In the shade of terracotta roof tiles and with red, white and green flags fluttering overhead, JGH staff enjoyed a festive Italian feast at the Festa Italiana in recognition of staff, organized during the holiday season by Public Affairs and Communications event planner Marisa Rodi along with Geneviève Guindon.
An authentic ambiance was captured with meats, cheeses and garlic hanging from wooden produce carts, red-and-white checkered tableclothes, and pasta and cooking utensil centerpieces. A strolling Italian accordion player serenaded the ‘guests’.
As two hundred and seventy-five evening and night staff came off their shifts they were treated to a warm Italian breakfast of frittata, fruit and of course, coffee, organized by Katia Boileau, Food Service Supervisor for the Department of Dietetics. On the menu for the 1350 staff who attended the evening meal were such Italian delights as baked penne, garlic bread and biscotti. Gregory Ginzburg, Food Service Manager for the Auxiliary, credits the team from the Atrium Café with efficiently preparing these copious amounts of food within a limited space.
Playing on the Italian theme, each staff received a red, white or green retractable badge holder, while a lucky few who tried their luck with the Pasta Guessing Game won prizes for (nearly) guessing the correct number of rotini or penne in the jar.
Plenty of prizes donated by various sponsors were also distributed in the raffle, including a chocolate gift basket, coffee package, scented soaps and body butters, Italian condiment sets, spa treatment gift certificates, gym membership and JGH promotional merchandise.
A special thank you from Ms. Rodi to all members of JGH staff who helped to publicize this event.