may 30, 2010: (m)eat black at ‘de pure markt’

eat'inspiration black

eatinspiration black

Sunday, May 30, 2010 it’s The Day of The Park. So… de culinaire werkplaats can be found with a black market eat’inspiration at de Pure Markt in park Frankendael, an ecological park in Amsterdam, Watergraafsmeer. meer…


launch underground label ‘by m.e.’

by m.e.; black potato chips to go

by m.e.; black potato chips to go

may 16, 2010, the designer’s couple marjolein & eric have introduced their first underground label ‘by m.e.’ at the 1st underground farmersmarket of amsterdam.

triggered by the concept ‘underground’ they have choosen to take along 3 of their favourite black delicatessen:

  • naked black potato chips to go and a choice of several spice dips;
  • sticks with marinated black olives in dark chocolate;
  • pesto with black sesame seed.

this 1st farmersmarket is an initiative by marjan ippel, foodtrendwatcher. she wants, just like mrs. marmitelover in london, create a stage for micro- or house producers of very, very tasty delicatessen.
the venue was kept secret till the last moment and anounced via twitter.
about 23 housemade producers gave acte de présence and showed the world their best products. this was, by the way, not difficult as the market attracted a lot of interesting visitors.

the introduction of by m.e. in the culinary underground scene of amsterdam was very successfull. so you will hear more about ‘by m.e.’ in the future.



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cocktailparty: meet & eat your necklaces

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inspirational sources

'n gerechtje uit de bloemen eet.collectiewith the works and projects of studio de culinaire werkplaats marjolein and eric inspire people to re-think in a very playful way the future and the dinner plate of the future in particular.

the dinnerplate of the future.

  • marjolein and eric are creating a perspective on ‘the dinnerplate of the future‘. on which, they believe, will be for the meat & fish component a less dominant space available.
  • this implies that on tomorrow’s dinnerplate there will be more space available for new ingredients, combinations, textures, tastes, and… even new ways of eating.

inspirational themes.

  • they discover new possibilities in a structured way by using regularly changing inspirational concepts (contextual themes) like black, memories or flowers, which are guiding their creative perspective on foods, the act of eating and life.
  • this adventure they like to share with the world in an open and informal setting. so at certain days they open the doors of their studio for guests and is it possible to book for a so-called eat’inspiration.
  • the themes function result in dishes, in food products, edible installations or eating experiences like the edible interpretations of 3 paintings by van gogh commissioned by the van gogh museum for museums at night in 2014.
  • some favourite and regularly returning themes: water, time, landscapes & architecture, fashion, and dutch design.


  • black. black was the first inspirational theme which marjolein and eric presented to the public (september 2008). since then the couple is still collecting natural black vegetal ingredients. until now they collected about 89. in every eat’inspiration you will find some black ingredients. black is also their connection with the fashion, design and art scene.
  • motto: food equals fashion  what you eat and what you wear reveals something about your identity. this motto connects the couple and their work to the fashion industry. therefore studio de culinaire werkplaats is twice a year downtown location during amsterdam fashion week with a conceptual menu inspired by food = fashion and some conceptual installations that reflect their view on sustainable fashion. most of their food = fashion projects question the temporality of fashion and clothing, and alluding to the fragility of the ecosystem.
  • emotion.bread is a contemporary re-interpretation of the concept of celebration breads and is a concept by marjolein wintjes. she only creates breads when commissioned and for very personal emotional moments in someone’s life.

our first inspirational concept & signature: black

black corn by marjolein wintjes of studio de culinaire werkplaats

in 2008 we participated in the food truck festival ‘rollende keukens’. this was the first public food performance of de culinaire werkplaats. for this special occasion we wanted to present ourselves with a special theme. and….. this we found in ‘black’.

‘the hidden talents of black’ was our first inspirational concept, and black has become a kind of a signature theme for de culinaire werkplaats.

black, the meaning. black food can be interpreted in many ways. most people associate black food or ingredients with ‘burned food’. in daily life black has not always a positive connotation: black humor, black magic, black is synonym for death, et cetera.

black, the colour. 100% black only exists in theory. in daily life we see various blacks: blueish black, purple black, brownish black. These different kind of blacks you see also on your plate. Blueish black you find for instance at certain types of corn,  some potatoes are purplish black and a lot of mushrooms are brownish black.

a glimpse of our black.list. black sesame seed, black onion seed, black bell peppers, black millet, black barley, black mustard seed, black basil, black beans, black soya beans, black chickpeas, black seaweed, black mushrooms (e.g. trompettes de la mort), black carrots, black tomatoes, black olives, black peppers, and so on……

black.collection. we have developed a black eat.collection. every dish, bite, or ready-to-eat product contains at least one black ingredient. it are all vegetal ingredients, and black by nature. we do not colour ingredients with non vegetal products like squid ink. black favorites in the category savourish are for instance black sesame pesto, black marinated olives in dark chocolate, black spring rolls, black papadums, black quinoa croquettes.

black, the hidden talents:

  • decoration: for instance garnish black rice with a colourful flower such as orange violets;
  • health: the pigments of black ingredients contain a lot of antioxidants;
  • the huge amount of black ingredients that exist!!!

black as inspirational concept: how long? allthough black tastes for more …….. after 6 months we decided to change to another theme and explore the world of food & eating from other inspirational perspectives. but…….. black is and will remain the leitmotiv despite other exciting themes and inspirational concepts.

black revisited. ever since we have revisited black in many different projects.

  • green, the new black, referring to the sustainability trend both visible in the food & fashion industry;
  • orange, the new black during the worldcup 2010 & 2014;
  • honest & super honest black as successor of the eat’inspirations ‘spoons full of honesty #01’;
  • as tribute to the little black dress in the eat’inspiration ‘wear or where to eat...’ 2010,
  • the transformation of black into red for the food & beverage concept of  ‘drive to another beat’ the launch event of bentley in shanghai 2012;
  • etc., etc.

the sound of black. this is a project in which we illustrated the frame of reference of studio de culinaire werkplaats by using black ingrediënts & sounds.

tribute to vitelotte noir. one of our most favourite potatoes.

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