Eat together, work better

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Today is an exciting day for City Pantry. We're making some changes, and we want to share the story behind them with you.

On the 6th January 2014, we made our first delivery: 40 delicious Bahn Mi from an independent Vietnamese stall on Whitecross Street made their way to a company around the corner for lunch. Around the table, away from the desk, a team eating together. It's a world away from bland corporate catering.

The idea in the beginning was simply to connect teams that were bored of the usual fare with fantastic, independent, local food. It’s incredible to think that since those humble beginnings, almost one million people have used City Pantry and our incredible network of food vendors to make eating at work a little more interesting, from office Christmas parties and recruitment fairs to boardroom meetings and plenty of hungover breakfasts. Despite the huge range of events and the many thousands of people we've fed, we can’t help but come back to that first lunch. That something as simple as a good meal – often rushed, or shoved to the bottom of the to-do list – could make such a world of difference to everybody’s happiness.

2 years ago, we decided to trial a different kind of lunch: eating together around our communal table three times a week. Relationships grow and develop over good food – communication becomes clearer and our people get closer, making our office a happy, productive place. It’s really simple: eat together, work better.

Today, as you’ll have noticed, we’ve updated our visual identity. Really, we’ve renewed our purpose which goes all the way back to that first delivery: getting you and your team sitting down to enjoy a meal together.

We hope you like our new style, and we hope that the idea resonates with you. If you’d like to know more, just get in touch with us below.

The City Pantry Team 

“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.”

– Michael Pollan