If you head over to St Michael’s Church Hall in Bedford Street on a Wednesday afternoon, you’d be forgiven for thinking that someone was having a party. And in a way, they are!
The energetic and friendly atmosphere in the hall is the work of the Obs Pasta Kitchen, an initiative founded and run by Kimmon Bisogno – known affectionately as Kiki – co-owner of Ferdinando’s Pizza on Lower Main Road.
With its emphasis on mutual respect and on really getting to know one another, the Obs Pasta Kitchen goes beyond just feeding people. It’s actively building community.
Every Wednesday afternoon, a team of dedicated volunteers pitch in to make huge pots of spaghetti. They welcome those in need of a meal, and serve the pasta topped with authentic Italian-style tomato sauce made by Ferdinando’s chef and co-owner, Diego Milesi.
Then volunteers are expected to join guests at the tables, socialising and eating good food together.
How you can help
The Obs Pasta Kitchen is always looking for volunteers; even an hour of your time can make a difference. If you’d like to help set up tables and cook and serve pasta, aim to arrive at the hall from 4:30 pm.
If you get to the hall a little later, by about 6 pm, you can still help serve the food and interact with guests. The entrance to the hall is in Bedford Street, just off Lower Main Road, Observatory.
Alternatively, the pasta kitchen is always in need of food donations. You can drop off tins of tomato and packets of spaghetti at Ferdinando’s Pizza in Lower Main Road from Tuesday to Saturday.
To find out more, watch the Obs Pasta Kitchen on Expresso: