The first grant from Cuisine sans frontières (Csf) goes to Alice Huber, who runs the Garni Bar Post at Castasegna in Bergell.
For the first time this year, Cuisine sans frontières (Csf) has launched a call for tenders to support innovative gastronomy companies in the peripheral regions of Switzerland. Applications for the “Stamm:Tisch scholarship” were submitted from all over Switzerland, from Valais to Bern via Graubünden.
[IMG 2]The jury finally selected the Garni Bar Post in Castasegna in the canton of Bergell among all the files. Alice Huber has been running this business since spring 2021 and is therefore the host of what is probably the most peripheral hostel in Switzerland. The Garni Bar Post is open six days a week and is therefore a reliable social meeting place for villagers as well as travelers and tourists.
For the next three years, Alice Huber will receive financial support of CHF 30,000 per year as well as coaching from experts from the Cuisine sans frontières network. “Operating a deficit-free pub in an economically weak region of Switzerland was already a challenge before Covid-19. The pandemic has further aggravated this situation. The pub is a central place for a community, an important cement that must be preserved. That’s why we launched this scholarship,” explains Martin Roth, president of Cuisine sans frontières.
Kitchen without borders
Cuisine sans frontières (Csf) invites you to the table to resolve conflicts and foster community. Conversations take place, relationships are built, problems are solved. This strengthens the foundations of each community. To this end, Csf sets up gastronomic meeting points and training centers in areas of crisis or social conflict. Csf has already implemented more than 20 projects in eleven countries on three continents. The non-profit association was founded in Zurich in 2005 and is funded by donations, membership and foundation fees as well as the benefit event Kitchen Battle.
Martin Hofer and Johannes Senn, the sponsors and co-developers of the project, are delighted that the prize has been awarded to Alice Huber: “As a young entrepreneur in Bergell, she shows courage. At the same time, she has shown in recent months that her offer is welcomed and has convinced us with her plan of how she wants to further develop the Garni.”
The five-person jury included Elif Oskan, restaurateur, cook and owner of the Gül and Rosi restaurants in Zurich. Martin Volkart, business and project developer in the hotel and catering industry, owner of “volkartundrichard ag”. Martin Hofer, architect, real estate expert and founding partner of “Wüest Partner AG”, Johannes Senn, economist, real estate expert and managing director of “Senn Resources AG” and Martin Roth, president of Cuisine sans frontières. (htr/npa)