July 28, 2020 • Food5 min read

The best DIY meal kits for virtual team building

Making DIY restaurant meal kits with the family has become a popular lockdown pastime. But did you know that it's the perfect socially distant team-building exercise too?

Back in March, restaurants were forced to close their doors to curb the spread of coronavirus. But for many, that didn’t mean shutting up shop altogether.

Enter the DIY meal kit, a fun way of recreating the restaurant experience at home. A way to support local businesses without venturing out of your own abode - the perfect lockdown entertainment!

This innovation has gained popularity in and out of London, with many well-known establishments now offering nationwide delivery. You may well have already ordered one for yourself, but have you ever thought of them as a tool for team building?

Team building in the time of social distancing can feel like a mammoth task, but it’s not. Socialising, working collaboratively, solving problems, and having fun together are all possible to do remotely. (We’ve written a whole blog post about it!)

Creating food together - while physically apart - is an effective way of doing all of those things.  Getting creative in the kitchen, sharing tips and tricks via Zoom, and having a good, informal catch-up is the ideal environment for stress-free team building. And who doesn’t love a tasty meal?

So, here are some of our favourite DIY meal kits that you can order via Pantry Packages to enjoy with your remote teams:

Patty&Bun - Delivering to mainland UK

Burger on a plate with squeezy sauce bottle behind

Patty&Bun make mouth-watering burgers in their London and Brighton restaurants, and now they’ve brought out DIY kits for you and your colleagues to try out at home!

Choose between meat and vegan burgers, with P&B classics like the Ari Gold cheeseburger and Smokey Robinson! You can even add on some Patty Pils beers to make your virtual team-building experience even more of an occasion.

Dial into Zoom, crack open a cold one, and get ready to create the burger of your dreams!

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Crust Bros - Delivering across London

Pizzas on plates

Team-building activities should always include tasty food. Fact. So, it’s a good job that the award-winning Crust Bros have released their Neopolitan pizza kits for you all to enjoy at home.

With meaty, vegan, and no-gluten options available, the whole team can take part! You can order kits with ready-made dough or have a go at kneading some of your own for an extra challenge.

Why not have a competition to see who can make the best one? Take photos of your Italian creations and share them anonymously with your colleagues for some Bake Off-style judging.

Whether it’s a showstopper or a little less aesthetically pleasing, we’re sure that it’ll get a 10 for taste. Buon appetito!

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Polú Poké - Delivering around London

Picking up ramen with chopsticks

Poké party, anyone? Boost team morale with nutritious poké and ramen kits from Polú Poké. You teammates can pick from a few different kits to suit their taste and dietary needs, including:

- Spicy Tuna Poké (no-gluten)
- Tempeh Poké (vegan, no-gluten)
- Chashu Pork Belly Ramen
- Miso Gyoza Ramen (vegetarian)

Build team spirit while you build a bowl. Yum!

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Treats Club - Delivering across the UK

Hand holding out donut sundae

Make team building sweet with DIY hot donut sundae kits from Treats Club. Oreo-stuffed donut bites with homemade chocolate syrup, salted caramel sauce, marshmallow fluff, and more.

All you and your teams need to do is fry the donuts, add all the toppings you want, and devour!

For extra team-building points, why not pop on a shared playlist while you assemble your sundaes? Let each team member choose a song or two, so everyone’s happy and let the dessert party begin!

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Kute Cake - Delivering across the UK

Pastel coloured boxes and cupcakes

Celebrating a big team achievement? There’s no better way to say ‘congrats!’ than with cake!

Kute Cake’s decorating kits are the perfect way to unwind after a long week and are ideal for virtual team-building. Each of your colleagues will receive a kit containing four cupcake sponges, pre-made frosting, sprinkles, writing icing tubes, mini cookies, and more!

Challenge your teams to make the prettiest cupcake or keep it chilled and let their creativity run wild.

And last but not least, dig in!

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Want to order Pantry Packages DIY kits for your work-from-home teams? Get started by clicking the button below or emailing foodguru@citypantry.com.

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