The Office; Re: The Dessert Spread (docket # 723340.1234)

In the 10th episode of the 2nd season of The Office, the workers at Dunder-Mifflin hold an office holiday party.  A tradition that has replicated itself the country over in increasingly bland stripped of any religious implications.   Ah……yes…….the office holiday party!  What grander tradition could there be?!!! 

Actually, where Food City Bytes works is actually quite a nice, posh place with office in Rockefeller Center and striking views of New York including the surrounding borroughs and also New Jersey from all the windows.  Particularly spectacular is the view from the conference rooms.

 This year our office held a Holiday Office Pot Luck where all employees are invited to sign up ahead of time for a particular type of dish (pasta, bread, drinks (non-alcoholic), dessert etc.) and then prepare a dish for that category for the gathering.  Here’s a shot of this year’s dessert spread:

The Dessert Spread, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Pretty nice eh?!  And each dish was placed on a plate and given a placard identifying (1) what it was and (2) who made it.  Here’s a close-up of the placards:

Dessert Spread close-up, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Food City Bytes prepared Spiced Pumpkin Bread (visible here on the left).  The desserts were all really good…some store-bought, others homemade.  Among the collected desserts: Angel Food Cake, Lemon Bundt Cake, strawberry Cheesecake, cupcakes, Upside Down Pinapple Cake, Carrot Cake and Chocolate Frosted Yellow Cake:

Dessert Spread close-up, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Dessert Spread close-up, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

We didn;t get a chance to take a shot of the entree and drink spread….but there was A LOT.  And just in case the homemade dishes didn’t come through….the firm ordered buffett style sushi plate (very fresh — from we think Yummy Sushi downstairs), penne alla vodka and chicken marsala with mushrooms.  

 There was no “Secret Santa” gift exchange (we had this in a previous job and the dollar spend limit was $5!  ::yikes::  Very hard to find something worthwhile for that litte!)  But you know what happens with Secret Santa parties and spend limits……..:

(ala The Office) The office staffers hold a “Secret Santa” gift exchange at their Christmas party. Jim got Pam‘s name for the first time this year, and puts a great deal of effort into getting her the perfect gift. Michael buys a video iPod as his gift, exceeding the $20 limit. He is disappointed by the handmade item he receives from Phyllis and introduces a “Yankee Swap“, where someone can choose to steal someone else’s gift or open a new one. Jim is left feeling uncertain about the fate of his special present for Pam while the staff guns for Michael’s gift. Michael disobeys company policy by buying an obscene amount of alcohol for the Christmas party.


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