Why the name Multatuli?
The gorgeous building in which the restaurant is located was owned by the d’Hooghe family and is called the ‘Directeurswoning’ (or ‘Director’s residence’). It was renovated completely in 2002 and 2003. The project was given the name ‘Multatuli-project’, given the historical connection to Multatuli himself. On August 19, 1867, Eduard Douwes Dekker gave a rather controversial lecture in this building, in the premises of the Van Crombrugghe Society. Two years later, the writer visited again to present his book ‘Max Havelaar’.
And this book brings us to the reason we chose the name ‘Multatuli’ for our restaurant: we use a lot of fair trade ingredients with the well-known Max Havelaar Label. In addition, we try to use as much biological products and natural meat as possible. So ‘Multatuli’ seemed to be an obvious choice…
Van Crombrugghe Society
The Van Crombrugghe Genootschap (VCG, Van Crombrugghe Society) is a pluralistic Flemish-liberal socio-cultural society, founded in 1857 by a number of teachers and former students of the city schools in Ghent. The Society got its name ‘in honor of Mayor Van Crombrugghe, the man who had done so much good for the Ghent School Community.’
The Society was founded in a time when official city schools were trying to break the monopoly of the church in educational matters. Ghent has always been a forerunner in these matters and until today the city has, alongside Antwerp, one of the richest traditions in public education.
For more information on VCG, visit http://www.vcg.be.