dec 31-jan 1+2, 2016: nibble on some new year’s issues

poster eating special 2016

new year’s eve is besides celebration time also a moment for reflections. many of us will start 2016  with one or more resolutions and see new year as a fresh start. 

so our 3-days only 2016 eat’inspiration is all about toasting, new year’s resolutions, and a fresh start. and as many of us experiencing time is slipping through their fingerswe have created some golden oldies with a twist.

an eat’inspiration

  • always consists of 5 courses (3x savourish and 2x sweetish)
  • and is preceded by an edible sneak peek of the theme.

the practical details 

  • menu. 
  • cocktails.
    • old (alcoholic)
    • new (non alcoholic)
  • period. 3 days only
    • december 31, 2015
    • january 1, 2016
    • january 2, 2016
  • opening hours.
    • 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    • outside opening hours only open for groups of at least 15 persons
  • price tag.
    • this 3 days only eating experience 2016 costs  € 47,50 per person, incl. v.a.t., excl. drinks
  • book this eating experience. to avoid disappointments (very limited seating) and food waste.
    • send us a reservation request (name, number of persons, arrival time, any dietary wishes)
    • the first dinner reservations are at 7 p.m. and the last reservations at 8.30 p.m.
    • payment in advance:
      • after your booking request we will send you an invoice with payment link.
    • if you need additional information you can contact us by phone: +31 (0) 6 54 64 65 76

food problems/dietary wishes

  • we invite you to share any allergies, dietary restrictions or wishes at least 1 days in advance. so it is possible for us to tailor our menu.

choice of ingredients

  • besides taste and inspirational concept at least 2 of the following criteria also provide for our choice of ingredients, products, and suppliers: animal welfare, small-scale or organic farming, fair trade, direct trade, season, distance, and personal health.

dec 25, 2015: x-mas eating special experience the new luxuries

flyer xmas eating special

time flies …. and before you know it it’s almost xmas again.

however, this year we ourselves do not drive home for xmas. this year we will decorate our studio, create a playlist of our favorite (xmas) songs, and ….. we invite you to join us for a one day only xmas special where we make you experience some of the new luxuries with all your senses.

we will introduce you to less + more. you can toast with the new champagne, reflect a moment on the little things of life, enjoy dressing up with some gems of the future, discover the versatility of the essence of life, and we wonder who will seize the opportunity to create with one big bang a fresh but comforting start.

an eatinspiration 

  • is a themebased eating experience for all your senses in 5 courses with occasionally an interactive moment.
  • consists of 3 savourish and 2 sweetish courses.
  • is preceded by a sneak peek, some homemade flatbread with a theme inspired topping.

the practical details 

  • menu. 
  • one day only.
    • december 25, 2015
  • start time.
    •  7.30 – 8.00 p.m. we welcome you with cocktails + bites
    • 8.00 p.m. marjolein will introduce the xmas eating experience and explain what to expect during the evening of the eat’inspiration driving home for xmas. and hereafter we will start
    • we start the evening together, but you will experience the eating special within your own party.
  • reservations only. 
    • reservation requests by e-mail and be so kind to mention in the subject line xmas special
    • from november 25, 2015 it is possible to send reservation request using our online booking manager (our online booking manager is only available in dutch language only).
    • if you have any questions or need additional information you can contact us by phone: +31 (0) 6 54 64 65 76
  • price tag for this 1 day only arrangement.
    •  € 59,50 per person, payment in advance.
    • this 1 day only arrangement includes welcome cocktail less or more + amuse, a 5 course eating experience plus a sneak peek, coffee or tea with a selection of our collection choco twisters, and unlimited tapwater. additional drinks or drinking arrangements are excluded. 
    • we send you payment instructions after receiving your request for reservation.
  • payment.
    • we take credit cards (masters/visa), dutch bank cards/pin, and cash.

food problems/dietary wishes

  • we invite you to share any allergies, dietary restrictions or wishes at least 1 days in advance. so it is possible for us to tailor our menu.

choice of ingredients

  • besides taste and inspirational concept at least 2 of the following criteria also provide for our choice of ingredients, products, and suppliers: animal welfare, small-scale or organic farming, fair trade, direct trade, season, distance, and personal health.

press review: amsterdam gourmet speeddating by

wheatfield with reaper by vincent van gogh

wheatfield with reaper by vincent van gogh

In september 2015 we have received a group of international culinary journalists for a drink and some bites. At that very moment we were running the eating experience Vincent van Gogh.

Wolfgang Grüner of the online german culinary magazine was one of the participating journalists. On november 3, 2015 he shared his experiences online in a report about amsterdam. De culinaire werkplaats was the last spot of this amsterdam gourmet speeddating trip.

Letzte Station am Nachmittag ist „The Culinaire Werkplaats“ in der Fannius Scholtenstraat 10, ein Platz für höchst interessante und ungewöhnliche Experimente im Nahrungsmittelbereich. Das Design-Studio für Essen und Trinken von Marjolein Wintjes und Eric Meursing sucht und präsentiert neue Konzepte, ungewöhnliche Geschmacksvariationen, sie finden andere Präsentationsformen, experimentieren mit der Vereinbarkeit eigentlich gegensätzlicher Dinge und scheuen dabei nicht starke Kontraste. Besonderer Wert bei den Essensexperimenten wird auf fairen Handel, Umweltverträglichkeit, Bioprodukte und Nachhaltigkeit gelegt. Bei all den Inspirationen steht natürlich auch die Suche nach dem guten Geschmack im Vordergrund. Das probiere ich gleich aus und bekomme einen Teller mit gedämpften Artischocken, umgeben von Heu-Fäden mit Kürbiskernöl, dazu flaches Brot aus Kartoffeln und Weizen, richtig lecker. Am Präsentationstisch wird gewerkelt, auf weißen Steinen sammeln sich Rollen aus Kürbis und Sushi-Reis mit Gurken, Bällchen aus weißen Bohnen mit Gewürzen und Blüten, umgeben von allerlei Kräutern, Salaten, Sprossern und anderen Zutaten. Ein wunderschönes Bild, alles essbar, außer den Steinen, zum Teil recht ungewöhnlich im Geschmack, hervorragend. Einige Tage in der Woche öffnet das Studio sich dem Publikum und man kann die Experimente essen und trinken. Ich diskutiere noch lange mit Eric, aber irgendwann bringt mich dann das Taxi zurück zum Hotel.

click on the following link to read the whole article: amsterdam gourmet speeddating


portfolio: diesel s/s collection 2016

diesel s/s collection 2016

in october 2015 diesel launched its spring and summer collection 2016 in their showroom in amsterdam. and we were very pleased that we were invited for the 3nd time to create a brand experience.

for this press launch we created 3 different eating experiences, reflecting the 3 different moods of the diesel SS 2016 collection:

  • digital explorer
  • rock pioneer
  • mid summer night dreamer

at special request we used the diesel living items tableware and cutlery in 2 of the 3 food installations.



portfolio: discover 5 new paintings by van gogh in amsterdam

van gogh a la japonnais

after the summerbreak 2015 we started with the eat’inspiration van gogh, his contemporaries and influencers. this eat’inspiration consists of 5 eating experiences through which we made you discover and explore the works and life of van gogh.

the first 3 experiences are savourish and inspired by the 3 periods you can distinguish in the works of vincent van gogh.

  • the 1st interactive experience refers to the period van gogh is creating paintings in the netherlands and we used the painting woman lifting potatoes as our inspirational source. in this dish marinated root vegetables wrapped in clay, baked and topped off with mustard lettuce are the heroes.
  • the 2nd experience is van gogh à la japonnais and  a reflection of the period that van gogh lived in paris, where he started to experiment with colours. one way of doing that was by making freestyle copies of japanese imprints;
  • the 3rd experience a freestyle flower arrangement with a special fragrance representing the period van gogh is living in the provence. it is a tribute to the period he settled down in the yellow house in arle where he wanted to start an artists community. here he painted quite a number of still lives many of which showcasing vases with flowers.

the last 2 experiences are sweetish:

  • the 4th experience is an interpretation of wheatfield with a reaper, and is an attempt to capture van gogh’s signature brushstrokes.
  •  painting by numbers is the last experience -which was the favourite of most of our visitors-. this was an interactive course in which the diners could meet with vincent van gogh in numbers.

and…. for the ones that really explored our space there was also a small installation ‘a sniff of vincent’ where you could meet vincent with your olfactus

in case you are in need of more vincent, check out the van gogh museum amsterdam


portfolio: conference design & innovation

eating experience bubble house

commissioned by shell we created an interactive morning eating experience for a group of international ceo’s who were participating in a conference about design & innovation.

the experience started with a presentation about the design & innovation strategies of shell, and various strategies in general.

thereafter marjolein introduced studio de culinaire werkplaats and the way here materials, techniques, etc. are explored in the quest of finding new tastes, new textures, new food pairings and new ways of eating.

for this morning session the inspirational source was dutch design. we selected the following 5 dutch design projects as inspirational source for the various eating experiences:

  • viktor & rolf: project zen garden
  • atelier nl: projects drawn from clay and fundamentals
  • jongeriuslab: coloured vases #3
  • dus architects: projects bubble building + 3d printed canal house
  • raaaf:

the session was closed with lessons learned.


portfolio: wishing well

an impression of a small food installation we created for the eat’inspiration water matters?

it’s a wishing well; a concept from european folklore describing wells where it was thought that any spoken wish would be granted. the idea that a wish could be granted stems from the idea that water had been placed there as a gift from the gods or housed deities, since water was a source of life and very valuable.


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