march 4 – may 16, 2016: eat’inspiration the new black

prolongued until may 16, 2016.

eating experience the new black

we are in the middle of a next step by opening in april 2016, a new venture: ‘The Storage Room’, a project space for food art. and besides a 5 course eat’inspiration guests can also book a VIP eating experience. 

a new step calls for an one of a kind theme. as being ‘the people of the black food’ we kick-off this period of change with BLACK.

on the menu a regularly changing selection of the collection of 20 dishes we have created for our guests. hereafter the first selection for the 5 course eat’inspiration, the selections for the other weeks we leave for this moment in the dark.

  • ‘black star’ – our tribute to david bowie,
  • the black list of de culinaire werkplaats, hopefully you are not at our list,
  • nibble on black tuesdays,
  • experience the colourfulness of black,
  • and last but not least,  discover black pearls.

for the VIP arrangement we make every week an extra additional selection of experiences, for instance: the dress codeblack magic the essence of black or living colours.

the practical details

  • menu + price tag
    • POSH eat’inspiration the new black. 
      • starts at march 4, 2016
      • 1st menu the new black in pdf format
      • cost € 45,00 per person.
      • 5 courses with 1 or more interactive moments, a sneak peek (flatbread with a topping), excl. drinks
    • UBER POSH eat’inspiration the new black.
      • available from april 15, 2016
      • menu will be published soon
      • € 97,50 per person
      • welcome cocktail, emotionbread + topping, personal tour food art gallery some experiences for all your senses, 7 courses with 1 or more interactive moments, some other surprises and perks, excl. additional drinks
  • cocktails/aperitif.
    • double black (alcoholic cocktail)
    • black power (non alcoholic cocktail)
    • guardian angel (non alcoholic aperitif)
  • period. 
    • march 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 31, 2016
    • april 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 2016
    • there will be a break in march (25-26-27-28) for the easter eating special blooming.
  • opening hours.
    • diner
      • mon-thur-fri-sat : 7 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    • outside opening hours
      • only open for groups of at least 15 persons
  • reservations only. to avoid food waste + disappointments (very limited seating).
    • send us a reservation request (name, number of persons, arrival time, any dietary wishes)
    • the first dinner reservations we take at 7 p.m. and the last reservations at 9 p.m.
  • payment.
    • we accept credit cards (visa, master), dutch bank card, and cash.
  • more info.
    • 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.

work in progress: updating of our black food concepts

black carrots in disguise


outside our own venue we are known as the people of the black food. this knickname we owe to the first theme we explored, which was black.

during the first 6 months we only created ‘black’ dishes. after this period we decided to leave this ‘black’ period behind us and became more colourful.


we still like to collect black ingredients, as a kind of hobby.

and depending the theme we still like to use one or more  black ingredients.

at this very moment we are updating our little black book and our black food concepts.
so we are creating new black edibles.

on the image you see a black bite, which is part of our black blossoming stones collection. this bite is black spicy carrot in disguise.


pre announcement: march-april 2016 experience the new black

eating experience the new black

in march 2016 we will launch with the new black a new and unique way of experiencing food.

black was the first theme to present our view on food to the public. ever since we are known outside our venue as ‘the people of the black food‘. …. and that is why we once again choose black to be our kick-off theme for this new type of eating experience.

more soon…..


portfolio: orange … the new black?

spicy carrot soup by de culinaire werkplaats

what. during 2014 fifa world cup brazil we decided to create an unpredictable eat’inspiration with a focus on the results of our national football team -just like before in june 2010-. the result of every match played by the dutch national team determined the colour(s) of a dish: orange, orange-black, or black.

the results.

  • 1st dish (above + below) inspired by the 1st match and our dutch roots: cold, spicy carrot soup, a carrot foam topping and marinated carrot ‘balls’.
  • 2nd dish (below): spicy sweet potato, orange lentils and dried mango.
  • 3rd dish (below): spiced bell pepper and flowers.
  • 4th dish (below): marinated skin of melon, melon ‘balls’, foam with fresh mint and orange powder
  • 5th dish (below): marinated blackberries, black venere rice, sweet black beans and balsamico vinegar
  • 6th dish (below): roasted apricots, orange juice pearls and zest of tangerine.



eat’inspiration in progress: orange, the new black????

spicy carrot soup by de culinaire werkplaats

we (marjolein & eric) have to confess that we are not so fond of watching football, but … we do like to play games.

so just like in june 2010 we will be creating an unpredictable eat’inspiration with a focus on the results of the dutch football team (or is it soccer team?). work in progress, so to speak.

after every match of the dutch team the result determines the colour(s) of a dish: orange, orange-black, or black.

see here the 1st dish inspired by the 1st match and our dutch roots: cold, spicy carrot soup, a carrot foam topping and marinated carrot ‘balls’.

we are curious what the colours of the next dishes will be.


live in de stad, at5

feb 7, 2014 de culinaire werkplaats was the venue for the live broadcast of ‘in de stad’ (in the city) by at5, local amsterdam tv.

marjan ippel, food trend watcher, presented her latest book: food lingo bijbel (food lingo bible), and eric and marjolein of de culinaire werkplaats talk about the dinner plate of the future, black food and the eat’inspiration sign of the times.

the interviews are in the dutch language.


feb 14, 2014: for better or worse

on friday, february 14, 2014, we have a one day only special because of st valentine’s day. you can join us for the eating special ‘for better or worse‘, and we make you taste love and affection in 5 dishes. meer…


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.



beauty & care

we were commissioned by cosight paris to create a lunch’inspiration for the management of unilever beauty & care uk. due to a tight time schedule this eat’inspiration consisted of 3 instead of 5 dishes. the inspirational concept is of course beauty & caring.

we created the following dishes:

  • the essence of beauty & caring to showcase the fact that beauty is not one-dimensional, and the hero of this dish is the tomato, a product containing a lot of water (about 93%), which is excellent for your body. futhermore, eating tomatoes is great for your skin, the lycopene of it takes away the effects of air pollution and tomatoes seem to be natural sun blockers;
  • fast beauty reflects that a lot of people nowadays do not want to spend much time on eating, but also on personal care. so we created some healthy “fast” food in which the colour black is leading. black pigments contain a high percentage of antioxidants;
  • the ugly duckling. a dessert that contained amongst others green + white tea and dark chocolate. all 3 ingredients are well known for their contributions for skin care & mood.

during the lunch there were 2 presentations about skin care by mascha feoktistova (beauty blogger) and dr jetske ultee (physician).


vooruitblik eerste maanden 2013

in 2013 there will be a large number of activities in our program ranging from eat’inspirations, installations, exhibitions to pop up eating specials & dining experiences, lecturers and… you will find us and / or our work a number of times abroad. england, italy and germany are already in our agenda. so … no lack of variety.

in september 2013 de culinaire werkplaats celebrates its 5th anniversary. therefore during this “jubilee” year we let pass all our most favorite themes, but of course from a new perspective.

a sneak peek what kind of eatinspirations to expect until july: meer…

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Thank you for visiting us!

Unfortunately De Culinaire Werkplaats is closed permanently.

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