We believe in the necessity of symbiosis in food systems as a baseline for humanity's survival. Over the last century the world has compartmentalized production and distribution into what those in power would call an “efficient machine” misguiding society at every level and painting a picture of a bright and economically sound future.
This machine benefits few, yet many continue to follow the obscured path laid down by those before them, without really knowing where it leads, hoping that in their lifetime they will reach financial security and in turn “happiness”. The operators of this machine are just as blind, refusing to listen to the signals of falter continuing to push their herd forward with little regard for the impact the noisy beast makes along the way.
We are the outsiders, analyzing the machine, finding its holes and figuring out ways in which we can best mend them. Our objective is pure and simple, shun the mistakes of the past and build a dynamic future which benefits our planet and our communities.
All of our work, either in our projects or in our consulting efforts, is based in sustainable and ethical practices. We focus on local resources, where there is a gap in the chain we seek to repair it, bolstering infrastructure and creating an economy based on symbiosis. We use community as our compass, knowing that when the local economy is vibrant everyone in its ranks will flourish.
In 2018 we launched PIRATA in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, a fine dining restaurant working with a single organic farm and the few fishermen who come ashore each morning with the night's catch. Our goal is to explore what is possible working in complete symbiosis with our surroundings. Through deliberate work we created what we believe to be a beautiful reflection of our environment and our beliefs. Using only what's at hand we create a 10 course dining experience, expressing the coast through food and challenging our guests to open their minds to a new way of exploring food.
Through our work we solidified our theory that there was an error in the chain from soil to table. Farmers dedicated to practicing regenerative farming and tending to our earth, in the current system, received the least return on investment for their work rendering it nearly impossible for them to evolve. With our eyes set on revolution we created DE LA COSTA, a non profit organization aimed at building much needed infrastructure for the coastal farms of our region and creating a direct to consumer marketplace so that they may vend there products without intermediaries
VIANDA is our vision of the future, bridging the gap between local producers and our community while creating a vibrant economy based in fair pricing and social responsibility. Working with our network of local farmers we craft their beautiful products into fermented and preserved foods packaged in reusable containers. Our community can purchase these products with a one time deposit, bringing back their vessel each time to receive baseline product pricing. In our continued commitment to build a thriving community based economy we donate 100% of our profit from VIANDA to DE LA COSTA so that we may continue to aid our coast.
We are a creative house of activism aimed at challenging traditional theory and practices. Our goal is to affect change through our work creating homeostasis is a system fraught with misguided capitalist objectives.
Through the medium of food we implement techniques and ideals distilled from years of trial and error, creating a connection between what we consume and the hands that provided it to us. We stand firm in our belief that with symbiotic and sustainable practices we can achieve success in bettering our planet, our community, and the lives of those with whom we interact.
Our consulting efforts are aimed at injecting sustainability in to every aspect of operations, from blue print to launch we utilize our knowledge to create coefficient systems both financial and eco-systemic. We cherish the opportunity to help create new projects and assist those who seek to evolve their practices and reach equanimity in their operations.