What do you get when you mix 5 people that love to cook, a fun office culture, and the holiday season? A holiday potluck and white elephant!
For the white elephant, we each brought a $20 gift, which ended up perfectly reflecting our individual personalities, then played out the white elephant. Chancee’ got the gift of kitchen gadgetry, which of course I brought since I love cooking and baking. It was an all in one food gadget that came with a grater, spice grinder, juicer, egg separator, measuring cup, funnel, and much more. I received the gift of pampering with a delicious smelling candle and beautiful painted jewelry dish brought in my Mei, a lover of small, precious items. Chanceé loves fun and hosting game night, so her gift of Jenga and a poker set went to Mei. If something is organized and reorganized in the office it was probably Fabiana, so it’s only natural that she would bring in a bag organizer complete with business card holder, which Veronica received as a gift. Given Veronica’s appreciation for organization, I think this was the perfect gift. Although Veronica works hard, she strongly believes in self-care. She brought a luxury foot spa that went to Fabiana. I know what Fabiana will be doing during our time off for the holidays.
Now, onto the main event- the meal. We like to brag when it comes to our potluck skills because we all love food and know how to whip up something delicious. As engineers and planners, we don’t just bring a dish, we detail our meal planning. This year, as the originator of our holiday potlucks, I made a google sheet in which people put dishes they were willing to make. We all reviewed the options, voted for our favorites, and decided on the menu as a team the Friday before the potluck. Planning note: we hold potlucks on Mondays because we then have a weekend to prepare our delectable dishes.
The menu shook out like this:
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Hallacas!! By Fabiana
Veronica’s Low and Slow 10-hour Luscious Pulled Pork- Cholulah Hot Sauce on the side
Chanceé’s Creamy, Dreamy Baked Mac n’ Cheese
Fresh and Tangy Brussels Sprout Slaw by Christine
Mei’s Famous Chicken Lo Mein
Sweet Southern Pecan Pie (á la mode of course) by Chanceé
A Decadent Sweet Potato Pie that would rival Grandma’s by Christine
Rollo Frío de chocolate con Galletas Marías (or chocolate roll with cookies)- Fabiana
We rolled into the afternoon in a happy food haze, with our intern for the day, Leanne, in tow. During my time at Nspiregreen, the holidays are always a special time to show our appreciation for one another through food and gifts. Maybe next year you can join us. Look out for your invite! 😉
Christine E. Mayeur is an urban planner with a unique set of skills and interests. She has been called a “renaissance woman” by her coworkers and is interested in all things creative and challenging. Christine uses her history of working with communities through grassroots organizations along with her planning skills to help plan transportation systems that meet the needs of all users.