movie theater snacks revisited

amsterdam has numerous film festivals. idfa, cinekid, film food festival, the open air film festival pluk de nacht, to name a few. furthermore, we are both avid movie lovers. this has triggered us to take a closer look at the phenomenon of movie theater snacks. the top ten inspired us to a total makeover.

we have transformed for instance:
  • m&m’s (see image) into different fruits and vegetable varieties,
  • ice cream into ice cream look-a-likes without ice cream,
  • orange soda into an edible version.

the organization of cinekid enjoyed a sneak preview at proef amsterdam.


nov 08 – dec 28, 2013: eat’inspiration time flies…..

time flies….. when you are having fun!! time seems to be accelerating. the hours, the days, the seasons appear to fly by faster than ever before. so we feel it is a good moment to reflect on a number of milestones of the past 5 years.

but … what is a special moment, a milestone anyway? this question caused several interesting conversations at the dining table. finally, we have selected 5 projects that gave a new direction and a new dimension to our work:

  • black. september 2008 : an introduction to thepower of black and on our menu you’ll find one of our classics from our black collection.
  • water. august 2010 : water ballet , one of the dishes of our water menu which was awarded with the title the best benelux vegetable restaurant 2011.
  • fashion + design. july 2009 + november 2012 : our motto is food equals fashion. experience with upside down our interpretation of the idiosyncratic work of the dutch fashion designers viktor & rolf .
  • landscapes & architecture (2011): out of the many eat’inspirations about landscapes & architecture we decided on a dish from the eat’inspiration urban landscapes . a dish that showcases that the streets in amsterdam will never be same again.
  • shanghai. may 2012 ( launch event of drive to another beat, shanghai ): one of the ideas inspires us to this day. here already the main ingredients : transformation , black, red and the logo of bentley .

time flies is the 2nd eat’inspiration of the triptych TIME. in the beginning of 2014 you can experience the taste of the new luxury in the 3rd eat’inspiration sign of the times.



interview with the dinner party download about “oliebollen”

on october 27th, 2013, rico gagliono, host of the american public radio show “the dinner party download” visited the culinaire werkplaats.

rico had an interview with eric about “oliebollen” (dutch doughnuts). he had spotted that the dish too late? of our eat’inspiration ‘just in time was about oliebollen and champagne. a dish which is a twistful and spicy reference to the dutch new year’s eve tradition.

the dish questioned whether it is or isn’t too late for good intentions, as many people think it is 5 minutes to 12 for our planet.

click on the following link to listen or read the interview: oliebollen, the dense dutch doughnut.


portfolio eat’inspiration just in time.

the eat’inspiration just in time is the first of a trilogy that explores the concept of time .

in this eat’inspiration our focus is mainly on the fact that most people experience a permanent lack of time, and that they find it hard to live in the present, and the following opinion is becoming more and more mainstream: ‘if we do not change our consumer behaviour, our planet will not last very long.’

we tried to capture the zeitgeist in 5 dishes:

  • rhythm: food structures your daily rhythm , but also your life . you have breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll experience the seasons and the milestones with food in your life .
  • t.time : we have to twitter, facebook,, we have to expose ourselves all the time, and showcase how successful we are. so for many people it is difficult to live in the present. t.time is a dish based on the japanese concept ichi-go ichi-e (one life, one meeting). in the context of a tea ceremony it is a call for reflection to experience a routine act as a unique moment. this dish was by the way a try out and a sneak peek of our first tea concept where is my t. that we launched on oct 20, 2013 @ dutch design week 2013.
  • too late ?: the pessimists among us believe it is 5 to 12 . if we do not change our consumer behaviour, it could be too late for mother earth.
  • clockwise : a contemporary view on the world and a new way of eating. various marinated vegetables + dark chocolate. discover your own favorites clockwise or the other way around and realize where your clock or the clock stands.
  • (under) pressure : sorry , but we are just like you permanently struggling with pressure and always have the feeling we are TOO busy. so we constructed (or is it deconstructed ?) a rather popular comfort dish, in this case an apple pie, and re-created it using the many possible interpretations of pressure.

portfolio: where is my t.

we presented our first autumn collection blossoming stones of WHERE IS MY T., a twistful afternoon teaconcept, on october 20 during the dutch design week 2013. we were pleasantly surprised by the enthousiastic reactions.

WHERE IS MY T. – the background

  • is the very first tea concept of de culinaire werkplaats.
  • is a twistful perspective on afternoon tea in which dutch vegetables and fruits shine.
  • is part of our research project TIME.
  • is amongst others inspired by the japanese concept ichi-go ichi-e (one time, one meeting) and japanese garden architecture. in the context of  the japanese tea ceremony ichi-go ichi-e refers to the fact that every tea ceremonie is unique, and that it’s focus is on experiencing the now/present (mindfulness). an ability that many of us have lost along the way, and many people are searching for in these complex times.

what is WHERE IS MY T.

  • it consists of mainly savoury, handmade T.bonbons and T.bites,
  • plus matching vegetable T’s.
  • every season we will present a new collection.
  • matching T.ware is in progress.
  • it is glutenfree, 95% vegetal (only 1 T.bonbon has an animal ingredient), organic, fairtrade.

further details

  • soon available at de culinaire werkplaats on saturday afternoons.
  • can be ordered as catering on location for (large) groups.
  • can be ordered and picked up at de culinaire werkplaats.
  • this tea concept will get it’s own space, at this very moment we are looking in amsterdam for a suitable spot.

esse organic skincare

october 17, 2013, we have hosted the press presentation of esse organic skincare. for the journalists and bloggers we have created 3 dishes in which the ingredients shine that are part of the various skincare products.

esse works exclusively with pure ingredients without any chemical and colour additives. all products of esse are also organic, fair trade and whenever ​​possible made from local sources. esse is the brainchild of trevor steyn. at this launch he explained the philosophy and the products of esse to the audience.

we enjoyed the co production with willa stoutenbeek van wgreen (pr),  and alexander dikkes (importer en distributor van o.a. esse organic skincare).


oct 27, 2013: ‘n 2e ontmoeting met nethwork.

on october 28 we received for the 2nd time a group of nethwork.

in 2012 we hosted a brainstorm meeting and a tailor made eat’inspiration think orange, grow green for nethwork. nethwork is a cluster of about 16 dutch horticultural companies supporting the sustainable development of the horticultural market in central america by sharing their complementary dutch horticultural knowledge, experience, technology, network and best practices.

this year we were pleased to welcome edwin smit  again. this time with a group of entrepreneurs from central america. the group consists mainly of growers of vegetables and plants, but agricultural education and research was also represented. all interested in the sustainable development of the horticultural sector and for a study tour in the netherlands.

we had an interesting evening, shared a lot of ideas and enjoyed the 2nd acquaintance with the nethwork. furthermore very happy to hear all the positive news about the progress of the project ‘the most sustainable nursery’.


impressie of WHERE IS MY T. @ the dutch design week 2013

a small impression of the launch of WHERE IS MY T. during the dutch design week 2013 at the courtyard of the inkijkmuseum eindhoven. at october 20 we have presented our 1st autumn collection: blossoming stones.

we were extremely lucky with the sunny weather, and received many visitors that enjoyed our fresh approach on afternoon tea, in which dutch vegetables and fruits are shining. they could make an selection out of 10 diffferent T.bonbons and 3 different vegetable T’s. many visitors found it hard to choose. at several moments it looked just like a candy shop, but in this case with vegetable candy.

WHERE IS MY T. is gluten free, organic, fair trade, and besides 1 T.bonbon free from animal ingredients.

we were invited by crowdyhouse, a new crowdfunding platform for design, to organize an event in their crowdyhouse for a week.


oct 17, 2013: presslaunch esse @ de culinaire werkplaats

esse organic skincare press launch 20 oct 2013 @ de culinaire werkplaats

an impression of the press introduction of esse organic skincare @ de culinaire werkplaats, oct 17 2013.  click at the link and you’ll find more details about the philosophy of esse and the dishes we created for this launch.


eat’inspiration just in time – verlengd t/m 2 nov 2013

we are just in time to let you know that you can enjoy the eat’inspiration just in time for another week. at november 1-2, 2013 you can experience for the last time the rhythm of food & eating, how you turn a routine into a unique moment, try to find an answer to the question is it too late? (dis,  experiment with a new way of eating, and at last you’ll find a classic created under pressure on your plate.

more info you’ll find here: de eetinspiratie just in time.


Thank you for visiting us!

Unfortunately De Culinaire Werkplaats is closed permanently.

Sometime next year we will be publishing a book about this unique place.

 eric meursing