Netherlands AGM 'Weekend'
De Lutte & Delden, July 5-6, 2020
Business and pleasure in Twente
" The Chefs were particularly praised for the inventive dishes "

After three and a half months of lock down, the time had finally come. The restaurants were allowed to reopen for larger groups. On Sunday July 5th, the General Members' Meeting was held at the Landhuishotel & Restaurant De Bloemenbeek in de Lutte, chaired by Siebe Stellingwerff Beintema, who is currently acting as Bailli Délégué.

This was followed by a splendid four-course lunch followed by coffee. Due to the moderate weather, this was provided in the restaurant. Members and guests were received with a glass of Crémant d'Alsace. Yellowfin tuna and kohlrabi soup with herbs from the garden were served on the terrace. The following menu was served in the restaurant:

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Dinkeldal beef
Tartare marbled with mature cheese
from Pauline's cheese farm "Koelant"
2018 Selection Bloemenbeek
De Hakenberg Winery, Netherlands

Lobster
Fried with risotto, green asparagus
and lime butter sauce
2018 Zonneweelde ‘Private Selection’ Chardonnay
Slanghoek, South Africa

Farm duck
Lacquered with shallots and Madeira gravy
2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
La Bastide Saint Dominique - Rhône Valley, France

Summer fruit
with elderflower sorbet

Espresso and friandises

After the main course there was a break during which actor, writer and director Laurens ten Den gave a humorous story about Twente and the Low Saxon language.

The wonderful food was accompanied by beautiful wines. With the service of coffee the kitchen and service brigades were thanked by Maarten Westerhof, Bailli of North and East Netherlands. The Chefs were particularly praised for the inventive dishes made from local produce. The service team members were acknowledged for their smooth and friendly service, whereby the guidelines regarding the Coronavirus were properly observed.

The usual Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Officier Maître Hôtelier Raymond Strikker, owner of Landhuishotel & Restaurant De Bloemenbeek. It was nice that Rôtisseur Mart Oude Luttikhuis, winner of the 2020 National Final of the Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition, presented the dish with Dinkeldal beef.

The next day, on Monday, July 6th, a three-course lunch was served at the Landgoed Hotel & Restaurant Carelshaven.

After we had first enjoyed a delicious glass of Champagne Delot ‘Carelshaven Cuvée’ in the bar, accompanied by a number of amuses, ten Chaîne members joined Carelshaven’s owner, Maître Hôtelier Alco van Berkel, for the following menu, made with local products:

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Mackerel
Potato / horseradish / buttermilk
Johanniter ‘Cuvee Carelshaven’
Hof van Twente Winery, Netherlands

Farm duck
Rhubarb / elderflower / Sechuan pepper
Barbera del Monferrato ‘Montej’
Villa Sparina - Piemonte, Italy

Strawberry
Ruby chocolate / beet / pepper
Viu Manent Noble Semillon
Colchagua Valley, Chile

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Alco and his staff for the outstanding quality of the three courses and the matching wines.

We could thus look back on two wonderful days in beautiful Twente.

Maarten Westerhof
Bailli of North and East Netherlands