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Organizing a team event? Look behind the scene

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One would think you simply start with a date, venue, food menu and an activity of some sort! Done. Well, there’s much more that goes on behind the scene. While some organizers will have clear picture of what they want for their team, many will just start with a generic statement – let’s see what’s […]

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A Mothers Day Treat

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It’s time for a Mothers Day treat, and what Mum doesn’t love something hand made? This white chocolate, almond and raspberry bark fits the bill perfectly. Super easy to make and to tailor with what ever toppings you choose (change out the white for dark chocolate), this Mother’s Day treat is one Mum will love! […]

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Easter Baking: Hot Cross Buns

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Assuming you manage to get some down time this weekend, an Easter baking project could be just the ticket. Hot cross buns seem challenging, but they’re easier than you think. A little time and patience and you’ll have gorgeous, fresh buns to share, and the smell of Easter spice filling the house! Just add butter […]

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How to build the perfect team

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How do you build the perfect team? According to Google’s Project Aristotle, culture is key. This video from Tech Insider gives a succinct insight into how a perfect team is produced. Charles Duhigg, journalist and author of “Smarter Faster Better,” explains the insights he gathered while spending time with Google’s Project Aristotle, a research team […]

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Staff still WFH? How about a hybrid event?!

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As we move into a new phase of the pandemic, workplaces are moving to a hybrid work model. Some staff WFH, some work in the office, some are a combination of both. So we’ve joined the hybrid trend, with a new hybrid event. We introduced Digital events in 2020, which have proven popular with our […]

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Life at Red Covid-19 Update

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Changes to Red light setting from 25th March 2022 – Social Cooking can now host up to 50 guests onsite and up to 200 guests offsite (indoor). Vaccine passports are no longer required as a condition of entry. Social Cooking is committed to continuing to provide a fun and stressfree event for everyone involved during […]

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Auckland Level 3 Update

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Wow, this has been a really long time in level 3 hasn’t it?! We’re increasingly hopeful that Auckland will be back in business on the 29th November. Just in time for us to host your Christmas parties! In the meantime, we felt it was time to give you an update on how we are planning […]

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It’s time to book your Christmas party Auckland!

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Have you booked your Christmas party, Auckland? We know it’s another odd year, it’s hard to plan too far ahead, but imagine if you missed out! Our advice would be to start planning your Christmas event now. We are ready and waiting to take bookings for your Christmas party. We’ve already received bookings for some […]

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Perfect Burgers – How to Make them

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It seems simple to make perfect burgers. After all, how hard can it be? Anyone who eats burgers regularly knows there is a vast difference between good and bad. It’s often hard to put your finger on exactly why a burger works or doesn’t. Is it the burger patty? Is it the bun? Are there […]

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Corporate Team Events – Short & Sharp Challenges

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Sometimes time is of the essence! When the clock is ticking, but you need to bring your team together, try our Short & Sharp 2 hour corporate team events. Make your own dumplings, take the Burger Challenge or create pizza from scratch. Try our Masterchef Risotto Challenge! Or for something a little different, how about […]

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Mulled Wine Recipe – Winter Warmer

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As many of you know, we at Social Cooking often offer Cocktail Making as one of our optional extras to any event. This winter, we’ve created a Mulled Wine Recipe to serve on arrival, as a delicious winter warmer! Spicy, sweet, with a hint of citrus and apple, Mulled Wine is the perfect start to […]

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ANZAC Cookies Recipe – A Kiwi Classic

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Nothing like a long weekend to make us feel like baking. What would ANZAC day be without ANZAC Cookies! Perfect for morning tea, afternoon tea or even just before bed with a cup of tea, these classic Kiwi biscuits are packed with nostalgia. Bake them and take them into the office to share with your […]

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Dumpling Recipe – Alina’s Nepalese Mo Mos

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When we host our Short & Sharp Challenges, the Dumpling Challenge is one of our most popular choices. On the surface, dumplings are a simple food, embraced by many cultures and cuisines worldwide. Once the filling is made, the folding starts and the challenge begins! We’re lucky to have Alina as part of our team […]

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Why team building cooking challenges work

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Food has always had a reputation for bringing people together. We celebrate over food, grieve over food, obsess over food! Food is at the centre of all the major events in our lives, weddings, funerals, Christmas, birthdays, you name it, we cook and eat with others. So what about our professional lives? Can team building […]

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Do team building exercises work?

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It’s all very well for us to talk about the benefits of team building exercises. After all, it’s what we at Social Cooking do for a living! Do team building exercises actually work? The team at Huddle say: “..even strong teams can benefit from team building exercises. They’re a great way of improving communication, morale, motivation, productivity, helping […]

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8 Tips for Successful Team Building Activities

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At Social Cooking, we know better than most the benefits of successful team building activities. How do you guarantee that your team building event will be the best it can be? That it will actually achieve the outcomes you need? From US News: “The truth is, while results vary, team-building events can help co-workers better […]

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Our famous decadent chocolate brownie recipe!

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If you’ve been to Social Cooking, you’ll know that we often serve dessert as a thank you for your custom and your hard work! In recent months, that dessert is our home-made, decadent chocolate brownie, often served with whipped cream, and fresh berries or berry coulis. And the number of requests we’ve had for the […]

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A staff Christmas party at Social Cooking.

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Ever wonder what a Social Cooking Christmas Masterchef Challenge looks like? The team from The Social Shop came to compete and filmed their experience for us to share with you. The perfect format for a staff Christmas party! Ok, so it wasn’t quite Christmas, but the challenge is pretty much the same. Our Christmas Masterchef […]

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10 tips for great Christmas events

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So you’ve been asked to plan your team Christmas events. I know what you’re thinking… where do I start?! You need it to be an event everyone will remember, but in a good way. No one needs a repeat of the bad buffet with the bad oysters that closed the business down for a month […]

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Corporate Team Building Events

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The sun is coming out, the days are getting longer and spring is here! Now is the perfect time to plan a team building activity or pre-Christmas party! Bring your team to Social Cooking and experience a different kind of team building challenge. Choose from Masterchef, our Mid-Winter Banquet, Mystery Box Challenge, or if you’re […]