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24 April 2020

Non-perishable products from Rotterdam restaurant women

Because the Heroine edition of 010/020 Diners was cancelled, the participating catering establishments introduced a box with non-perishable products.

A Heroine Edition of 010/020 Diners was planned for 20 April. Amsterdam and Rotterdam restaurant women were to present their dishes at Héroine Restaurant & Bar. The event was cancelled due to corona. That’s why the products can now be ordered. We spoke to three Rotterdam heroines: Maaike Kauffman from Héroine, Anastasia de Ruyter from Lof der Zoetheid and Charlotte Smelik from Das Brot.

The 010/020 Dinners are organised by Guustronomie. Rotterdam and Amsterdam catering establishments come together and create a dinner for the guests. During the heroine edition, only women may participate. From Rotterdam: Anastasia de Ruyter from Lof der Zoetheid, Manuela Tavares from COCO, Linda van Rooijen, Dionne van Zijl and Maaike Kauffman from Héroine, Sjanne Vlug from Fermin and Charlotte Smelik from Das Brot. When dinner was cancelled because of corona, organiser Guus Thijssen decided to offer long-life products from these restaurants in a box. Maaike Kauffman from Héroine, Anastasia de Ruyter from Lof der Zoetheid and Charlotte Smelik from Das Brot tell us about it.

Maaike Kauffman

Manager and sommelier at Héroine, fine-dining restaurant in the Industriegebouw

‘My colleague Linda was going to prepare a dish for the Heroine dinner and I was going to provide some of the wine. The dinner was cancelled, but we decided to fill a box with products from the participants. You’ll find our arancello, a limoncello of blood oranges, in the box. In one of our desserts, we use dried blood orange wedges. Because we throw away as little as possible, we decided to make arancello from the peel. While we remain closed because of the coronavirus, you can still get takeaways from Héroine, and we deliver. We offer a four-course menu that you can easily finish at home with help from the instruction video.’

Maaike Kaufman

Charlotte Smelik

Founder and owner of Das Brot, sourdough bread bakery on Gouvernestraat

‘We were going to serve our sourdough bread at the Heroine dinner, a tasty, firm bread made from organic flour from the Schiedam mills. We also sell this bread at our bakery on Gouvernestraat, and we used to supply to various Rotterdam restaurants. Our sourdough starter is in the box. Because many people are at home now, they are doing a lot of baking. With the sourdough starter, you can make sourdough bread yourself. Our bakery has been open throughout the corona period. We have a small shop where the one-and-a-half-metre rule is easy to enforce. You can also receive our bread at home via the Local Goodness Box (, which we set up together with Jack Bean and Landzicht.

Anastasia de Ruyter

Co-owner Lof der Zoetheid, breakfast, lunch and sweet pastries

‘I had prepared a special dish for the Heroine dinner: an edible tribute to the Rotterdam writer Elfie Tromp. Unfortunately, that has to wait, but for the box, I was able to deliver my classic caramel sea salt spread. I’ve always had an obsession with caramel. This spread is one of the first things I learned to make. You can spread it on bread, put it in pastries or – my favourite – eat it straight from the jar. The Lof der Zoetheid Takeaway Counter is open from Tuesday to Sunday for coffee to go and savoury and sweet treats.’

You can order the box with non-perishable products from Rotterdam and Amsterdam heroines until Friday 1 May via Guustronomie or by sending an email to

Text: Renee Schouwenburg
Photo credits: Nancy van Batenburg (header), Iris van den Broek, Matthijs Huis in ‘t Veld, Fanny Smelik, Doris Sparreboom, Lieke van der Wel


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