I regularly organize these team building events so that employees have a chance to get to known each other, to improve communications, and to show off my Italian kitchen. On such an occasion six of my colleagues come over to my place, usually straight from work, and when they arrive I hand out some copies of different Italian recipes (after hiding the expensive wines and having made sure that all ingredients and cheaper wines are prominently displayed and ready for use). These team members have no experience in cooking together, while some of them have never had to cook their own dinner at all. And on top of that they are working in a kitchen they have never used before.
What I like about this team building exercise is...
Here are a couple of suggestions if you would like to try this out for yourself:
In these cooking endeavors with my colleagues I keep the time needed to prepare dinner (the budget) under control by selecting only simple recipes and limiting the number of people involved. Nevertheless, our little culinary projects are always underestimated and (usually) behind schedule. This is not because of too much work or too little time or bad coordination. The cooks simply talk and drink too much! The food is always good though.