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International Food Fest

November 8, 2011

I work in an office with over 300 other employees all spread over 5 different floors.  Amongst these 300+ employees, dozens of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds are represented.  And between myself and my colleagues, we’ve traveled every corner of the globe from Antarctica to South America to Europe to Asia to Australia and all over the United States.

For the second year in a row, as a fun workplace activity, the my office decided to host an International Food Fest.  Why not use the talents, and the diverse backgrounds that everyone comes from, and use the universal language of food to help bring everyone together.  So a call was made to every employee to make a home-made dish to bring to the Food Fest.

It didn’t matter if it was an appetizer, a salad, a soup, a main dish, or a dessert.  You make it, you bring it in, your fellow co-workers will inhale it.  This year’s festivities turned out to be much larger than last year’s festivities.  Tables were jam-packed with all sorts of home-made goodies.  Food representing every corner of the world.  The amount of food we had was staggering, literally enough to feed a small army.

There was a caesar salad, chinese chicken salad, corn soup, potato salad, curried chicken salad, ambrosia, salsa & guacamole, dim sum, and fried potato and meat balls.  And that was just the beginning in terms of the food.

The main dishes consisted of roast beef with au jus with twice baked mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, jerk chicken, make your own sandwiches, roast beef with garlic butter, stuffed cabbages, beef riggatoni, fried chicken, frittata, and chili, just to name a few.  There was table after table loaded down with food.  It was incredible.  There was so much it was impossible to even have a sample of everything.

And we haven’t even gotten to the desserts yet.  The array of desserts was phenomenal.  There was a plantain and jackfruit wrapped in an egg roll wrapper and fried, there was peanut butter cup cookies, there was a raspberry cheesecake, a lemon vodka jalapeno sorbet, a red velvet cake, a classic banana pudding, a chocolate ice cream cake, a sock-it-to-me cake, chocolate chip cookies, pecan tarts, and cake pops.  And I’m probably only naming 1/3 of the desserts we had.  It was incredible!

The space that we used in our building to have this gathering was creatively decorated with various posters, maps, and pictures from all over the world.  Included were various pictures submitted by my fellow employees showing their travels around the world.

To help encourage participants to make home-made dishes, a vote was held for the best appetizer, entrée and dessert that was made.  And the lobbying was fast and furious!  But it was all in good fun.

This was a great way to bring together all the employees of a large office into one space at one time so that we can socialize and enjoy each other’s company.  What better way to bring people together for some good times and some laughs than to lure them with some of the most amazing food!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2011 11:49 am

    It was all mighty tasty. I am looking forward to the left overs for lunch, today.

    • November 8, 2011 4:52 pm

      It was all really tasty! My husband loved your cookies. I loved the twice baked mashed potatoes, and the sorbet and lots of other things!

  2. Amanda permalink
    November 8, 2011 1:16 pm

    That is so neat! At my old job at the hospital, we had such a diverse array of people, too. We did a small version of this one time and it was great. At the end of every Ramadan, the Muslims in the pharmacy all chipped in together and we had a wonderful catered party with great Middle Eastern food from The Holy Land Deli in Minneapolis. It was our biggest party all year and everyone always looked forward to it. I miss it.

    • November 8, 2011 4:51 pm

      You shoud maybe suggest to some people to do something like this at the school. That would be really fun with your co-workers.

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