04/01/2018 Visiting The Netherlands ( Holland, Amsterdam and Leeuwarden-Friesland )

Historic Leeuwarden is a precinct of Friesland, and is this year’s City of Culture as designated by the European Union, a global initiative that supports the economic base of countries in Europe by promoting their cultural index. Our guests are Hollanders by birth but now living in the U.S. They will capture the spirit of The Netherlands in all things Dutch including historical artifacts, food, the Arts, and more. The show will be up for 30 days and will be made available to our network of station in the U.S. and Canada

Loura Zijdel-Eelkema
Loura is the Director of ‘t’ Klokhuis, the Dutch Language & Culture School in New York and New Jersey, an aggregate of over 400 students age 2.5 to 18 including a cadre of adults and senior citizens. Born in the Netherlands she now resides in the U.S. On Sunday, April 29 she will again kick off this year’s annual King’s Day celebration in Battery Park City in NYC, Food, Music and Dance.  Fun for kids and adults in the Dutch tradition. Go Dutch here!

Eleonore Van Rijssen
Eleonore is a graduate of the Univ. of Utrecht in Holland now residing in the U.S. As a practicing attorney in the field of International Law she now serves the European Union as a Delegate to Nations in New York in the Economic, Social and Environment section She’s originally from Friesland, the region hosting the Capital City of Culture, 2018 program.

Odette Fodor-Gernaert
Odette has been the communications liaison for KLM Airlines in New York and Amsterdam, Holland for more than 20 years.
before taking over the Executive Director’s desk at The Holland Society of New York where she coordinates efforts for its members on a nation-wide basis. She is also the Production Manager for de Halve Maen, the org’s national publication now published quarterly as well as their Library in New York The society was established in 1885 and deigns to maintain and preserve the legacy of the Netherlands, its people, customs and traditions in NA.

Siliwanga Nln
Siliwanga and his partner, Andre Asmara own and operate AK / Awang Kitchen restaurant in Elmhurst, L.I. specializing in Indonesian Asian Fusion with an overture to popular Dutch dishes. It is considered a favorite of Dutch business professionals from the tri-state area. Open seven days.

Elizabeth S. Lapadula
Elizabeth is CEO of Kopi Kopi Indonesian  Restaurant and Kopi Kopi Flatiron, opening this Summer in NYC. Both specialize in Indonesia cooking with special attention to classic Dutch dishes and both restaurants provide Indonesian coffee and Indonesian tea for both dining in and take-home. Kopi Kopi has been written up in The NY Times and has been featured on national television. Her West Village restaurant is a favorite of both Indonesians now living in the metropolitan
area and government officials from the U.N.

Scenes from Chef Elizabeth s. Lapsdula’s Kopi Kopi Indonesian Bistro & Wine Bar, New York City.

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