Today’s guest post is by Jenny Bajema, from the Logos Bible Software electronic text development team.
The eighth annual Logos bake-off was held on August 26th, 2010. The theme this year was “fruit” and we had some creative entries such as Nanaimo bars with coconut and “Honey on a Date” cookies. There were also tasty cheesecakes, yummy crisps, and berries galore!
I had the honor of co-coordinating the event with my fellow book designer Jani Westermann. Both of us have a love for fruity desserts and healthy competition, so we naturally had to enter our recipes as well.
During the week leading up to the bake-off, I was perfecting my raspberry cream cheese whoopie pies and decided to use my friend as a taste-tester. When I told her about the competition, she got really excited.
“You mean, your company does bake-offs?!” Her eyes opened wide, wanting to hear more.
“Yeah, and we do cook-offs too,” I said smiling, indulging in a moment of pride.
My friend went on to tell me that in the 10 years she’s worked at her job, they have never once held a “fun” company event. When the topic of the bake-off came up in conversations with other friends and family, most had a similar reaction and story. I quickly realized how blessed I am to work in a company who enjoys working together, playing together, and cooking together. At Logos, I’m known for who I am, not just the books I work on.
The top three recipes in this year’s event included Jani Westermann with her White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Bethany Olsen with her amazing Nanaimo Bars, and Svetlana Bulanov who made a delicious Strawberry Kiev Cake!
Even though my whoopie pies got second-to-last place, I thought the bake-off was a great success! Because of events like these, I feel better-connected to employees in other departments and even more proud to work at Logos.
The word is getting out—Logos is a fun place to work! Why not check out our jobs page for current opportunities? Maybe next year it could be you taking home the bake-off gold!