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.
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.
In partnership with Slow Food
This experience is crafted in accordance with the principles of Slow Food, ensuring that it is delicious, socially responsible and ecologically sustainable.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions and counteract the rise of fast food culture. Since its founding, it has grown into a global movement working to ensure that everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. Your contribution, in addition to supporting the host, will help Slow Food to implement projects worldwide to empower local communities, promote artisan farmers and producers, and support school gardens and education projects.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Slow Food.
Amsterdam ox sausage and artisanal Gouda cheese of the Ark of Taste Dutch mustard and pickles (Amsterdam table sour)
I am also chairman of the Dutch Society of Warm Distillers and so can tell you everything about Dutch distillery.
I will arrange the tickets for the Rijksmuseum
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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.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
We will meet below the bicycle passage under the Rijksmuseum.
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Slow Food - Dutch paintings & cuisine