We’re all missing in-person events as we take Zoom calls from our couches and heat up another pot of coffee. One thing we’re not missing, however, is the switch from the traditional branded tchotchkes to more elegant digital swag bags. Everyone attends at least one conference where this happens. You’re handed a bag and know…
5 Reasons You Should Host A Lunch Meeting
Like most other people who work in corporate America today, you probably don’t give much thought to the weekday lunch. Whether it involves a walk to the employee cafeteria, a quick visit to a drive-thru window or a trip to the office fridge, the mid-day repast is typically just a quick fuel-up to get through the rest of the day.
But lunchtime presents an opportunity to do so much more than satisfy an empty stomach. It can be the perfect time for a meeting. Here are five reasons to show your clients or employees that there is such a thing as a free lunch.
There are fewer distractions
Sure, you could visit your clients in their offices or host them in yours, but ringing phones and office chatter could make the meeting less productive than planned. A lunch meeting in a private restaurant space could prove to be much more fruitful. Eliminate the office distractions—while wowing your special clients —with a delicious seasonal three-course lunch at Black Barn Restaurant in New York City. The event takes place in the venue’s modern and elegant Loft, which overlooks the main dining room, and includes beer and wine service.
You’ll get valuable face time with clients and prospects
A lunch meeting can be a great way to entertain clients and prospects with a minimal time commitment on their part. After all, they need to get back to their office for the second half of the day. Plus, it doesn’t cut into their personal time with friends and family, unlike the post-work happy hour. And because you’re seated together for an extended period of time, you’ll be able to have meaningful conversations, and can even present while your guests are enjoying their food.
Treat your clients to a private four-course lunch featuring delectable Italian fare at the award-winning Ferraro’s in Las Vegas. The two-hour event allows for plenty of networking time after dessert.
It’s the perfect way to say “thank you”
Whether you want to show appreciation to special clients for their continued business or reward employees for a job well done, a lunch outing fits the bill. It can transform a mundane workday into one that’s genuinely special.
Delight your clients with a lunch-time experience that’s truly out of the ordinary: a three-course lunch featuring a celebrity chef meet and greet at Farmshop near San Francisco. The farm-fresh dishes from celebrated Executive Chef Jason Purcell are sure to tantalize everyone’s taste buds.
Or treat your VIP clients to a private three-course lunch with sweeping ocean views at La Casa del Camino in Laguna, Calif. Along with delicious food, guests will enjoy a welcome mojito and beer and wine on the top floor of this historic hotel.
For deserving employees, make lunch time fun time with a Cycle Party tour of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The tour, on a 15-person bike, includes a three-course lunch complete with libations, a scavenger hunt and a special souvenir.
It’s a warm way to welcome new employees
The first few months of a new job can be tough. But a lunch meeting can provide a non-threatening platform for them to meet and get to know key team members. And for new employees who are also new to a city, a walking tour that includes lunch could be the perfect option.
Chicago Food Planet’s Second City Classic tour features lunch tastings at seven Chicago food Near North neighborhood hot spots. Or treat Dallas newbies to a progressive-style three-course lunch during a walking tour of historic downtown Dallas from Food Tours of America.
It can spur creativity and new ideas
Want to improve everyday operations at the office? Chances are, your employees are the best collective resource for game-changing concepts and ideas. A lunch meeting that takes them out of the conference room and into a fun, more relaxing environment could be just the ticket for getting the creativity flowing.
Invite your employees to don their aprons for a lunchtime pizza-making experience at Ribalta in Atlanta. They will have plenty of time to share ideas while they sip drinks enjoy their handmade masterpieces.
Or treat your employees to a lunchtime sushi-rolling and shōchū-tasting session at Roka Akor in Scottsdale, Ariz. In addition to sushi and shōchū, guests will enjoy yummy passed hors d’oeuvres.
Book one of these great events or to check out other engaging lunch meeting options from Kapow. Or contact our event experts who will help you find the lunchtime experience that perfectly meets your needs!
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