The Mediamatic Bank kitchen was overflowing with fruits, veggies, and herbs rescued from their impending doom in the trash bins and landfills of Amsterdam. The first of six Over Datum Eetclub dinners was an overwhelming success, with our guests, and fellow co-conspirators, enjoying a delicious improvised dinner.
Bordering on the line between legal and illegal, eating expired food and fishing through dumpsters is a personal act of resistance against the mass amounts of good food that gets irresponsibly wasted every year. We collected boxes full of fruits and vegetables from the trash bins at the Albert Cuyp market and asked the vendors nicely if they would give us the produce they were about to throw away. We also filled our bicycle baskets with herbs and berries donated by our local organic store.
Our guests rummaged through the depths of their fridges and raided the local grocery stores for food with 35%-off stickers that was about to expire. In addition to the list of ingredients provided by our chef (shrimp shells, stale white bread, vegetables, garlic, and onions) our guests scrounged up zeekraal, avocados, yogurt, chocolate, and even expired wine! Everyone worked together, chopping, peeling, and mixing in order to create this lovely menu for the night:
Italian tomato bread soup
Portugese shrimp bread soup
Mashed sweet and white potatoes with red lentils, served with grilled vegetables and a selection of cheeses. Garnished with spring onions
Thai vegetable stir fry, garnished with peanuts, serundeng and fresh herbs
Mixed fruit salad with strawberry banana coulis. Garnished with a biscuit and chocolate curls
Dig through your fridge, make friends with your local market vendor, and resist against the tyranny of expiration dates at the next Over Datum Eetclub!
Over the course of six Tuesdays, we’ll be taking a leap of faith and challenging the Food Safety Authority. Stop by for a free dinner made from expired produce. In return, help the chef stir, chop and mix. And make sure you bring at least one of the ingredients on the chef's grocery list.
Over Datum Eetclub takes place at Mediamatic BANK, Vijzelstraat 68. Doors open at 17:30, we’ll start at 18:oo. Entrance is free if you bring some expired groceries. To join our next dinner party, happening on July 26th, find out more information and sign up here!
More links to media coverage about the event can be found here.
Special thanks to...
This store donated its Over Datum products for this edition:
- Organic food for you - Vijzelstraat