Here at Kontera we love the holidays, and the fact that our offices are spread out across five different locations, means we got to spread five times the amount of holiday cheer! Here’s how the various Kontera offices celebrated:
The New York office got the party started with their annual “Yankee Swap” of gifts. There were some real gems in the gift pile this year, including an oversized, nineties-style cell phone case and a Santa toilet seat cover. Next, they had a delicious, family style meal at Il Cortile in Little Italy and wrapped up the night with some friendly competition at a pool hall down the street.
Meanwhile in England, The EU office kicked off their holiday party with Secret Santa, a game of catch phrase and darts in their new office. Managing Director Nitzan Yaniv, who received a wig from his Secret Santa, even announced he’d wear it all evening long contingent upon receiving £100 for his charity (he held up his end of the bargain). They then went to a new steakhouse that just opened in London, called STK. After drinks and a lovely dinner, the evening concluded with an outing to the casino.
In the Israel office, there was so much to celebrate; the festivities were broken up over two days. On the last weekday of Chanukah, everyone gathered to light the seventh candle, along with eat potato latkes and donuts. Below are some gratuitous photos of food. There must be 40,000 calories combined in those donuts, but don’t worry – Israelis have great health care coverage.
The next week, the Israel office reconvened after work at Mike’s Place, a famous bar around the corner for dinner and karaoke. After everyone grabbing a quick meal, Office Manager Dorin Lipschitz
bribed coaxed volunteers onstage to perform. The R&D team serenaded the bar with a variety of hits, ranging to from Hebrew language classics to Tears for Fears and a lot of David Bowie. The night even closed out with a special quartet performance from the executive team.
Back on the American side of the pond, the Chicago team celebrated by sharing a wonderful Christmas dinner at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. In attendance was Kontera President Hal Muchnick, along with Karen Johnson, Denise Clemetson, Jeff Callahan, Kelly Arnet and Celina Kwolek.
Finally, the San Francisco team marked the holidays with a wine tasting at The Bubble Lounge, which is renowned for their champagne. Among the beverages sampled were Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rouge 2010 from the South of France, and the locally produced Mumm Napa Valley Brut Prestige.
A great time was had by all!