Executive Chef Jon Hall, Resident District Manager Chris Bifano, and Catering Manager Ariana Tanimura at Electronic Arts in Redwood City, CA hosted a pizza-making class for the Workplaces Leadership Team of this global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Bon Appétiters’ goal: to help take team building to the next level on the campus.
Guests donned EA-branded aprons and got ready to make their own pizza dough. During this process, Jon shared some facts about pizza history and the differences between pizza styles. When they had finished shaping their dough, guests chose from a variety of vegetables and meats for toppings. While the Bon Appétit team fired the pizzas, the guests enjoyed appetizers such as Persian cucumber roll-ups with avocado, capers, smoked sea salt, pepper, parsley, dill, and lemon chili vinaigrette; poached shrimp Bloody Mary shooters; Chardonnay Italian sausage meatballs skewered over spicy mustard dip; grilled fennel lamb chops with garlic chimichurri; fine cheeses and charcuterie; and an assortment of Italian desserts.
Once the pizzas were done, Chris hosted a blind taste-test competition, in which guests voted for which pizza they liked the best. The winner received a pizza cookbook, “The Pizza Bible” by famed local pizza maestro Tony Gemignani, to take home.
“Everyone had a great time, and the food was amazing!” said Global Workplace Experience Senior Director Nancy Fong, adding that one guest even said it was “the best catered food” he’s ever had!
Submitted by Ariana Tanimura, Catering Manager