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Slow Food - Dutch paintings & cuisine

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 9 reviews.Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Experience hosted by Rene

4 hours
Includes food, drinks, tickets
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We are going to visit the Rijksmuseum and seeing the best 30-40 culinary paintings (depending on what is available) within 90 minutes.
I tell you everything you want about these paintings and Dutch cuisine, as I am an official ambassador of Dutch cuisine.
Afterwards we walk to the traditional Cafe Welling and enjoy there the Amsterdam ox sausage, artisanal Gouda cheese and mustard and pickles, the so-called Amsterdam Table Sour with the Amsterdam yellow cucumbers and onions. It is said that Van Gogh got his inspiration for his Yellow Sun Flowers when he ate the bright yellow Amsterdam cucumber. We end with traditional eau de vie distillery made by Lubberhuizen, the owner of the brown cafe. One of these is made of cherry plums, also included in the Ark of Taste. On a painting of Van Ruysdael one can see a boat with 2 white-headed cows. These Blaarkop (Blisterhead) cattle (also included in the Ark of Taste) was once the motor behind the Dutch Golden Age. First they made the buttermilk with which sheets were bleached on the meadows, later on from them the milk butter and Leyden artisanal cheese with cumin was produced because it could be held longer on the VOC (Dutch East India Company) ships to the far east. When this cattle became old they were fed with the left over of the Schiedam gin (jenever) industry and masted.
We are going to visit the Rijksmuseum and seeing the best 30-40 culinary paintings (depending on what is available) within 90 minutes.
I tell you everything you want about these paintings and Dutch cuisine, as I am an official ambassador of Dutch cuisine.
Afterwards we walk to the traditional Cafe Welling and enjoy there the Amsterdam ox sausage, artisanal Gouda cheese and mustard and pickles, the so-called Amsterdam Table Sour with the…

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What's included

  • Food
    Amsterdam ox sausage and artisanal Gouda cheese of the Ark of Taste
    Du...
  • Drinks
    I am also chairman of the Dutch Society of Warm Distillers and so can tell...
  • Tickets
    I will arrange the tickets for the Rijksmuseum
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Meet your host, Rene

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I am member of the Dutch Ark of Taste commission; we try to promote traditional and artisanal Dutch products and recipes.
I am the only guide in the Netherlands who combines visiting the Rijksmuseum and seeing the best Dutch culinary paintings and afterwards enjoying several Ark of Taste products, i.e. the best Dutch cheese and sausage with Dutch pickles and mustard in a traditional Dutch brown pub.
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About the organization: Slow Food



Slow Food is a global network of local communities founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions and counteract the rise of fast food culture. Since its founding, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure that everyone has access to good, clean and fair food.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Slow Food.

Where you'll be

We meet downstairs in the Atrium of the Rijksmuseum (in the inside central hall near the garderobe) and I will show you the Main Gallery and the Golden Age Gallery with paintings of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dijck, Maes, Coorte, Heda and Van Ruysdael.
Afterwards we visit the brown cafe which is one of the last traditional Amsterdam brown cafes with its own clientele.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 9 reviews.

Chris
February 2020
Rene showed me a great time and I really learned a lot about Dutch paintings and culture. The tour was a great time and I really enjoyed it. Definitely would recommend to anyone new to the city and interested in art/culture. Thank you!!
Hester
January 2020
Rene has created a special culinary Slow Food tour along the beautiful food-themed paintings in the RIJKS museum, complemented with quite an interesting cheese/eau de vie tasting in charming Amsterdam Classic: ‘brown cafe’ Welling. Highly recommended! Treat yourself to this taste of old and new Dutch Masters!
Rene has created a special culinary Slow Food tour along the beautiful food-themed paintings in the RIJKS museum, complemented with quite an interesting cheese/eau de vie tasting i…
Monica
January 2020
I find the angle of interest very special: the development in food, food culture and table manners of both ordinary people and bourgeoisie on Dutch paintings in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. René Zanderink talks about it with sound of knowledge in short and attractive narratives, illustrated by a good number of paintings of famous Dutch masters.
I find the angle of interest very special: the development in food, food culture and table manners of both ordinary people and bourgeoisie on Dutch paintings in the 17th, 18th, and…
Mariken
January 2020
Interessant om meer te weten van de ontwikkeling van onze keuken. Geeft goed inzicht in welke periode welke ingrediënten hun intrede deden, uit de ‘Nieuwe Wereld’ kwamen. Leuk om door het Rijksmuseum van het ene food-tafereel naar het andere te lopen.
Interessant om meer te weten van de ontwikkeling van onze keuken. Geeft goed inzicht in welke periode welke ingrediënten hun intrede deden, uit de ‘Nieuwe Wereld’ kwamen. Leuk om d…
Laura
November 2019
A perfect tour for gastronomes! I have been to the Rijksmuseum many times before before, but experiencing it through the lens of food history made it a truly unique experience. Rene is a fountain of knowledge on Dutch cuisine, relating its manifestation in art to other cultural-historical topics. Very interesting! The finale of the tour is spent in an authentic Amsterdam brown café, away from tourist traps, savouring traditional snacks and spirits. Excellent way to spend an afternoon.
A perfect tour for gastronomes! I have been to the Rijksmuseum many times before before, but experiencing it through the lens of food history made it a truly unique experience. Ren…
Maarten
November 2019
Geweldige tour, een bijzondere manier om dit toch al bijzondere museum te beleven. Ik ben inmiddels redelijk vaak in het Rijksmuseum geweest, maar dankzij de tour van René heb ik veel kleine maar veelzeggende details over voedsel gezien in de collectie, die ik bij latere museumbezoeken ook weer kan toepassen. Na anderhalf uur in het museum hebben we de tour afgesloten in een mooie bruine kroeg in de buurt, onder het genot van bijzondere Nederlandse kazen en eau de vie's. Een aanrader voor iedereen die van eten, kunst, geschiedenis of een combinatie van die zaken houdt!
Geweldige tour, een bijzondere manier om dit toch al bijzondere museum te beleven. Ik ben inmiddels redelijk vaak in het Rijksmuseum geweest, maar dankzij de tour van René heb ik v…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

We will meet below the bicycle passage under the Rijksmuseum.

What to bring

You need good walking shoes, the distance through the museum and then to the brown cafe will be 5 km. In case of rain bring an umbrella!