Category: Potluck


Page One “Chopped” Potluck

It was a dawn of a new age with the introduction of “CHOPPED – THE PAGE ONE POT LUCK LUNCH EDITION EXTRAVAGANZA BONANZA”. If you’re unfamiliar with “Chopped”, here’s a brief intro (stolen and abridged from wiki) “Chopped is an American reality-based cooking television series that pits four chefs against each other competing for a chance to win the glory of the universe and eternal praise.” Okay, maybe the glory of the universe is a stretch but you catch the gist. The real challenge of the whole show is the fact that the chefs are forced to cook with mystery ingredients. You’ve got that right, you have no idea what you’re cooking until your cooking – and for cooking’s sake, you’d better be ready.

Outside looking in.

Outside looking in.

Alas, with the help of our Page One matriarch Elise and Google Drive, the Page One Chopped Edition was born. Read More »


Potluck-Potluck and Page One Zombies

Another Friday, another lunch. This week it was potluck. Not just any old themed potluck. A true family style potluck. Remember when you were at family gatherings as a kid, there would be a crockpot of sweet and sour meatballs at one side of the table, a potato salad on the other, and perhaps a mysterious noodle casserole of some sort; a perfectly balanced smattering of store-bought and homemade. With a plethora of food in front of you, you couldn’t help but to indulge in way too much of everything. Our Page One cooks did not fail to disappoint our potluck-potluck expectations of filling our bellies and our hearts.


An hour before we ate, I entered the hallway greeted by a haze of delicious smells: garlic, curry, and melting cheese (yes, interesting combo, but stick with me here!). I didn’t even know I was hungry until that moment. I bet the customers at the spa downstairs were ready to abandon their serenity for the greasiest, cheesiest pizza they could find on Commercial Street. Read More »


The (In) Glorious, Wondrous, Magnificent Sandwich of Page One Friday Potluck

sand-wich: two pieces of bread with something (such as meat, peanut butter, etc.) between them.

The humble sandwich has found its way into the hearts and minds of foodies from all walks of life. The word sandwich derives its name and takes homage from the dignified, yet not so regal British statesman, the Earl of Sandwich. The Earl you see, was a practical, just man; immune to the temptations of gluttony and sin, though his Achilles heel could be found at the card table. As a hardened gambler, the Earl would spend hours placing bets and laying odds, often forgoing meals. During one particularly arduous round of play, in the year of 1725, the Earl requested some meat between two pieces of bread. His opponents at the table took note and preceded to order “the same as Sandwich”. And there the glorious yet often under-appreciated sandwich found its name and made its mark as the true meal of convenience and ease.

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Friday “Picnic” Potluck

Although dining out for Friday lunch is a time-honored and highly anticipated tradition here at Page One, the more recent tradition of the occasional potluck is no less satisfying. In fact, these in-office events have become a kind of competition where each team seeks to one-up the group before in terms of their food theme and overall deliciousness. This Friday was not a disappointment.

Outside-in... a Picnic themed potluck at Page One Web Solutions.

Outside-in… a Picnic themed potluck at Page One Web Solutions.

To celebrate the arrival of warmer weather, we decided on a “picnic” theme for lunch. The menu:
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Friday “Homestyle” Potluck

Come on in and shake off the cold. There’s a space right here by the fire. I haven’t seen a day like this since… well, since the day of Page One’s Home-style Potluck  Friday.  What’s that? You’ve never heard of… well, just sit right back and I’ll tell you all about it.

Soul food and "Funny or Die"

Soul food and “Funny or Die”

It was a day just like today. It had been a long and arduous winter and Portland had been hammered with snowstorm after snowstorm. Page One Web Solutions, whose weekly Friday lunches had already become fodder for gossipmongers, the envy of their rivals and the stuff of legends, had decided to do a once a month Friday Potluck. Each employee would be tasked with cooking one course in a huge meal that would be enough to feed the hungry masses.  Dave made his signature jerk chicken. Eric presented a Parmesan kale salad. Becky brought in her homemade coleslaw. Max unveiled his bacon-infused collard greens. Lauren shared her oven roasted potatoes and deliciously moist corn bread, and Patrick Robinson presented the finest can of organic baked beans one could find in all of Whole Foods.
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