Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Tiffany (background), Brian, Carlos and Ivy at one of the three stations set up with food

Today our company had a Cinco de Mayo potluck.  Our pot luck luncheons are always top notch. There are so many different people in our engineering firm, from so many different cultures, that the food is always a surprise and a delight.

Today was no exception!
One table had everything from Mexican casseroles and crispy tortillas to ceviche
It all began with a couple of email blasts to the employees at 9 a.m.  We were alerted to the fact that there were TexMex scrambled egg casserole and warm churros in the kitchen for breakfast.  They were really good!

From there, we segued to lunch around 11:45 a.m.  There was so much good food!  We had to lay everything out at three different stations in the kitchen.  (I suddenly realized I forgot to take a photo of all the goodies in the Conference Room!  There was a large platter of huge cocktail shrimp in there, as well as all kinds of Mexican beverages in huge containers - horchata, tamarino and other delights.)

Desserts included a beautiful bundt cake,
 but there were also taco fixings and salads to be found on this table
Our engineers like to eat! (Okay, I do too!)  It's fun trying all the different goodies.  We have a large percentage of Asian employees, too, so they bring fun things from their culture as well.  You never know what you might end up with on your plate!  I saw everything from tamales to Chinese noodle dishes.

It's hard to see, but here we have Carlos, Suria, Tiffany,
Ivy and Brian filling up their plates
Our luncheons are always enjoyable.  People often go to lots of trouble and expense with their dishes. It's certainly more fun than the usual sandwich I pack along for lunch!

Someone even brought an elaborate chafing dish.
Carmen's spicy chili rojo was in the crock pot on the right
Carmen is known for her delicious salsa.  Today, she not only made salsa, but a mean chili rojo. That's a meat dish with chunks of beef in a red chili sauce.  It was very spicy and quite delicious!

We gathered in the Corporate conference room to eat.  For a while, intent on our food, no one said a whole lot.

Enjoying lunch around the conference table
They take out the big, executive chairs and bring in smaller, office chairs so we can scoot more people around the table for these events.  They even brought in a smaller table today, to accommodate the crowd.

Joe smiles as everyone else tries to ignore the lady with the camera
There was so much delicious food, and plenty of everything. I really enjoyed everything I put on my plate.  I believe we were all happy campers!

Edward, Juan and our company President, Jimmy, enjoying lunch
Several of our younger engineers complained that the plates were too small, so they were forced to go back for seconds.


I'm on to you.

For dessert, there were more churros, bundt cake, chocolate-walnut brownies and these adorable little cowboy hat wearing cupcakes.

Cute little Cowboy hat wearing Chilis decorated the cupcakes!
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

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