teambuilding

Canapé Challenge // Team Building

WARNING - THIS BLOG MAY MAKE YOUR TUMMY RUMBLE!  

Melissa Webb our corporate catering partner has creatively pulled together a great team challenge that you and your colleagues are bound to love.....and it involves one of our favourite subjects - FOOD!   

What is a Canapé? 

We're sure most of you know what a canapé is but for those of us that aren't quite too sure - a canapé is a French catch-all name for small, pretty finger foods served with drinks before a meal or at a cocktail party, able to be swallowed in two bites.

 So how does it work? 

You'll be divided into two teams (six people in a team works well) and given 90 minutes to create your mini masterpieces.

This team building exercise is about;

Observation – through the eyes, nose and mouth.

Creation – through styling the canapés.

Organisation – preparing, cooking, tidying and timing.   

 

Rules

  • 8 canapés will be presented to the teams by Melissa Webb to observe and taste.
  • Each team will then have to re-create at least 4 of the different canapés they have tasted from memory.
  • The more selection they do, the more points are scored and the more canapés the group has to eat at the tasting and awards.
  • Different canapés have degrees of difficulty and steps – therefore are scored differently.
  • There are no recipes provided so you will have to spend time in the pantry looking for what you believe to be the right ingredients.
  • You will have to present 15 of each canapé.
  • You will need to replicate taste as best as you can.
  • The canapés tasted wont be styled but presentation is a big part – plates and décor add points.
  • There are also bonus points if you create your own canapé on top of the 4 or more made from memory.

Tips

  •  Look at the canapé before you eat it!
  • What can you see?
  • How will I remember what it looks like?
  • How do I present it?
  • What can I smell?
  • What can I taste?
  • Should we divide jobs up or everyone do everything?
  • Push yourselves to use all the time up – no points for standing around
  • Choose canapés wisely

 

 

Book Hedsor House for your corporate team building away day by contacting Nick on [email protected] . Canapé Challenge by Melissa Webb based on 12 guests at a cost £1,500 + VAT and includes all ingredients.

Guests to be given personalised apron, book and recipes, contact Melissa on [email protected] to book your Canapé Challenge at Hedsor House. 

A TEAM OFFSITE WITH A DIFFERENCE

Lets be frank, team building exercises can sometimes be a little arduous therefore it's no surprise that businesses are constantly on the hunt for activities that are fresh and exciting. The reason team building activities exist are to increase morale, improve team cohesion and reward great results. 

Not only has the Hedsor House team found an event that does all of the above but this one also provides an exhilarating experience, develops trust, enhances problem solving skills and bonds your team. Hedsor House in partnership with KDM Events is very proud to launch our Hunger Games inspired team-building event. 

The Hungry Games

Inspired by the Hunger Games phenomenon, this event allows your teams to step into the world of arena survival! Pitted against your colleagues, can your team members muster all their target, combat and bush survival skills to triumph for their district? In order to win, your teams (or districts) must assemble the best Hungry Games team camp possible consisting of waterproof shelters, live fires and eating utensils for all the team. To do this, each team will compete in a live Archery Combat Tournament to try to win everything necessary for camp life! 

Played with specially designed bows, facemasks and patented foam-tipped arrows, this is not only static target practice. This archery challenge pits you against moving targets...that shoot back at you! Teams will scramble to earn as many points as possible to then spend on their choice of equipment and instructions for constructing their working camp.  Using the items won, teams must now create a structure to keep them dry during a downpour (water included!), achieve a sustainable fire using one of three traditional methods and carve a set of team eating utensils from lime wood blocks. To the best completed camp go the victor’s spoils. For a longer event, you can even upgrade to include bread baking or raft building as part of the challenge. A unique and exhilarating experience, this event will definitely leave you hungry for more! 

To speak to the team about booking The Hungry Games team building or another corporate activity call or email Nick Gardner, Corporate Relationship Executive ([email protected])  

By Grace Lloyd-Jones, Marketing Executive and Wedding Aficionado