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: vacant.nl

the session was closed with lessons learned.


feb + march 2015: dutch treats??

poster dutch treats

on feb 6th is the kick-off of the eat’inspiration dutch treats? we will make you taste and experience various typically dutch matters. normally we give you some clues & hints, but this time …. we like to keep things somewhat open.

an eat’inspiration.

an eat’inspiration is a theme based journey in 5 courses: 3 times savourish and 2 times sweetish. always preceded by a sneak peak: a house made flatbread with a topping or dip that reveals something about the theme we are exploring.

the practical details + the menu.

  • the menu. click on the following link for  the menu dutch treats?? in pdf format.
  • the cocktail. glass house  the aperitif. i never promised you a rose garden;
  • period. starting feb 6th – march 28th, 2015;
  • opening.hours. fridays & saturdays, 18.30-23.00 hrs. outside opening hours only open by appointment for groups of at least 15 persons (mon-tue-wed-thur) or at least 25 persons (fri-sat-sun);
  • reservations required. to avoid disappointments (limited seatings), by e-mail info@deculinairewerkplaats.nl or by phone +31 (0)6 54 64 65 76, or online;
  • the price tag. you decide afterwards what a fair price is for the eating experience at de culinaire werkplaats.

food problems/wishes

we invite you to share any allergies, dietary restrictions or wishes when you book your eat’in experience. so it is possible for us to tailor our menu. it is a challenge for us to prepare something very special and inspirational for you.

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.


dutch masters & master pieces

no-fingerprints by de culinaire werkplaats

in search of excellence is the 2nd eat’inspiration of our project ‘dutch icons revisited‘. on the image: no fingerprints.

no fingerprints is a tribute to a the dutch master burglar Aage Meinesz (aage m.), well known in the 70ties for his well prepared bank robberies using a thermal lance. at the end he was caught, but managed to escape. and… to this day the world is figuring out how he managed to do this.

the eat’inspiration ‘in search of excellence’ is the 2nd eat’inspiration of our project ‘dutch icons revisited‘.

the inspirational theme ‘dutch masters’ was triggered by our project during museums at night amsterdam at the van gogh museum.
the notion ‘master’ refers for us to all kinds of talents, skills and types of excellence. so for this eat’inspiration we selected 5 different expertises.
so for this eat’inspiration we selected 5 different dutch master talents. the eat’inspiration starts with an eat’cocktail inspired by a dutch master burglar, aage m. the other masters we addressed: rembrandt van rijn (painter), rem koolhaas (architecture), iris van herpen (fashion design), marcel wanders (product design).

exploring ‘how flat is the netherlands’

waddensea area


the eat’inspiratie anything but flat? has its focus on the question “how is flat is the netherlands?”. so we have selected randomly five iconic dutch landscapes of which we created edible impressions:

  • wadden sea area. in this area water, salt, sand, air and foam come together. for us the opportunity to showcase all kinds of dutch sea vegetables.
  • heathland (drenthe area). in this dish we merge the beautiful heath landscape with the peasant life as depicted in the early paintings by van gogh, bartje’s famous words “i do not pray for brown beans’ in a well known dutch book for children, and the era of the dolmens.
  • arable landscape. the netherlands is a country of growers and farmers. so in our opinion an arable landscape can not be missed out, so we created a landscape on which dutch root vegetables flourish.
  • the hilly landscape of limburg. this eat’impression is guided by a combination of elements, both present and past: coal mining, viniculture, beer and loess (limburg clay with a typical yellow-red color).
  • urban landscape. in the netherlands the amount of nature is decreasing and cities are claiming more and more space. in large cities one can spot significant changes in the street view. one of these changes has inspired us to a dish, a dish with a wink.

the question ‘how flat is the netherlands’ has yielded many interesting discussions. the 5 eat’impressions turned out to be a helpful approach to create a more nuanced view of dutch landscapes.

now we are in the process of visualising the result of the central question ‘how flat is the netherlands’ for the exhibition “dutch icons revisited.


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.



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.

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.


sept 27, 2013 – march, 2014: taste time in 3 eat’inspirations

time and food are inextricably connected. mealtimes provide rhythm and structure our daily lifes. just like seasonal produce. as a pendant of fast food a while ago the concept of slow food was introduced. there is a revival of cooking techniques and methods from earlier times, but with a contemporary twist. we are also more and more interested in the future of our food. various milestones in life we ​​celebrate with food: like births, birthdays, a new job, etc.

time seems to be a scarce commodity nowadays. no time to cook is more rule than exception. most of the time we not only eat, but are at the same time multitasking. shelf life or expiration date should help us to determine if we can consume a product or not.

so, time plays an important role in the phenomenon of food and eating, and can be accessed and interpreted in various ways.

in short, it’s time to explore TIME. what can you expect from us:

  • a triptych of eat’inspirations, dining experiences in 5 dishes, interpretations of the notion time;
  • some time related specials:
    • october 20, 2013: where is my t. the launch of a new tea concept with a contemporary view on t.time during the dutch design week 2013 in eindhoven;
    • feb 14, 2014: on valentine 2014 we will be inspired the expression for better & for worse followed by the finissage, during which we showcase the highlights of our time travelling;
  • the exhibition remains of the day, the beauty of leftovers,  we will be working on the exhibition from october 15, 2013 to february 13, 2014.
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eric meursing is still available as culinary advisor/food conceptualist/plant-based chef