Secret Urban Suppers​

inspired by Kreuzberg, Berlin

Discover the creative story of Kreuzberg, Berlin, previously a local squatter haven, now a creative hub with a few "micro-utopians" left..!

Kreuzberg is often described as consisting of two distinctive parts: the SO 36, home to many immigrants; and SW 61, roughly coterminous with the old postal codes for the two areas in West Berlin.

Kreuzberg has emerged from its history as one of the poorest quarters in Berlin in the late 1970s, during which it was an isolated section of West Berlin to one of Berlin's cultural centers in the middle of the now reunified city, known around the world for its alternative scene and counterculture.

Except for its northernmost part, the quarter Friedrichstadt (established in the end of the 17th century), today's "Kreuzberg" was a very rural place until well into the 19th century.

 

Starting in the late 1960s, increasing numbers of students, artists, and immigrants began moving to Kreuzberg. Enclosed by the Berlin Wall on three sides, the area became famous for its alternative lifestyle and its squatters, especially the SO 36 part of Kreuzberg.

- Goodie bags -

 

Pack of seeds to grow your own utopian and self-sustaining food

Penny candy

Vietnamese sweets

- Club Mate -

Club Mate with dark rhum and lime

 

 

This drink is made with mate, a South American caffeine plant.

"Club-Mate has developed a following in computer hacker culture and tech start-ups, especially in Europe. Bruce Sterling wrote in Wired magazine that it is the favorite beverage of Germany's Chaos Computer Club."

- On the page -

Turkish pastry served on a book: spinach, feta, Baharat spices and Turkish Sumat spices, filo pastry

 

"Kreuzberg is home to a large Turkish community, and every Tuesday and Friday the area comes to life with the community’s character. As vendors set up shop along the canal for the city’s largest Turkish market, stretching between Kreuzberg and Neukölln. 

Berlin is a cultural metropolis bursting with energy, parties and plenty of events. However, sometimes the best weekends are spent curled up in one of the city’s cosy cafes, unwinding with a great book."

Photo courtesy of Lovepopupslondon (view their blog post here)

- Graffiti Ravioli -

Natural coloured ravioli pasta (turmeric, beetroot, spirulina, squid ink) filled with ricotta and spicy harissa paste, with butter & thyme sauce

 

"From barely legible tags to bona fide spray paint masterpieces, Kreuzberg is absolutely covered in graffiti and street art. Creations by ambitious amateurs can be found alongside works from well-known names like Victor Ash, Blu, El Bocho and ROA. The temporary nature of these urban graphics — constantly being scrubbed out, covered up, added to, or otherwise altered — means that even locals are kept on their toes by the ever-changing facades of Kreuzberg’s buildings."

- Old Market Hall -

Gourmet curryworst served in streetfood basket

 

"Kreuzberg is the home of street food. Berlin’s favourite kebab? In Kreuzberg. The legendary currywurst? In Kreuzberg. The mother of all street food markets? Of course, in Kreuzberg! What used to be just something to fill you up is now part of Berlin’s hip foodie scene. Today’s take-away snacks are exotic, made from regional ingredients and guaranteed to be freshly made. The market hosts regular events and street food markets, including the popular, Street Food Thursdays, which encompass Berlin’s street food experts."

Photo courtesy of Lovepopupslondon (view their blog post here)

- Kreuzberg Live -

Concert tickets made of dehydrated fruit leather

"Kreuzberg has historically been home to Berlin's punk rock movement as well as other alternative subcultures in Germany. The SO36 club remains a fixture on the Berlin music scene. It was originally focused on punk music and in the 1970s was often frequented by Iggy Pop and David Bowie. In a city notorious for its nightlife, SO36 remains one of Berlin’s most well-known party destinations."

Photo courtesy of Lovepopupslondon (view their blog post here)

- Micro Utopian -

Cornmeal poundcake, saffron syrup, matcha cake, dried edible flowers, green tea

 

Many of Kreuzberg’s past residents and some still today, dream of an idyllic utopian lifestyle. We have represented here the different utopian aspects in this final course.

 

The green crumbled cake represents the aspiration of being surrounded by nature and a stronger sense of sustainability.

 

The cornmeal poundcake with saffron symbolises the abolition of money. Perhaps in the future we might go back to the most basic currencies with crops, seeds and spices such as corn which was one of the most basic currencies and a basic food in many countries as well as saffron which is one of the most expensive spices in the world, which are the two extremes.

 

The edible flower mix illustrates an ideal of acceptance of multiculturalism and inter religious living.

 

Finally, the egalitarian vision is illustrated in the glass tubes with a sip of green tea which is a neutral umami taste, nor sweet nor savoury.

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