10 tips for restaurant dining with teams or first, you confiscate the salt shakers

Team dinnerA time honored youth sports tradition is the whole team dinner outing. Take 15 or so sweaty, hyperactive kids and a bunch of parents who just want to go someplace warm (or cool) and sit down, cram them into a busy, understaffed restaurant and you’ll learn a lot about the make up of your team. Like which parent completely ignores their little sweetheart, who just squirted mustard into a teammate’s drink. Or which parent is rude to serving staff. And which parent you can split a pizza with because they totally hate mushrooms, too.

Team dining can be a lot of fun and a great bonding experience, but it can be disastrous if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, take some advice from The Trophy Mom, survivor of many team dinners, and former truck stop waitress (yes, folks, the sass is legit) before your entourage heads out to dine. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s food! It’s art! It’s fart! I mean, food art.

A few months ago I stumbled upon some photos on Flickr that totally changed the way I look at team party food. No more generic pizzas and cakes with little plastic action figures for our teams. We are going fully into the world of decorative food art. How can you not be inspired looking at these masterpieces? My hat is off to you, Mr. Foogo. And since it’s team holiday party season, there’s no better opportunity to break out the mad food art skilz you didn’t even know you had. Read the rest of this entry »