First Day on the Job, Chili Cook-Off

Starting a new job is a range of emotions – anxiety, nerves, excitement. I wasn’t expecting my first day at 19 IDEAS to also tap into my appetite. Family dinners happen once a month and I was informed that there would coincidentally be a chili themed dinner on my start date.

The invitation was exciting. I’d have a chance to get to know people in the office, pick their brains about life at 19 IDEAS, and of course, eat chili. At the same time, a family dinner also meant testing my cooking skills. I’m not a horrible cook, whipping up the basics is easy, but I am definitely no master in the kitchen. I kept going back and forth about the family dinner…”Should I seriously attempt to cook, and then make my new co-workers eat my horrible chili?” Talk about a bad first impression. After some internal debate, I went the safe route contributing Wegmans cookies and wine (can’t go wrong with wine and chocolate, right?)

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It turned out that store bought dessert was the right decision. There was more than enough delicious, homemade chili to go around, 5 crock pots to be exact. We had all the bases covered…. vegetarian, turkey, super spicy, medium spice. I was extremely impressed with the people that I get to call my co-workers. Not only are they intelligent, personable, and can develop beautiful websites and graphics that I could never imagine doing, but they’re also amazing cooks! Thankfully, we had leftovers which meant chili nachos for the office the following day.
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Food and beverages aside, I had a great first day on the job. The openness of the office makes it a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Everyone is willing to help each other out and there is a strong sense of team building. Any nerves I had during my commute to work were completely dissolved as the day went on. To top it off, the family dinner gave positive closure to a stimulating and some what overwhelming first day. It’s a fun bonding experience that is one of the many aspects that makes 19 IDEAS so exciting. I’m looking forward to the next dinner… who know’s, maybe I’ll attempt cooking.

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