Inaka Friday lunches
One way we like to get to know each other is by doing Friday lunches. We've experimented with talks, from an overview of Emacs for vi users and demos of client projects like whisper.sh, to giving everyone two minutes to tell how they got into software development.
When we first started, we took turns having each person cook. This quickly became onerous, as the numbers went up and the group of people who like to cook for 10, then 15, then 20, then 25 went down.
But we also found that catering services are incredibly inconsistent, or the portions are small. I spent a lot of time agonizing about how to fix this because I believe sharing a meal together is important.
Finally, though, we found a solution. We recently hired Bethany to take over our administration tasks here in Buenos Aires. Bethany likes to cook and has a small catering business on the side so it works out wonderfully for everyone. Today we had homemade pork sandwiches, hummus, and cookies. Delicious, and problem solved!