WBEZ | Meal Sharing http://www.wbez.org/tags/meal-sharing Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Meal Sharing on Thanksgiving http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-meal-sharing-thanksgiving-111135 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/mealsharing.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thanksgiving is almost here. And as many prepare to hit the roads and skies to see family and friends,&nbsp; you may be traveling with no place to go or you might be home alone.&nbsp; Jason Savsani says he has a solution for you. He&rsquo;s founder of Meal Sharing. It&rsquo;s a website and app that promotes cultural diplomacy by connecting meal providers to meal seekers, around the globe. For Global Activism, Savsani will tell us how to connect you with a meal and friends for the Holidays.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/177864474&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-meal-sharing-thanksgiving-111135 Global Activism: Meal Sharing's Jason Savsani on Thanksgiving and European roadtrip http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-meal-sharings-jason-savsani-thanksgiving-and-european <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/meal sharing in kansas.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">When you&rsquo;re in a foreign country and you don&rsquo;t speak the language, how do you connect with people? Jay Savsani thinks food is the way to go. The local web-designer started <a href="http://www.mealsharing.com\">Meal Sharing</a> to &ldquo;bring travelers and locals to connect with each other over home cooked meals.&rdquo; Its mission is &nbsp;&ldquo;to build communities through shared resources, facili[t]ate deeper cultural exchange, and encourage people to cook at home to enable a healthier lifestyle.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, Jason joins us for an update. He has plans to bring people and cultutres together for <a href="http://www.mealsharing.com/thanksgiving">Thanksgiving</a> and he&#39;ll talk about his food adventures from his recent travels aborad.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121252105" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-meal-sharings-jason-savsani-thanksgiving-and-european Global Activism: Sharing meals and cultures, too http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-sharing-meals-and-cultures-too-105407 <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F78279744&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" height="198" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mealsharing%201.jpg" title="(Photo by Ainara del Valle for Meal Sharing)" width="337" /></div><p>Chicagoan Jason Savsani believes that sharing a home cooked meal with someone is one of the most intimate things you can do. For<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em> Global Activism</em></a>, Jason will tell us how eating and sharing tales from their respective homelands inspired him to create &ldquo;<a href="http://www.mealsharing.org/">Meal Sharing</a>,&rdquo; to help people eat healthier, waste less and break down cultural barriers.</p><p>For Jason, a magical night in Cambodia inspired the idea:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;What solidified the idea to create Meal Sharing was while I was traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I had the unique opportunity to be hosted by a Cambodian family for a meal in their home.&nbsp; It was such a magical experience to be in their home...The best part of the evening was when the host busted out his Casio keyboard and played some classical Cambodian songs.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mealsharing%202.jpg" style="width: 152px; height: 194px; float: left;" title="(Photo by Jule Geflitter for Meal Sharing)" /></div><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Another important component to Meal Sharing is our drive to bring awareness to the current food situation. Growing up in an Indian home, I was always eating wholesome home-cooked Indian meals.&nbsp; There was always a disjunct between home cooking and food in restaurants/fast food.&nbsp; Home-Cooked was always healthier and a more meaningful experience.&nbsp; In my adulthood, I came to a sad juncture where I was constantly eating out and becoming increasingly unhealthy.&nbsp; My excuse was &ldquo;I am too busy to cook&rdquo;, like a fair amount of people around the world.&nbsp; This logic only led me down an unhealthy path and perpetuated mindless eating.&nbsp; Since Meal Sharing, I have cooked more at home, eaten out a lot less, and meet many wonderful people around the world.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">Meal Sharing&#39;s goal in the next few years is to have more hosts around the world then the top 3 major fast food restaurants locations.&nbsp; That would really say something if we succeed.&nbsp; That the world stood up and said, &quot;I would rather trust my neighbor for food, then a major food corporation&quot;.&nbsp; With enough people Meal Sharing, we will have people eating healthier, wasting less, all while breaking down cultural barriers.&quot;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mealsharing 3.jpg" style="width: 296px; height: 188px; float: left;" title="(Photo by Majo Angeles for Meal Sharing)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mealsharing%204.jpg" style="width: 274px; height: 230px; float: right;" title="(Photo by Adelaide Nelson for Meal Sharing)" /><br /><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-sharing-meals-and-cultures-too-105407