JACK AND CORINNA FROM SACRED FOOD INVITE US TO EXPLORE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD IN A DEEPER WAY.
‘Having a lens of appreciation whilst honouring ourselves and our environment’ is the resounding message Jack and Corinna offer through their Gozo based catering business, Sacred Food. Both chefs, they have had to promptly turn their business around and switch mindsets, protocols and even their menu due to the Corona pandemic, but their promise remains the same; to keep us connected to our inner food compass and feed us healthy dishes to boost our immune system.
This super couple prepare homemade food once a week and deliver it to doors all over Gozo and they have seen a huge increase in demand over the last weeks. Their food is plant based, sugar free, gluten free and sometimes fermented and arrives beautifully packaged in upcycled jars and bottles which you return when you order again. Sweet. They also run retreats, but have obviously had to put these on hold, along with numerous other projects they were providing consultancy for, but it is clear by their warm, boundless energy, they choose to focus only on the positive.
It is crystal clear that nothing will defeat them. The current climate has seen them having to think on their feet and create processes and systems on the go in order to meet demands – whilst maintaining their extremely high standards. Ingredients are now more hard to come by, so they are constantly looking at ways in which to adapt their offerings, plus, they’ve recently moved house, have had to deal with a broken-down car and a failing oven and are still managing to offer their help to feed the needy, providing soup for the Food Bank.
We asked Jack and Corinna how they think things might change for our community once the lockdown lifts. They responded stating the online world will thrive as folk will work more remotely which will have a bearing on individual needs. It’s a comforting thought, that we might all able to understand and fulfil our own needs when it comes to how we live. This would then of course reshape the way we consume our food.
They feel the pandemic is also highlighting the vulnerability of our immune system when it has not been supported in the right way, so they challenge us to ask ourselves; ‘Do we want the chance to rediscover the power of food and what it can really achieve for us?’
‘Over time we become dependent on a system that provides for us, so this could be the wake up call to become more self-sufficient.’ Jack says. Corinna agrees, adding; ‘We are in control of very little at the end of the day. The pandemic is humbling us to this realisation.’
Their name says it all. Food is sacred and nourishing food is as important today as it has always been. Could we then perhaps just becoming more aware and educated on, not only what we eat but how?
It’s clear and inspiring that these two have a real fervour for food and our collective health and we know that when passion meets purpose, you are totally winning! Especially when its coupled with a fine sense of humour!