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the spur: cookbook

Since spur: began way back in 2011, we have been fortunate enough to work across a wide range of social issues.

Our overarching mission of a world that is fair, sustainable, and well, has brought us to work across mental health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability, child safety and development, human rights, domestic violence, elder inclusion, medical research, citizen-centric design, and more.

Whether through our own spur:org projects, or working with clients, each project has varied in scope, focus, challenge, context - even geography.

Yet, one consistent theme has always appeared in everything we do, no matter the topic: community.

As a mental health non-profit and a behaviour focused strategy and design studio, it’s no wonder so much of our work comes down to the connection between people and how communities can be fostered and leveraged to bring about real, measurable, social change.

It’s  no surprise then, that as we thought about how we’d like to celebrate this year’s milestones - the 10th and 4th birthdays for spur:org and spur:, respectively - our focus came back to perhaps the greatest connector and community builder known to humankind: food.

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Food has always been a central part of human community and connection.

From hunter gatherers sharing the day’s spoils by the fire, all the way Saturday cafe brunches. We welcome new team members with group lunches, reinforce bonds at family dinners, pass down secrets in generational recipes, and find momentary solace in a pandemic through virtual cooking classes. Food can express culture, history, individuality, and gratitude, all at once.

Food, it can be argued, is the glue of community.

So at his momentous time in spur:’s history, we’d like to recognise all the people that have supported and helped us along this journey.

Within this spur: cookbook, you’ll find recipes from our own team, our clients, supporters, advisors, and mentors. We hope this cookbook continues to grow.

Each of these, in some way, has contributed to what spur: is, has been, and will become.

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Brett's Soborodon

Brett's Soborodon

Homely and Comforting

· Shared by

Brett Scholz

Gluten Free

Vegetarian

Pescatarian

Lactose Free

Peanut Free

Linzertorte

Linzertorte

Winter holiday sweets

· Shared by

Jessie Elisberg

Vegetarian

Lactose Free

Pescatarian

Peanut Free