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


  • 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


  • Trends in het kort

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


  • '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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Trends we spotted | Week 41


  • Trends in het kort

At or 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 amongst others, links to articles about the expansion of Paris based restaurant Cala, they use robotica to create fresh pasta dishes. And supermarket Jumbo in the Netherlands designates 200 cash registers for ‘checkout chats’ or as they call them ‘kletskassa’s’.

In their stories Starbucks re-announced their global ‘Starbucks Greener Stores’ commitment and McDonald’s announced that they will accelerate climate actions to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Promising is the affiliation with organizations as the United Nations (McDonald’s) and the SCS Global Services and World Wildlife Fund by Starbucks.

Accor & Ennismore announced a joint venture in which both chains contribute their added value. The joint venture will make Ennismore the largest and fastest growing lifestyle hospitality company.

A great initiative by 3 French companies: the Citroën Skate. Citroën created 3 new service pods with Accor and JCDecaux: Sofitel En Voyage, Pullman Power Fitness and JCDecaux City Provider.

Grey Poupon, the mustard brand created a limited edition La Moutarde Vin. A viognier wine infused with mustard seeds, would you like to try it?

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Hilton offers running routes in voice-activated running app RunGo


  • Hilton Hotels - RunGoHilton Hotels - RunGo

Although certainly no longer a new trend, it remains interesting that we regularly see collaborations between hotels and hotel chains and running organizations and apps. And sometimes the technical adjustment in the app is inspiring. We can imagine that a voice-activated running app works!

This time Hilton has entered into an exclusive partnership with the voice-activated running app RunGo. Three tailor-made routes have been created for 7 hotels in the Netherlands with the themes running, sightseeing and mindfulness. For hotel guests, the routes are ideal for discovering the nearest sights and keeping fit. Residents of all the Hilton hotels can also enjoy the routes!

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Trends we spotted | Week 40


  • trends we spotted this week

At or we spot many national and international trends daily. 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 sleep-friendly ice cream from Nightfood for the grab-and-go shops in hotel lobbies, a stay in the ‘Nutmobile’ from MR. PEANUT® and Leonardo DiCaprio investing in a Dutch cultured meat company.

‘Change is Brewing!’ is the new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s in America, it remains interesting to read how they also translate their social background into their flavors. And at the Resort World Las Vegas, the art of aufguss, known all over Europe, makes it’s US debut at Awana Spa.

More and more companies are also introducing ‘healthy alternatives’ in their fast food concepts. Like in China where Yum China does this in their more than 6,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell shops. And  Hard Rock International announces its 22nd annual PINKTOBER® campaign.

Another rebranded concept that focuses on staying in a city as if you were living there. YAYS, unlock the neighborhood with locations in Amsterdam, The Hague and Paris. And spotted in America: a limited-edition of Hendrick’s Gin-infused pickled cucumbers from Katz’s Delicatessen.

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The Kaasbar Amsterdam is melting together with the Kaaskamer


  • Kaasbar AmsterdamKaasbar Amsterdam

During the cold months, the Kaasbar (cheesebar) Amsterdam could become your favorite cheese fondue restaurant in Amsterdam! The Kaasbar, in collaboration with cheese-shop ‘De Kaaskamer’, has put together a delicious selection of handmade cheese fondues specially made for the wet and cold autumn months. #gettingreadyforthewinter in Amsterdam!

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Collective Kitchen: Virtual plant-based kitchen


  • Collective KitchenCollective Kitchen

LIVEKINDLY Collective, the world’s fastest growing plant-based company, launched Collective Kitchen to meet the growing curiosity for plant-based living. The new engaging content platform offers inspiration and allows people all over the globe to follow 11 experienced chefs creating delicious dishes with plant-based ingredients. Anchored by a dedicated, digital destination devoted to 50 original recipes, Collective Kitchen is ideated and produced by LIVEKINDLY, the world’s leading digital lifestyle brand focused on sustainability and conscious living. The plant-based oriented website Collective Kitchen is now online.

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Back to live, back to reality | The Best Chef Awards


  • The Best Chef AwardsThe Best Chef Awards
  • Manu BuffarraManu Buffarra
  • Chef Arnout van der KolkChef Arnout van der Kolk

The fifth edition of The Best Chef Awards will take place in Amsterdam on 13, 14 and 15 September. Its a gastronomic ceremony where the top 100 chefs worldwide are announced. During these three days, various culinary events will take place in and around the capital between (inter)national top chefs and well-known restaurants.

Including the following events: Food Meets Science, Food and Space, AREA Talks and of course The Awards Gala on September 15th. And on September 15, the Four Hands Lunch Jansz. x Manu Buffara will take place in restaurant Jansz of the Pulitzer Hotel.

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Opening Botania Food & Beer Garden in Utrecht


  • Botania Food & Beer gardenBotania Food & Beer garden
  • Botania Food & Beer gardenBotania Food & Beer garden
  • Botania Food & Beer gardenBotania Food & Beer garden

The historic city center of Utrecht has gained a new restaurant concept. Brewer Lowlander and restaurant The Streetfood Club have joined forces. Botania Food & Beer Garden promises to be an inspiring meeting place where natural, tasty beers and delicious dishes come together. A match made in heaven – and all that in an atmospheric, tropical green setting. Botania will be open every Monday to Sunday from Saturday the 11th of September onwards for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You can read about a previous collaboration between Lowlander and The Streetfood club in this article.

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