Trends we spotted | Week 28

16-7-2024

  • Trends we spottedTrends we spotted
  • Cooling, light-Transmissive, and glare-Free: the new material combines several unique properties. (Photo: Gan Huang, KIT)Cooling, light-Transmissive, and glare-Free: the new material combines several unique properties. (Photo: Gan Huang, KIT)
  • Tourist Board Michelin SloveniaTourist Board Michelin Slovenia
  • Outback Steakhouse Bloomin OnionOutback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion
  • Moët in Paris by Allenos Location Credits Virgile GuinardMoët in Paris by Allenos Location Credits Virgile Guinard
  • Moët Chandon Allenos LogoMoët Chandon Allenos Logo
  • Welzijnsbudget voor medewerkers van DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal StationWelzijnsbudget voor medewerkers van DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station

At horecatrends.com 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:

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) introduces a polymer-based material with unique properties. For those interested in #sustainable building!
  • For foodies travelling to Slovenia this summer! The gastronomy in this country has reached another milestone, 63 restaurants listed in the 2024 Michelin Guide! Find them on TasteSlovenia.
  • Outback steakhouse celebrated ‘National Onion Day’ with free bloomin’ onions back in June. A great example of how the capitalize on a ‘National Day’.
  • Moët & Chandon, along with chef Yannick Alléno opened a pop-up in Paris for this Olympic summer: Moët in Paris by Allénos.
  • Netflix will be opening Netflix House, an experiential entertainment venue where fans can experience their favourite shows and movies in real life. The first 2 locations will open in 2025.
  • New York State introduces the SAFE (Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation) for Kids Act, to protect children from social media.
  • Interesting initiative for cities? Attractions in Copenhagen reward climat-friendly actions with CopenPay.
  • Having your meal delivered to your regular pub, Takeaway.com created ‘Caf’eetjes’ in Brussels. Would that work in the Netherlands?
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station introduces a welfare budget for employees in cooperation with empowr.
  • And a mobile charcuterie stand by La Rosé Charcuterie! Great idea for events?

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“to Otomat or Notomat?” | At Belgian pizza chain Otomat

11-7-2024

  • 'To Otomat or Notomat' - Belgian pizza restaurant chain Otomat'To Otomat or Notomat' - Belgian pizza restaurant chain Otomat
  • 'To Otomat or Notomat' - Belgian pizza restaurant chain Otomat'To Otomat or Notomat' - Belgian pizza restaurant chain Otomat
  • 'To Otomat or Notomat' - Belgian pizza restaurant chain Otomat'To Otomat or Notomat' - Belgian pizza restaurant chain Otomat
  • 'To Otomat or Notomat' - Belgian pizza restaurant chain Otomat'To Otomat or Notomat' - Belgian pizza restaurant chain Otomat

Otomat serves ‘Heavenly pizza & glorious beer’ according to their website. It is a chain of pizza restaurants with branches in Antwerp (MAS), Ghent (with a view of ‘the Leie’ and a ‘Paddle in’), Bruges, Leuven and Mechelen. Otomat says it has reinvented the pizza experience and given it a unique Belgian twist. They create pizza with Flemish classics, the pizza bases have a local touch and, of course, the ‘beer pairings’! They have a special menu this summer and in addition they ask “to Otomat or Notomat?” upon entering. Curious?

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Summer festival Homelanding in Amsterdam

11-7-2024

  • Summer festival Homelanding in AmsterdamSummer festival Homelanding in Amsterdam
  • Summer festival Homelanding in AmsterdamSummer festival Homelanding in Amsterdam
  • Summer festival Homelanding in AmsterdamSummer festival Homelanding in Amsterdam

Next week, from July 17 to 21, the Marineterrein in Amsterdam will once again be transformed into the five-day summer festival Homelanding, full of live music, local beers, delicious food and a warm neighbourhood ambiance. For this festival, Homeland Brewery and Cantina Mobilé have joined forces to start of the summer together and even the weather predictions are great!

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Belgian chain Hawaiian opens first two restaurants in Amsterdam

11-7-2024

  • Hawaiian Amsterdam TableHawaiian Amsterdam Table
  • Hawaiian Amsterdam - de PijpHawaiian Amsterdam - de Pijp
  • Hawaiian Amsterdam DishHawaiian Amsterdam Dish
  • Hawaiian AmsterdamHawaiian Amsterdam

Hawaiian, the leading name in healthy Fastfood restaurants, is now conquering the Netherlands and Amsterdam after Belgium. The first location in Amsterdam, located at Ferdinand Bolstraat 53 in the Pijp, opened early July and welcomed a long line of poké bowl fans. A second location in the Bijlmer will follow later this month. With these expansions, the number of Hawaiian locations in the Netherlands grows to six, Maastricht, Eindhoven, Tilburg and Arnhem opened earlier. Utrecht is also scheduled to open in July. At Hawaiian, you can enjoy a delicious bowl on site, as a take-away, or order for home delivery via Deliveroo and UberEats.

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First edition of the Wijnfestival van de Lage Landen

9-7-2024

  • Wijnfestival van de Lage LandenWijnfestival van de Lage Landen

The first Wijnfestival van de Lage Landen (Wine Festival of the Low Lands) is coming up. At this festival you can discover the best wines from the Netherlands and Belgium! On Sunday, Sept. 1st, thirty Dutch and Belgian winemakers will let you try their best wines. The festival lasts from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and takes place on the beautiful estate Heerlijkheid Mariënwaerdt in Beesd. This is the place for a vibrant afternoon of wine tasting.

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Opening of Alma Bistro in ‘t Ginneken in Breda

9-7-2024

  • Alma Bistro Breda v.l.n.r. Jasper Verhagen, Wouter van Laarhoven, Malou Hagenaars en Paul Ruiten credits Pieter D'HoopAlma Bistro Breda v.l.n.r. Jasper Verhagen, Wouter van Laarhoven, Malou Hagenaars en Paul Ruiten credits Pieter D'Hoop
  • Alma Bistro brioche langoustine credits Pieter D'HoopAlma Bistro brioche langoustine credits Pieter D'Hoop
  • Alma Bistro Breda credits Pieter D'HoopAlma Bistro Breda credits Pieter D'Hoop
  • Alma Bistro baba au rhum credits Pieter D'HoopAlma Bistro baba au rhum credits Pieter D'Hoop
  • Alma Bistro Breda credits Pieter D'HoopAlma Bistro Breda credits Pieter D'Hoop
  • Alma Bistro beef Wellington credits Pieter D'HoopAlma Bistro beef Wellington credits Pieter D'Hoop
  • Alma Bistro Breda terras credits Pieter D'HoopAlma Bistro Breda terras credits Pieter D'Hoop
  • Alma Bistro Dutch yellowtail kingfish credits Pieter D'HoopAlma Bistro Dutch yellowtail kingfish credits Pieter D'Hoop

Opening – Chef Wouter van Laarhoven and hostess Malou Hagenaars opened Alma Bistro in the Dutch city Breda earlier this month. The gastronomic bistro is the couple’s third establishment after Michelin star restaurant Alma Fine Dining and Alma Bodega in Oisterwijk. Guests can enjoy high-quality bistro dishes and fine wines in a relaxed atmosphere with high-level service.

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The Emory | Modern architecture in the heart of London

3-7-2024

Opening – July 2024, London, The Emory, a modern architectural masterpiece designed by the late Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour of RSHP, has officially opened its doors in Belgravia. The Emory is London’s first all-suite hotel and the latest opening by Maybourne, operator of Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley. It is the group’s sixth hotel, including its two international properties The Maybourne Beverly Hills and The Maybourne Riviera.

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Salsa Shop celebrates 10th anniversary | Experience and innovation

1-7-2024

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Salsa Shop celebrates its 10th anniversary! Friends Louis Wesseling and Steven Visser opened their first business on Amsterdam’s Amstelstraat in 2014 and it turned out to be a hit. Thanks to its fresh, Mexican dishes and fast service, Salsa Shop grew into a chain with sixteen Dutch branches. The ambition to expand in Europe is also great.

With a combination of common sense, drive, very hard work and gathering the right people, Salsa Shop has become one of the best-known Dutch fast-casual brands. The secret? Fresh produce, authentic, Mexican recipes, efficient work processes, fast service and an experienced team.

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Dolce by Wyndham Versailles opens in Domaine Du Montcel Park

1-7-2024

  • Dolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob Myers 1Dolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob Myers 1
  • Dolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob Myers 2Dolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob Myers 2
  • Dolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob Myers 3Dolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob Myers 3
  • Dolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob Myers 4Dolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob Myers 4
  • Dolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob MyersDolce by Wyndham Versailles - credits Rob Myers

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has officially opened the doors to its newest hotel, the luxurious Dolce by Wyndham Versailles – Domaine du Montcel. Nestled in the outskirts of Paris in famed Domaine du Montcel Park, just minutes from the world-renowned Palace of Versailles, the striking 178-room resort sits on a charming estate in the heart of the beautiful Bièvre Valley and opens just as the world prepares to turn its competitive gaze to Paris this summer.

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Costa Coffee unveils new Golden Caramel drinks range

28-6-2024

  • Costa Coffee - Golden Caramel Latte Macchiato & Iced Latte MacchiatoCosta Coffee - Golden Caramel Latte Macchiato & Iced Latte Macchiato
  • Costa Express - Golden Caramel Latte & Iced LatteCosta Express - Golden Caramel Latte & Iced Latte

Costa Coffee, a coffee shop chain in the UK, yesterday announced the launch of a new Golden Caramel drinks range, available in-stores and via Costa Express machines. As the official coffee partner of the Paris 2024 Olympics Games, the Golden Caramel drinks range has been crafted to capture the essence of champions – with each drink designed to shimmer with a touch of gold.

Although we are still in full swing with the UEFA European Championship, the Olympics are also coming up! Are you already planning on events or freebees?

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Fedde Le Grand and MESAMIS | Alcohol-free delights in the spotlight

28-6-2024

  • DJ Fedde Le Grand and MESAMIS turn the spotlight on alcohol-free delightsDJ Fedde Le Grand and MESAMIS turn the spotlight on alcohol-free delights
  • GINAMISGINAMIS

MESAMIS, maker of Amsterdam’s alcohol-free spirits GINAMIS and RUMAMIS, is proud to announce a partnership with internationally renowned DJ Fedde Le Grand. The collaboration focuses on creating awareness of alcohol-free delights in a nightlife environment where a healthy lifestyle and good taste go hand in hand. The parties join creative forces to organise activities where that mission gets the full spotlight.

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Frank brunch, lunch & specialty coffee concept | Opens second location in Brussels

27-6-2024

  • Chef Mathias and his partner Marianne of Frank - credits Equinox Light PhotoChef Mathias and his partner Marianne of Frank - credits Equinox Light Photo
  • Brunch - lunch - coffee specialty hotspot Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light PhotoBrunch - lunch - coffee specialty hotspot Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light Photo
  • Brunch - lunch - coffee specialty hotspot Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light PhotoBrunch - lunch - coffee specialty hotspot Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light Photo
  • Brunch - lunch - coffee specialty hotspot Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light PhotoBrunch - lunch - coffee specialty hotspot Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light Photo
  • Brunch - lunch - coffee specialty hotspot Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light PhotoBrunch - lunch - coffee specialty hotspot Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light Photo
  • Bread at Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light PhotoBread at Frank in Brussels - credits Equinox Light Photo

Frank is opening a second location in Brussels, in the plinth of the new Citybox hotel on Stephania Square, in the Louiza neighbourhood. The new spot builds on the success of owners Mathias and Marianne’s first shop, next to the Monnaie. Frank’s philosophy will continue in the second establishment both during the day and in the evening. Frank and the hotel will open its doors in early September.

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Boutique hotel The Diamond and Grand Café Heineken Hoek are opening in Amsterdam in August

27-6-2024

  • Boutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in AugustBoutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in August
  • Boutique hotel The Diamond - the reception - will open in Amsterdam in AugustBoutique hotel The Diamond - the reception - will open in Amsterdam in August
  • Boutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in AugustBoutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in August
  • Boutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in AugustBoutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in August
  • Boutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in AugustBoutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in August
  • Boutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in AugustBoutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in August
  • Boutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in AugustBoutique hotel The Diamond will open in Amsterdam in August
  • The management team of boutique hotel The Diamond - credits Denise ValkThe management team of boutique hotel The Diamond - credits Denise Valk

In August, boutique hotel The Diamond is opening its doors on Amsterdam’s bustling Leidseplein. This much talked-about hotel, designed by architect Robert Meijer, also brings back Grand Café Heineken Hoek, fully restyled and ready to make new hospitality history. The Diamond will open in phases, with more new concepts being introduced at the hotel after August.

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Trends we spotted | Week 25

25-6-2024

  • Trends we spotted
  • We're Smart Award Ceremony 2024 for the Best Vegetable Restaurant takes place in ValenciaWe're Smart Award Ceremony 2024 for the Best Vegetable Restaurant takes place in Valencia
  • Restaurant Noor listed in OAD's ranking - credits Chantal ArntsRestaurant Noor listed in OAD's ranking - credits Chantal Arnts
  • Quality Lodgings celebrates 21st anniversary with 21 dinnerQuality Lodgings celebrates 21st anniversary with 21 dinner
  • Maarten van der Weijden brings the first Haring to Hilton AmsterdamMaarten van der Weijden brings the first Haring to Hilton Amsterdam
  • The Connaught unveils art installation by Alex Israel on Carlos Place in LondonThe Connaught unveils art installation by Alex Israel on Carlos Place in London
  • Seventh Brunch named ‘Best Brunch’ in Lisbon by TripadvisorSeventh Brunch named ‘Best Brunch’ in Lisbon by Tripadvisor
  • Restaurant Nolla in Helsinki reopens with a collaborative feast celebrating zero waste cookingRestaurant Nolla in Helsinki reopens with a collaborative feast celebrating zero waste cooking
  • Gossler & Florin X DaalderGossler & Florin X Daalder

At horecatrends.com 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 We’re Smart award ceremony for Best Vegetable Restaurant in 2024 will take place in Valencia on November 12, 2024.
  • Restaurant Noor is ranked 155 in the top 555 restaurants in Europe, of Opiniated About Food (AOD). All the Dutch restaurants mentioned on the list in this article!
  • Quality Lodges celebrated its 21st anniversary with a 21-year dinner at The Duke Suites in Nistelrode. The ‘QL Hotel of the Year 2024’ award was presented to Châteauhotel & Restaurant de Havixhorst.
  • Hilton Amsterdam recently celebrated the arrival of the first keg of ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’ (herring) on their waterside terrace for the 29th time, with an Olympic touch and special preparations.
  • Last Friday, June 21st, restaurant Soigné organised an EK 3-course meal and restaurant de Burgemeester (the Mayor) organised an EK dinner for champions. A delicious meal and on time for the match of the Netherlands – France! Great idea?
  • The Connaught recently unveiled an art installation by Alex Israel in London’s Carlos Place. They also sell ice creams inspired by the artwork.
  • Seventh Brunch wins award for best brunch in Lisbon from Tripadvisor.
  • Haarlem-based craft brewery Jopen has made an IPA with desalinated North Sea water from SEA Water.
  • Reopening of sustainable restaurant Nolla in Helsinki, 2 special nights of cooking without electricity.

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The summer drinks we love to drink on a terrace

25-6-2024

  • Capo Tonic made with Vecchio Amaro del CapoCapo Tonic made with Vecchio Amaro del Capo
  • Santani Organic Soda or as described 'Goodness in a can'Santani Organic Soda or as described 'Goodness in a can'
  • Frysk Oranje BierFrysk Oranje Bier
  • GiG Orange Anthem - a special hard seltzerGiG Orange Anthem - a special hard seltzer
  • Sparkling tea cuvée HopHout - credits Dylan de GraafSparkling tea cuvée HopHout - credits Dylan de Graaf
  • The Mocktail Club - credits Buro BonitoThe Mocktail Club - credits Buro Bonito
  • Sparkling sake by the Japanese sake brewery ShichikenSparkling sake by the Japanese sake brewery Shichiken
  • The All Day Bubbles concept by Time to SparkleThe All Day Bubbles concept by Time to Sparkle
  • Sparkling Juicy Tea by Privatkelterie van NahmenSparkling Juicy Tea by Privatkelterie van Nahmen
  • The Frisian beers by Brewery GudzekopThe Frisian beers by Brewery Gudzekop

At last we have warm, sunny weather here in the Netherlands! We made a list of the ultimate summer drinks that we love to drink on the terrace. Think of a Tomatini, an old-fashioned Pimm’s Cup, Negroni, Lychee Martini or a cocktail flight! But also the various non-alcoholic drinks – like a Santani organic soda or a small bottle of Crodino for those who love the Aperol taste! The latter is also orange, a great non-alcoholic alternative while watching the Dutch team during the European Championships. 😉

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