A great man once said, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.”
That man was never part of the Salad Club. Because apparently four chefs working together can make a great salad. Vera, Mila, Raj and Elena prove that together, people can solve the conundrum about what to have for lunch every day.
The four Oshman Family JCC staff members are from different departments, but come together as part of team Salad Club. Vera, Mila, Raj and Elena manage to eat a fresh, made-from-scratch lunch every day, but none of them have to do 100% of the work. Each week, a different member purchases the ingredients for a fresh, protein-rich, healthy meal. The components include a base of mixed greens, bell peppers, tomato, avocado, optional feta, olives, chicken strips and pita and hummus. Then, the four of them prepare it together in the kitchen as a team. “It’s much faster to prepare it together than on your own, and you have a built-in support system for a week of healthy lunches” says Mila Serper, Community Engagement Manager at the OFJCC. “You don’t have to think about what to pack every day.”
They don’t have assigned duties, but will start washing and cutting automatically. “It’s a time to socialize,” adds Serper.
The Salad Club, which has been going for over seven years with different members, also has a compassionate component—if one of the members is busy or in a meeting, “We prepare lunch for her because we know what she likes. Then we leave it for that person who comes and eats it later. It’s a team. That’s how it works.”
It’s what happens when coworkers carrot about each other. And that is hard to beet.