june 18: national day @ world expo south korea

we are pleased to inform you that de culinaire werkplaats will be heading for south korea again for the 2nd time on june 14, 2012. together with the organization of the pavilion of the netherlands we will take care of a food experience to mark the national day of the netherlands during the world wxpo 2012 in sout korea, on june 18th.

the world expo 2012 takes place from may 12th – august 12th, 2012 in Yeosu, a beautiful city on the south coast of south korea. the central theme of this year’s expo is: the living ocean and coast: diversity of resources and sustainable activities. meer…

‘t nederlands landschap in 5 gerechten

in march 2012, we have launched for the 2nd time a 3-part series on landscapes and architecture. this theme is for us an immense inspirational source in our research process for new flavours, new textures, new combinations and new ways of eating.

we kicked off with the eat’inspiration dutch landscapes.

landscapes and architecture is one of our most favorite themes.
in 2011 we focussed mostly on architecture in our food scapes. in 2012 our focus shifted more toward landscapes.

the process.

  • we have selected at random 5 typical dutch landscapes, each landscape inspired us in various ways. so the foodscapes are an interpretation in many layers. besides flavours, shape, texture, the selected ingredients often are connected in a special way to the landscape we explored.
  • we work process oriented, so we start at the 1st evening with an inspirational thema, the selection of 5 dutch landscapes, and a list of ingredients, during the month we develop in dialogue with our guests the dishes.
  • hereafter you’ll find a short description of the five dutch landscapes, some of the inspirational aspects and the main ingredients used.

the dishes.

savourish 1: drenthe’s moorland

  • inspired by blooming heather, megaliths and a famous quotation from the children’s book bartje by anne de vries which pictures a story about a pour farmersboy brought up in this specific part of the netherlands;
  • the main ingredients: black beans, red cabbage, piccalilly.

savourish 2: meadow landscape (see photo of the preparations of this dish)

  • the netherlands is a flat country with a lot of pastures/meadows, unfortunately nowadays usually empty, because the cattle is kept inside;
  • the main ingredients: hay, kale, celery, shallots, field mushrooms, gravy;

savourish 3: limburg’s hills

  • limburg (southern part of the netherlands)  is an area which we dutch often characterize by it’s hill, asparagus, beer, and kollerberger spelt;
  • the main ingredients: including salsify (nickname: poor man’s asparagus, and used instead of the asparagus limburg is renowed for as those were not in season), onions, black potato, parsley, and chateau neubourg (beer from limburg);

sweetish 1: city

  • the urban areas in the netherlands are growing fast and this affects the shape of the traditional dutch landscapes, it  is becoming increasingly urbanized. this urbanization raises the question ‘how to feed all those people’. a possible answer lies in urban farming;
  • the main ingredients, which we have used: black quinoa, figs, raisins, apple, mint.

sweetish 2: polder

  • outside their borders the dutch are known for their waterworks, and their excellent knowledge of creating polders;
  • the main ingredients: dried fruits in liquor  (we call this in dutch farmers’ girls), bitter almond cookie, waffle dough, sabayon.

may 3, 2012, on our way to world expo south korea

soon the worldexpo 2012 starts in south korea. the food & beverage, and hospitality concept of the pavilion of the netherlands is created by DVP China Eventmarketing, that also is responsible for the venue management and the shop of this pavilion. during the last months de culinaire werkplaats worked closely with the team of DVP China Eventmarketing on a matching theme based food design. the inspirational theme is water & land reflecting a dutch point of view. 2 eat’inspirations/food experiences have been created, and several food items for the shop.  the catering of the eat’inspirations and food items will be executed by a local partner, namely Holiday Inn Gwanju.

the worldexpo is held in yeosu (south korea) from may 12 – august 12, 2012. the central theme for this year’s expo is The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities.

on may 3 we will leave for south korea for the prepatory activities and the opening of the pavilion of the netherlands. on may 14 we will fly to china for another food related project.

please note: the restaurant section of de culinaire werkplaats will be closed from may 3 – 20, 2012. you are more than welcome to join us again for the eat’inspiration ‘garden landscapesfrom may 25, 2012.


03-25 feb 2012: simply red.

february, valentine and warm sweater day and immediately red. crossed our minds.

blood red, cherry red, tomato red, burgundy red, brick red, ox red …… the associations of the colour red range from love and fertility, warmth and happiness, to power, violence, danger and anything what is forbidden. in short, red is a colour with many different meanings and emotions. in other words: who is afraid of red?

the various reds of the colour system pantone are the inspirational input for our eat’inspiration simply red. in 5 dishes you’ll make a journey through the meaningful world of red. you can taste the essence of pantone 032 EC red, the earthiness of pantone 18-1631 red and taste some pieces of pantone 1795 c – alert red? meer…


januari 2012: the naturalists. @ amsterdam fashion week


during amsterdam fashion week january 2012 de culinaire werkplaats presented the project ‘the naturalists.’ a colour and texture forecast for fashion fabrics 2013 and beyond. hereafter the project description (approach, eat’inspiration & exhibition).

the project the naturalists. meer…


jan 23, 2012: press breakfast mint @ de modefabriek – a report

on january 23, 2012, the alarm went off rather early for the team of de culinaire werkplaats. on the agenda a breakfast catering for the press on the occasion of the launch of MINT, a fresh platform at the established tradeshow de modefabriek, location: rai amsterdam.

we presented a fashion forward eat’inspiration  -like always- of 5 dishes in which mint is leading in various ways and in which food & fashion meet. on the menu: coupe wake up, green meets black, spicy black, fresh black, and it’s after eight. click here of the menu of the mint breakfast eat’inspiration @ de modefabriek in pfd format.

MINT is an initiative of marieke eyskoot (talkingdress) and willa stoutenbeek (w green + spicepr.nl). this platform offers space to about 20 eco fashion and/or lifestyle brands, a real fresh spot for inspiration. meer…


jan 20-28, 2012: the naturalists.

ever nibbled at a colour and texture forecast? from january 20-28, 2012, you can enjoy a one of a kind food=fashion dinnerspecial at de culinaire werkplaats. for the sixth consecutive time de culinaire werkplaats is one of the paricipating locations of the downtown programme of amsterdam fashion week. This time we proudly present the naturalists.

especially for amsterdam fashion week januari 2012 we have captured the sign of the times in a colour and texture forecast for fashion fabrics and food for 2013 and beyond. the result the naturalists. a food=fashion expedition through 5 mouth-watering trends : neo romanticism, nesting, down-to-earth, new landscapes and ethnic chic. nature revisited in a food= fashion statement and a must for culinary adventurers and fashionistas.



23 jan 2012: mint pers meeting – modefabriek

MINTfood & fashion meet in a breakfast’inspiration we designed especially for the exclusive press launch of MINT, a brand new event in amsterdam, and part of the tradeshow modefabriek.

MINT is a blend of a tradeshow and event, fashion and lifestyle. it presents fashion forward, the fashion of the future, fashion made with respect for people and environment and great style.

marieke eyskoot, owner of ethical fashion expertise bureau talking dress, and willa stoutenbeek “w green”, green expert at amsterdam’s leading fashion pr firm spice pr, are the initiators. they are an inspiration for a fashion scene which is both happening and harmless.

de labels: a question of, elementum, elsien gringhuis, format, l’herbe rouge, mly, monkee genes, oat shoes, olsenhaus – pure vegan, o my bag, people tree, royalblush, stat, studio jux, twin couture en underprotection and more.


december 2011: surprise, surprise

do you like presents and surprises? in that case our december eat’inspiration ‘surprise! surprise!’ is a must for you. 5 typical dutch december food traditions will be revisited and presented with a huge twist. you can already have pre-taste of  2012 and work out your good intentions, dreaming about a white christmas, or pick some tasty ice flowers, and when you are very lucky you can be kissed by an angel. meer…


nov 14 – 20, 2011: puur restaurant week

from november 14-20, 2011 it’s the puur restaurant week (previous known as the fair trade restaurant week). you can enjoy an honest and delicious diner at hundreds of restaurants throughout the netherlands. at the participating restaurants you can order a ‘pure menu’, which focusses on organic, fairtrade ingredients and sustainable fish.

de culinaire werkplaats is again one of the participants, where you can enjoy a delicious and honest eatexperience. especially for this occasion we have created the eat’inspiration spoons full of honesty, a story about honesty in 5 dishes. meer…

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