june 19 – august 1, 2015: taste and experience the essence of water.

poster eating experience water matters?

thirsty for something new? in that case we invite you all -from culinary adventurers to boaters– to join us for the eating experience water matters. let’s explore together some interesting water matters in 5 dishes and discover the essence of water. furthermore, you get the opportunity to sip from a coupe of rain shower or taste the tears of cleopatra. especially for this eating experience we have created a matching cocktail and a non alcoholic aperitif.

an eat’inspiration.

  • is an eating experience, a theme based journey in 5 courses: 3 times savourish and 2 times sweetish.

the practical details + the menu.

  • the menu. click on the following link for an impression of eat’inspiration water matters in pdf-format;
  • the cocktail. rain shower (alcoholic) – the apéritif. (non alcoholic) tears of cleopatra;
  • period. june 19 – august 1, 2015;
  • opening.hours. fridays & saturdays, 18.30-23.00 hrs. outside opening hours only open by appointment for groups of at least 15 persons;
  • reservations required. to avoid disappointments (limited seatings). we only take reservations max. 30 days in advance: by e-mail info@deculinairewerkplaats.nl or by phone +31 (0)6 54 64 65 76. our online system is only available in dutch;
  • 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 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.

 

 

april-may 2015: taste the dutch golden age in 2015.

the dutch golden age poster

ever wanted to taste a painting by rembrandt van rijn? or experience the tulip mania, which was the first speculative bubble ever? or check out the influence of spices, coffee, tea, chocolate and other trophees from the worldwide seatrips and colonies on the dutch cuisine? or nible on the amsterdam canal district?

all part of the dutch golden age,  a period of great change in both dutch and world history, roughly spanning the 17th century, in which dutch trade, science, military, and art were blooming.

we have selected 5 important topics of the dutch golden age showcasing the importance of this era. in other words, we offer you to meet art, science and spirituality in a changing economy in 5 dishes in 2015.

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 an impression of the menu and an indication of its main ingredients: menu eat’inspiration the dutch golden age in pdf.
  • the cocktail. “shot” and  the aperitif. (non alcoholic) “green dragon”.
  • period. from april 3 – may 30, 2015 ;
  • opening.hours. fridays & saturdays only, 18.30-23.00 hrs. we take reservations from 18.30 to 20.30 hrs. outside opening hours only open by appointment for groups of at least 20 persons;
  • 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. it is possible for us to tailor our set menu, but please inform us a few days in advance.

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.

 

 

portfolio: dutch treats??

dish of eat'inspiration dutch treats?

dutch treats??? is the 3rd eat’inspiration of our overall project dutch icons revisited, and is inspired by what happened at charlie hebdo in paris in january this year.

all of a sudden freedom of speech and tolerance became talk of the town.

the netherlands used to be well known all over the world for these notions. since the dutch golden age this country attracts all kinds of free spirits. but… times are changing, and also in the netherlands the climate is changing the last decades.

with dutch treats??? we explore in a rather playful way how we deal with freedom of speech and tolerance in the netherlands at this very moment.

therefore, we have selected 5 typical dutch issues that showcase the present dialogue or status on several sensitive matters.

the 5 dutch issues we addressed with our dishes were:

  • the black pete discussion. which since november 2014 has split up our country into two opponent parties.
  • tolerating. refers to the laws where the government looks away and depending the political climate the gray area is huge or small
  • pillarisation. showcasing the multi party system in the netherlands (about 16 political parties in parliament, and about 80 in the whole country), and since we ended this theme a few parties are added again.
  • canal parade. illustrating that the netherlands was the 1st country where the gay marriage was legalised
  • act normal. this is an important virtue in the netherlands, you should always remain the boy or girl from next door even though you are extremely successful or have special talents.

as we always receive a lot of guests from abroad, we had some very interesting conversations and insights how other countries deal with these -ad randomly selected- sensitive topics……

 

portfolio: food concept for press launch of detox body treatment by filorga

detox bites for press launch of filorga

for the press launch of a detox body treatment by filorga we were commissioned to create a food concept for the invited lifestyle press.

the brief. the concept had to be a combination of:

  • detox
  • black & white (referring to the brand identity of filorga)

the result. 

  • selection of black & white vegetable and fruit bites
  • matching white vegetable mocktail
  • plus various detoxing juices
  • presentation inspired by zen.

this project was in collaboration with mooi pr.

 

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).
 

fruit d’or – food art for pup mag #2

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click on the above photo to view all images of this production.

the challenge. we were invited to participate in a food art shoot, food & jewellery, for the 2nd edition of PUPMAG. #2, a cultural conceptual magazine.

the new luxuries.in our daily work as food conceptualists we focus on vegetables, fruits and specialty grains. every day we enjoy the beauty of these earthy gems. for us vegetables, fruits and grains are the jewellery, the new luxuries on the dinnerplate of the future. from this perspective it is rather logical to combine food & jewellery in a food art shoot.

the food art shoot. on may 16th, thamar lugthart (PUPMAG.) teamed us up with lonneke van der palen(photography), dineke van den heuvel (styling), frances krol (make up), frédérique olthuis (nails) and leonie op het eijnde (hand model).

PUPMAG. #2 is launched on june 19th, and in stores since july 20th, 2014. PUPMAG. issues 2 editions per year.

 

july 4 – aug 30, 2014: wake up

due to success prolongued until august 30, 2014. on august 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2014 we offer you the last chance to experience the 2nd limited edition of this eat’inspiration (limited seatings). flyer eatinspiration wake-up

each july our eating experiences are inspired by our motto food = fashion and the summer edition of fashion week amsterdam. this year you can expect from us an outlook on fashion, or rather on haute couture, on coffee haute couture!

the contemporary way of producing, selecting, roasting, brewing and drinking coffee has the same allure as fashion. the renewed attention to the exotic coffee bean closely follows the current trend of fashion & interior: a penchant for the past and for foreign countries is reflected in all kinds of exotic designs and accessories. the revival of coffee has also led to the trendy coffee bars and the new profession of coffee sommelier.

wake-up, the eat’inspiration.

  • inspirational source: the coffee bean;
  • consists of five dishes: 3x savourish and 2x sweetish;
  • the 5 dishes of wake-up are inspired by our selection of 5 coffee producing countries, namely: costa rica, ethiopia, guatemala, brazil and sumatra;
  • in addition, we explore in wake-up 5 different single-origin coffee beans and you can experience at least 5 times a new perspective on coffee.
  • all our selected coffees consist of 100% arabica beans contain 70% less caffeine than robusta coffee beans.
  • please note: if you are not into coffee – please book the decaffeinated version.

wake-up, the limited edition.

  • products in our shop. the “breakables”, coffee flowers, dust, pearls, etc.
  • where + when. from mid-august-september 2014 in our studio.

the practical details

  • the menu. click on the following link for the menu of the eat’inspiration wake-up  in pdf-format;
  • the cocktail. shot the aperitif. sleeping beauty (non alcoholic);
  • period. july 4 – august 2, 2014. due to success prolonged: last chance on august 9 – 16 – 23 or 30, 2014
  • opening.hours. fridays & saturdays, 18.30-23.00 hrs. outside opening hours only open by appointment for groups of at least 15 persons;
  • reservations required. to avoid disappointments (limited seatings), by phone +31 (0)6 54 64 65 76 of by e-mail info@deculinairewerkplaats.nl;
  • the pricetag. decide afterwards what a fair price is for the eating experience at de culinaire werkplaats. for the time being this will be the last eat’inspiration without a price tag.

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.
 

may 11, 2014: lunch landscape for diesel day

diesel day lunch landscape

for diesel day we have created an edible landscape for lunch. we were invited for this commission by vice, organiser of this production.

the challenge: lunch; 240 people; four flags: switzerland, austria, germany and benelux, which are the countries of origin of the diesel day participants; and eyecandy.

the result: a 10-meters landscape, the heights of the landscape correspond to the heights of the various countries. the various colours of the flags determined the selection of fruits and vegetables. the stones refer to stone-washed jeans. in other words, food = fashion.

 

portfolio: eat’inspiration amsterdamned?

in march and april 2014 we explored our love-hate relationship with amsterdam, part of our amsterdam 2014 project. we expressed with the following dishes our “highlights” of amsterdam:

  • museum square,
  • gay parade,
  • zeedijk (see image),
  • tuschinski (movie theatre),
  • amsterdam’s coffeeshops.

on the image you’ll see one of the impressions we created of the zeedijk. this dish is inspired by the rich history of the zeedijk, the main street of amsterdam’s china town, and part of the maritime district. so the choice of ingredients, the colours, the taste and textures, the shape are triggered by both china and the see, the meaning of the zeedijk (sea dike), and the fact this street is situated next to the red light district.

 

ongoing project: the beauty of ageing.

a photography project by marjolein wintjes showcasing how beautiful and inspirational the process of ageing can be.

hereafter a small selection of images.

a forest apple found by marjolein on one of her walks through amsterdam (project: the beauty of ageing)

a field pea (project: the beauty of ageing)

a field pea (project: the beauty of ageing)

detail of a turnip; part of project: the beauty of ageing

detail of a turnip (project: the beauty of ageing)

dried potato peel (project : the beauty of ageing)

dried potato peel (project : the beauty of ageing)

 
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Unfortunately De Culinaire Werkplaats is closed permanently.

eric meursing is still available as culinary advisor/food conceptualist/plant-based chef

eric.meursing1403@gmail.com