Taste the Best, See the Best

Taking a lunch break with co-workers is a thing of the past; stopping what you’re doing at work to sit down at a table and eat with colleagues has almost become a luxury. Some companies don’t even have a spot within their building to eat on site meals together.

Let’s start off with all the reasons coworkers might NOT want to eat together. One might say, “eating with my peers is a waste of time”, or “it’s too costly to go out with work contacts when I’m on a budget and would prefer to prioritize other relationships”, or “less time spent at my desk during the day, requires more time spent after hours,” or even “taking time to eat with my co-workers leaves me distracted and negatively effects my productivity rate.” Sure, those points are heard; however, with a change in mindset, one will soon realize that the benefits outweigh the aforementioned concerns.

Diving into the benefits, there are many reasons coworkers should WANT to eat together. Shared meals with coworkers help to foster an intimate connection. An intimate connection leads to a deeper relationship. A deeper relationship is based upon a bond. That bond can be incredibly powerful and motivating, and leads to a more cohesive unit. Frankly, these kinds of relationships are required for long term professional success. Additionally, a defined break is proven to recharge one’s mind and body, actually boosting productivity. Such a “work break” among coworkers opens up communication; it can lend to a friendly tone in casual exchanges and respectful dialogue during stressful projects. Through connecting at mealtimes, one can also stay involved in workplace happenings, and establish a network per se.

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Family relationships take effort, and so do professional relationships. If you do not feed them each the right nutrients, they cannot grow.

A few suggestions to be successful in efforts to eat with co-workers:

  • Avoid spots with crowded loud, lines
  • Select a sit-down location where you can hear one another
  • Be aware of food allergies
  • Be willing to join your co-worker for a mid-day coffee or accompany them on a walk to pick up a meal
  • Plan co-worker food and drink outings in advance to accommodate different busy schedules

That being said, Sidewalk Food Tours checks the above five boxes, and makes for a great team building exercise in the cold or warm times!

Eating Together, Working Together

December 5th, 2017 | Posted by Foodie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
Food tours are a great way to build camaraderie among your team. Here, a group enjoys pizza from Pizzeria Delfina in the Mission District of San Francisco. At center is Pizzeria Delfina proprietor Craig Stoll, a James Beard Award winner.

Food tours are a great way to build camaraderie among your team. Here, a group enjoys pizza from Pizzeria Delfina in the Mission District of San Francisco. At center is Pizzeria Delfina proprietor Craig Stoll, a James Beard Award winner.

If the old saying “families who eat together stay together” is true, how about applying that philosophy to your workplace? When you’re thinking about your next team-building activity, consider the power of an excursion with Sidewalk Food Tours to connect colleagues.

Everyone loves a good meal, and it’s even better when you can share the food with others. At the workplace, this could be as easy as going out for lunch or sitting in the breakroom together over sandwiches. But those gatherings usually involve only two people, maybe three or four. How about the whole enchilada, as it were?

The popular blog TeamBonding believes an off-site meal is a great way to encourage camaraderie among co-workers: “Sharing food and having fellowship with the people you work with will greatly enhance creativity and communication skills.”

Research also supports the notion that teams sharing food will share a stronger bond in the workplace. For instance, a group from Cornell University published a study in 2015 in which they analyzed station meals among firefighters. They found that firefighters who ate together in turn worked better together because they felt a stronger connection to each other — “ideal work groups or platoons functioned like ideal families.”

Another great reason to do a team-building food tour is to foster friendships or at least social bonds in the workplace. When peers share a connection beyond working at the same place, it improves their mood and outlook on their jobs.

Thus, taking your team on a food tour is the perfect opportunity to create meaningful connections. People might find they share a love, or distaste, of a certain food. They might even share a familial connection with a particular dish or cooking style. They might not realize they were in such close proximity to restaurants they really enjoy. And with Sidewalk Food Tours, we go beyond the plates and offer guests an insider’s tour of a particular neighborhood, giving them new insights into the places they call home.

Sidewalk Food Tours operates in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Paris, France. We have many options to suit your team’s needs, including flexibility on the days and times when tours run. Visit www.sidewalkfoodtours.com to learn more.

How about putting a new spin on your next team-building activity? Skip the company picnic or bar-hopping and let Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco guide you on a feast of the senses!

In a city with as dense a culinary landscape as San Francisco, it’s easy to get lost in the options. That’s why we pair your team with a highly informed and entertaining guide who will lead you on a walking tour of the best foods San Francisco has to offer, many of which we’re sure you’ll want to revisit. On top of that, your guide will enlighten your team on the history, culture, and culinary scene of the neighborhood you choose, leaving everyone with a full belly and satisfied mind.

Our tours are comprehensive, educational, and above all else loads of fun. We offer flexible scheduling to fit your needs, and we’ll do everything we can to accommodate food allergies and restrictions. The tours are designed to leave plenty of room for your team to build camaraderie, bounce ideas off each other, and have a few good laughs.

Here’s what we offer:

Tour locations: Mission, North Beach, Chinatown (we can also combine elements of North Beach and Chinatown into one tour)

Days and times: 7 days a week, start time anywhere from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Length: 3 hours

Restaurants: 5 to 6, with savory and sweet stops

Alcohol: Yes (you can prepay for drinks at certain stops or pay as you go)

Questions about pricing or just need more info? We’re here to help! Contact us today.