Are you organising a catered office function? Why not take a leaf out of the book of one of history’s most infamous and successful conquerers, Ghengis Khan? While taking over most of the world back in the 1200’s, many a Mongolian feast was held to mark the victory and domination of the enemy. While Khan isn’t much of a role model, you can’t say he wasn’t successful and motivated, and his banquets were probably very memorable.
Let’s see how well ancient Mongolian dining styles translate to modern office functions!
Unfortunately, the ancient Mongolians can’t teach us much about variety in dining. According to historyonthenet.com, they were big on animal products and had two main food groups – White Foods and Red Foods. These related to animal-derived foods (e.g. milk) and meat, respectively.
Nowadays we know that variety is the cornerstone of a well-catered event. There should be something to suit everyone, even if you don’t like your food white or red! Make sure when you’re organising your catering to provide variety across flavour, temperature and texture to provide an experience that your guests will love. Minus one, ancient Mongolians!
Fighting and Rioting
In ancient Mongolian times, patience and orderliness amongst guests was not necessarily guaranteed, and fighting and riots often ensued (madfeed.co). These types of behaviours are often discouraged in the corporate world and create headaches for HR! Helping your guests to stay peaceful with these quick tips:
a) Make sure you’ve ordered enough food
b) Ensure adequate access to your catering. If you’re serving from a table that can be moved, bring it out off the wall to provide 360 degree access to the goodies
c) Discourage fighters and rioters by sending them to the end of the queue
It’s not all fun and games being a nomadic warrior. According to historyonthenet.com, the nomadic lifestyle kept the ancient Mongolians away from handy mod-cons (ovens, microwaves, fridges, etc) as well as the ability to store foods. This created a reliance on found items. Ba-bow! Ancient Mongolians, times have changed! Your catering need not be based on the weeds you can scrape from the ‘steppes’ of your office building. Make the most of catering professionals, such as our team, to make life easy for you!
historyonthenet.com describes a pretty rudimentary approach to cooking, in which warriors would stick a bag of meat, onions and flour under their saddle. The heat from the friction would cook the ingredients into a kind of stew. If that sounds delicious to you, you’re living in the wrong era! This type of cooking proves difficult to achieve in an office environment. Bringing the horse into the building is hard enough, let alone getting enough speed to warm your stew without taking out a few cubicles. This method is recommended to be discontinued!
Sharing the Good Stuff
It’s not all bad news from the Ancient Mongolians. One thing they did get right according to madfeed.co was that everyone ate the same stuff. I suspect Ghengis probably got the best bit of meat, but generally, everyone enjoyed the same fare. This is an enduringly powerful component of shared dining – the opportunity for different people to sit down together and share creates bonds and powerful social networks where before there were none.
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