Your team works hard, so it’s important that you provide team building opportunities to reward them, thank them, or provide them a way to bond and recharge. We promise that your colleagues will be much more engaged if they’re well fed. Use food to boost corporate team building attendance by planning a culinary experience.
Plan A Private Cooking Class
Put your laptops and iPhones down and pick up a chef’s knife at a cooking class. Your team will learn how to make anything from fresh pasta to sushi and you’ll work together to make a whole meal. Does your team thrive on competition? Take your class a step further and challenge each other in a culinary competition in the vein of Iron Chef.
Book A Corporate Food Tour
Sometimes the best way to get to know someone is to sit and share a meal together. After all, sitting around a restaurant table is much more fun than sitting around a boardroom table. A culinary experience like a food tour of an NYC neighborhood allows coworkers to explore something new together while bonding over a love of local food, wine, and cocktails. Your team will visit four restaurants and meet the chefs and restaurateurs who will tell you their stories. Your guide will tell you the story of the neighborhood-either Williamsburg, Flatiron, or East Village-while facilitating some team building activities. Want a get hands-on and go more in-depth with our local restaurant partners? Book hands-on activities such as mixology lessons and a make your own dessert experience.
Plan A Food Crawl
If your team has a favorite type of food, plan a whole team building event around it. From a dumpling crawl in Chinatown to a city-wide hot dog hunt to a pizza party, it’s fun to pick one food and try the best versions around the city. Plan to take a half day (or a whole day) our of office to commit a few hours to the food crawl. Plan for some walking and breaks in between so you can make the event last without everyone filling up too fast (or falling asleep!). Stumped on what to include? Ask your team to make suggestions beforehand. Then make a loose map and schedule so latecomers can catch up with you later.
Host An Office Cook-Off
For something low key, use the office kitchen for a cook-off. It will let your team to show off their cooking skills and competitive energy. Pick a food that people can prep beforehand, like meatballs or chili, and send out invites well in advance so people can carefully plan their recipes. If you want, have the office vote and award prizes.
Did our ideas about how to use food to boost corporate team building attendance inspire you? We specialize in creating fun and hands-on corporate team building food tours in NYC. Whether your group size is as small as 8 people or as large as 350 people, we have a culinary experience for you! Please send us an email to [email protected] to inquire about culinary hands-on corporate team building activities.