths and French at a high school in Berlin-Kreuzberg. He holds a Diploma in Maths and Romance Linguistics from the University of Kiel and the Sorbonne in Paris.  Whilst trying to convey the beauty of differential and integral calculus, he launched and co-ordinated the programme “Schools without Racism” at his school, a national initiative against discrimination in educational environments. In 2008, he founded a charity (e.V.) for which he also acts as treasurer. This has given him experience in accounting for and securing funding from various government bodies. He is in charge of the Dinner Exchange’s finances.

Violetta Engelien (*1983, Berlin) is a consistent member at Dinner Exchange Berlin, with extensive experience in the event and hospitality sector. Amongst other things, Violetta has worked at the Berlinale for 10 years, organizing many a premiere and numerous film openings. She studies psychology, works and lives in Berlin and has an interest in people, food and conviviality.

  1. Großartige Idee, werde auf jeden Fall versuchen, mal dabei zu sein!

  2. Johannes Paetzold said:

    Hi, this sounds great. English? Doitsch? Whatauchever:

    I d like to come on Saturday, I know you re booked, but catch some soundbites for public Radio Eins. I have several uses for your project on our radio station. Can you send me your contact to discuss?!

    Bis auf bald, grüßt Johannes

  3. was für eine spannende Idee –
    wo meldet man sich an?
    wo finde ich die Termine für Berlin?
    was kostet die Teilnahme?

    • wir werden dich in unseren newsletter aufnehmen.
      das nächste essen ist mitte juli in berlin.
      darin findest du dann alle infos.

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