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Thon Hotel

Contest : discover Thon Hotel for one night

A year has now passed since the begin of our collaboration with this North-coming hotel chain. It values local food and an environmental engagement. It’s Thon Hotel! It’s also one of the few in Brussels to own its hotels. Today, we put it in the spotlight with a contest.

Mini jars Thon HotelFrom Norway to Brussels
Did you know that the group is native to Norway? It’s a certain Olav Thon who built this empire from his teenage years, from scratch. Next to his worldwide hotel empire, that hosted big heads of state and diplomats as Angela Merkel and Ban Ki Moon, he also established a property group that is well-known in Norway. In matter of fact the group bought every possible ground (of property) they could in Norway, which led to an expansion to the capital of Europe, Belgium.

Green attitude
Thanks to the Norwegian roots the group has strong environmental values. It starts with a green conception of new hotels, but that’s also ensuring consistent renovations and concrete actions. In this way, visitors can, for instance, decide to avoid daily room cleaning to donate to an association. Also, this environmental conscientization requires the use of local food. Thon Hotel even brews its own ecological beer for Belgium: the Thonner’ke, a craft triple blond beer.

Eat at Thon HotelCatering
In line with this, the food offering in the Thon Hotel restaurants is local, fresh and varied. That’s why Brussels Ketjep was chosen as partner concerning sauces. The chain also favours handmade and has for specificity to always have fresh fish (as a nod to its northern cradle). What the public does not always know is that those restaurants are accessible for anyone. Good deal: -50% on breakfasts during the weekend. A golden opportunity to brunch outside.

To take part in the contest and try to win one night for two people in one of the Brussels Thon Hotel, go to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. Find here the terms of the contest.

RSCA Official Sponsor

Official Sponsors of the RSC Anderlecht, fieu!

The news is now official. And for this occasion, we met David Steegen, Public Affairs Manager, and Emmanuel Rutsaert, Sponsorship & Hospitality Manager, for a joint interview.Anderlecht interviewD = David Steegen
E = Emmanuel Rutsaert

How would you simply and efficiently describe the Anderlecht club?
D – Belgian – Brussels – National – Over the top, especially when we lose.
E – Dynamic – As champions…
D – … even when we aren’t. Especially when we aren’t !
E – We must be able to lose like champions.

How many people are subscribed to the stadium?
D – Today we have 18.000 subscribers and 2.000 seats sold over the counter. We always keep a quota to sell over the counter because we are obliged. It’s 500 places more than before!
E – And 3.000 VIP seats.

Could you briefly introduce us the Anderlecht list of hits?
D – We are 34 times champions…
E – … I give up. David could talk about this for hours and hours!
D – 9 Belgian Cup, 3 European Cup, 2 UEFA Super Cup in 78 and 76. Until 89 we were part of the 20 biggest clubs of the world. Of the world! Formerly we were in the top 10 of budgets, today we are around 270th in Europe. Between 1970 and 1989, we played 7 finals of the Belgian Cup. And then since mid-80, the nineties, the market has totally changed with big European championships which have liberated significant resources compared to ours.

How does the RSCA culture allow you to have such results?
D – The first reason is a historical one. In 1970, we had a new president called Constant Vanden Stock who invested a big amount of capital in the club. It enabled us to run big transfers throughout the years. We were looking for the best players from around the world, whilst still training young players. He had the ambition to be one of Europe’s greatest players and he succeeded. The other reason is of geographic nature. Being located in the capital of Belgium and the capital of Europe definitely does have its perks. This attracts the biggest companies, which releases considerable resources. We can’t argue about the fact that professional football is also a matter of resources.Today there are 3 to 4 big Belgian clubs. Especially Bruges and us: we are the biggest from a budget point of view, followed by Genk and the Standard. We always stayed on top. For instance, we played the 54th European Cup season in a row. There are only Benfica and FC Barcelona which are doing as well.

Several Red Devils are coming from the RSCA, what’s the place of the training of the youths inside the club?
D – 35% of the national team of the last World Cup was trained by Anderlecht. It’s one of our main values. Today, there are three good youths who are coming from our academy who are first-team players: Sebastiaan Bornauw, Alexis Saelemaekers and Francis Amuzu. They aren’t even 20. We also trained Kompany, Tielemans, both Lukaku brothers and Januzaj.

How to explain the presence of supporters everywhere in Belgium?
D – First thing first, thanks to our location. Because we are in Brussels, the biggest Belgian city. It’s a city attracting many people, whether for tourism, for football or for something else. And above all, there are great successes of course. We played the big finals of the European Cup. We can compare us to Real Madrid, Ajax, PSG or FC Barcelona: we are clubs from the capital.
E – It gives us a national aura. People want to bind themselves to success, and because we are champions on average one year out of two, we gather fans as much in Ostend than in Arlon.

With the arrival of president Marc Coucke, what’s the new vision for the club? Which changes are ongoing?
D – From a commercial point of view, we made amazing steps.
E – We made progress with partnerships. We used to have 14 partners, today they are 32. From the hospitality point of view too. We invested in the spectator experience, for B2B as much as for B2C. For B2C, we have created a new Fan Zone where supporters can meet, drink beers or eat burgers. For the B2B we invested in 7 new catering offers. The top is the Saint Guidon, managed by the two-starred chef of Bonbon. There is also a Chef’s table option: the chef changes for each match, keeping a Brussels face, which is important for us. We also have two brand new bars, linked to our partner drinks. There is a new commercial impetus, well received by B2B as much as by B2C. What Marc also wants to improve is the animation inside the stadium. For instance, behind the goal, we increased the capacity to generate additional atmosphere.

With those changes in the stadium, there were big renovations. Could you tell us more about the food universe?
E – When I started here, a frequent criticism was that it was always the same. We had two caterers and a few variations. Here we decided to offer a wide range of services, from a brasserie option – which is the cheaper – to the Saint Guidon option – which is managed by Christophe Hardiquest, the stars chef of Bonbon. Between those two services, we have other options like a seated dinner; the Chef’s table; the Kitchen Park with a different theme each month; the Food Market in the form of a walking dinner. The aim was to surprise guests at each match by offering a wide range of choices.

How many tons of fries are sold in front of the stadium of Anderlecht each year?
E – 3,5 tons by season, which is about twenty matches.

Is there a difference between the beer consumption in case of an RSCA victory? In which order?
E- The consumption increases by 20% when we win. When we are champions: it doubles!

Vismet

Vismet

Do you like salmon? Scampi? Calamari? So you will L-O-V-E the Vismet! Vismet, what is it? It’s a Brussels word referring to fish market. And we haven’t chosen this name for nothing. At Brussels Ketjep, the Vismet is a 3.0 tartare sauce brightened up with a touch of mint, lime juice, shiso and a drop of whisky. As you may have noticed: it’s a fresh sauce which will be perfect with any fish.

If you already tasted it, the Vismet might remind you something. It’s normal, because it already existed under another name: Frisket. Anecdotally, the Frisket was launched for a collaboration with Heineken France x Mort Subite to create the perfect ‘belgian apéro’. Don’t hesitate to visit the website for cooking inspiration.
People liked this limited edition recipe so much that we decided to offer it again, and this time in Belgium too!

We used the Station opening to introduce it to you. We are very pleased to observe that its success followed up to Belgium! You can find it in our flagship store in Auderghem or at our partner retailers. And if you can’t find it close to you, write us at info@brusselsketjep.com to tell us where you would like to see it.

The station Brussels Ketjep

The station

If anything is an integral part of Brussels daily life: it’s public transport. They are thoroughfare where students, workers, employees and tourists come across each other. And as you know, at Brussels Ketjep, we love being inspired by our surrounding. This is why we decided to think on a grand scale and install our first shop as much as our office in a metro station. A metro station with particularity to not shiver because of the metro arrival… Reason: there isn’t an actual metro.
Nifty, isn’t it?

Metro Station Brussels Ketjep

The Grand Opening took place during the Auderghem street market. That was the occasion for Auderghem inhabitants to discover our universe and our sauces including the youngest: the Vismet! Each party comes with drinks, sport and art. That’s why the Dikkenek beers; the Skot’Tiche whisky, the Black Angels team players (foot US Belgian Champions) and the graffiti artist Mino One were there.

metro station grand opening

If you missed this event, don’t hesitate to drop in and say hi from Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. The occasion to discover and purchase our sauces but also our T-shirts and goodies. Everyone can come in, as in any other metro station! That will also be the opportunity to do a tour through our Brussels Ketjep museum retracing all great times of five years of sauce.

Brussels Ketjep Museum

Look no further where to find us, now it’s 1731 Chaussée de Wavre, 1160 Auderghem ! So… see you soon.

THE WORD MAGAZINE x BRUSSELS KETJEP

Why launching a simple advertising campaign when local artists can be showcased? This is the idea we share with our friends from The Word Magazine.

Remember, two years ago, five famous street artists took up the challenge of expressing themselves with our sauces instead of paint bombs.

Last year, we started up again with 5 rappers who had to create punchlines from our sauces scraped on a piece of paper captured in the magazine.

This year, The Word Magazine suggests to ask the talented DEFO to customize a few old runners in the Marolles (area in Brussels). The Ketjep Runner #1 is decorated with the inevitable DALLAS and the #2 with the COWBOY.

© Thomas Ost

And as we like to please everyone … if you spot theses runners in town and post the picture on Instagram or Twitter using #brusselsketjep, you will probably receive a little surprise in your mailbox.

The history of the invention (well, almost) of fries

Close your eyes (not really, though, if you want to read this article) and imagine the greatest ambassador of Belgian culinary art. Is it chocolate? Not really. Beer! We thought so too, but it’s not the right time. So… fries, obviously! Think about it: how would you react if a French person told you their country invented fries? We’re going to give you some arguments in response (without throwing sauce on their face…that would be a waste).

We’ll start by the invention of the fry! We already see that the term “fry” comes from the way its prepared.  But in all the ancient books that describe the famous fried potato, its shape is nowhere to be found. Even worse, connoisseurs of the time often shared crisps! Fast-forward to the 16th century when the recipe we know today was first archived…in the Czech Republic.

Let’s peel back the Belgian archives. One legend, citing a text from 1680 (bizarrely unfindable), says that the inhabitants of Dinant, Andenne, and Namur replaced small breaded fish with potatoes during famines. They created the famous fries by imitating a popular dish with a substitute ingredient. Except the potato only arrived here around 1735, and fat was very expensive. The first written proof of the Belgian fry cut comes from the book Economie culinaire (by Philippe Edouard Cauderlier) in 1861.

You’ll make your French companion smile. Because another story links the invention, or at least the first historical trace, of the fry to the famous French Revolution (1789). The “pont-neuf” potatoes owe their name to the famous bridge in Paris. Once again, many books name recipes or the sensory quality of fries…often cut in slices! Our honour remains intact: France cooks potatoes like other countries of the world, which is more similar to crisps.

In a word, nobody can prove the invention of the fry as we know it. One thing is for sure: the whole world likes it and Belgium keeps an exceptional aura in the minds of foodies. And just for that, we can pull out our flag, fanfare, and the many Brussels Ketjep sauces that go with our favourite potato!

More sauces for more pleasure

Like a big family, Brussels Ketjep has many illustrious members that we love to invite to the table. Founded in November 2012 by a Brussels ketje (the affective nickname for a Brussels man, the word also means “small,” but we will hide his actual size for our readers), our range now includes numerous sauces.

First things first, with the desire to offer a ketchup that is both more delicious and still close to its origins. This requires of tomatoes … An obvious point, but our Ketjep sauce contains 50% more than the competition. And as our grandmothers (or our cooking shows) have taught us: tomatoes bring acidity, not sugar, resulting in a fresh and mouth-watering sauce, with a rounder and more natural finish. Intended as a base for professionals in the hospitality industry, our Ketjep has already won over the hearts of many people!

But Gourmet patrons wanted more, first and foremost of course, a good mayonnaise. To select the perfect recipe, three samples were sent and scored by chefs (and their teams) in Belgium. After a good deal of hard work, the reward came through in April 2013, with the birth of the Mayo sauce.

In January 2014, to prove that Brussels Ketjep could master the classics while offering originality, the Dallas sauce arrived. With its unique recipe and its spicy tone, it sits proudly in our restaurants, and also as an accompaniment to dishes such as hamburgers or steak tartare.

But you’re going to say: there’s no mustard or barbecue sauce! And you’re quite right, especially when our Ketjep and Mayo occupy the jealous space of Dijon mustard at your table. The Mostoed was therefore launched, in January 2015, following the tradition of the recipes of Ghent, and followed by Cowboy, in January 2016 (a bit early for barbecue season… but you never know with Belgian weather).

Responding to requests but also following a logical progression, our sauces now form a family that should please all different preferences. Until the next creation!