Talking and Laughing While Eating is Fun


Every so often I come across a good team building idea and feel compelled to write about it. Here’s one called Avital Tours…


Take your “team” (minimum of 8, maximum of 100+) on a guided four-course progressive meal exploring an iconic San Francisco or Los Angeles neighborhood. Their “energetic” guides (their word) will not only fill your group in on the area’s culinary history, but will facilitate your employees to engage socially, to increase interaction, and build communication and relationships… and so in theory will increase creativity, collaboration and productivity when back in the office.

But… forget about the “why you are doing it” during the team building… it’s fun, great food and alcohol pairing, sparkling conversation, laughter, breaking down walls and all of that jazz. And besides, you have to eat anyway.

Each course is served at a different restaurant, so your team members sit next to many different colleagues throughout the tour (and depending upon the size of your group, walk or ride to the next course with a different group). Avital Tours takes care of all of the logistics, so you don't have to worry about restaurant reservations, ordering from menus, waiting for food to arrive or dietary restrictions (they figure all of that out ahead of time).

Lunchtime, afternoon, and/or dinner times are available; engage during work hours or after hours. And… although at the moment it’s San Francisco and LA… that will eventually grow.

Donna Cohen

I have decades of experience creating and producing online marketing. I left the corporate world to work independently with people who need help establishing and maintaining their online presence. Not everyone knows how, has the aptitude, or time to learn how to use online marketing tools, and nor should they have to try. Those people who need help and/or don't want an in-house marketing team work with me. Each client has different needs, goals and expectations. I do custom work for each of my clients. I get to know each person and know their voice, their style, rhythm and budget. 

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Make A Movie Trailer Competition


Feet First Eventertainment ( has produced hundreds of team building movie productions on the back lots of film studios, in parks and in hotel meeting rooms.  Team sizes range from 10 to 25 (so everyone can be involved).

Each team draws the name of a famous movie out of a hat (doesn’t have to be a hat), and they test their cooperative skills by determining how to best use their teammates’ strengths to produce the best Movie Preview possible of that famous movie’s sequel (director, camera person, boom person, costumer, sound person, editor, and of course, the actors). They can tie the sequel to your company theme, or make a commercial about your product… or about… anything really. Sky’s the limit.

Teams receive all the professional equipment necessary to make their movie preview, plus a Producer (a Feet First facilitator) to ensure that they know how to use the equipment properly and stay on track.  After all shooting is completed and edited, the previews are screened to the entire group. Perhaps at an Academy Awards-style theme banquet? (ooh, idea for another blog).