Full catered affairs aside, there’s always call for good food and special treats to feed in-office meetings, boardroom gatherings, client visits, celebrations and staff thank yous.
Take note of the following deliciously creative, quality food ideas and sources when tackling your next “what to order” office planning challenge:
The Italian Connection
Pass on the pie and go for the cone in changing up the office pizza party. The Mad Italian, with three Toronto locations, delivers single-serving cone-shaped baked pizza stuffed with cheese, veggies and pepperoni-plus fixings for 11 flavour choices such as Margherita or prosciutto and mushroom. Served upright in snazzy cone-holder trays, minimum orders of regular or mini size are available for catering delivery. Combo the cones with a salad and dessert, or reach out to expand the menu with Mad Italian paninis and pasta dishes.
Meals On Wheels
Deliver a dash of urban cool and a generous heaping of experiential eating with a food truck dinearound in the office parking lot. Visit the latest available in mobile street eats at Toronto Food Trucks and Food Truck Eats. Feisty Jack is new, with its Union Jack-splashed van and classic take on British comfort food such as bangers and mash. Hit Greece with the very funky Blue Donkey Streatery’s fare such as fried calamari pita and deep-fried zucchini chips. For the holidays, Urban Smoke Fusion BBQ has added a smoked, pulled turkey with Swiss on toasted cranberry foccacia. Finish with perfectly brewed java from Hula Girl Espresso Truck and a sweet from Curbside Bliss Cupcakes.
A Taste Of India
Dine well on delicious, healthy vegan Indian cuisine and be environmentally conscious with litterless lunches from Tiffinday. Serving only the downtown core, the company delivers hot lunches in reusable tiffins — stainless steel lunch boxes – that they collect the following day. Weather-permitting, meals are delivered emissions free on a rickshaw bike. Order online from menus posted one month at a time, offering an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert choice daily. Traditional Indian dishes such as onion pakoras, curried chickpeas on basmati rice, and spring dosas are lovingly described in terms of ingredients, cooking method and Indian origins.
Hole In One
Move over cupcakes … it’s the lowly doughnut’s time to shine with a new generation of fanciful flavours, inventive makers and appreciative consumers. Artisanal bakers Glory Hole Doughnuts and Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken are breathing awesome decadence into the traditional fried cake-based treats. Glory Hole offers a dozen unique flavours daily such as chocolate pistachio, pretzel, and lemon meringue topped with a golden puff of meringue. Blueberry balsamic, cinnamon latte, and banana-coconut cream pie are among Paulette’s 14 flavours. Pick up a baker’s dozen for the office, or place a catering order.
Brainstorm over drinks in the bar – a smoothie bar that is, set up in the boardroom or office kitchen. Launched in July, health drinks and smoothies specialist Chocoberry is on a mission to prove burst-in-the-mouth flavour and nutrition can be enjoyed in the same glass. Pina colada, fudgesicle, strawberry banana, and chocolate mint are just a few of the signature smoothies Chocoberry whips up using natural ingredients such as agave nectar, a glycemic-friendly organic sweetener, fresh fruit, berries and raw cacao. Order up an onsite grab-and-go station or customize a smoothie cocktail reception – fancy glasses, garnish and all!
Gumdrops and licorice and chocolate, oh my! Give staff a special treat while perking up the mid-afternoon energy slump with a gourmet candy smorgasbord. Canali Candy Buffet Co. creates stunningly designed feasts with unique candy-filled containers and décor accents. Theme by colour or occasion when selecting sweets-of-choice from a dozen candy categories. For office fun, consider going totally kid-in-a-candyshop retro with old-fashioned candy jars filled with iconic childhood favourites. The company is very allergy-aware, offering sugar-free, salt-free, gluten-free, and kosher candy options. Candy and edible gift baskets are also available.
When occasion calls – company anniversary, retirement, department thank you – let them eat (and ooh and awe over!) great cake … especially the decadent, frosted edible masterpieces of the Wicked Little Cake Company. A custom-requests specialist only, cake artist Jaime Ho can recreate any image into 3D cake sculptures. Browse the company’s impressive portfolio online. Flavours tempt with choices like apple cardamom cake bases, raspberry lemonade buttercream frostings and dulce de leche fillings! In addition to cake, Ho can also bake up themed cupcakes and cookies with a 10 dozen-minimum order.
Crème Fraïche Market Café initially caught our attention with palate-pleasing, thoughtfully presented cheeseboards and interactive food appreciation events that bring together selections of Ontario cheeses, cured meats and wine (if wish). Then we fell in love with Crème Fraïche’s ideas for transforming office boardrooms into pop-up farmer’s markets. Staff graze and sip their way through generous samples of the delicious wares from local bakers, food producers and culinary artisans who fill the menu and shelves at the west-end café. Once sated, “diners” are able to purchase goods for take home.
It may be just another day at the office, but why not start it off right with a catered energy-fuelled breakfast? Specializing in the morning meal, The Breakfast Gourmet delivers and serves brekkie any way you want: hot meals of eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit topped flapjacks and sides of southern grits, homefries and biscuits, or lighter fare from bagels and lox to pastries and granola-topped yogurt. Surprise staff with a breakfast-style cocktail party with juice mocktails and passed trays of cute two-bite yummies such as mini bagels, grilled cheese canapés, French toast fingers, and sausage rounds.