Capacity Meets Richard Branson (sort of)

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350"]English: Natirar Park and Mansion, Somerset Co... Natirar Park and Mansion, Somerset County, New Jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]   Capacity spent last Friday in the presence of Virgin CEO Richard Branson. Sort of. We took a day to gather 30 members of the staff for a retreat at the Branson owned 90 acre Natirar culinary center in bucolic Peapack, New Jersey. Driving up a long, twisting driveway (by long, it's about a mile), dodging deer, we arrived at the former carriage house turned restaurant and culinary center.   We nibbled on mini pizzas that we made (sort of) and sat down to a few inspirational and aspirational remarks from CEO Jeff Kaiden. Then, it was on to the main course.... We split into groups to prepare a gourmet repast that included roast pork loin, with a delicious mango salsa, lemon and pesto chicken and  other treats. More photos of our retreat are here. [caption id="attachment_1008" align="alignleft" width="423"]The Capacity staff getting down to business The Capacity staff getting down to business[/caption]                             An afternoon away from the office accomplished several things. The Capacity staff was able to talk and interact away from the pressures of the office (always a good thing) and the splitting up of the staff into different cooking teams enabled people from different departments to get to know each other a little bit better.  It was a great afternoon, a terrific team building exercise. And the food was great. A great end (we hope) to a deep New Jersey winter. [caption id="attachment_1010" align="alignright" width="423"]Enjoying the fruits of our labors! Enjoying the fruits of our labors![/caption]  
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