How to reward your team: Food Glorious Food

 

In case you’ve been living on an off-shore oil rig for the past five years, London’s obsession with all things edible has reached some delicious new heights. Since 2010 and the advent of Meat Liquor, the world of mind-boggling decadent burgers, door stop brownies, super-enticing vegan food and fleeting supper clubs have taken over. We reclaimed our lunch hours, queued around the block for Street Feasts and got entirely addicted to something called a cronut, which you probably had to be there for.

Whether London’s food focus has been firmly on your radar or entirely passed you by, these events are the perfect excuse to catch up with your team away from their desks and meeting room calendars.

 

  1. Scoff ramen burgers, bento and Korean Fried Chicken at Eat Asia Night Market

If ramen burgers, bubble tea and bao have been on your ‘must try’ list for some time, Eat Asia Night Market will bring you right up to date. Taking place on Friday 20th November in Truman Brewery and presented by Bubble Tea Magazine, the market runs from 12pm to 8pm, so if lunchtime gets a bit booked up, there’s a generous few hours to eat your weight in bubble waffles after clocking out. With the bevy of great boozers around Whitechapel and Brick Lane (try out Wilton’s for a real treat), you’ve got a multisensory staff night out sorted with minimal fuss.

Date: 20th November

Location: Truman Brewery, just off Brick Lane

Tickets: Going fast! Get them here.



2. Sample some proper Mexican home cooking with The Little Cooking Pot’s Day of the Dead Special

Sarah Cotterell cooks up beautiful plant-based feasts for hungry crowds in Stoke Newington at Bodega 50 once every few months, and tickets sell faster than a hot tamale. After travelling extensively around Mexico and India, Sarah picks up recipes from local cooks along her route, recreating them back in London. For anyone heading up a smaller team, The Day of the Dead special on 29th October could be an ideal treat for any ceviche aficionados and horchata obsessives, and a nice excuse to check out nearby Church Street if you haven’t venture to Stoke Newington yet.

Location: Bodega 50, Stoke Newington

Tickets: Drop Sarah an email on littlecookingpot@gmail.com

Date: 29th October

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3. Swing by Street Feasts’ brand new location

Street Feast have re-defined outdoor eating so much in the city that it’s hard to imagine a time when people didn’t pack out Lewisham’s Model Market for prosecco and freshly made margherita pizzas. Their new location is Hawker House at Canada Water, making it super convenient for any colleagues living south of the river on the further Overground stops. With six bars including Street Vin and Can Hatch, and two levels of food trucks rotating week by week, you might even want to plan a few Fridays here in a row.

Price: £3 after 7pm

Location: Canada Water

Date: From Friday 30th October and running for seven weekends

 

4. Treat your team without leaving the office with a batch of Bad Brownies

While it’s all well and good planning a team outing to the local farmer’s market next month, you may feel like there’s a few team members that can’t make after-work dates or have to dash off to catch the 17.30 train from Waterloo. Surprise them with a batch of Bad Brownie Bites at your next team meeting instead. From salted caramel sandwich fillings to peanut butter and chocolate swirls, these treats are wonderfully Instagrammable, whilst also being easy on your budget and convenient to order ahead of time.

Price: £3.50 a head for 3 brownie bites

Location: These brownies come to you!

More info: here

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5. Organise a tour in a brewery with Crate

Crate’s beer and pizzas have been causing all kinds of a storm over in Hackney Wick, thanks to the brewery’s picturesque (well, for East London…) location next to the canal and warehouse site. Put your resident brew connoisseur to the test with an afternoon touring Crate’s on-site brewery, where they can quiz the guides on Crate’s craft processes. Premium tours cost £25 a head for two hours, including a tasting of all the beers, which are also paired with Delicatessen sharing platters to chow down on after all the learning’s complete. Private tours of 10 or more can be booked in to suit you, or if it’s a smaller team you’re looking to accommodate, their next public tour is on Wednesday 4th November.

Price: £25 a head

Location: Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick

Date: 4th November, or get in touch with events@cratebrewery.com for group date availability. 

 

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City Pantry also recommends looking at the range of foodie treats on offer on our site. Whether it is a salt beef bagel for lunch on Friday from Bel and Brisket, an afternoon tea of delicious treats from Anson & Curtis or tasty brownie bites from Bad Brownie, food is the best way of showing the office some appreciation. At City Pantry we truly believe that the way to your team's hearts is through their stomachs...