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The mission

A clients office site was undergoing a multi-million pound transformation. During the works, the main catering facilities were going to be out of action, therefore they needed somewhere for their 4,000+ strong team to socialise and grab lunch. We were tasked with creating a street food area that had to engage, excite and last the distance – with the refurbishments set to span over a 16-week period.

Our approach

They say variety is the spice of life and when it comes to lunch breaks, we couldn’t agree more. We recognised that to truly engage the employees on site we’d have to deliver more than just some sandwich stalls. We needed to create something that would appeal to every taste bud. So to provide variety and to keep the food as fresh as possible, we set up a street-food market that had new traders serving up new produce every week.

We moved two shipping container catering units to the site, both of which were fully kitted out with catering facilities. One of the units was set up as an Italian roastery and served up authentic coffee, wood-fired pizzas and pasta salads, while the other had an East meets West theme – specialising in tasty curries and Thai dishes. There was also a Kamado Joe Smoker Grill.  We also encouraged local traders to come along to showcase their food and we saw lots of local businesses serving from quirky stalls, which included converted vans and horseboxes.

We managed all of the logistics throughout the entire four-month project. We created a shared hygienic wash up area for the traders to use and we planned the infrastructure of the site, which included handling the delivery of fresh water and the drainage of waste water – four tonnes of water passed through the site every week. We also built relationships with the local traders and managed their appearance on site, so our client could sit back and soak up the atmosphere.

The outcome

A mouth-watering, long-term event that received excellent levels of engagement. The variety and volume of cuisine options on offer created a real buzz on site. And by working with local traders, we were able to build an authentic community of local foodies.

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