Cook for Future

Cook for Future is a project aimed at the promotion and development of social enterprises and initiatives in the field of catering and hospitality in Europe.

This project is part of the company’s internationalization strategy Tomillo Foundation’s internationalization strategy.

An initiative carried out in which Fundación Tomillo participated for two years (2018-2019) together with three other partners ( Solidarity School Foundation , Artemida Social Cooperative from Italy and the Matej Bel University University of Slovakia. A European-funded project (under Erasmus+: Project Ref.: 2017-1-ES01-KA202-038142) .

We have always considered this project as a living process open to external participation, so different sectors and organizations (students, social enterprises, researchers, workers in the hospitality and gastronomy sector…) were invited to collaborate in it with the goal of projecting a common vision of the future towards the complex sustainability of the sector from a social economy perspective.

The project

The non-profit sector presents a series of needs that we intend to cover through the results of this project. Mainly the program arises from the need for workers to acquire skills in the development of economic initiatives in the field of social health, in order to: create new job profiles in the labor market (both for workers and users of social organizations), promote the inclusion of disadvantaged people in society, reduce public spending and enable social enterprises to create economically sustainable projects within the framework of “generative welfare”. We also decided to address an issue that affects our country: food waste. This social food service project aims to educate and encourage small social enterprises in food waste reduction procedures and to organize their successful management by using food waste in the best possible way.

Organizations working in the field of social inclusion, by participating in this project, will be involved in the realization of entrepreneurial initiatives in collaboration with Matej Bel University in Slovakia, a university that is creating a master’s degree in education specialized in social entrepreneurship.

All of these organizations have an interest in the field of social enterprise and have collaborated in the development of the project by committing themselves to its objectives:

1) To create a European strategy for the training and employment of professionals in the field of social hospitality.

2) To develop a European strategy for the training and employment of people at risk of social exclusion.

3) Promote the quality and sustainability of Social Restoration services according to the principles of “Generative Well-being” to ensure their self-sustainability.

4) Reduce public spending through the promotion of self-management of social enterprises and the development of self-sustainable social initiatives.

5) Training and occupation of Social Coordinator of Food Services in the field of inclusive hospitality (mental health users, victims of child abuse, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, …).

6) Discuss the need to create a comprehensive food waste policy that establishes European guidelines to significantly boost investment by food companies.

In order to meet the objectives, the following activities will be carried out throughout the project:

1- Training of project technicians in management and organization.

2- Long-term training activity for teachers of a Social Restaurant Management course, in which they will work on the management of economic initiatives in the field of social hospitality.

3- Mixed course aimed at service users who are part of socio-sanitary organizations where they will learn the basic principles of Hospitality and Service.

The aim is to obtain, as a result, a specific manual dedicated to NGOs that want to undertake a social economic activity involving people at risk of social exclusion, a guide to social restaurants in Europe, a new curriculum or vocational training that will enable social workers to manage a social restaurant and a blended course for disadvantaged users interested in working in the hospitality industry. We will ensure that during and after the project our results are disseminated.

To this end, all material produced will be delivered directly to the relevant employment centers, provincial labor market offices, local social services, NGOs, companies and organizations involved or potentially interested.

The aim of our outreach will be to enable all ethically-minded companies in the hospitality industry to open their doors to vulnerable workers.

In this way, we hope to collaborate to influence public policies, creating, in the long term, a change of course towards a more sustainable system, within the generative welfare model and strengthening cooperation between public administration, companies, the non-profit sector and citizens.

The project also aims to reduce public spending, the number of unemployed and people at risk of exclusion by expanding labor market opportunities in the health and social fields.


Solidarity School Foundation

The objective of the Solidarity School Foundation (FES) is to welcome and intervene with people who are rootless, socially disadvantaged, abused or socially excluded. In our association we receive mothers with children in emergency situations, young immigrants, people with disabilities without family, teenagers at risk or other people in need of a home. Our goal is to create homes with a family feeling, a life of solidarity and education in values, seeking the training and support necessary for social integration.

Our regular activities include administrative work, childcare, artistic crafts, school support, general maintenance, EVS-related activities, cleaning and language classes, seminars for the practice and dissemination of cultural activities, among many others.

FES was founded 24 years ago and has been working since then for the above mentioned purposes, moving, four years ago, to Sierra Elvira, where we found the ideal place for its activities. Also belonging to the FES, there are 6 other houses outside the foundation’s boundaries. One in Alozaina (Málaga) where occupational workshops are held, another in Saleres (Granada), one in Fuente Vaqueros (Granada), where a huge vegetable garden and houses are being built, and then three more in Sierra Elvira (one of them will become a Cultural Activities Center).

Volunteers collaborate with us with varying degrees of participation. We also collaborate with other organizations and participate in activities in the city and in Granada.

FES offers host families the opportunity to live an experience of solidarity and enrich their learning and acquisition of skills for their personal, educational and professional development. This takes place in an excellent environment to get to know the Spanish culture, the city of Granada.

At FES we carry out several programs:

The vast majority of children at risk are in families without a father figure. We believe that the best way to protect these children is to have them at home with their mothers. In addition to offering them shelter and covering all their basic needs, we give them the warmth and emotional support necessary to help the family overcome their crisis and regain their independence.

BETTER TRAINED” PROGRAM. Each person receives the appropriate training to enable his or her social and cultural integration. Schoolchildren receive unconditional support in their academic development, enabling them to be the best they can be, succeeding both academically and personally.

This program is based on occupational workshops that teach our guests various trades.Among them we have: dressmaking, upholstery, lamp restoration, horticulture, marquetry, candles and soaps, metallurgy, glass crafts.Future workshops will be: metalworking, copper, pottery, carpentry, computer repair.

BEST ACCOMPANIED” PROGRAM This is a program for those who have left our shelter but whom we continue to support until they are fully integrated into society.

Better Outdoors” PROGRAM. These are sports and outdoor programs. The Foundation develops outdoor educational, sports and environmental activities that are available to everyone living within the Foundation.

Artemide Social Cooperative

The Artemide social cooperative, founded in 2000, began its work in the field of social activities focused mainly on the family universe, i.e. the care of minors and their mothers. The following is a brief description of the services we offer:

– “Tegola blu” (active since 2002) is a residential community for so-called “at risk” minors with particular emergencies reported by the social service or by T.M. (guests to be inserted in a protected environment, emergency situations, etc.). This service bases its intervention protocol on ensuring reception, maintenance, education, internal and external socialization and artistic expression through extracurricular and sports activities;

– “Amatista” (active since 2006) is a type B social cooperative, which is dedicated to the employment of disadvantaged people; its aim is also to give the shareholders, who carry out its activities, continuity in employment and better economic, social and professional conditions. To this end, this service aims to ensure the permanent or temporary management, on its own account or on behalf of third parties, of work activities in the cleaning sector, in the field of maintenance of green areas and in the field of canteen services;

– “La Luna” (active since 2011) is a socio-educational center of specialized technical skills, operating in the field of prevention, detection, validation, safety and protection of the child victim or alleged victim of neglect, maltreatment or abuse; it also deals with family mediation. This center is also a place where children, parents, social workers, teachers and all those in need can be heard and where specific issues can be discussed. In detail, the service performs the following tasks: Listening Center, Antiviolence Center, evaluation of parenting skills, protected hearing of minors, assistance and evaluation of abuse and mistreatment cases, training of adoptive families and family mediation;

– “Paragoghè” (active since 2011) is a group home that houses 6 women with their children 24 hours a day; it was born as an enhancement of parental control assessment activities. Following this assessment, in the event that positive feedback is granted on the mother’s parenting skills, the educational team develops a plan, together with representatives of the social services in the case, to ensure the independence of the mother and child. This plan foresees the placement of the mother with her child/children in an independent apartment located in the city, where there will be an educational figure present a few hours a day. The presence of this figure will be gradually reduced depending on the mother’s acquisition of the necessary skills to adequately perform her role as a mother;

– “L’Acchiappasogni” (active since 2013) is a semi-residential day center aimed primarily at children (ages 6 to 18) under the custody of the Social Service, but is also open to children in the area of the Brindisi district. This Center was born from a statistical analysis that revealed an important finding whose interpretation is unique: the structuring of an individual project is a factor in the prevention of youth problems. The service in question responds to the needs of children who are in a situation of educational exclusion and for whom educational support is needed. We also believe that a positive model of family relationships is necessary to avoid the risk of these children deciding to move away from home in the future.

– “For-My-Action” (active since 2013) is a training center recognized by the province of Brindisi and in the process of accreditation in the Puglia region, offering vocational training courses, courses and certifications in information technology; it also offers personal growth courses.

Mateja Bela

Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica is the leading university in Central Slovakia. It consists of 6 faculties (Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations and Faculty of Education). The University has almost 600 university professors and researchers and some 9,000 students. International cooperation has developed rapidly in recent years, mainly through numerous European Union programs, including the framework programs.

Matej Bel University has participated in projects of the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Program, as well as Horizon 2020, and has a long experience of participating in many other research projects funded by various grant schemes, e.g. NIL funds, OSF, CEEPUS, Central European Program, Erasmus, British KHF, American Express, EEA Grants, VISEGRAD, etc. Matej Bel University is involved in four ongoing H2020 projects and plays a key role in Vision2020, which is a prestigious network of European universities and SMEs aiming for greater participation in Horizon2020.

UMB has an advanced and sufficient infrastructure with all the necessary technical equipment (laptops, PCs, printers and scanners, fax and all the necessary hardware and software) that was upgraded in recent years with the financial support of the European structural funds. All university premises have access to worldwide databases such as Cambridge Journals: Humanities and Social Sciences, Emerald, Scopus, Science Direct, Springer Link, Web of Knowledge, Wiley Online Library, etc. UMB offers ample space and facilities for research, teaching and networking.

Members of two faculties will be involved in the implementation of the project: the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Economics.

The mission of the Faculty of Education is to prepare new professionals in occupations focused on working with people, i.e. educational and social professions, as well as to develop their scientific knowledge. The education process at the Faculty is carried out in nine departments employing 119 university professors. The Faculty of Education teaches in accredited programs at levels 1, 2 and 3 of university studies. The scientific and research activities of the Faculty focus on basic and applied research in the field of educational theory of individual subjects, pedagogy, psychology, social work, art and evangelical theology. The Faculty and its departments cooperate with related foreign institutions providing university education in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, the United States, the Netherlands and Serbia.

The Faculty of Economics belongs to the best faculties of economics in the Slovak Republic. The Faculty of Economics offers study programs in 6 accredited fields of study: Tourism; Economics and Business Management; Management; Finance, Banking and Investment; Economics and Public Services; Regional Development and Public Administration. Students may pursue the “bachelor’s”, “master’s” or “doctoral” form of study. During the years of its existence, the Faculty has undergone important conceptual changes, which has meant progressiveness and creativity. Based on the results of accreditation and evaluation and a demand for studies exceeding the supply, the Faculty of Economics of Matej Bel University belongs to the stabilized and fully developed institutions of higher education in Slovakia. The Faculty currently has almost 2,800 students.

There will be two departments from two faculties involved in the project. They are developing the new curriculum focused on economics and social work management. The objective of the study program is to prepare the specialist in social entrepreneurship.

The Department of Social Work at FE MBU guarantees the Social Work curriculum as a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree program. Research in the Department of Social Work has gradually specialized in the following areas: theory and methodology of social work, social work with families, social policy and social security, social pathology and its prevention, the third sector and volunteering, social work with young people, social work with the elderly, social reality of the gypsy population. Members of the Department have actively published in the aforementioned areas and have participated in the execution of several scientific and applied research projects. This cooperation takes the form of joint seminars, conferences, student and faculty exchanges within the framework of the Erasmus program, mutual exchange of professional literature, joint publications in proceedings and journals, participation in conferences and joint projects. An important activity of the Department has been the organization of student volunteer activities. This activity has contributed significantly to the profile of the Department, not only within the FE MBU, but also abroad. In this area, the Department has actively collaborated with the civic association Centro de Voluntariado. The City of Banská Bystrica, non-governmental organizations and social service providers in the Banská Bystrica region are the main partners of the Department of Social Work in applying the professional experience of social work students, as well as in organizing professional events and in problem-solving research projects.

The Department of Public Economics and Regional Development is a teaching and research center of the Faculty of Economics at Matej Bel University which, among other things, offers a field of study of economics and public services including courses such as social economics, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise management.



a) Technical Guide for Social Restaurants

This research is a guide in which you will find information about the characteristics of social enterprises in the EU, the characteristics of the food industry, their financial importance in the hospitality sector, the context and importance, and finally, about gender inequality in the food industry.Download the Guide in English

Download the Guide in English

b) Criteria for the selection of best practices of Social Restaurants on EUROPE

This document contains the set of criteria directly related to the characteristics of social enterprises, based on the definitions of the European Commission (2011). These criteria are economic, social and environmental. It is based on these criteria that we have created the mapping of the social restaurants and caterers listed on the platform.

Download the Standards in English

Download the Standards in English

c) On-line Platform for Social Restaurants

This online platform is the result of a research on Social Hospitality in Europe. The website happens to be the only platform at European level that contains the most outstanding social enterprises in the field of social hospitality and the materials and courses to train and start your own project…


d) Good Practice Guidelines 2019

This book is a selection of the most outstanding Social Restaurants according to our international team in 2019.

Download the Guide in English

Download the Guide in English

e) Good Practice Guidelines 2020

This book is a selection of the most outstanding Social Restaurants according to our international team in 2020.

f) Mapping of Social Restaurants

This mapping is the result of research by Social Restaurants in Europe.

2) INTELLECTUAL PRODUCT 2: New VET curriculum for Social Restaurant Manager.

Professional Training Curriculum for Social Restaurant Manager that includes:

  • Concept of Social Policy
  • Relationship between economic and social policy
  • Principles of social policy and its functions
  • Social instruments, policy makers

For this purpose, interviews were conducted with NGOs, public institutions, social hotels and social tourism stakeholders.

They can be observed:

  • The specific skills required for the labor market;
  • Expectations in interviews with potential managers;
  • Identification of innovative interactive teaching methodologies;
  • Identification of useful skills for the management of the sector;
  • European mobility strategies on labor demand;
  • Strategies aimed at service quality and training of educators, teachers and users.

Download the Program in Spanish

Download the Program in English

3) INTELLECTUAL PRODUCT 3: Social restaurant Start Up Guide

Download the Guide in English

Download the Guide in English


Online course dedicated to users and people at risk of social exclusion who aspire to work in the following areas

Social Restaurants.

Take the course in Spanish here

Take the English Course here

Multiplier events

MADRID (ES): Cook for Future in Madrid! Tomillo Foundation organizes the second multiplier event at ImpactHub Madrid on November 27th and 28th.

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GRANADA (ES): Cook for Future in Granada! On December 16 and 17 at the Faculty of Social Work of Granada took place the third multiplier event, an Erasmus+ project that serves as a meeting point for companies and the third sector. In addition, together with Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad, Granada Acoge, Fundación Tomillo, Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici, AMPA Gómez Moreno and other organizations, we will reflect on the usefulness of entrepreneurship for the social sector, its needs and the inclusion of concepts such as sustainability and inclusion in the hospitality industry.

Thanks to the University of Granada for providing the space and to all the participating organizations and individuals.

Banska Bystica (SK): Cook for Future in Slovakia! is nearing the end and it’s time for our first multiplier event, organized by our Slovak partner Mateja Bel University in Banska Bystrica.

Bari (IT): Cook for Future in Italy! The fourth and last multiplier event Cook for Future took place in Italy with our partner Cook for Future in Italy. Artemide in Italy which was attended by people from the social and catering sectors on December 20 and 21.


Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad offers an online course for workers in the field of (social) catering. To participate, please register at

The social entrepreneurship project has been running for two weeks now and we are still receiving reservations from people who want to move into our Guest house!
A project born from the experience in the development of the Cook for Future project.
Our entrepreneurial contribution to the inclusion of people in our community.
Guests of our Guest House in solidarity enjoy a house with all the comforts, in a unique location, with the option of breakfast and Moroccan food.

For reservations visit:

Are you interested in social entrepreneurship? Would you like to open your own social restaurant or social catering? Then learn everything you need to know in our “Social Restaurant Management” course. For more information and registration, write to Dora Fanelli:

Previous news

We invite you to celebrate Erasmus+ Day 2019 with us to meet our Cook for Future project and listen to the testimony of some participants of the course for social restaurant workers of the project.

When? October 10, 2019 22:00h

Where? Colegio Major Jésus-Maria, C/ Profesor Clavera 8, 18011 Granada

Introducing our social catering of COOK FOR FUTURE, a venture of Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad!

OnSaturday, July 20, we will be waiting for you at the Foundation for our Food and Colors Party, organized by the students of the course “Social Restaurant Manager”.


During the months of May – June – July and August the Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad will host 10 participants who will be part of the Erasmus+ Project – Strategic Partnerships in Vocational Training – Innovation Development: Cook for Future.

3 participants Artemide Social Cooperative

3 participants from the Tomillo Foundation

6 participants from Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad

With the collaboration of Banska Brystica University

We are grateful for this opportunity to welcome and guide these 12 enthusiastic and energetic participants on their way through these months.

3rd Meeting “COOK FOR FUTURE” – 10-11 April 2019 – Banska Bystrica (Slovakia)

This time in SLOVAKIA! We continue our working session with the Erasmus+ Project – Strategic Partnerships in Vocational Education and Training – Innovation Development : Cook for Future

More and more excited and passionate, this time hosted by our partner University of Banska Bystrica we had our third meeting. Together with our partners Fundación Tomillo and Cooperativa sociale Artemide we had two intense and productive days of work where we started to see some results. It was an opportunity to exchange different methodologies, perspectives and points of view with the aim of creating an impact in our different context and that social restoration is a new vehicle for inclusion and professional future.

With the “Social Restaurant Manager” course about to start ! All participants are already preparing to live 3 months in the city of Granada and train through different methodologies in the management of social restaurants.

With energies charged and with great enthusiasm we had the opportunity to visit the incredible city of Banska Bystrica and its culture. We met two social projects that pleasantly surprised us:

Divaldo Pasaze Theater

Independent Culture Center

2nd Meeting “COOK FOR FUTURE” – November 27th and 28th 2018 – Sierra Elvira, Atarfe (Granada – Spain)

On this occasion, Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad welcomed with open arms the team of the Erasmus+ Project – Strategic Partnerships in Vocational Training – Innovation Development: Cook for Future.

On this occasion our partners Tomillo Foundation and the University Banska Brystica and Cooperativa Sociale Artemide met the Community and were able to meet some of the participants of the course “Social Restaurant Manager” that will be held in May 2019.

At the meeting, clear decisions were made on the next steps of the project.

Preparation for the pilot course “Social Restaurant Manager” and an innovative study curriculum for vocational training

The creation of a Book of Best Practices with 10 social restaurants as sources of inspiration.

The creation of a start-up book of Social Restaurants

The team also had the opportunity to visit and taste the delicacies that Granada has to offer, as well as to observe the interculturality and diversity of this city.

1st Meeting “COOK FOR FUTURE” – April 16-17, 2018 – Latiano, Brindisi (Italy)

Our first meeting was held in Italy at Cooperativa Sociale Artemide, for the first meeting of the Erasmus+ Project – Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Training – Innovation Development: Cook for Future: new VET Horizonts for social inclusion in food service.

Together with our partners Tomillo Foundation and the University Banska Brystica and Cooperativa Sociale Artemide we have had the opportunity:

Start designing the next steps for the “Cook for Future” project – A unique opportunity to give value to social catering in our respective countries and continue to create space for possibility for those who do not have it.

Visiting the social restaurant Ex Fadda – A social entrepreneurship project focused on social inclusion, where we had the opportunity to admire its beauty, creativity and commitment. Thanks to your team and to the space for being a source of inspiration to continue with our mission.