"Food 52's new office is having an open house Thursday night. Tears. Someone go for me please." was what my friend Ariel's (http://ariellouise.weebly.com) status read on Facebook one week before the Food52 open house. As a friend and fellow foodie, I took it upon myself to observe and report for her. I mostly liked the idea of being the inside girl. Y'know, the foodie James(Jane?) Bond going semi-undercover on the East Coast to send word to the midwest. I have to tell you though, that I almost didn't go because it was raining and I was tired and limp from a self imposed yoga every day challenge. Luckily I remembered that the invite promised cookies and found the strength to attend.
Upon entering the space I was greeted by friendly guides in red aprons that encouraged the other guest and I to taste anything edible and take a look at all of the product offerings. I wondered if these idyllic surroundings were too good to be true and set about chatting with some employees. They all reaffirmed that yes, this is a dream job. Everyone seemed legitimately and genuinely happy to have the privilege to show up to work here everyday. After an hour of milling around in the spacious office I could see why. There is a palpable calm-yet-industrious vibe going on. You can imagine employees putting in hours completing their work fueled on bites and sips from the test kitchen, basking in the diffused light that pours in from the generous windows.