Les Marmites Volantes is a responsible catering project initiated by its 4 founders in 2011 with the objective of offering tasty and convivial meals while being in line with the ecological transition. Today, Les Marmites Volantes has two restaurants (Paris XIXth and Montreuil), delivery in companies and a canteen service for elementary schools in Paris and its suburbs and an EHPAD.
In addition, the Marmites Volantes are also four commitments:
The company is recognized by the ESUS label: Entreprise Solidaire d’Utilité Sociale
One of the objectives is to show that it is possible to do catering differently.
The company now has four activities:
More contracts in collective catering were accepted during the health crisis due to the development of telecommuting in companies.
Here is an overview of the distribution of activities post -covid and during the covid:
Post: 40% collective / 40% companies / 20% restaurant
During: 55% collective (school + EHPAD) / 15% companies / 40% restaurant
The ESUS (Entreprise Solidaire d’Utilité Sociale) approval is part of the 2014 law on social and solidarity economy aiming at the implementation of an environment favorable to the development of social and solidarity economy companies.
The conditions for obtaining the ESUS label are as follows:
pursue a social utility as a main objective
to prove that this search for social utility has an impact on the company’s income statement or profitability
a remuneration policy that respects the following 2 rules
the average of the 5 best paid employees/managers cannot exceed an annual ceiling of 7 times the minimum wage
the compensation paid to the highest paid employee of the company may not exceed an annual ceiling of 10 times the minimum wage
– the company’s shares must not be traded on a financial market
Certain companies known as “full rights” are not subject to the conditions for obtaining approval, except for the condition that they are not listed on a financial market.
Duration of validity :
Once delivered, the ESUS approval is valid for a period of 5 years. This duration is limited to 2 years for companies whose creation date is less than 3 years before the date of the application.
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The first commitment of the co-founders of Les Marmites Volantes is to a sustainable supply of resources. The choice is made to work with producers whose production methods we know and to use raw and seasonal products. 35% of deliveries are made directly to the producers.
90% of the fruits and vegetables are organic, but beyond the label, it is common sense that prevails.
Many partnerships are historical, like the one with the market gardeners “Le BioGardin” with whom they work hand in hand since the creation of the flying pots.
A small overview of the different suppliers:
The electricity supply of the two restaurants is done with Enercoop, a French supplier of electricity of 100% renewable origin. Enercoop is recognized as a “truly green” supplier by Greenpeace and Premium by the Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME). 
Catering and deliveries to companies :
8:00 am: arrival of the cooks
8:00 am – 10:30 am: preparation of dishes for deliveries to companies
10:30 am – 12:00 pm : preparation of the dishes for the restaurant
11:00 am : departure of deliveries to companies
12:00 – 14:00 : service on the spot (when authorized) or to take away
15h00- 17h00 : setting up for the next day
Collective catering (12 private schools + 1 Ehpad):
Preparation of meals in the production laboratory in La Chapelle
Deliveries made by the 3 deliverymen on electric bikes.
Use of deposits: limiting waste in take-away sales
How the Greengo deposit works:
The sorting of biowaste :
As a reminder, biowaste is food waste and other biodegradable waste. It is important to separate it from other waste because its compacting favors the creation of methane. This greenhouse gas has a warming power 25 times higher than CO2. At Les Marmites volantes, bio-waste is collected by neighborhood associations but also by individuals to make compost. In the 19th arrondissement of Paris, the association Travail et Vie recovers bio-waste and uses it in an urban farm: the Rail Farm. (https://www.fermedurail.org/)
All deliveries are made by 3 delivery men equipped with electrically assisted bicycles.
The company guarantees a healthy and fulfilling work environment, made possible by opening the restaurant only at lunchtime and from Monday to Friday. The employees are therefore free in the evenings and on weekends.
Les Marmites Volantes is not officially recognized as an “integration organization”, which falls within a particular legislative framework.
Nevertheless, one of its objectives is to reach out to “people who are chronically far from employment”. Instead, it offers integration exit contracts: hiring people who have left the assistance and support offered by the integration structures.
The company provides access to a number of training courses: a cooking certificate, professional French courses (around 30% of the company’s employees do not speak French)…
The company has always made it a point of honor to pay its delivery staff.
The whole zero waste approach by using reusable stainless steel containers or returnable containers has a positive impact on the environment.
The sorting of biowaste helps to counter the production of greenhouse gases that occur when it is dumped with other waste in landfills. Their recovery in compost allows to enrich the soil, the compost being adapted to the agronomic needs of the soil. 
Finally, the electricity supplier of the two restaurants, Enercoop, offers electricity of 100% renewable origin.
The short circuits favour the connection with the producers and the accessibility to good products while dynamizing the territories.
The company is not recognized as an integration mechanism but makes a point of hiring people who are chronically far from employment. It has the ESUS approval.
The deliverymen are employees of the company.
The work rhythm is fulfilling, allowing them to enjoy their evenings and weekends.
Due to the health situation, the company’s business of delivering to companies is under pressure. The company has been able to accept more contracts with small private schools, which currently number 12, or 850 meals per day.
The company is currently working with private schools since they are free to choose their service provider. Les Marmites volantes is in discussion with various municipalities with the aim of integrating the public market and thus “making better eating accessible to as many people as possible”.
A participative fundraising is currently underway to develop these activities and make “better eating” accessible to as many people as possible.