portfolio: eat’inspiration time flies…

the eat’inspiration time flies … (november-december 2013) is the 2nd of the 3 part series TIME, in which time is the central focus of our exploration.

time flies… in particular in 2013 time seems to be accelerating. the hours, the days, the seasons appear to fly by faster than ever before. it feels as if we started de culinaire werkplaats yesterday.  so we think it is a good moment to reflect on a number of milestones of the past 5 years. the month november and december of each year are the perfect moments to reflect. so a great opportunity to showcase some of our key milestones in 5 dishes.

but…. what are the milestones?

from our point of view not our successes, the best eat’inspirations, concepts or our best food items.  no, the key milestones are the 5 food moments and themes gave our projects a new dimension or our signatures.

so the following themes/concepts were to be found on the menu: black, food = fashion, landscapes & architecture, water, and transformation. all dishes were presented with a new twist, as time brings new insights.

by the way, ont the image the dish upside down inspired by the one of a kind perspective of the dutch fashion design couple viktor & rolf and their perfume flower bomb.


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.

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.


where is my t. oct 20 @ dutch design week 2013

join us and experience WHERE IS MY T.: the introduction of a twistful afternoon tea with dutch vegetables at the centre stage at the dutch design week 2013 on october 20.

we have speeded up the creation of WHERE IS MY T. as de culinaire werkplaats is invited by crowdy house, a novel crowd funding platform for designers, to host an event at their crowdy house during the dutch design week 2013. for the launch of their platform the initiators of crowdy house have transformed the inkijkmuseum of eindhoven into the crowdy house. during the dutch design week you can pop in to meet designers, listen to lecturers and on october 20, 2013, also to experience a new concept by de culinaire werkplaats.

we proudly introduce the autumn collection of our very first tea concept: T.

where + when:

  • sunday october 20, 2013
  • you are welcome between 13 to 17 hrs.
  • at crowdy house (inkijkmuseum), dommelstraat 2a, eindhoven (near the central railway station):  route description.

what is where is my t.: meer…


eat.patterns s/2014

apple & cinnamonthe project. eat.patterns s/2014 is a color and texture forecast for s/2014 and beyond … in which food and fashion trends meet. a 2 days only installation, created especially for the summer edition of amsterdam fashion weekend. the forecast is visualized by 5 fashion fabrics of fruit and vegetables. the patterns of the edible fashion fabrics are reflections on five global trends that are more and more visible in the various domains.

the selected trends. in progress, transparent, origin, blend, and last-but-not-least basic.

the approach. the five selected global trends are translated into five dishes. the created fabrics on display are an interpretation in color and texture of those dishes.

food equals fashion. food and fashion are connected in many ways. this project highlights that food & fashion are developed from basic needs to lifestyle reflecting the contours of the zeitgeist. the installation eat.patterns s/2014 is not only a forecast for fashion & food, but it connects food and fashion with identity. the project also addresses the vulnerability of the eco system.


portfolio: eating architecture #02

architecture and landscapes is one of our most favorite themes. in 2011 we have created two eat’inspirations in which architecture is the inspirational concept: eat’in architects and eat’in bauhaus. this year we have explored a new selection of architectural projects.

the created dishes are not only based upon shape and appearance of the building. also the philosophy and the concept of the architect(s) are taken into consideration in our choice of presentation, form, ingredients, taste, etc. etc.

  • monumental is an interpretation of byzantium near the vondelpark of amsterdam and  designed by rem koolhaas. the dish is a reflection on the materialization and the penthouse, originally planned to be a sky bar accessible to the public via a glass elevator.
  • storage is inspired by the first and renewed function of the maritime museum amsterdam and the beautiful glass roofing; a result of the recent and major refurbishment. initially the building is an arsenal, later it became a “storage” for dutch maritime heritage. its original design is by daniel stalpaert. the master plan of the recent renovation is the work of liesbeth van der pol. in this dish the golden and 21st century meet.
  • material is about the story of betondorp (concrete village) by dick greiner. betondorp is a neighbourhood in the east part of Amsterdam. the district is designed as a garden village and is an experiment with concrete. as after world war I red bricks are scarce and expensive and after the war period there was need for low-cost housing.
  • royal given the recent inauguration we created  a free interpretation of the royal palace at dam square. originally the 1st town hall of amsterdam designed by jacob van campen and an example of dutch classicism. in the dish regality, orange, and a juwel of a classic grain meet.
  • destination unknown. this dish refers to the award-winning project vacant.nl by rietveld landscape. this office created an installation showcasing all vacant public buildings in the netherlands and give some ideas for new functions. the project was designed for the dutch pavilion of the venice biennale. we have designed a small plan of empty spaces for our guests, and introduce some novel flavour combinations.

furthermore, we had planned to create a 24 hours eating installation at the day of the architecture (june 23, 2013), but the necessary permits were not granted. next year, new chances.

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