The Feast of Joy, SLAC’s Holiday Party held on December 18, 2003, was
the largest ever: 1,200 people made the lunch time celebration a
(Photos by Diana
Jeff Machado catered the delicious food which included turkey, ham,
stuffing, ravioli, roasted vegetables and desserts, desserts and more
desserts. Stephan Davies (MD) said it all in his enthusiastic e-mail to
the Holiday Party Committee when he wrote, "The food at the buffet—I have
been at SLAC 12 years now and never, I mean never, has it been that good.
And the desserts! Cascading down like that! Even the coffee was good and
strong. Everyone had a really good time. We are all feeling really good
right now. Please tell your Chef. Thank you for the best buffet yet!"
Top-notch musical entertainment was provided. The Leonard Webb Quartet
played, and it was as good as any club in the world. We were treated to
hearing Jamie Davis (EE) sing when he made a guest appearance with the
Quartet. And if anyone wanted even more entertainment, the movie Shrek
was playing in Panofsky Auditorium.
Concepcion Zelaya (RD) noted the wonderful holiday
atmosphere. "Everyone laughed and enjoyed the fun when Neil Calder (COM)
gave out the gifts for the drawing," she said. "Especially when he
jokingly said his own name every time a gift certificate from the Stanford
Shopping Center came up." Numerous prizes were awarded including turkeys,
poinsettias, a gingerbread house, See’s candy and themed gift baskets.
Pief Panofsky (DO) won a prize for the first time ever
during the raffle. He, and Dieter Walz (EFD) who followed, received a
"The party was really well organized," noted Jan Louisell
(RD). "The Committee did a fantastic job. It went off without a
hitch." Louisell also commended the SLAC administration for their
generosity in hosting the festivities. "The money was well spent. The
party was a great morale booster and put everybody in the holiday spirit."