Sagardi Amsterdam introduces | Esentzia Sagardi

26-10-2021

  • Esentzia SagardiRundertong sandwich & gerijpte rundercarpaccio met rode garnalen - Esentzia Sagardi
  • Esentzia SagardiEsentzia Sagardi - vlees van de Baskische grill
  • Esentzia SagardiAnanas met vanille en caramel - het dessert van Esentzia Sagardi
  • Mikel en Iñaki López de Viñaspre and Gregorio TolosaMikel en Iñaki López de Viñaspre and Gregorio Tolosa

Sagardi Amsterdam is the place to be for the most beautiful products from the Basque Country, prepared on Sagardi’s own unique Basque grill. In the original style passed down from generation to generation. Pure, honest and prepared with a lot of love and fire. To honour the culinary treasures and rich traditions of their native soil, Sagardi has created a new tradition: Esentzia Sagardi. A recurring culinary event in which one product takes the central stage in a menu specially created for this purpose. The first edition, which will take place from the 2nd to the 28th of November, will focus on Galician beef.

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Trends we spotted | Week 43

26-10-2021

  • Jack O Lantern from Ananas by DoleJack O Lantern from Ananas by Dole
  • REEF KitchensREEF Kitchens
  • horeca trendsTrends in het kort - Trends we spotted

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week links to articles about… ‘The Great Feast’ in The Old Selfridges Hotel in London and Dole suggest carving a pineapple instead of a pumpkin for Halloween. 😉  With a downloadable pineapple Jack-O’-Lantern carving template!

REEF has a great view on redesigning urban spaces in communities hubs and REEF Kitchens uses a unique real estate strategy to its advantage. They opened the first two ghosts kitchens of Wendy’s in the UK. Furthermore, they will open 700 ghost kitchens in the USA, Canada and the UK.  

And some sustainable inspiration for sustainable building: the De Halo building in San Francisco made of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and the HAUT building in Amsterdam. And a link to an sustainable fabric for carpets and flooring: Econyl. Just as strong as nylon and made of recycled waste.

A design graduate from the Eindhoven Design Academy in the Netherlands, has created a project to highlight how renewable energy derived from tomato vines could be used to run a cloud server. And a link to an article about artfully Cannabis-infused confections.

In the Netherlands, women’s average gross hourly earnings are 14% lower than men’s, which seemed entirely outdated to De Koffiejongens. So they ask men to voluntarily pay more… And the Franz Fisher ‘Alpenhütte’ in Austria is the first mountain restaurant to serve vegan-vegetarian dishes only.

We spotted a new chain in the USA: The Sweet Paris Creperie & Café with cafes in Houston and one in Mexico opens new locations in Miami.

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First edition Amsterdam Taco Festival | One big tasty fiesta!

26-10-2021

  • Taco FestivalThe Amsterdam Taco Festival - credits LVF
  • Amsterdam Taco FestivalThe Amsterdam Taco Festival - credits LVF Food
  • Taiyari tortillas - credits bySam.nlTaiyari tortillas - credits bySam.nl
  • Taiyari tortillasTaiyari tortillas - credits bySam.nl

Disclaimer: directed more to Dutchies. But if you’re living in or visiting Amsterdam on November the 20th and 21st, this might be the place to go!

You don’t have to fly all the way to Mexico to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture, because this fall, Mexico is coming to Amsterdam! On Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of November 2021, the very first edition of the Amsterdam Taco Festival will take place inside the monumental building “Het Sieraad” at Postjesweg 1 in Amsterdam West. The festival starts at 11 a.m. on both days!

To spread the visitors throughout the day, time slots are used to enter. So you can select a certain entrance time. Once inside you can stay as long as you want and enjoy all the different Mexican snacks. In this article you will find a link to where you can book your tickets.

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The Dutch company Huls introduces vegan dry sausages

25-10-2021

  • Huls, vegetarische worstHuls, vega(n) worst

Disclaimer: more interesting for Dutchies. But it might still be inspiring to read…

A sausage is an appetizer that cannot be missed, anywhere. But especially not in the Netherlands. The Dutch company Huls, specialist in sausages, created two varieties of vegan dry sausage for the vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians.

Huls is located in the North of the Netherlands in the region Groningen and has been making dry meat sausages for over a 100 years. In this article you’ll read about the recently created vega(n) varieties.

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Next Gen Foods introduces plant-based chicken ‘TiNDLE’ to the European market in Amsterdam

25-10-2021

  • TiNDLE Wellington en Honey Butter Chicken ConeTiNDLE Wellington en Honey Butter Chicken Cone
  • Superlike Boa en Bun Cha BowlSuperlike Boa en Bun Cha Bowl
  • Cococabana Risotto en Big Birdy Yes burgerCococabana Risotto en Big Birdy Yes burger
  • John SeegersJohn Seegers

The fast-growing Singaporean food-tech startup Next Gen Foods – founded in 2020 – will make its European debut this year, starting in Amsterdam. The company has a state-of-the-art production facility in the Netherlands, where its main product – plant-based chicken ‘TiNDLE’ – is made. TiNDLE has been successfully launched in Asia and the Middle East and people recently had a sneak preview at The New York City Wine & Food Festival, where the product received critical acclaim. TiNDLE is now available in about 150 restaurants.

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The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Brain Food Forum | Live stream on Saturday 30th October

22-10-2021

  • The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Brain Food Forum - credits Alberto Grasso

Saturday 30th October will see the launch of The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Brain Food Forum, an exchange of knowledge and ideas between young chefs and nine of the greatest chefs in the world. An exceptional opportunity for both industry professionals and food lovers to join nine of the greatest chefs in the world as they take part in this forum.

The event will be held at the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019-2021 grand final and is curated by Fine Dining Lovers with editor-in-chief Ryan King offering insight and mediation in his role as host. The key themes of Taste & Creativity chosen to reiterate the core values of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy: an online educational platform created to attract, connect and nurture diverse talent in the world of gastronomy. The Brain Food Forum will be available to view via a live stream on Fine Dining Lovers on Saturday 30th October from 9.30am-12.30pm (Central European Summer Time), the link requires sign-up. By continuing reading you will learn more about the chefs attending the event.

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Ruby Hotels | This hotel chain continues to expand, now also to Italy

22-10-2021

  • Ruby Hotel Louise in Frankfurt
  • Restaurant of hotel Ruby Louise in Frankfurt
  • Room in the Ruby Hotel Louise in Frankfurt
  • Room in the Ruby Hotel Louise in Frankfurt
  • Ruby Hotel Louise in Frankfurt
  • Ruby Hotel Louise in Frankfurt

The Munich-based Ruby Group continues its growth and brings their Lean Luxury philosophy to Italy. In a historic building in the heart of Florence, Ruby, together with GB Holding Group, is realizing a Ruby Hotel with 118 rooms and a Ruby Workspace with a total surface area of approximately 300 m². The images accompanying this article are from Ruby Hotel Louise in Frankfurt. The rooms are the same at all Ruby Hotels, only they can differ in details regarding decoration. Ruby does the design for all her hotels herself, every hotel has the Ruby ‘signature’ but the theme differs, often in line with the history of the building or the location.

Ruby Hotels currently has 12 hotels in Düsseldorf (3), Vienna (3), Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Zurich and London. Founder and CEO Michael Struck is breaking new ground in the hotel industry with his Lean Luxury philosophy. Through a lean organizational structure and with a concentration on the essentials, Ruby hotels know how to create a contemporary, affordable form of luxury for modern, cost- and style-conscious customers. The group was founded in 2013 and, in addition to the 12 hotels, has nineteen more hotels under construction and/or in the planning stages. With the Ruby Asia joint venture, founded in 2018, Ruby is expanding into Asia. In addition, Ruby offers Ruby Workspaces in Munich, Hamburg and Düsseldorf: perfectly equipped workplaces in a creative environment with access to an inspiring office community.

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Thai’s Streetfood restaurant Pitaya opens in Antwerp

21-10-2021

  • Pitaya Thai Streetfood
  • Pitaya Thaï Street Food opened in AntwerpPitaya Thai Streetfood opened in Antwerp
  • Pitaya Thaï Street Food opened in AntwerpPitaya Thai Street Food opened in Antwerp
  • Pitaya Thaï Street Food opened in AntwerpThe team behind Pitaya
  • Yellow Curry at Pitaya Thaï Street Food in AntwerpYellow Curry at Pitaya Thaï Street Food in Antwerp

Thai’s Streetfood restaurant Pitaya, the restaurant chain specialized in Thai cuisine, opened its first restaurant in Antwerp, next to Operaplein in the newly renovated Antwerp Tower. After three successful openings in Brussels and Wallonia, it is now Flanders’ turn. And they will open in the Netherlands as well in the coming years.

Inspired by the Thai capital, the first Pitaya restaurant opened in 2010 in Bordeaux, France. The Antwerp restaurant is number 122 on their list! Most of the restaurants are located in France. Alpha Seed, the investment company that manages Pitaya’s license for the Benelux, is planning further openings in Liège and Charleroi this year. Pitaya now manages 5 restaurants in Belgium. The goal is to reach 70 in the Benelux in 7 years: 30 restaurants in Belgium, 35 in the Netherlands and 5 in Luxembourg.

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How spooky do you want it to be? | 13 bits of Halloween inspiration

19-10-2021

  • Hotel Amerika omgetoverd tot Haunted Hotel of Horror
  • Heinz Halloween
  • Boo Batter ice cream by Cold stone creamery
  • Griezelen bij De Beren - cocktail met meelwormen en sprinkhanen
  • Limited edition pumpkin buns at Bun house in London for Halloween

On American inspiration websites you can’t miss Halloween. Halloween is major in the US and slowly but surely more and more people in the Netherlands are celebrating it too! In our Dutch village it will be celebrated as well. The organization normally responsible for our King’s Day celebration will this year also organize a Halloween spooky tour along ‘haunted houses’ where the children get hot chocolate and can pick up ‘creepy’ candy. Such a fun night! How can you celebrate Halloween as a hospitality provider? Would you profit from a celebration and would your Dutch or European guests enjoy it? The last point is of course clear; it is fun and it always makes sense to positively surprise your guests, even if it is with a freshly baked ‘ghost’ cookie or a mini pumpkin of marzipan. To get in this spooky atmosphere before the actual holiday (31st of October), we have listed 13 bits of Halloween inspiration for you!  ^Marjolein

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Trends we spotted | Week 42

18-10-2021

  • Trends in het kort

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week links to articles about NANKA that makes patties from Jack Fruit in combination with mushrooms, chicken and beef to help meat-eaters to reduces their meat intake in Malaysia. And in Germany Essity and McDonald’s are recycling the paper cups into toilet paper.

The Brooklyn Dumpling Shop from New York is growing fast through franchising, they’re opening 5 new locations in Florida. And the Singapore-born, Instagram-famous Paradise Group debuted in California last September with their Rainbow Soup Dumplings!

The Dutch cider producers and importers of CiderCider will open ‘the Ciderbar’ in Rotterdam Hofbogen by the end of December. And in Groningen the first RavioliBar in the Netherlands opened. They make fresh ravioli daily!

The Cheesecake Factory has been sharing a slew of their incredible recipes for readers to make in their own kitchens since the COVID-19 crisis. Inspirational! And the Dutch Vegan Junk Food Bar will open in Germany this fall.

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New innovation by Domino’s Pizza Belgium | Domino’s Cal’z sandwich

18-10-2021

  • De Cal'zDe Cal'z

In addition to a wide range of pizzas, Domino’s Pizza offers more and more dishes suitable for lunch or as a snack. With this, the chain focuses on the popularity of the lunch moment and the growing demand for lunch delivery. After the introduction of the warmly welcomed Crunchy Chicken, the Domino’s Cal’z sandwich is now also available at all Domino’s Pizza locations in Belgium.

In this article we have written about another calzone variation from the US: ”The Crazy Calzone” from Little Caesars.

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Voerman Vieux | Ingmar Voerman brings the Dutch liquor ‘Vieux’ back to life

15-10-2021

  • 't koetsiertje - Voerman Vieux
  • Jos Zonneveld en Ingmar Voerman van Voerman Vieux
  • Een cocktail met Voerman Vieux door Tess Postumus
  • Een cocktail met Voerman Vieux by Tess Postumus
  • Voerman Vieux
  • Voerman Vieux
  • Ingmar Voerman en zijn Voerman Vieux

Yesterday, Thursday 14th of October, Ingmar Voerman and Jos Zonneveld launched their new brand Voerman Vieux in Amsterdam. We had the pleasure of tasting their new product, on the rocks for connoisseurs and delicious in cocktails! In this article we share two recipes. Check out our highlight on Instagram of the real Dutch launch in Amsterdam.

Beverage journalist Ingmar Voerman and co-owner Jos Zonneveld are revitalising the ancient Dutch Vieux with their Voerman Vieux and are introducing this beverage to a whole new generation. They have created an artisanal vieux with a full, round taste.

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Goût de France ’21 & the gastronomy of tomorrow

15-10-2021

  • Goût de FranceGoût de France

The Goût de(/Good) France culinary event is back, for its 6th edition! From October 14 to 22, 2021, chefs from around the world will be serving dinners “à la française” as an ode to French cuisine. In previous editions, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Provence took center stage, but this time the cultural and culinary heritage of the Centre-Val de Loire region is on the menu, with a sustainable sauce.

Goût de France is an initiative of the well-known French chef Alain Ducasse and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is initiated by Explore France and the 2 Michelin star chef Christophe Hay from the Vendôme is their ambassador this year. Interesting to read about his initiatives to put freshwater fish from the Loire back on the menu and his permaculture vegetable garden.

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Expansion of the organic breakfast and lunch shop CIRCUS in Antwerp | CIRCUS Winebar

14-10-2021

  • CIRCUS wijnbar in Antwerpen
  • CIRCUS wijnbar in Antwerpen

Opening – The organic breakfast and lunchbar CIRCUS in Antwerp will add a new culinary act to their place starting the 21st of October. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday they dim the lights in their business to focus the spotlight on natural wines. Managers Inge Dreezen and Lien De Naeyer couldn’t find a wine bar in Antwerp with the focus on natural wines. That is why, in line with their organic menu, they decided to take a new and logical step towards an expansion to a natural wine bar during the evening. A step that fits perfectly within their organic path. CIRCUS wine bar is open from October 21.

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The world’s first online 100% direct trade coffee platform TYPICA launched in the Netherlands

14-10-2021

  • Online 100% direct trade coffee platform TYPICA
  • Online 100% direct trade coffee platform TYPICA
  • Online 100% direct trade coffee platform TYPICA
  • Online 100% direct trade coffee platform TYPICA
  • Online 100% direct trade coffee platform TYPICA

The international coffee platform TYPICA launched in the Netherlands this week. This revolutionary online initiative paves the way for (small-scale) coffee producers and family businesses to distribute high- quality green coffee beans in a sustainable way. Coffee roasters can import green coffee beans from just one jute bag (60 kg). They also have access to exclusive information about the coffee producer and the coffee plantation, they stimulate the production of (small-scale) coffee producers and the coffee roaster can choose from more than 1000 unique specialty coffees. The platform is based on a well-functioning business model that improves the sustainability of high-quality coffee and leaves more turnover for the (small-scale) coffee producer. The platform currently consists of more than 2000 coffee roasters and coffee producers from twelve countries who trade directly with each other.

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