Ludo derives from Latin lūdēns, meaning playing and practice, and Hedo comes from the Greek hēdonḗ, meaning pleasure and happiness. Play and happiness, tradition and experiment, form the core of the Ludo & Hedo approach. The driving force behind Ludo & Hedo is visual artist Ola Lanko. Expending her artistic practice to the field of gastronomy, she composes recipes, selects ingredients and designs the overall experience. By applying her ideas in the radically new context, her artistic investigations of perception take new shape, leaving the exhibition space and entering the public sphere. This experiment results into a playful platform to challenge the senses, experiment with ideas, techniques and flavours to create remarkable experiences.
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The way we make gelato at Ludo & Hedo is enriched with scientific approach and the findings of new fields such as gastrophysics and neurogastronomy. Besides the theories we also like to do the field work to source our ingredients ourselves, collecting the stories and telling them through our recipes. Stories about the processes, makers and their products fascinate us and inspire to create.
Knowledge and patience are the keys to a good flavour design. Our method of gelato making requires time and we patiently respect it we know that everything needs time to develop, mature and show its strengths and weaknesses.
We are curious, eager and passionate about what we do but only time will tell how good we actually are. And until the time starts to speak, we will make sure we do our best to make a gelato that will trigger, surprise, sometimes challenge the senses but always be delicious and comforting for everyone.
Experimentation, acquiring new knowledge and sharing ideas is an essential part of Ludo & Hedo. Our lab is a meeting place where professional and enthusiasts can exchange expertise and enrich each other's knowledge. In our laboratory of impermanent matter, we designed various types of journeys to explore flavours, challenge perception and simply learn about the process of gelato making.
Ludo & Hedo is about the appreciation of wholesome experiences and slow enjoyment of food. The tasting of gelato has a great importance and Ludo & Hedo loves to share this knowledge with everyone. Small groups can book a specially organised guided tasting event. Next to the tasting of the flavours you will be provided with a guideline that will help to fully unlock the sensorial depth of gelato and refresh and enrich day-to-day enjoyment of food.
Follow updates on social media and sign up for the newsletter to be informed about upcoming tastings. Contact us directly if you would like to organise an unconventional activity for your friends and family. Tastings are kids-friendly and can accommodate special customer requests, allergies and specific conditions.
The belief at Ludo & Hedo is that in order to achieve even greater satisfaction one has to not only taste the product, but also understand and engage in the production process. To show how gelato is prepared, talk in-depth about the ingredients and science behind the frozen pleasures, we organise workshops for small groups.
Workshops are suitable for team-building events, family activity or enjoying a fun afternoon with friends. Workshops are organised on request and available dates are announced on social media and shared in our newsletter.
Follow updates on social media and sign up for the newsletter to be informed about upcoming tastings. Contact Ola directly if you would like to organise an unconventional activity for your friends and family. Tastings are kids-friendly and can accommodate special customer requests, allergies and specific conditions.
The most nuanced discoveries are possible only through the engagement in dialogue. That is when all delicate details can be truly expressed and shared with the world. At Ludo & Hedo we regularly engage in dialogue with friends and visitors to create unique dedicated tailor-made flavours.
They are suitable for special occasions such as weddings or a surprising gift for a loved one’s birthday. Corporate customers are also welcome to discover how their identity can be expressed through a unique flavour. Contact us to receive more information about the possibilities.
A primary source of inspiration to start a gelato shop were the chefs who infected Ola with their passion and enthusiasm. To continue this important exchange of creative impulses, we organise the Ludo & Hedo Amsterdam Gelato Residency. Gelato chefs are invited to develop a new flavour in our lab. We facilitate the production process and organise an event to present the flavour to the public. For a limited period of time following the residency, the flavour will be available in the Ludo & Hedo shop.
If you are interested to become the next resident, contact directly to discuss the possibilities to collaborate.
Our gelato and sorbet flavours are developed with utmost care, scientific precision and highest attention to all ingredients. Our menu is constantly changing. We only work with fresh fruit following the seasons and reacting to the weather.
At Ludo and Hedo we are constantly looking for new collaborations, if you are a producer or simply have an interesting idea that we can help you realise, please don’t hesitate to send us a note. For news and updates subscribe to our newsletter.