Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The "Event"

Have you been anxiously waiting to hear about Saturday's "event"? I hope I haven't kept you waiting too long with all my lazy laying about yesterday--I needed a day to recover!

We started off at the office with a light breakfast of pastries, fruit, and juice--and I stopped at Starbucks on the way there, because all the best journeys begin at Starbucks! By 9 a.m. our bus had arrived and we'd all loaded up for the mystery trip. First stop? R.P.M. Indoor Kart Racing here in Sacramento!


OMG, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun! The only drawback? It was awfully HOT and we had to suit up in racing gear, including a heavy-weight suit, head sock, neck brace, and helmet. I thought I was going to die, especially once I was strapped in and racing around the track! Before that, though, we had to watch an instructional video and divide up into teams; afterward, we each got a five-lap practice run, which also determined qualifying time. Next, the racers with the best time from each team raced to determine pole position, and finally there was a 45-minute endurance relay, in which each member of the team had to participate. Our most aggressive team ended up being disqualified for causing too many accidents! My team came in fourth place out of nine teams--pretty respectable, I think.

After the races, we stayed at R.P.M. for a lunch of sandwiches, chips, and cookes. Before loading back onto the bus, we had time for a group photo, and ice chests filled with soft drinks, wine, and beer were brought out, as were VATS of mojitos and margaritas for the next leg of the ride. After all, we wouldn't want to get too thirsty!

After about an hour on the road, driving through the Sierra Nevada foothills, our bus turned onto a small road and traveled up a hill to the C. G. diArie Winery in El Dorado County, not too far from historic Placerville. The logo for the winery consists of the two Egyptian lions and the calipers with the glass of wine--and that was the logo on our shirts of course! The calipers? The wife of the husband and wife team that owns the winery is also an artist, and her art works line the walls of the public spaces in the winery.

On the grounds of the winery, there's a wonderful tent imported from India, and tables had been set up for us under the tent.


Here's a better look at that view:


Throughout the afternoon, servers mingled among us with wonderful treats to eat. Each of us received a booklet of recipes and the caterer demonstrated several for us, and we were given samples to try.


A little later, our large group split into two smaller groups. While one group stayed for more cooking demonstrations, the other group was taken on a tour of the winery.

Because it's harvest time, these vats were being filled and the wine was fermenting--the heady scent of fermentation filled the air. Here the wine maker told us about the process--he has a patent pending on these vats.


In another room, we tasted some of the younger wines amid the wine barrels. Yum!


Dinner was served buffett style with various dishes set up at different stations. One station had green salad with gorgonzola cheese and fresh fruit, poached salmon, and black rice with mushrooms. Another station had lettuce wraps with a chicken, onion, and pepper filling. The third station had pork loin, au gratin potatoes, and different kinds of bread with butter. All of the food was wonderful! And to end the meal? The table in the center of the tent was filled with trays of bite-sized desserts! Best of all, as we dined, we watched the sun drop below the hills.

As you may imagine, the bus ride back to the office was somewhat subdued, but we were a happy, contented bunch. And as we departed the bus at 10 p.m. that night, we were each given a bottle of wine to commemorate the day. What a great time!

18 comments:

searchfamilies said...

What a lovely day it all sounds like you had loads of fun all rounded off with some wine & you being whacked lol
Hugs Janice

Fiesta said...

Kim what a fun time. I wish our company did stuff like that.

Quilt Hollow said...

I tell ya...I've watched your blog for quite sometime...you have some great perks with your job!! Not very many companies do these days.

Kelly Ann said...

Wow...they take all of their employees? I spent 16 years with the same bank and the shipped the whole system to a rah-rah rally to bring out their new logo and all we got were box lunches...

luv2quilt2 said...

In all my years of work I never had a day that even approached the kind of day you had. Sounds & looks great!

Anonymous said...

Are they hiring? I've never been treated so royally by an employer in nearly 40 years of working - many in the legal field. They seem to be the cheapest of the lot! Sounds like a wonderful day and you get paid to work there too?? I'm thoroughly impressed and very jealous,

Eileen said...

What great pictures of the views, Everyone has commetned about the perks you get. Yep, you have a great place to work. They must have settled a big one this time.

Sandy from Thimbleberries said...

What a wonderful day. I can see why you rested the next day. Your bosses must have fun thinking up different ways to make your day special. I think next year it will be hard to top this one.

paulette said...

Now THAT'S what I call an office party!! Glad you had a blast!
Paulette

Lady of the Cloth said...

Wow! and to think that my employer gives us a movie voucher and a $15.00 gift card! I think I'm working in the wrong business!

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing the details of your adventure. It seems like a wonderful experience!

Jen in NY said...

Wow, your company knows how to treat their employees! Sounds like a really great day. Glad you had fun! I love going to wineries, there are a lot by me (finger lakes region of NY).

Jan said...

What a fabulous day and what a lovely thing for your Firm to do for everyone. Sure beats the heck out of your normal "Company Picnic!" Those folks sure know how to throw a party. Now, let's see you in that racing gear please :)

PunkiePie said...

WOW! Sounds like a great time! Not your typical company picnic at all!

Anonymous said...

Wow what a day! Because I work for the University, we get a once a year "Thank Goodness for Staff" picnic lunch. Of course all the staff is there so you stnad in long lines to get your food and then sit on the grass to eat. It's almost not worth the free lunch. Our faculty in our department take us out to lunch one a day a year too. That's usually a pretty good lunch at a nice restaurant. I'd like to work for your company. Cna they use a payroll person?
Chris in Sacramento

Sinta Renee said...

What a great idea and a memorable get-together for your company! Glad you had such a wonderful time and that there were no injuries in the go karts:)

Colleen said...

What a nice day! Glad you got to enjoy it :o)

Gran said...

What I can not figure out is how all of you were able to get out of your transportation limo/buses and drive home after a day like that!

It looked like a wonderful day to share with DH and the "gang" from the office.