To welcome all the new staff and students to AU-FOOD and to celebrate the diversity in our department, we arranged an international potluck dinner. Around 50 participants prepared food for each other and had a good time playing board games, preparing chestnut figures, eating and chatting.
As a substitute for the cancelled Christmas Lunch 2021, an Easter party was held. Before the dinner, many of the party guests participated in the 1st AU-FOOD Egglympic Games – Egg Hunt, Egg Run, and Protect the Egg – which were ultimately won by the team Bad Hare Day (Mario, Laura, Mingwei, Negin, Natacha, and Thomas). After the dinner, a live band provided the right sound for a hoppin’ good time.
In March, the Staff Club organized the 2nd Pub Quiz in the AU-FOOD canteen. The event was hosted by the previous Quiz Champions Dill-Doughs (Janice, Signe, Frank, and Tjark), and nine teams participated in the five rounds of food-related questions. In the end, the team Meatriarchy won in a close call with 23 of 51 possible points before Canteen Heroes (22/51) and Butt-Horns (21/51). Congratulations to Tobias, Amanda, Abraham, and Jordan!
Despite the cancellation of the Christmas party, we could still hand out the ordered Christmas food to our colleagues for some Christmas spirit during the lunch break. Later, we served Gløgg and risalamande outside, so that staff could hygge and collect their Christmas presents before going on Christmas vacation.
In November, we organized another Wine Tasting for 30 happy participants, which was held by our local Wine Expert Janice, a certified Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) educator, judge for international wine challenges, and one of a handful of people in Denmark currently enrolled in the Master of Wine study programme. Our participants tasted six wines that showcase the range of possibilities when it comes to terroir and winemaking.
In October, HANDS-ON arranged a trip to Art By Me to paint Ceramics. 15 participants created nice art pieces that were brought to the department after burning. Staff club members enjoyed a drink in the Art By Me café for free.
In April, the Staff Club arranged a grafting course together with Martin Jensen as instructor, who has many years of experience in this field, and Kim from Årslev was very supportive in providing the branches and rootstocks for us. Our participants could make their own apple, pear, cherry and plum trees to take home.
In March, we were happy to offer two great activities to colleagues. We started with an inspiring online lecture given by Chris MacDonald on well-being and motivation, which was a perfect fit for these rough lockdown times.
Later we held the 1st AU FOOD Pub Quiz online using a cyberspace offered by Gather.Town. Seven teams participated and were challenged by Quizmaster Norbert. The questions were tough, but our candidates were tougher. In the end, the team Dill-Doughs won superiorly with 19 of 33 possible points. Congratulations to Janice, Frank and Signe!
In the beginning of 2021, AU FOOD Staff were challenged in the online Pictionary-like game Skribbel.io. We spend a nice afternoon drawing and guessing things “landscape”, “actor” or “Sydney Opera House”.
In the Christmas time, we asked our colleagues to decorate their offices and to vote for the office with the nicest Christmas decoration in the Department. Mette and Caroline won this competition in a close call against Signe and Danni.
After we had to cancel or postpone many of our planned activities due to COVID19, we decided to conduct the long expected wine tasting online via Zoom. It was held by our local wine expert Janice, who is a certified Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) educator and one of a handful of people in Denmark with a WSET Level 4 Diploma (and the only one in Denmark who has achieved a Distinction level).
This workshop was focused on the notion of wine quality. Why do some wines cost 50 kr. while others cost 5000 kr.? What does quality mean when it comes to wine, and how can we have an objective discussion about it with someone else? In this interactive session, the participants tasted four wines that showcased the range of possibilities when it comes of grape-growing and winemaking, and walked away with their own definition of wine quality.
On 24th January 2020, we invited our colleagues for a cozy board game afternoon. The Staff Club provided snacks and cheap drinks, and everyone was invited to bring their favourite board games.