small food businesses (amsterdam)

Last week, I mentioned YES WE CANTEEN, a student-run initiative to transform university cafeterias. Two University of Amsterdam students, Charlotte van Leeuwen and Maaike de Reuver, who after studying abroad in Singapore and Leuven, respectively, realized that the cafeteria system at the UvA could be changed, could be different. From November 14-18, the UvA cafeteria hosted a YES WE CANTEEN ‘trial week,’ whereby several different small food business/catering services in Amsterdam were invited to be a part of this reinvention of the school cafeteria. I attended the ‘trial week’ on Friday, November 18th and took photographs for YES WE CANTEEN (you can see more photographs on Facebook). I’ve put together this post to highlight some of the small food businesses/catering services that were a part of the event…

There was a coffee car with coffee from Anne&Max, a sandwich, salad and soup chain with locations in Amsterdam (Amstelveenseweg 196), Alkmaar (Kraanbuurt 3) and Haarlem (Zijlstraat 68). Click here for opening times.

And cupcakes from the Amsterdam Cupcake Company, with large cupcakes for 1.50 euro and small cupcakes for 1 euro in a variety of flavors (chocolate Bailey’s anyone?) as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. Order cupcakes at, and follow them on Facebook.

Another catering service, Cousine (started by cousins, Vera and Jessie) served up muesli creations in the morning and delicious fresh sandwiches (like hummus and grilled tomatoes) as well as hearty soups from De Kleinste Soep Fabriek.

For those living in Amsterdam, you might have heard of Peperwortel Traiteur and Catering (Overtoom 140), serving up a range of dishes from Mediterranean to Asian and Arabic, and serve delicious combo meals of a quiche, salad and soup for 10 euros. They are open Monday to Friday from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 9pm.

Last but not least, The Mad Bakers (formerly known as the Tulip Bakery)! They bake cupcakes (mini, specialty AND cake pops), muffins (including savory muffins like Spinach, Rocket and Manchego), cakes (Red Velvet, anyone?) and cookies. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

That’s it for YES WE CANTEEN but I will let you know if I hear of any developments in their quest to revolutionize the school cafeteria! In the mean time, why not get in touch with one of the small businesses I’ve mentioned?

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