Cooking up storm with team building activities on the menu !
When it comes to team building activities or executive retreats (generally for the smaller groups of up to 50 delegates) it’s always a challenge to provide an activity that is truly engaging and inclusive for all attendees. With all the fantastic food related TV shows like “Master Chef “and “Great British Bake Off”, we’ve seen a surge in corporates wanting to host cooking or baking experiences. These kinds of activities not only entertain attendees but provide a real lasting and invaluable new “life skill”.
Activities like cocktail making, Sushi making, wine tasting, gin making (although current and still very popular) have all been done before or slightly miss the mark in terms of longevity and inclusiveness. Some may not drink alcohol whilst others may not really enjoy Sushi. So with this, and because everyone is an expert in two things – “eating and sleeping” as we all do both every day of our life, there is now a diverse range of cooking experiences that will deliver engaging, entertaining and inclusive experiences to suit all budgets, delight the palettes and delegates.
We now have a number of excellent options in a vast range of locations so we thought we’d highlight three of our favourites this month. They include a London based provider, great for non “residential” team building activities and two destination hotels offering luxury and five star accommodation on site. And, of course, all venues mentioned offer brilliant meeting room facilities.
AVEQIA London, right in the heart of the City
AVEQIA London is conveniently located minutes away from Farringdon, St. Paul’s , City Thameslink and Blackfriars stations on 2 St. Bride Street. The venue provides a sanctuary at the heart of the city marrying luxury, comfort and design through Scandinavian inspiration and craftsmanship, designed by architect Jenny Andersson.
Interactive Cooking – a unique experience for all participants
Welcome to the perfect activity for meeting clients in a relaxed environment, socialising with colleagues or simply enjoying good food and drink together with friends and family.
David Berggren coined the term Interactive cooking (or Active Cooking in Swedish) back in 1999. Back then, it was all about an event where people could meet, cook a high class meal and simultaneously build and develop their relationships and this hasn’t changed. Interactive cooking is not a typical cooking class but an excellent way to socialise in a relaxed environment with food as the focal point and ice breaker.
Avequia’s Chefs have years of experience gleaned from working at top restaurants around the world and are as skilled with people as they are with food. The essentials for Interactive Cooking are their outstanding chefs, fresh produce and fantastic venues (a combination of an exclusive home kitchen and a luxurious restaurant); where everything from light and music that changes during the course of the evening to the interior design has been perfectly outlined.
But what is most amazing about this concept is what happens to people when they start cooking together. Whether you feel at home in the kitchen or never set your foot in one before, if you want to roll up your sleeves and get involved or if you prefer to mingle and add the finishing touches – it doesn’t matter. People open up, hierarchies, prejudices and traditional roles disappear and what is left is a group of people connecting and creating something enjoyable together.
Corporate entertainment and internal teambuilding events often take place at a restaurant or at a music / sport event. The locations involved usually mean you are in an environment that only gives you the opportunity to converse with the people immediately next to you. Interactive Cooking however, is an interaction between all the participants of your group where you command your own kitchen studio and dining area exclusive to your party. The cooking part of the evening encourages mingling throughout the group and the dinner is conducted in the private dining room adjacent to the kitchen area, where your party will share a great culinary experience. AVEQIA is a luxurious restaurant and a social event rolled into one.
Interactive cooking is not a cooking class, however cooking is the engagement-building factor. Everyone can participate regardless of if they are keen to learn, just want to socialise and meet people, or eat some exceptionally good food. Interactive Cooking suits all participants, no matter the season, weather or dress code.
Choose Interactive cooking as a stand alone activity or combine a visit with a conference, team building or other activity. Click here for promotional video
Inspirational Venues & Events would be delighted to assist you with your next London based “cooking experience” so please do get in touch
SEASON at Lainston House
Situated in Hampshire, in the stunning grounds of Lainston House an Exclusive Hotel, SEASON was born out of our great passion for food and dining.
CORPORATE AND PRIVATE BOOKINGS
Cooking or baking are two of the most natural, original and interactive ways to entertain and build relationships amongst colleagues or with clients… and are lots and lots of fun!
And the best thing is that ‘ability’ is neither here nor there – ALL abilities are welcome at Season – and they make sure from the outset that everyone has an amazing time.
Accommodating groups of up to 24 willing delegates, perfect for team building, client entertaining or any group activity!
READY, STEADY, COOK!
The Cookery School is perfect for a colleagues team building day, as a thank you treat for staff or clients and works perfectly when used exclusively for these types of events.
Reserving the venue exclusively, they can create a day to inspire and ensure that all guests and delegates conclude their time with a great sense of achievement.
Taking over the school exclusively would include;
a full day in the cookery school along with private use of the historic Well House
Unlimited tea and coffee and a delicious interactive lunch with a glass of wine per person
There will be an apron and recipes for everyone to take away
Additionally they can organise a personalised Chef’s knife with your company logo along with a glass of Nyetimber, English sparkling wine to end the day and celebrate the team’s achievements.
MAKE AN EVENING OF IT
Alternatively, they have also created the following short courses that could form part of your day or a ‘cook-your-own’ informal and interactive evening meal:
Burger Experience | Bread Making | Sushi Making | Pasta Making | Classic Cake Making
There is also the opportunity to have a guided tour of their kitchen garden, pick-your-own Pimm’s or to finish the day or evening with a wine tasting or cocktail making class… perhaps using your corporate colours?
A few options to consider:
TEAM BUILDING INTERACTIVE DINNER
Delegates will make their own burgers under the guidance of our cookery school chef and enjoy the fruits of their labour in the relaxing space of the well house dining area.
This can be tailored to a variety of other interactive experiences to suit your group.
TEAM BUILDING SHORT COURSES
The following short courses are available to form part of your meeting or event in just 4 hours:
Classic Cake Making
BELMOND LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS
The hotel received two Michelin stars in 1984, the first year of its opening, and, remarkably, has held them ever since.
Surrounded by lawns, flower borders and orchards, the luxury hotel enjoys an idyllic, typically English setting. But beyond the eye-catching displays are vegetable and herb gardens that provide the kitchen—and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School—with ultra-fresh, organic produce, ensuring the Michelin-star restaurant remains at the cutting edge of culinary excellence.
From the mushroom valley and orchards to the serene English water garden, a stroll through the verdant scenery will be one of many highlights to your stay.
You can also enjoy a fascinating insight into the unique flora of the hotel’s grounds with daily tours.
AT A GLANCE
- ACCOMMODATION 32 rooms and suites
- DINING Celebrated two Michelin-star restaurant by Raymond Blanc OBE
- FEATURES Resplendent grounds with organic kitchen garden, Japanese garden and orchard
- ACTIVITIES Raymond Blanc Cookery School and garden tours
- EVENTS Private dining for up to 50 guests
- LOCATION 8 miles from Oxford, 32 miles from London Heathrow Airport
THE RAYMOND BLANC COOKERY SCHOOL
Embrace your passion for food and learn to create phenomenal cuisine in a fun, relaxed setting.
Courses are suitable for all experience levels. From half-day introductions to residential programmes, dinner party master classes to children’s courses, there’s something for everyone. Many courses focus on recipes important to Raymond Blanc, showcasing dishes that inspired him to become the Michelin-starred chef he is today.
In addition to the hands-on learning experience, students benefit from a luxurious break in the enchanting surroundings of the hotel.
Enjoy a delicious informal lunch in the school and the chance to make new, like-minded friends.
Tuition by our expert chefs is led by Cookery School Director Mark Peregrine, who brings over 30 years’ experience to the role.
WINE & DINE PACKAGE
Treat friends, family or colleagues to a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience.
Venture into the manor’s hidden cellars where you’ll enjoy a tasting of wines from Raymond Blanc’s extensive travels. Then, champagne and canapés welcome you to The Raymond Blanc Cookery School for an expert demonstration. Finally, enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner with accompanying wines, coffee and petits fours.
Please feel free to get in touch to further discuss our next team building event or activity and our team of event specialists look forward to being of service !
Warmest regards from all the Inspirational Venues & Events Team!
Posted July 2017