Opening of the European Café «Toto»
The Consul general of France, Mr. Damien Syed, and his German Counterpart Mr. Olaf Iversen took part in the opening of the European Café Toto on 29 April 2016 in Chetla (Calcutta).
Young Indians in Calcutta have been given a chance to become independent through the initiative taken by the NGO Tomorrow’s Foundation, supported by the French Embassy, and their youth wing, LP4Y (“Life project for youth”), a French NGO. They have enrolled for the one year of professional training for entrepreneurship. The course includes cooking, service, setting hygiene standards, commercial and financial management of funds.
The motto of the Youth wing is * to gather, together*. This is a restaurant and a school.
The handcrafted wooden tables and chairs, pretty on the red old floors of this Calcutta home, still remain to be painted.
From pies, veg burgers, gazpacho, tabouli, crepes, chocolate cake, falafels, pita bread and veg cakes, the café will serve some of best European starters and dishes to its clientele.
Mr. Arup Ghosh from Tomorrow’s Foundation announced that “ those who come from underprivileged backgrounds, between the ages of 18 to 24, they are our target, our goal, to ensure that they become independent. In this endeavor we are aided by a young team of volunteers from France.”
One of the volunteers, Ms Constance Delaoustre informed us that work began in November 2015 with 15 such young socially underprivileged boys and girls of Kolkata.
The café-restaurant will be open 2 or 3 days a week for lunch. The place has a capacity of 20 seats and lunch will be provided upon reservation only. The café-restaurant will serve European and French food and will offer a veg menu with a unique starter, main course and desert each week to begin with. A catering service, as well as special events such as brunches or birthday parties will be available upon request.