This past Friday was our annual employee potluck at Le Top – a tradition that manages to ring up more calories in a single day than ANYONE needs to consume (everyone brings in a favorite dish), but also rings up a lot of laughter! – we “work” in the morning (yeah, right…) and then gather for the feast.
You hear comments like, “I hope Christopher brought in the salmon” (he did!) and “Yeah! Linda made her divine divinity!” We have a very diverse staff (One day, I counted the languages spoken here – I think it was around 10?!?), so it is really fun (and sometimes quite interesting) to try everyone’s ‘regional’ cuisine. Our international menu included good ole’ American (mac n’ cheese), Chinese (roast duck and noodles), Mexican and South American (pass the hot sauce!) and German (great potato salad!).
After a lunch guaranteed to put most humans into a coma, the real entertainment began!!! We play a great gift exchange game – and things get really cutthroat! Everyone brings in a wrapped gift (no tag) with an approximate $15 value. We sit in a big circle, and everyone draws a number. Each person goes up in order of their number and selects ‘their’ gift from under the tree – unwraps it for all to see – and then the real fun begins! We draw numbers again – and in this case the person with the higher number has the advantage. In numerical order we get the choice to keep our gift, or ‘steal’ a gift from another person. It is hysterical! One year the ‘prime’ gift was a chia pet! This year there was a much traded bottle of tequila (“where’s Jose???) and a warm, fuzzy red blanket – which made the rounds through our design team who seem to be perpetually c-o-l-d (not enough meat on those bones)! We had a great time! I’m still laughing at the merriment and am wondering – was there any of that divinity left…?