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In celebration of Black History Month in October several of Sodexo’s key locations came together to create a menufor a lunch to remember, combining decorative displays, mouth-watering food and toe-tapping music to fantastic effect during pop-up theme days.
Employees at Salford, Southampton Row and Stevenage were all invited to enjoy the festivities, organised and promoted by Sodexo’s Origins Network as part of the ‘My Culture & Me’ campaign.
“The aim of the event was to mark the annual celebration of the contributions black people have given in society, sharing Afro-Caribbean culture with colleagues,” explains Origins member Omy Lawal. “The facilities team decorated the restaurants in country flags, we added Afro-Caribbean dishes to the menu and played Afro Caribbean music from Bob Marley, Fela, Wizked and many more as a final touch to creating a vibe.”
Dishes on the menu included Haitian pumpkin soup; Caribbean jerk chicken, veg patty, rice and peas; South African bunny chow, Nigerian jollof rice and sugar-coated puff puff for dessert.
Perhaps one of the most eye-catching aspects was the display of notable quotes from key figures in black history, including UN secretary general Kofi Annan, civil rights activist Maya Angelou and former US President Barrack Obama.
“Everyone enjoyed the whole experience and it has proven to be a great way to share other cultures with peers in the workplace,” says Omy.
The food pop-up event was just the beginning and the Origins Network is aiming to create more events like this in the future. Plans are already in the pipeline to kick-start the new year by marking key cultural highlights, to help promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Look out for the Origins Network’s first ever collective podcast next month, which will include discussions around the ‘My Culture and Me’ campaign.
Photo: Pop-up theme day at Sodexo headquarters, One Southampton Row
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