Folonomo, Symbol and Portal are built on the simple belief that we all live in an interconnected world, where every action can symbolise an act of gratitude, empathy and compassion. Nicolas Degryse (Co-founder of Folonomo restaurant), wanted to build a way for customers to have an even more direct connection to the impact they were having and empower them to choose their own social or environmental outcomes.
At Ame, Folonomo, Symbol and Portal, the healthy, delicious food makes it easy to be satisfied and also be kind to your body. The menu, designed by ex-Rockpool group chef Michal Siudeja, comprises nutrient-rich foods such as healthy salads, raw treats and fresh sandwiches. Our catering menu is both visually stunning and nutritious at the same time. The group's passion is for “slow food”. We deeply care about the future of small scale farmers, their produce, the taste and flavour they bring to life. Our cafe provides fresh, organic and local products in sustainable, recycled and biodegradable, compostable packaging.
The ground floor lobby has been refurbished in a ultra modern, minimalistic manner with 500m2 floor space including free wifi, auditorium, yoga studio, art exhibitions and open-plan, communal workstations. Artists exhibited include Mertim Gokalp, Nick Stathopoulos, Michael Simms, Marie Mansfield and Lucy West-Sooby.
By simply enjoying a breakfast, lunch or even just a coffee at one of our venues, you allow the cafe to help embody the change you want to see in the world. Whether this is through indirectly supporting our group training program (Symbols of Hope) or through the impact jar model you become a part of, by voting on the charity you wish to support (see 'How it works' below). Bringing smiles to other people’s faces is what the group aims to do, and our team believe that we can build businesses that value empathy and excellence at the same time.
THE PURE COLLECTIVE
Our venues are part of The Pure Collective, an ecosystem of social enterprises, a passionate team of people and a philanthropic Foundation. Every organisation within the Collective strives to find creative ways of fostering gratitude and empathy in our day-to-day lives.
Since 2015, the group has served hundreds of thousands of customers, helped generate donations for a diverse range of charities, provided over 4000 hours of practical training for refugees, asylum seekers, at-risk youth, young people suffering from mental illness and young people with a disability.
HOW IT WORKS?
HOW IT WORKS?
HOW IT WORKS
Portrait by Kathrin Longhurst Mariama (above) Symbols of Hope Scholarship Recipient