70 foreign ambassadors based in the Netherlands paid a field visit to the Province of Gelderland on Monday 8 May 2023. They were introduced to new techniques and products in the field of food innovation.
The day started in Wageningen, where they learnt more about the latest innovations in food and agriculture. Then, the attendees went back in time to learn more about Dutch food and farming traditions at the Netherlands Open Air Museum in Arnhem.
The programme ended with a walking dinner, The Taste of Tomorrow, with dishes inspired by Gelderland’s various regions. Designed, of course, by Katja Gruijters. She created artful dishes in which food, science, technology, culture, nature and design came together. The menu included lupine falafel and hummus, fermented spring vegetables, barley salad with a hop and mandarin dressing, and apple and cherry macarons and marshmallows. With this, the menu celebrated the great wealth of the province of Gelderland in terms of food production and innovation.
The Taste of Tomorrow stands for the revaluation of artisanal food. And the application of new ingredients, consistent with sustainable, healthy food production and consumption with roots in ancient cultures worldwide. It is based on essential values such as health, plant-based dishes, innovative ingredients (novel foods), preservation techniques, circular agriculture, local production, collaboration, and the seasons.
Studio Katja Gruijters wants to thank trainees Bregje van Tienen and Nora van Loon; Pleuni Timmermans; the tasting kitchen, service, and enthusiastic volunteers of the Province of Gelderland; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Gelderland Deputy Peter Drenth for his engaging speech.