Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Lunch 2.0

Who says there's no free lunch? Many high-tech firms around Silicon Valley offer their staff a free or subsidized lunch in the company cafeteria as one of their many employee benefits. Of course, one could argue that these sorts of perks are meant to keep people in the office working longer hours, but at the same time, you still have to eat, don't you? Perhaps the most well-known benefactors of the free lunch are the employees at Google, who down complimentary gourmet meals in their fabled cafeteria at their Googleplex headquarters.

Ever wanted to see on what you are missing out? If so, perhaps you should join up with the Lunch 2.0 guys. Lunch 2.0 is comprised of a group of Silicon Valley folks who are united in their goal of getting a free lunch. So far, the group has eaten free grub at such places as Yahoo, LinkedIn, and yes, Google. Many Valley firms are embracing these noon-time cafe crashers and looking at a Lunch 2.0 meal as an opportunity to network and recruit.

My own employer also offers complimentary meals to us employees (and a decent lunch at that, though I suspect that it's not nearly the haute cuisine served at Google), so I wonder if we will host a Lunch 2.0 event in the near future.