Goodbye, leftovers. The family meal for Soho House people is about to get better, says our retention manager Mattia Pievani
We often describe Soho House as a family. With a global team that includes dozens of different nationalities and backgrounds, our workplace can feel like a home away from home – and dining together is an important part of this. That’s why we’re making it a priority to improve the Soho House family meal this year.
The idea is simple: for our onsite teams to sit down together for delicious food and drinks throughout their working day. It’s a chance to relax, socialise and re-energise during a shift. But like any busy family, we haven’t always been consistent about keeping the ritual up. So now the people & development (P&D) team are leading a charge to make our family meals better as part of the Food & Drink 2018 initiative. Say goodbye to gastro trays of uninspiring leftovers as we put vibrant, delicious food on the menu back of house.
Hopefully you will already have noticed improvements and there are more changes afoot. The aim is to have big sharing dishes of tasty food served up from breakfast through to late-night snacks for everyone to enjoy together.
In the UK we kicked off a family meal competition in April, with sites submitting pictures of their meal times. Photographs were marked on food variety, presentation, photograph composition and drink options, and Dean Street Townhouse was crowned victorious. Not only were their family meals creative and delicious, they had spruced up their staff room to create an inviting space to come together. As a prize, chef Merlin Labron Johnson of Portland and Clipstone restaurants will be heading to their kitchen with our UK director Tom Collins as his sous chef to serve up the ultimate family meal for the team to enjoy.
As our sites around the world focus on their own family meals, we’ve put together some simple guidelines for them (see left for a taster). The best way for this to succeed is if everyone takes some ownership, with chefs, bartenders and floor teams all helping out. Got a signature dish you’d like to share or want to improve your cheffing skills? Volunteer to get involved. In the London support office, we’ll be compiling a book of some of our teams’ favourite recipes for inspiration
It might not seem essential but a happy, well-fuelled team is the key to great service. To help things along, post pictures and share ideas and feedback on Workplace. Buon appetito!
1 Menus to be displayed a week ahead, including healthy options, items from the menu and a selection of soft drinks.
2 Presentation is key: think big, beautiful bowls and sharing plates tagged with the name of the dish and any dietary information. (If you have an allergy or special requirement, let your manager know.)
3 It should be a team effort: chefs on food, bartenders on drinks, floor team setting up.