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A Passion for Good Food at LinkedIn

Michael Nguyen, now a Food & Employee Services manager, once worked in the Finance department at LinkedIn. His passion for food drew him to the task of managing LinkedIn’s growing culinary needs.

After being a part of LinkedIn’s Finance team for more than three years, a lifelong ambition was presented as a new opportunity at the company of his dreams. It would mean he would have to switch career paths. LinkedIn allowed him to move from his former position and join the Food & Employee Services team managing LinkedIn’s food program.

LinkedIn, like many other Silicon Valley companies, provides free food to their employees.  There is a responsibility to provide a balanced and healthy menu each day. Michael does this by working closely with with food vendors, chefs and caterers to provide a balanced assortment of food, beverages and snacks everyday to the employees.

A typical day starts by figuring out which catered meals to bring in and serve. They serve over 850 catered meals a day for employees at their on-site cafe. Michael also polls the staff of engineers and executives to find out what they would like to eat. FYI, sushi every Tuesday.


Michael has also pursued his passion outside of the office, and in June 2010, he started a catering and events business called Calidogs. Likely inspired by Japa Dog on a visit to Vancouver, Michael has taken the all-American classic — the hot dog, and infusing different flavors to adapt to local Bay Area culinary tastes. Sample creations include Japanese-inspired flavors such as roasted seaweed and the Salsadog, made with homemade salsa ceviche (CaliSalsa).

via The LinkedIn Blog | Photos from The LinkedIn Blog

March 14, 2011 | By | Reply More


This past weekend we attended CupcakeCampTO, held at Lapspace Studio. It was the first Canadian installment of the popular San Francisco cupcake unconference, originally started by Ariel Waldman, Lynn, Marianne Masculino and Cindy Li.

Cupcakes were in plentiful abundance. When we arrived, the place was packed, and sugar was in the air. Luckily as people started clearing out, we were able to snag some delicious cupcakes.

Overall, it was a great first installment. Next time hopefully a larger venue will be used.  Also, due to the speed at which cupcakes were being consumed, perhaps cupcakes should be cut into smaller pieces (although it would probably ruin the fun).

Although not officially a competition, winners were announced. Proceeds of the event went to help The Humane Society.

Some photos of the event:

Our good friend over at shared her photos:

Check out more pics in the official flickr pool.

Here’s a video showing the insanity that was cupcakecamp:

Here’s another video showing how fast cupcakes were gobbled up!

Spotlight – Cupcake Camp Toronto ’09 from Suresh on Vimeo.

Looking forward to the next one guys!

January 28, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

Foodea Restaurant Spotlight – Veni Vidi Vici

Veni Vidi Vici is one of our partner restaurants. It prides itself on it’s ambience, relaxed atmosphere, italian cuisine with a twist and excellent service. Located on trendy College Street, experience Italian fusion cuisine in the heart of Little Italy. Watch as they prepare their famous Smoked Chicken Rigatoni.

You can view their restaurant profile at: is sponsoring a Dinnerworks mix and mingle event at Veni Vidi Vici on October 22!

If you would like to attend the event, it starts at 7pm and is $7 dollars at the door (includes entry and appetizers). Meet people, have some drinks and enjoy the food! Please RSVP asap so we can put your name on the guest list.

*Attendees will be required to sign a release as the event will be filmed by Rogers TV.

October 20, 2008 | By | Reply More