This week is National Secretary’s Week as it was originally called when it was created in 1952 through the works of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubican. He recognized the importance and value of the position to a business and his goal was to encourage more women to become secretaries. An effective campaign indeed, because here I am today, 60 years later, proud to be a secretary! We go many job titles in this age, but at the end of the day, we are all support the administration of business. At the law offices of Greenberg Traurig, all business staff is acknowledged in this celebration. In fact, the business staff is held in such high esteem that we are celebrated all this week, each day, a special treat. And I’m the unofficial secretariat food blogger of the weeklong fare. Just doing what I do best, taking notes…on the eats. Today (Apr. 23, 2012) is the Staff Appreciation Breakfast.The staff excitedly awaited for the LawChat (an internal instant messaging program) to announce that the “Appreciation Breakfast is ready in conference room 20”. In the boardroom no less. 27 floors above the ground, you get an amazing view of Center City, with the Benjamin Franklin bridge as the focal point from the eastward facing windows. The most important meal of the day was catered by the tried and true, Pagano’s Market. It’s located on the main level of Two Commerce Square on 20th and Market St. in Philadelphia, PA. It’s in the same building as the law firm, a 41-story tower, with a twin building comprising over two million square feet. So you can imagine the number of people that work between the two towers and the demand on Pagano’s. The restaurant is cafeteria style, yes, but not your elementary school food by far. We were lavished with a hearty breakfast buffet, the “President” catering package. It was first class all the way, complete with French toast, pancakes, sausage, smoked bacon, scrambled eggs, homestyle potatoes, fruit salad, fresh orange juice and hot coffee. A classic breakfast delightfully presented in the 20 person boardroom. For me, the homestyle potatoes were the hit and is what differentiates this cafeteria style caterer from others.
The perfect bite-sized, cubed potatoes, were baked with onions to a golden crisp while maintaining a soft, almost cream like texture inside. Atop the subterranean vegetables were cheddar and Monterey
jack cheeses melted to a gooey, stringy accordion of deliciousness. I went back for more, but by then, they were all gone!An all important task for most administrators, is event planning. To do this this well, one must know who in town to contact to cater your meetings and social functions. Convenience, quality, cost effectiveness, variety and service are all key attributes to consider when selecting a caterer. The office receptionist and hospitality coordinator are in charge of catering at Greenberg Traurig and I would say that they get a check plus for delivering on each attribute. Excellent choice ladies!
And, as if all of this weren’t enough, around mid-day, after the excitement died down and the presidential amounts of food was consumed, digested and settled, the business director walked around and individually handed each business staffer a coffee tumbler with a gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts. We’ll be off to another great start tomorrow!
Thanks GT, for the most important meal of the day and for kindly appreciating your business staff .
Gina a.k.a. Honey L’Amour