How the Taco brings offices together: A celebration of Cinco de Mayo

Sofia Kathryn Coon

As everyone knows, today is Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of the Mexican’s surprise victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. Over time, this day became a way for Mexican Americans to celebrate their heritage, like how Irish Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and it spread like wildfire. While what the holiday represents to the general public has changed over time, people all over the U.S. look forward to this day every year to let loose and have some fun with family and friends.

Speaking of fun, we dug through our own data and discovered  that many companies across the U.S. have made the taco a staple for bringing co-workers together. While companies like Taco Bell offer their employees free or discounted food, we found that even non-food related brands (think pool cleaners and landscapers) have made taco Tuesday a tradition to bring joy and some awesome food to their employees on a consistent basis.

We also learned from our friends at Ezcater that cities like Nashville and New York ordered 120-140% more Mexican during the week of Cinco de Mayo than they did the rest of the year – sounds like many offices are making the decision to celebrate in style!

Let’s taco-bout Tacos

To continue to show the power of the taco, we reached out to some companies across the U.S. to see how they will be coming together as an office to enjoy the day:

  • John Crossman, President of Crossman & Company shared that his company is having a salsa making competition. He noted that they have some serious competition internally and that the winner has “bragging rights” for the entire year. I hope we’re able to get our hands on some of these awesome recipes!
  • Billy Jean Bateson, Manager at Amazing Wristbands let us know that since they are so close to the Mexican border that celebrate with plenty of food, drink and music. The team makes it a corporate event and invites family member. The party is decorated with chili peppers and piñatas and they provide face painting and a photo booth for the families. Staples at this party include mariachi songs, margaritas, cocktails, tacos, taquitos, empanadas and more. He notes in a few words – “A lot of fun.”


And at our own office here at kununu, we’ll be partaking in the festivities with a catered lunch and margaritas for all. We have several taco lovers in our office that have stated they would live off tacos if they could. We definitely know how to have a good time! Just check out our spread:

 

 

Need help putting together a last-minute party for your team? It’s easy enough to head to your closest Mexican establishment, but Hawaiian Inn provided us with a great checklist to get you started.

Have a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo celebrating with co-workers, friends and family…I know kununu is.

Share how your company is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with us @kununu_US!

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Sofia Kathryn Coon is the US PR Manager at kununu US, a place where job seekers can get an authentic view of life at a company and where employers have a trusted platform to better engage talent. When she’s not engaging with media or pulling data, she is constantly reading with the hopes of reaching 100 books in a calendar year. She loves hard cider and is a die-hard Syracuse Orange fan. Follow her @Sofia_Kathryn