Cinco de Mayo 2017
May 12, 2017, 11:31 am
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May 5 is celebrated in both Mexico and America as the Day of the Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. WRECO staff celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a festive Mexican-inspired potluck in Walnut Creek and a trip to a new restaurant in Oakland this year.

In Walnut Creek, staff played foosball, ping pong, and destroying a piñata filled with candy.

In Walnut Creek, the nacho bar turned out to be a huge hit, with Brecken’s homemade margarita mix and Joyce’s watermelon agua fresca being the winners.

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Valentine’s Day Bakeoff 2016
March 11, 2016, 11:03 am
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This Valentine’s Day, WRECO staff celebrated by bringing their best baked goods to WRECO’s Annual Valentine’s Day Bake-off.  We had five employees enter the competition, and everyone loved being able to take a break in the afternoon to eat and judge sweets.

Our entries included Mochi with Tropical Fruit, Spice Cake, Indian Sweets, Twix Cupcakes, and Mini Cheesecakes with Cherries.

WRECO staff were very intent on trying all of the creations, for judging purposes only, of course!  The winner of the contest was the Chocolate with Caramel Frosting Twix Cupcakes, and the Mini Cheesecakes with Cherries were a close second.

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Cinco de Mayo 2015
May 19, 2015, 11:10 am
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WRECO staff celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a festive Mexican-inspired potluck in Walnut Creek and a trip to a new restaurant in Oakland this year.  May 5 is celebrated in both Mexico and America as the Day of the Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. In Walnut Creek, the burrito bar turned out to be a huge hit, with Tony’s guacamole as the clear winner.IMG_0081 IMG_0082 IMG_0084 In Oakland, our staff stopped by Parlour to enjoy some Happy Hour drinks and tapas to unwind and celebrate the day after work on Cinco de Mayo.

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Mt. Diablo 5K Trail Challenge
April 23, 2015, 9:08 am
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Last Sunday, April 19th, WRECO participated in the Mt. Diablo 5K trail run hosted by Save Mount Diablo.  The run was located in Mt. Diablo Regional Park in the Castle Rock area and it was a hit!  WRECO wanted the opportunity to get out of the office and enhance our fitness while simultaneously helping the non-profit Save Mount Diablo preserve the open space and trails around Walnut Creek.  The trail consisted of climbing up moderately rough terrain and running through 4 different creeks before turning around and doing it all over again.  We found out that part of the Castle Rock area is temporarily closed right now to help facilitate the nesting of a listed species, the peregrine falcon.  Mt. Diablo is home to many indigenous creatures that only live in this area (14 in fact!), and we were proud to help support the preservation of their habitats.

WRECO employees getting ready before the race

WRECO employees getting ready before the race

Han excited to reach the finish line

Han excited to reach the finish line

Cuyler speeding towards the end

Cuyler speeding towards the end

We had a great time and some of our employees turned out to be quite athletic.  Cuyler Stapelmann finished 16th overall, and 2nd in his age group, at a great time of 26 minutes and 13 seconds.  That’s fast!

Everyone was awarded with beautiful medals to remember our accomplishment

Everyone was awarded with beautiful medals to remember our accomplishment



Quarterly Birthday Celebrations 2015
April 15, 2015, 9:07 am
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Since it isn’t feasible to celebrate every birthday at WRECO on our Staff’s birthday (we do still have to get work done here!), WRECO throws a quarterly cake day to celebrate all of the staff who recently had birthdays!

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Grant is missing! He was working in the field on his own work Birthday Party.

This quarter we were celebrating Ruey-Wen, Amy, Cuyler, Scott, Kaz, and Grant’s birthdays.  Two delicious cakes were picked up from Whole Foods to help feed the office’s mid-afternoon sweet tooth.  The Chocolate Explosion cake was decadent and creamy, while the Tiramasu cake was lighter and more refreshing.

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Everyone can’t wait to try the cake from Whole Foods Bakery

Thanks for helping cut the cake, Chris!

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Valentine’s Day Bakeoff 2015
February 19, 2015, 10:49 am
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This year’s Valentine’s Day Bakeoff was a success.  We had 8 different contestants for the prestigious title of best baker in WRECO, and the employees were very excited to try all of the treats.

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We had lots to choose from this year.  There was a gluten-free orange chocolate mousse, molasses cookies, chocolate chip cookies, Xiao Long Bao buns, a taro sweet roll, salted peanut butter cookies, honey cake, and red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips.

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It was a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an assortment of baked goodies, and the staff enjoyed having an excuse for friendly competition that resulted in with delicious snacks.

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The overall winner of the competition was the Orange Chocolate Mousse!  The runner-up was the homemade molasses cookies.

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Thanksgiving Potluck 2014

Thanksgiving has come and gone but this potluck was one to remember!  The amount of food everyone brought filled up three separate tables.  We have the savories: fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, spring rolls, stews, and breads.

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For the sweet: we had homemade cranberry sauce and Chinese bunsIMG_1698

For dessert we had two different pies, egg custard, dozens of cookies, and cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory.

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Healthy? No.  Delicious? YES.  Everyone was excited to take a lunch break for this potluck.

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One of our employees even brought KFC; how can you say no to that?  Does anyone have any favorite dishes to bring to potlucks?