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Prague Food Festival – The Healthy Way


Prague Food Festival could again show off interesting projects and companies merging gastronomy and health in a broader sense – healthy people, healthy nature, and healthy society. The visitors may have come across those on tens of stands in the Ball Games Hall at Prague Castle where they could taste special healthy menu and local delicacies. Various workshops and cooking shows of star chefs with a common topic of healthy lifestyle took place there, too.

The Healthy Way offered a walk through the whole lifecycle of healthy ingredients – preparation of fertile ground and seeds (Kokoza), products from Czech farms (Držovice, Šonov) and their processors (Pro-Bio, Řemeslná Koláčkova pekárna, Pastafidli, Koldokol, UGO), environment-friendly distribution (Bezobalu), and, finally, healthy meals prepared by the winner of Maurer’s Selection Grand Restaurant 2015 Terasa u Zlaté studně and The Sexy Curry Company.


Kokoza cuketa Bezobalu team



Grand Restaurant Festival – Together for e-Svačinky!

It was our pleasure to support the unique project eSvačinky again. This project brings pupils of schools in the town of Pardubice healthy and tasty snacks, prepared, packaged and distributed by handicapped people for whom this project means a chance to have a job and overcome social isolation.

Although everybody behind this project do their best, behave professionally and work on continuous development of eSvačinky, the project still has to struggle with many barriers not only of the financial nature. While doing their job, the project members meet many parents whose ideas of healthy eating of their children are inaccurate or completely wrong. Such education has become one of the most important goals of the project. The daily hard work has brought the first fruits as the number of schools using the eSvačinky services has been increasing. The project members even managed to remove vending machines with sweets from some schools and inspire radical changes in school canteens.


Together, we managed to donate CZK 52,062 to eSvačinky.






The Grand Restaurant team founded MAU, a civic association that supports organizations, associations and individuals contributing to the development of our philosophy “No Dumb Eating, Drinking or Living” and trying to change things around. Many of them need financial or mental support. Monika Maurerová, the leader of this team, awarded five chosen teams with CZK 70.000. The awarding ceremony took place in the Ball Games Hall at Prague Castle on November 27, 2013.




There were five projects awarded:


eSvačinky   eSvačinky - Czech Abilympics Association
The aim of the eSvačinky project based in the town of Pardubice is to positively influence the eating habits of elementary-school pupils and teach them to eat healthy, fresh and tasty food. The project is organized by the Czech Abilympics Association which has been helping disabled people with their integration into normal lives for sixteen years. Disabled people prepare, package and distribute snacks, which helps them to overcome social isolation and keep a normal lifestyle.
Klub V. kolona   V. kolona clubGreen Doors Civic Association
Green Doors is a civic association that has been helping young people with schizophrenia for twenty years. It supports their return to work, enables them to develop their work skills and helps them to find and keep jobs. The civic association is a registered social service provider and an operator of one vegetarian restaurant and two successful training cafés with symbolic names: Café Na půl cesty (The Half Way Café) in the Prague district of Pankrác, V. kolona club located in the Bohnice psychiatric hospital, and Mlsná Kavka restaurant on Florenc, Prague.
Cooks without homes   Cooks without homesJako doma Civic Association
They have no home, but love cooking and want to share their skills with others. The “Cooks without homes” project of the Jako doma organization gives a chance to women with unstable living situation (such as women living in shelters, hostels etc.). Although in a difficult situation, these women do not give up – and thanks to the “Cooks without homes” project, they have a chance to prove their skills, tell their stories and contribute to removal of stereotypes about homelessness.
Food bank   Food bankPotravinová banka Praha (Food Bank Praha) Civic Association
The aim of every food bank is to gather food that is likely to be thrown away (near expiration date, packages not full enough, damaged packages, non-standard shape) and to distribute it among 80 organizations taking care for the poor and needy. They cooperate not only with big organizations such as Diaconia, Naděje or Salvation Army, but also with dozens of small ones such as children shelters Klokánek, orphanages, shelters etc. There are also several food supply chains aware of their social responsibility on the list of donors.
Nextdoor Family   Nextdoor FamilySlovo 21 Civic Association
The Slovo 21 Civic Association has been organizing collective lunches called “Nextdoor Family” for ten years. So far, more than 1000 families of both Czechs and foreigners living in the Czech Republic have enjoyed these lunches. During these informal meetings, families from the whole world get to know each other and become friends. Not only does the project enrich the Czech society, it also represents a unique gastronomical event. In 2012, the project expanded to other member states of the European Union as 2000 people from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Spain and Portugal participated in it.

These original projects are definitely worth your attention and also help, either sponsor help or volunteer help. Feel free to contact them.


Děkujeme za poděkování :)


Jako doma, o.s.
Green Doors




Traditional Czech cuisine and human rights?

In 2012, Amnesty International celebrated their 20th anniversary in the Czech Republic and 50th anniversary since its very foundation! And the birthday was celebrated with great food!

As a part of the GRAND RESTAURANT FESTIVAL, a special event took place in the best restaurant Terasa u Zlaté Studně on January 29, 2012. Pavel Sapík, the chef of the winning restaurant, prepared a unique gourmet experience.

Amnesty International blew its birthday candles after everybody enjoyed the most wonderful sirloin cream sauce, a traditional Czech meal. Moreover, the good feeling of all participants was enhanced as money collected for sirloin cream sauce in the restaurant Terasa u Zlaté Studně (the winner of Maurer’s Selection Grand Restaurant 2012) went to human rights protection in China, Iran and Syria.
In May 2011, the then president Václav Havel became the first supporter of the Amnesty International campaign for unjustly imprisoned ever, (not only) because Amnesty International fought for him when he was also a prisoner.



Apetit je hlad v luxusním vydání.
Anita Danielová