How To: Become a Baller ;)

Okay so we don’t mean that we’re going to teach you how to get rich overnight or become really successful….. but we ARE going to teach you how to make 3 different types of delicious meatballs that you can feed to your family and friends! All of the recipes listed below are super easy to make and provide a unique twist on the “traditional meatball”. We’ve also suggested ways to pair each meatball option to dispel the belief that meatballs are only served in marinara sauce or with pasta! So check out your options below and make your favorite one! And if you’re feeling really “ballsy”, why not try em all?!

Traditional Italian Turkey Meatballs

Recipe yields about 25-30 meatballs

You’ll Need:

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped

3 large cloves of garlic, chopped

3 heaping tablespoons of tomato sauce

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 

1/4 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

1 egg

2 tablespoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

salt (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

In a large bowl, mix all of the above ingredients together and form into 1 & 1/2 inch balls. Put meatballs in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or avocado oil). Cook meatballs on medium heat on each side for about 3-5 minutes or until outer layer is brown and crispy. Transfer meatballs to a large pot and cover with sauce (we recommend Rao’s Tomato Sauce but feel free to use your favorite jarred sauce or make your own sauce from scratch!). Cook on low heat for about an hour and a half to two hours, stirring occasionally.

Pro tip: Pair these Italian turkey meatballs with some whole wheat spaghetti for a lighter pasta dinner!

Greek Turkey Zucchini Meatballs

Recipe yields about 25-30 meatballs

You’ll Need:

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

3 large cloves of garlic, chopped

2 heaping tablespoons of tomato sauce

2 large zucchini grated

2 tablespoons dried oregano

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 

4-6 tablespoons seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

1 egg

1/2 small container of crumbled feta cheese (about 3 ounces)

salt (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

In a large bowl, mix all of the above ingredients together and form into 1 & 1/2 inch balls. Put meatballs in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or avocado oil). Cook meatballs on medium heat, turning them every few minutes. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked through and brown on all sides.

Pro tip: Top these Greek turkey meatballs with some homemade Tzatziki Sauce (recipe below) and serve with brown rice and a side of veggies if you’re trying to cut down on the carbs!

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Recipe yields about 3 cups

You’ll Need:

2 cups plain Greek yogurt (we recommend Siggi’s)

2 mini seedless cucumbers, diced small

2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

juice of 1 lemon

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

salt (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

In a large bowl, mix all of the above ingredients together and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

Vegetarian “Meat”balls

Recipe yields about 25-30 meatballs

You’ll Need:

1 can lentils, drained and rinsed

1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

3 tablespoons of tomato paste

4-6 large Crimini or button mushrooms, wiped clean and finely chopped

2 eggs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

salt (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse lentils and set aside. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil to a large pan. Bring heat to medium/high and add in chopped onions, celery, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir frequently for 5-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add the tomato paste to the pan and continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the pan and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Once cooked, transfer mixture to a large bowl and let cool. When cool, add in the lentils, eggs, Parmesan cheese and walnuts. Mix by hand until all ingredients are well incorporated. Place in the refrigerator for 25 minutes. Remove mixture from the refrigerator and form mixture into 1 & 1/2 inch balls, making sure to pack the mixture firmly. Use cooking spray to coat a baking sheet and place balls on cooking sheet. Cook for about 30 minutes until meatballs are firm, cooked through and crispy on the outside. Allow meatballs to cool before topping!

Pro tip: Try these vegetarian “meat”balls in a whole wheat pita with arugula and topped with chimichurri sauce! YUM!

Tag us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook @foodtoeat with pictures of the meatball recipe that you chose and what you paired it with for your meatball-inspired lunch or dinner!

 

A Guide to Dietary Restrictions

Most of us know what it means when someone says that they are vegetarian or nut free. But the development of food allergies as well as cultural changes in eating preferences have created new food restrictions that are more prevalent than ever before. If you are responsible for your office’s food ordering, it’s important to be aware of these changes as well who in your office is effected by certain foods. Being aware of this information can help prevent potentially life-threatening situations and can create a better work environment for all employees whose needs are being noted and accounted for.

If you haven’t already done so, we suggest sending out an anonymous, brief questionnaire to all employees asking about their eating preferences: if they have any food allergies, if there are any items that they generally stay away from, if they have any religious or personal food preferences that they hold, or if they have a particular diet that they like to follow. In the mean time, we’ve created a dietary restriction 101 guide that breaks down some of the most common dietary restrictions that we encounter on a daily basis in the food industry. It’s important to know what they all mean and how you can make sure that every restriction is accommodated during your office meals!

Ovo-Vegetarian: A person that does not eat meat or dairy but does eat eggs.

Lacto-Vegetarian: A person that does does not eat meat or eggs but does eat dairy.

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: A person that does not eat meat but does eat dairy and eggs. This is the most common form of vegetarianism.

Vegan: A person that does not eat anything that comes from an animal. This diet is plant-based and becomes a lifestyle for most people that follow it. Vegans will not use any products that come from or were tested on an animal, such as clothes, fragrances, household cleaners, etc. in order to reduce the exploitation of animals.

Pescatarian: A person that does not eat meat but will eat fish, dairy and eggs. A pescatarian has a very similar diet to a vegetarian but will also eat fish as an additional  source of protesin.

Gluten Free: A person that cannot eat gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley. Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease, is the most common cause for a gluten free diet. For people with this disease, eating gluten can trigger an immune system reaction that damages the lining of the small intestine and keeps the body from absorbing nutrients. There are also people that have a gluten-sensitivity or gluten intolerance and although they don’t have Celiac disease, they can have the same reaction to eating gluten that someone with Celiac disease does. 

Dairy Free: A person that has an allergy to milk or a person that is lactose intolerant, which means that they are not able to fully digest the sugar (lactose) in dairy products.

Nut Free: A person that has an allergy to a type of tree nut or peanut. This allergy can be mild or life-threatening, depending on the person. Some people have an airborne peanut allergy so it’s very important to clarify with all restaurants/caterers if they have a nut free kitchen, if any of the items that you order contain nuts or nut oils or if there is any cross contamination between items being cooked in the same oil or pans. It’s important to read the labels on all items as a lot of foods that you wouldn’t expect contain nuts.

Egg Free: A person that has an allergy to eggs.

Shellfish Free: A person that has an allergy to crustaceans (shrimp, crab and lobster) or mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters and scallops).

Fish Free: A person that has an allergy to fish. The most common fish allergies are salmon, tuna and halibut. Most people who are allergic to finned fish are not allergic to shellfish as well.

Soy Free: A person that has an allergy to soy.

Kosher: A person that must eat food that is prepared according to the requirements of the Jewish law. A person that is kosher cannot eat pork or shellfish and meat and dairy cannot be consumed together. All meat must be killed in a specific way and then blessed by a rabbi to make sure that it is fit and proper for consumption. For some people that are strictly kosher, only a specific set of dishes, pots, pans, etc. can be used while preparing the food and eating the meal.

Halal: A person that must eat food that is prepared according to the requirements of the Islamic law. A person that is halal cannot eat pork and all meat must be killed in a specific way to make it “permissible” for consumption. If you’re looking for a halal vendor for your next meal, be sure to clarify with the restaurant/caterer that their meat is certified halal. 

 

Resources:
https://celiac.org/live-gluten-free/glutenfreediet/what-is-gluten/
https://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/dietcom-blog-so-what-exactly-is-a-gluten-free-diet/
http://www.webster.edu/specialevents/planning/food-information.html
https://jvisit.org.uk/jewish-dietary-laws/
Photo: http://www.hilaryphelps.com/genuine-joy-blog/2013/11/7/a-guide-to-eating-styles#.Wvu-UIjwbIV

Celebrating Administrative Professionals: Ways to Say Thank You!

You may not recognize it on a daily basis, but administrative professionals are one of the most important parts of your company. They are constantly coordinating meals, booking meetings, planning events, keeping track of important information and making sure that everything in your office is running smoothly. Wednesday, April 25th is a day dedicated to honoring these individuals, understanding all of the hard work that they do for your company and finding small ways to celebrate and appreciate them. Below are some fun and thoughtful ways to say “thank you” to the people that keep you sane, but whatever way you celebrate, make sure that you keep plans/gifts focused on the person being celebrated! Every person is different, so it’s crucial to recognize what he/she values and customize your ideas to fit who they are and how they need to be appreciated!

Plan a personalized afternoon snack or happy hour. Personalized can mean themed- if he/she really loves Mexican food you can make it an afternoon fiesta, with sombreros, maracas, quesadillas, chips and guacamole, etc.- or it can literally mean personalized, i.e. ordering cookies or cupcakes with their name or a “thank you” message written on them! Pick a snack or some finger foods that you think they’ll really enjoy and get the team together to celebrate! This is a great way to publicly recognize your admin for all of his/her hard work and give your colleagues a chance to show their appreciation by allowing them to say a few words during the snack or happy hour. Whether they say it out loud or privately pull them aside, hearing positive messages from coworkers will show them how much they are valued in your office!

Take them to lunch! Looking for a more formal way to show your appreciation? Say it over lunch (or breakfast, if they prefer!). Treat your admin to a sit down meal at a restaurant that he/she chooses or a place that you know he/she loves and make sure that you take the reigns on the planning to set up the meal. Since he/she may be the person that usually coordinates your lunch meetings or team meals, they will appreciate not having to take care of all of the details. While at lunch, tell them personally how much you appreciate their hard work. Give examples of things he/she has done in the past that you really loved and how they contribute to the culture in the office. Also, be open to discussing their role at the company and how they may expand their role in the future or move into a new position if/when it becomes available. Nothing shows that you value an employee more than investing in them and their future at your company!

Brighten their day with flowers, coffee, candy, etc.! A small gesture can go a long way. If you don’t know it already, figure out his/her favorite coffee shop and surprise them with a fresh cup in the morning! Or ask around to other coworkers and see what candy he/she loves and leave them all over their desk to snack on during the day. If you frequently see him/her returning to the office with smoothies from Juice Generation, buy them a gift card for the next smoothie craving! Whatever you choose to buy, make it something unique that he/she will really love and that shows that you put thought into a gift that would improve their day. It’s less about the item and more about the thought and care behind the purchase!

 

5 Small Changes You Can Make in the Office to Protect our Planet!

This Sunday, April 22nd, is Earth Day- a day dedicated to recognizing the fight for a clean environment and the preservation of our planet. Not able to get outside and do an Act of Green? We’ve outlined some small, easy changes that you can make in your office that will help reduce waste and conserve the natural resources provided by our planet!

1. Make the switch: all electronic errrything! The use of computers/laptops in corporate offices have helped companies “go green” but there are still ways that you can reduce the amount of paper being used each day. Internally, allow employees to bring laptops to meetings rather than notebooks and email agendas to everyone beforehand rather than printing them out. If your company’s billing department is still paper-dependent, consider switching to e-bills, online invoices and paperless contracts, which gives the added benefit of allowing you to be more efficient with the movement of funds. Also, make sure that you’re re-using paper goods! When you order food for 50, there always seems to be plates/napkins/utensils for 100. Rather than throwing them away, save the leftover paper goods and store them in a specific spot in your office for the next team lunch or client meeting! Then when it’s time to order again, break out the extras and ask the vendor not to include any with their delivery.

2. Invest in recycling and recyclable items! Recycling bins may seem like a no-brainer when thinking of ways to protect our environment but many companies don’t have them. In New York City, the Department of Sanitation provides free decals to label bins for recycling and provides clear instructions for how and when you can recycle your glass, metal, rigid plastic, paper and cardboard. Adding a recycling bin to your office is an effective way to get your coworkers to start recycling items that they would normally throw away. Placing this recycling bin in a communal area makes everyone aware of where they can recycle and also holds everyone accountable to recycle their recyclable goods. It’s also important to invest in personal recyclable materials! A simple way to do this is purchasing reusable water bottles for your team. Rather than having each person using plastic cups for water or disposable water bottles, you can reduce the amount of plastic waste by providing stainless steel bottles or BPA free plastic bottles. Here are some of the top-rated bottles by customers. Not only does our team love repping FoodtoEat with our custom water bottles (free advertising for your company!), it also keeps us from spending money buying a pack of water bottles every week and wasting plastic. 

3. Reduce the amount of energy you use! Most of the items in our office use energy. So it’s very important that when you can, you reduce the amount of energy that your office is generating. If your office has natural lighting, try turning off your overhead lights and working with the sunlight for as long as you can each day (before it interferes with your work). Also, remind coworkers to turn off lights in any rooms that aren’t being used. Shutting down your computer before leaving the office for the night can also cut back on energy consumption. It takes much less power to restart your computer the next morning than it does to keep your computer running at your desk all night. Also try to unplug any unnecessary items such as phone chargers, laptop charger and lamps from the outlet that they are connected to. Although you may be turning them off before you leave, if an item is still connected to a power source, it will still use energy.

4. Add a plant! Indoor plants not only add beauty to your office, they have also been proven to increase productivity and improve your mood as well as purify the air that you breathe. Adding them into your office can reduce the chemical exposure that you and your coworkers face every day from items like cleaning products, fragrances and formaldehyde (found in garbage bags, paper towels, some fabrics) and help to reduce your overall chemical output. Here are some suggestions for plants that will freshen up your office and are easy to care for!

5. (Metro)Transportation nation! Living in a New York City, there’s always a source of public transportation that can get you where you need to go. Buses, trains and bikes are all available to commuters and are a great way to reduce the amount of gas emitted by cars on the road. If driving to work is unavoidable, try to carpool with other friends that work close to your office or coworkers that live in your area. Start a carpool sign up sheet where each person can sign up for a week in the month that they will drive so that no one gets stuck driving more than anyone else. On warmer Spring and Summer days, try waking up a little earlier and walking to work (if that’s feasible) or biking to work! Ask your team if a they can create space in the office that can be dedicated to storing your bike safely during the work day. Biking or walking to work as well as to meetings, happy hours and lunches throughout the city will help reduce your gas emission and give you some great exercise in the process!

Lights, Camera, Cinco de Mayo!

As the weather is beginning to warm up in NYC, there’s nothing better than starting to plan all of the ways that you’re going to enjoy the sunny, 80 degree days with your friends and co-workers! And although it may seem weeks away, Cinco de Mayo (the kick-off to the beautiful, sunny seasons that we dream about all Winter) will be here before you know it!

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French at the Battle of Puebla, so it is crucial that your office party is worthy of the battle that’s being commemorated. A sombrero and a few streamers will definitely not cut it. There are three specific areas that must be covered in order to ensure that your Cinco de Mayo party (or any party for that matter) goes perfectly: atmosphere, food and drinks. Without all of these pieces working in harmony, all is lost! Thankfully, we’ve laid out everything that you need to plan the perfect Cinco de Mayo party for your office so that everyone will let you enjoy your margarita in peace 🙂

Step 1: Atmosphere is key.

Decorating your office is the first step in your Cinco de Mayo party prep! Be sure to use decorations such as streamers, balloons and banners that incorporate the colors of the Mexican flag: red, white and green. If you really want to make the party stand out from past events, create a personalized photo booth area (like this one from Etsy) for different groups to take funny pictures together throughout the night! It’s also important that people attending the party (your co-workers) feel invested in the theme. Encourage your team to dress in red, white and green and supply party favors for them, like sombreros and maracas! This is an easy way to get your team excited and break the ice when the party starts! Finally, no fiesta is complete without tunes to get your office in the mood! Personally, we recommend Cinco de Mayo radio but you can also put your personal touch on it by creating your own playlist on Spotify or having everyone on the team contribute to the playlist in the days leading up to the event! Although decorations may seem obvious, it’s important for you put effort into the party and take it seriously so that your coworkers will too! After all, getting the whole team together is vital to a successful event.

Step 2: The Food- It will always be welcomed and appreciated.

Now onto our favorite topic…. the food! Cinco de Mayo is always associated with tacos so you can never go wrong with a build your own taco bar. But it’s important to keep in mind the timing of your party so that you can serve the right amount of food for your office. If your event is taking place during lunch time, you can do the taco bar as we mentioned, or try something more traditional like rice and beans with cochinita pibil or carne asada and tortilla soup. You can also do pre-made tacos, burritos or tamales if your team isn’t interested in building their own. If your event is taking place after 3 or 4PM, people will be looking for finger foods rather than a meal, so it’s better to focus on your favorite Mexican snacks such as chips and guacamole (duh), quesadillas, taquitos, churros and flan. With finger foods it’s best to assume that everyone will want a little of everything so start by defining your budget for food and work backwards from there on how many pieces per person you can afford. If numbers are already starting to swirl in your head, have our team do it for you! Reach out to us by emailing catering@foodtoeat.com for a customized proposal based on your team’s needs!

Step 3: Drinks **Please secure approval before proceeding to this step**

This step comes with a disclaimer because although Cinco de Mayo translates to margaritas for most people, that may not be true in your office (even if you wish it were). So please double check whether or not drinks are being served at your event before visiting your nearest liquor store!

In this step, you must analyze how much effort you want to put into your drinks, because there are many options. The first being hiring a bartender or two to mix drinks on site and serve them to your coworkers. This option will be the most expensive because of the staffing but the easiest for you because you will only have to provide the alcohol and mixers and leave it up to the experts to dispense! The second option is providing the alcohol and mixers and having team members make their own drinks. This option is more cost effective and probably the easiest to execute but could also lead to people over-serving themselves because they think that they’re a bartender when they’re not. No one wants to be the drunk guy at the holiday party AND the Cinco de Mayo party! Which leads to the final option of having margarita mix pre-made and delivered in a dispenser. This option will only require you to provide the alcohol and helps control the amount of alcohol in everyone’s drink because you can pour the alcohol directly into the pre-made mix. Keep in mind that not everyone likes margaritas so it’s good to get a headcount before the party of beer vs. margaritas so that you can supply any non-margarita drinkers with some Corona and lime to drink during the party! Whichever option you decide to move ahead with, FoodtoEat can help here as well. Email us at catering@foodtoeat.com to facilitate a drink delivery for your team!

We hope that our guide on Cinco de Mayo party planning 101 will help you to impress your team and make your party amazing. Getting your team together to enjoy events like these will continue to foster your office community and make employees excited to come to work. There’s nothing better than creating an event that your team truly loves and having fun while you do it! 

 

Show Your Appreciation on Employee Appreciation Day!

 

According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 findings, an employed person in the U.S. works an average of 7.99 hours per day, which is more than the number of hours most Americans sleep each night. As a country, we are pretty dedicated to our jobs; which is why it’s so important for companies across all industries to take the time to show how much they value that dedication. Although we think that employees should be appreciated every day, this Friday, March 2nd, is officially Employee Appreciation Day. In case it slipped your mind, we’ve come up with a few ways that you can show your team some love this Friday.

Celebrate your team with some eatssss! You can never go wrong with free food (trust us, we know). Get your team together for a group lunch or take a break from the work day with an afternoon snack. Not sure what to put together in a time crunch? We’ve got some options for you below!

Just Salad Salad Bar: Salad bars are always a safe bet when dealing with different palates! Each person can choose their own toppings and make it as healthy or as unhealthy as they want!

The Picnic Basket Sandwiches: A Mediterranean twist on a lunch classic. These sandwiches are filling, delicious and won’t break the bank.

Cake pops from Bocca: Cake pops are small snack but more unique than the typical cookie/brownie dessert tray. A little extra effort is always appreciated 🙂

Make it a Fiesta with Choza!: Tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa are always a hit when you’re looking for a last minute snack. Spice it up with some Coronas or margaritas!

Gift it up. Don’t have the time to figure out a team meal? Try a gift card! $5 to Starbucks, Dunkin or the favorite local market/coffee shop is always an easy way to say “thank you”, even if it only buys the person one cup of coffee. It shows that you notice where they spend their money and want them to enjoy a little freebie.

Tell your employees that they are valued. Sometimes the best way to let someone know how you feel is to just say it. If you’re part of a small team, take the time to sit down with your team and let them know that each one of them is a valuable part of the company. Don’t have the ability to sit down with all of your 500+ employees? Send out a company-wide email. Explain why you value your employees and cite specific actions that you truly appreciate as the boss. Taking small steps to make it personal will show your employees that your message is genuine.

At the end of the (work) day, every employee just wants to be told that they’re doing a good job and that you appreciate their hard work. There are plenty of easy ways to show your employees that you care about them and are investing in them, a few of which we’ve stated above. These ideas might seem insignificant but letting your team know that they are the most vital part of the company and that you recognize that will only help you in the long run.

Planning a Super Bowl Party for Your Office?! FoodtoEat’s Tips and Tricks to Score Major Points!

GAH! You just got asked to plan a Super Bowl party for your office to celebrate game day and you have no clue how to get started. Sound familiar? We’re here to help.

Having facilitated book launches, company-wide holiday parties, in-office carnivals and Game of Thrones-themed happy hours…. we’ve picked up some rules of thumb for party planning. Below are some of our go-to tricks for making sure that your team is well-fed and hydrated for the big game!

Time Frame: 2 Hours

For a lot of people, it’s hard to carve out too much extra time to spend at the office if an event isn’t taking place during the workday or directly after work. Your colleagues may have other priorities outside of work that they need to focus on, which, sadly, may not include getting drunk and discussing (or watching) the Super Bowl with you. But that’s OKAY! If you’re planning to convene at your office on Super Bowl Sunday to watch the game together, the time frame will be much longer, about 4-5 hours, since you’ll be watching the game and, of course, the halftime show! But if you’re planning to celebrate kick off earlier in the week with your office (Super Bowl trivia, Super Bowl bingo), 2 hours is usually a good amount of time for people to mingle, play games, eat some appetizers and have a few drinks before heading home. Also, it’s usually best to plan your start time between 3PM and 5PM. Late afternoon is when your co-workers will generally start looking for an afternoon snack and people will be excited to end their workday a little earlier than usual- an added perk!

The Drinks: 2 per person per hour

Now if your colleagues are big drinkers, you can always increase from here. However, we’ve found that generally, most employees like to have about 2-4 drinks during a work event. Even if you’re celebrating something non-work related, such as the Super Bowl, a lot of employees usually put a cap on the number of drinks they’ll have in front of their boss. For most happy hours we recommend sticking with beer and wine as the drink options for four reasons: you don’t have to try and figure out how many bottles of liquor vs. bottles of mixers you’ll need (if you don’t have any bartending background, it’s tough); you don’t have to worry about anyone in the office over-serving themselves (it happens); if you aren’t familiar with your building’s policies, free pouring liquor could become an insurance issue; and beer and wine are generally more cost-effective options where you’ll get more bang for your buck. Once you’ve solidified your drink choices, the next step is portioning the correct amount of beer and wine needed for your team. When breaking it down, we usually split the beer drinkers vs. the wine drinkers right now the middle (unless we know there’s a drink preference in the office). So if you’re an office of 30 people, it will be 15 beer drinkers and 15 wine drinkers. Based on the 2 drinks per person per hour rule, each person will have 4 drinks total, which means you will need to buy five 12-packs of beer and 15 bottles of wine. If you know that most of your office leans toward drinking beer or drinking wine, you can always adjust that headcount breakdown. However, if you’re really not sure of preference, it’s a safe bet to split it down the middle. At the end of the day, if someone wants another drink that isn’t their preferred choice, they’ll make the switch.

The Food: 3-4 bites per person per hour

Similar to the drinks, the food really depends on how heavy your team eats. If you know your coworkers like to go back for seconds and thirds, you may want to increase to 5-6 bites per person per hour. And for an event like the Super Bowl, going heavier can’t hurt since football = all of the foods. However, we’ve found that 3-4 bites per person per hour is sufficient for a late afternoon snack/happy hour. That’s why event start time is key here. Starting the event between 3PM and 5PM implies that you will only be providing a snack for team members, not dinner. If you start the party too late, people will arrive hungry and ready to eat a meal, which will wipe you out of food. As opposed to a late afternoon event, which sets the expectation that it will be bites, not a buffet. Also, when reviewing the food choices for your Super Bowl menu, a good thing to keep in mind is that you want to supply “socializing food”, aka food that you can hold in your hands while talking to others. So try to stick with menu items that your colleagues can hold in a napkin rather than food that requires a fork and knife. In regards to the amount of appetizers that you’ll need to order for your office, that depends on how many bites you want to provide per person during the event. If you’re going based off of our recommendation, using the 30 person office example again, you’ll need to order about 16-18 dozen appetizers. However, if you have a budget set for the amount of money that you can spend on food and it won’t cover that large of a range of food, you can always lower the amount of bites per person, include dips (these tend to stretch farther than individual pieces) or opt towards the less expensive menu items, such as pigs in a blanket, quesadillas, etc.

And if you’re interested in being in the office MVP rather than the office party planner, we have you covered there as well! Reach out to letseat@foodtoeat.com today to place an order for one of our Super Bowl specials and make sure that your office party is a real touchdown!

 

How FoodtoEat benefits you. (and your local food community)

At FoodtoEat, our mission is to unite people around the communal table and add diversity to the food community by championing small businesses from every neighborhood. So why should this matter to you?

  1. Team meals build office communities, improving teamwork and promoting success. Creating a happy and healthy workplace is not always an easy task. In a fast-paced environment like NYC, it can feel like you’re constantly racing to your next meeting, rushing to meet deadlines and answering calls at all hours of the day and night. Therefore, creating a time during the day (or week) for employees to come together and take a moment to decompress is pivotal. A team meal provides the perfect opportunity for colleagues to take a break from work, bringing together different members of your team that might not usually cross paths. Food and the discussion that it creates allows bonds to be formed between coworkers, making the office a place that they want to return to rather than a place that they have to return to. The inclusiveness of a team meal makes employees feel accepted and appreciated for their hard work, as well as that they have colleagues they can talk to when work is becoming too stressful. Employees that are well-fed are happier in the work place because they feel that their company is investing in them just as much as they invest in the company.
  2. Providing a unique experience keeps you top of mind with clients. As a FoodtoEat client, we strive to give you (and your clients) a taste of New York! We believe that amazing food can create an experience that goes beyond a board meeting or a lunch, amazing food can show your clients why they should have you handling their next big ad campaign or building their new website. At FoodtoEat, we have cuisines from Italian to Caribbean to South African and everything in between, making it easy to customize each meal to make sure that your clients leave impressed, knowing that you didn’t just order sandwiches and salad from the deli downstairs 20 minutes beforehand but that you put time and energy into finding a cuisine that you know their boss particularly enjoys or welcoming international clients to a new city with NY’s finest: hot pretzels and pizza. The food that we’re able to provide, created by our diverse vendors, makes the food a part of the meeting, creating an experience that your clients will remember and that will make you stand out. Showing attention to detail with your food can transform sustenance into a story and make it a memorable selling point.
  3. Supporting local, small businesses builds the community outside your office walls.  Some of the best food in NYC is created in the mom and pop shops that are standing room only or at the food cart on the corner. Unfortunately, most of these small businesses don’t have the infrastructure or capital to offer catering on their own. That’s where we come in! Our goal is to bring that food into your office, let you taste how delicious it is and tell the story about where it’s coming from. Allowing us to bring local vendors into your office to cater your breakfasts/lunches/dinners/afternoon snacks, helps expand their business and create opportunities for them that were previously beyond their reach. It also helps you, as a company, define your own mission: What do you value? How can a seemingly insignificant decision about food improve the local food community around you? How can you make an impact?

New York City is made up of the small businesses that we focus on promoting. They are a part of our city’s culture, shaping us as global citizens and reminding us of the hard work and determination that comes with running any business. In our current social climate, supporting your local food community is more important than ever before. When so many factors divide us, food is a common denominator- a reason to come together and share different parts of ourselves, our cultures and our identities.