This year, a vegetable garden was established at Leerhotel Het Klooster at the beginning of the May vacation. The vegetable garden is an initiative of the cooks of the restaurant. Through this vegetable garden we will provide you with fresher vegetables and herbs. The construction of the vegetable garden was done by the students and chefs. In the vegetable garden you will find flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs, among other things. 

The flowers from the kitchen garden are edible and are used as garnishes for salads or other blissful dishes from the restaurant. Furthermore, the salads are also rich in our own tomatoes. Around 60 dishes are created per week in Novice restaurant, all containing products from our vegetable garden. 

The vegetable garden also has an educational purpose. Among other things, the Hotel School students learn how to plant vegetables and herbs. Every day the students go to the vegetable garden under the supervision of the instructors and see how to care for the garden. But of course, they also learn how to cook with it. Maintaining the garden is done by the cooks and students of Leerhotel Het Klooster. 

Dutch Cuisine In the kitchen of restaurant Novice we work with the Dutch Cuisine method. This special cooking method consists of five components that promote Dutch food culture. 

At Dutch Cuisine we think about principles that are sustainable for people, animals and the environment. A great example of this is that we work a lot with regional and seasonal products. Below are the five principles: 

1. Seasonal and -conscious eating. Thus, the dish tells you what season we are in. 

2. Healthy and varied eating. Consider alternation of meat, fish and plant-based 

3. Fair and versatile food. As many natural products as possible, without artificial additives. 

4. Pay attention to price and quality. Shopping more consciously, thinking about how and where the product was produced. 

5. Create a better lifestyle, this is created by following the above principles. 

All in all, the vegetable garden is a great success. The guests are very happy with the fresh vegetables and herbs in their dishes. And the students have become a lot wiser about building and maintaining a vegetable garden. Among other things, the 3rd year students learn what maintaining a vegetable garden costs and yields. In addition, they also learn how much you save and what it costs when you buy produce from outside suppliers. 

In the future, the cooks want to expand the vegetable garden by growing chickpeas and broad beans, for example. Another future plan is to compost our own waste. But the ultimate dream for the cooks is to make the vegetable garden ten times bigger so that we can cook even more from our own vegetable garden. 

We hope to welcome you to our restaurant Novice or Leerhotel Het Klooster so you can experience for yourself our blissful dishes made with the produce from our vegetable garden. 

Marit Jansma 

Student (2nd year) Hotelschool Amersfoort 

Every month we put one of the employees of Leerhotel Het Klooster and/or restaurant Novice in the spotlight. This way you get to know our professionals, who together with the students of Hotelschool Amersfoort give all our guests a unique experience. 

This month we give the stage to Els van den Berg. Our 'rock in the fire' Els has worked with us for over 16 years and is now going to enjoy her well-deserved retirement! She is going to miss the students and her colleagues the most. And we her! 

Els lives in Achterveld and has been working for Leerhotel Het Klooster for 16 years. She has been working for MBO Amersfoort (formerly SBBO, among others) for 38 years. On the advice of Bert van Wede (director of Education in Business), among others, she applied to Leerhotel Het Klooster, which was a good choice. (Also for us! Red.) She still enjoys going to work every day, especially since she works together with her colleague Hetty. 

Els runs our internal Catering Department together with Hetty, where they are two true kitchen princesses, providing lunch and dinner daily for colleagues of the Leerhotel and for students and teachers of the Hotel School. In catering, Els supervises first-, second- and third-year students and together they prepare all that delicious food. 

What makes you happy?  

"When I drive here in the morning, I always take a look at the property and how beautiful it is here. I always enjoy it for a moment. And of course the students. That's most of it anyway. 

Blunder 

"I haven't really had any memorable blunders here at the Leerhotel. But when I was still in Leusden I did.... 

We were still working with gas and we always put the tea towels on the counter and there was 1 on a stove. When we went home, it didn't feel right. So I said to a co-worker, "I'm going to check upstairs anyway. Well is just as well, because the flames were already flying through the kitchen. 

I do remember that students never know how sharp such a lid of a can is. And they sometimes throw them loose in the trash. They had, about 10 years ago, done that too. So I went to change trash bags at night, and I had a whole gash in my hand! Since then, I always get a pain in my stomach when I see a student busy with a can. Now I always show them how sharp such a can is. And I always teach them: Put the lid in the bottom and then squeeze it shut. Then nothing can go wrong. Talking about it now gives me a stomach ache. It is quite a thing." 

What does hospitality mean to you?  

"That the students have a good time and pass this on to their fellow students who are then guests of ours. Very often they forget that because they are their friends. It is sometimes difficult to motivate them and make them realize that they are also our guests. I do try to pass that on. Hospitality is very important, even if they are their classmates." 

What can we wake you up for? 

"Delicious peanut butter with a little sugar! Preferably on a rusk. And I love licorice, no matter what flavor. I only eat licorice in the car. Because when I have it at home, I eat it all day long. Only my car is going out soon, so that's going to be a thing." (She treated her co-workers to a small jar of peanut butter with a bag of sugar and some licorice at her farewell. Red.) 

Are you also on social media?  

"I'm on Instagram from time to time. Don't put many pictures on there myself, but am enjoying myself." 

I just want to say that I'm going to miss my kitchen team! Do I think it's a thing.  

(They are going to miss you too) 

With colleagues, we asked them to send in words they thought fit Els. We processed these into a word cloud.  

What irritates you the most? 

That the youth is different than it was many years ago. But also in terms of cleaning up. Less respectful to others and especially older people like the instructors. If someone addresses me with "Hey ya," I always say, "Don't talk like that, I'm not your boyfriend!" "Oh sorry ma'am," they then say. But they could show more respect, even to each other. 

Leerhotel Het Klooster, located in Amersfoort, is a wonderful location for overnight stays, meetings and dinners. The hotel offers comfortable rooms, beautiful conference rooms and excellent service. To make it even more attractive and cozy, the lobby will soon get a completely new look.

The major renovation will take place from June 29 to August 26. The hotel will be open during this period and inconvenience will be kept to a minimum.  

The Church Hall - formerly intended primarily for church services and now used primarily as a conference room - will become the temporary entrance to the hotel. From there, guests will be escorted to the hotel rooms, restaurant and meeting rooms.

After the renovation, the lobby will include a fireplace, cozy sitting areas in attractive colors, a spacious checkroom and a coffee corner. The appearance of the front office will then become very guest-oriented with, among other things, three separate compartments housing students who will receive guests.

The design for the refurbishment was made by Lykke Moodstore; a recognized company with 15 years of experience and no stranger to our hotel: in March 2022, they atmospherically redesigned the interior of Novice restaurant.

Marit Jansma 

Student 2nd year Hotel School Amersfoort

Since June 1, guests at Leerhotel Het Klooster can opt for a sustainable overnight stay and have the CO2 emissions of their multi-day stay (partially) offset. 

The Hotels for Trees Foundation is making a concrete contribution to a greener hotel world in which one new tree is planted for every day a guest chooses to skip room cleaning. This makes a direct contribution to the afforestation projects of partner Trees for All at home and abroad.   

Hotels for Trees launched on July 1, 2021, and currently has more than 140 hotel partners with a total of 15,500 hotel rooms affiliated. The organization - which is not affiliated with any specific chain or star rating - aims to become a "hallmark" of stature in the short term and to make the hotel and meeting and events industry within Europe permanently sustainable. With the goal of growing in Europe in the coming years and, together with partners, planting at least 1 million trees a year from 2025. 

To this Leerhotel Het Klooster would also like to commit.  

Hotels for Trees is accessible to all star levels and low key for both the hotel and its guests: all they have to do during a multi-day stay is hang the unique Hotels for Trees door hanger on the outside of their room door.  

Hotel guests who choose to participate in this initiative can see the impact of their action the very next day on the Hotels for Trees website. It is also always visible how many trees each hotel has planted per day, week, month or year and how much the total initiative has already generated.  

The finances of Hotels for Trees are no secret. Hotels that participate pay € 5.00 per non-cleaned room. Of this, €4.00 is used by afforestation partner Trees for All to plant a (certified) tree. The remaining euro is used to run and further grow Hotels for Trees. 

Every month we highlight one of the employees of Leerhotel Het Klooster and/or restaurant Novice. This way you get to know one of our professionals who, together with the students of Hotelschool Amersfoort, wants to give our guests a unique experience.  

We kick off with one of the instructors from our restaurant; Herman van der Meulen. Herman lives in Amersfoort and has been with Leerhotel Het Klooster for 1.5 years. In his free time he likes to be involved in gastronomy, music and running.  

He gained his expertise at various restaurants, wine bars and hotels. Before joining the Leerhotel, he worked for almost five years as sommelier and host at restaurant de Monnikendam in Amersfoort. There he was the face of the business. Furthermore, he worked for many years at mainly high end hotels and restaurants. Such as manager and host at: Het Kasteel in Woerden, Berghotel in Amersfoort and hotel Oud London in Zeist. 

Herman can mainly be found in our restaurant Novice. Here he supervises students in all (daily) activities. He also gives technical support during exams and, together with his colleagues, takes care of beverage orders. He hopes to complete his Cambridge English course in June, and in September you will begin training as a practical instructor. 

What makes you happy?  

"I am delighted by students who end the day with a smile and a piece of knowledge richer." 

What does hospitality mean to you?   

"To me, hospitality means that guests in the hotel and certainly in the restaurant should feel welcome and comfortable during their stay. You have to create a pleasant experience in which the guest's needs and desires are the focus."

What can you be woken up for?   

"Lobster and caviar, you can really wake me up at night for that!        

Can we find you on Social Media?  

Herman can be found on various Social Media. Would you like to follow Herman as well? Then this is his LinkedIn

Jesus with the lost sheep, after the parable by Jesus to his followers, John 10:11-18. Wooden statue taken from the pulpit in the St. Nicolaaskerk in Baarn. This pulpit was demolished in the late 1960s. The Amersfoort Kruisheren took care of six damaged statues and transferred them to their monastery.

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