There is great little book in the Webcredible library called 'lunch at the shop: The Art and Practice of the Midday Meal'. It's part cook book, part manifesto and describes the benefits of eating together at work along with a bunch of recipes suitable for communal catering.
This concept really resonates with me because ever since I can remember I have enjoyed preparing and eating food, and at Webcredible I am not alone. We are a greedy foodie bunch! From what I can tell this isn't unique to Webcredible as there seems to be a UX wide obsession with the social and gastronomic elements of lunch (& breakfast & dinner...).
At our old office the most we could muster was microwaved leftovers, so when we designed our new office space one of the non-negotiable requirements was a full kitchen and café area so that we could indulge ourselves in eating. As soon as we moved in I hatched a plan to have a monthly company lunch prepared by and for the staff.
In my eyes having monthly lunches cooked by staff at Webcredible has been a huge success. It’s great excuse to get everyone in the company together and socialising.
I wasn't sure how feasible it would be for everyone to stop work and eat together so I decided to run a pilot. We had a series of challenges to overcome:
The bar was raised when Nirish prepared Nepalese specialties influenced by his grandmothers recipes, with rice prepared by Hua, curry by me and dessert by Scott.
The office was transformed into a fantastic diner with pulled pork baps, veggie chilli, sweet potato fries and sprout slaw prepared by Rich, Mark, Chi & Tom.
If you're looking for your next user experience opportunity (and happen to be a first class cook!) we might be the agency for you! Check out our vacancies and you might be enjoying an office-cooked feast sooner than you think.