Chili Cook Off With a Sweet Conclusion

 Managing Attorney Reed Heustis, Jr. and Department Head Alberto Flores sample some of the chili.

Managing Attorney Reed Heustis, Jr. and Department Head Alberto Flores sample some of the chili.

Once again, Gilson Daub leads the legal world in fun and family culture. Lest one think that Gilson Daub (GDI) employees are merely a pack of legal nerds, so to speak, the events of Friday last would indeed challenge such a theory - in spades.   As we witnessed at the Salsa-Off mere weeks ago, the Chili Cook-Off on March third proved that the culinary chops within GDI employees are, in a word, amazing.   In fact, one might even believe that cooking ability must be an added element of the GDI Way (character, communication, quality, and now cooking), because so many GDI staff members, attorneys, and yes, even partners, are able to take command in the kitchen. The Chili Cook-Off began around lunchtime, of course, and each contestant served up his/her best chili.

 

  Alberto Flores, Head of Incoming Mail, remarked that people appeared to become quite full from a combination of the chili options and condiments.  And so, their appetites were robustly satisfied, even though at first everyone had to content themselves with taster portions. 
 

Ultimately, every offering was a worthy contender, but the GDI chili electorate chose the tri-tip steak, bacon, and bison bouquet prepared by one Grant McCreary.  (Only a few unsuspecting animals were harmed in the making of this chili.)  Who knew that the bringer of misery to lien claimants one and all could also cook in this way?  

 

 Chili Winner Grant McCreary and Pie Winner Krista Padilla

Chili Winner Grant McCreary and Pie Winner Krista Padilla

In the runner-up position was the omelet chili from the kitchen of Staff Manager Jon Phillips, which Jon said was inspired by a chili-cheese omelet.  Apparently, when Jon is not devising clever new innovations for GDI, he, too, is able to fashion great food. 

 

As for the other category, that of the pie contest, there were again some wonderful options on which to vote.  Emerging victorious, though, was one Krista Padilla with her knock-out banoffee, a delightfully unexpected Southern confection, which contained bananas and Dulce de Leche.   Grant and Liana McCreary jointly prepared the second place offering, an apple mango pie.  (Disclaimer: No, the McCrearys did not bribe any of the voters, thank you very much!)

 

All things considered, the Chili Cook-Off was not merely an occasion to sample great food.  Rather, it signified yet another opportunity for the GDI family to relax and to enjoy each other’s company. 

 Attorneys, Jesse Salazar, Melissa Bleak and Doug Pettengill enjoying some the options.

Attorneys, Jesse Salazar, Melissa Bleak and Doug Pettengill enjoying some the options.

There are so many ways in which Gilson Daub is different not only from other law firms, but other workplaces at large. 

 Founding Partner Dan Gilson and Department Head John Cargill

Founding Partner Dan Gilson and Department Head John Cargill

The Chili Cook-Off proved to be another potent example of the family atmosphere that GDI promotes and maintains every day. 

 

 

-John Cargill

Subpoenas Department Head

 

 

 

Jon Phillips

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