Thrive Live empowers team members to share their passions. Each month, a Thrive Live Captain plans and executes an event and invites the entire company to join in on the #fun.

Summer 2020

Cooking While Looking – Philadelphia

Vynamic Philadelphia recently gathered virtually for their summer Thrive Live, during which Adam Delosso, Executive Chef at Vynamic favorite 12th St Catering guided the team and many members of the extended Vynamic family through the preparation of a gourmet entrée.

Before they knew it, Vynamic chefs were flying around their kitchens learning how to make a delicious fusilli pasta with shrimp, mixed vegetables, and basil-parmesan pesto. The meal was completed with a kale salad and decadent chocolate-raspberry caramel tart. It was such a fun and informative event filled with laughs, wine, fire alarms, and a truly amazing meal with friends and family!

 

Why we are passionate about it: 

Cooking has always been an important outlet in my life, whether as a personal de-stressor, an avenue for me to get creative, or one of the ways that I show love for my family and friends. One of the things that has brought me and my fiancé joy during these unprecedented times has been getting together in the kitchen and me teaching him to cook. Figuring out what to make next has brought us joy and excitement, and I was so happy to be able to share an event with my Vynamic family in that same spirit.

Emily Janosik

Summer 2020

Cooking While Looking – Boston

Vynamic Boston celebrated their Summer Thrive Live with a cooking class hosted by a local Boston favorite, Chef Johnny Burke of Johnny Burke Catering. The Vynamic team and our select sous chefs (dogs, kids, partners, etc.) sharpened our knives and grabbed our chef hats to whip up a gourmet three course meal.

Chef Johnny welcomed our team into his kitchen to teach us how to cook a vibrant summer salad, homemade ricotta gnocchi with shrimp, corn, and pesto, and an indulgent chocolate mousse. The evening was full of laughs, sweat (rolling gnocchi is quite the workout), and good eats with friends and family! Johnny was an incredible host and the event was the perfect balance of instruction and hands-on activity!

 

Why we are passionate about it: 

For me, cooking has always served as a way to bring people together. There is nothing more fulfilling than gathering with friends and family over a home-cooked meal. As a foodie, it is even more fun when someone welcomes you into their kitchen to teach you a new recipe that you can share with your loved ones. In these challenging times, we all miss gathering together and this event provided the perfect opportunity to share a delicious meal and toast with friends.

 

 

Summer 2020

Wine is Fine!

Vynamic London celebrated their Summer Thrive with a wine tasting with the wonderful Gavin Chanin, winemaker at Chanin Wine in Santa Barbara county California. As an American who has long been a resident of the UK, I wanted to learn more about American wines, and Gavin provided us with an opportunity to do just that.

In our tasting Gavin discussed his background in winemaking, as well as lead a tasting of three of his fabulous wines. Despite his successes, Gavin was tremendously personable and approachable and provided some valuable insight for all levels of wine enthusiasts. We touched on how he started his business, his passion for winemaking and art (his works feature on all his bottles!), as well as the everchanging impact of global warming in viniculture. It was a fun and informative session for the Vynamic team to enjoy a (long overdue!) glass (or three!) of wine together.

 

Why we are passionate about it: 

For me wine is something you can constantly learn about, and the learning is an especially great experience when it is coming from the winemaker themselves!  I am true believer in a “good wine is what you like,” and that a good wine is something you should always share with friends. In these challenging times, I think we could all use a bit of time to socialise (albeit virtually) with our friends, and toast the good times ahead.

Winter 2020

The Swiss Eat Cheese and Chocolate

Vynamic Boston celebrated an afternoon of Swiss Culture, complete with a gourmet chocolate tasting from Beth Kirsch - Boston’s Chocolate Connoisseur & Founder of Beth’s Chocolate, and the preparation of traditional Swiss fondue & raclette (a semi-hard Swiss cheese prepared on a special grill and then scraped/poured over roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, or cornichons).

Why we are passionate about it: 

Growing up (and to this day), my family was very passionate about our Swiss culture. From our holiday traditions to our deep love of chocolate, we celebrate that part of our heritage (and eat way too much Toblerone in the process). Fondue and raclette are traditional meals that we prepare in the winter months, and I’m excited to share those traditions with Vynamic at our Thrive Live. Both are very social foods that bring people together – and who doesn’t love a meal that’s 90% melted cheese?

My Dad grew up in Switzerland and many members of my extended family call it home. Switzerland is a beautiful country with a rich heritage, and growing up I spent a lot of time there visiting family. Sharing traditional foods with the Vynamic team and a little glimpse into Swiss culture is a fun and unique way to bring a little of my family background to Vynamic!

         

 

Winter 2020

Aroi Mak Mak – A Taste of Thailand

Team members from the Vynamic Philly office celebrated the first Thrive Live event of 2020 by sampling a number of “Aroi Mak Mak” (delicious in Thai) Thai dishes curated by the chef at JJ Thai Cuisine, and learning how to make a Thai classic - Som Tum (shredded papaya salad).

Why I am passionate about it: 

I lived in Thailand for a year after college teaching English and traveling around Southeast Asia. During this time I fell in love with the beautiful country, rich culture, welcoming people, and delicious (Aroi) food.

I have been back multiple times over the last 10 years and each time there I find a sense of peace that is hard to find anywhere else. One way I find a little bit of that peace here in the US is by enjoying a special Thai meal with those close to me. Now I am extremely excited to share this experience with my colleagues!

Fall 2019

Sips & Scripts

The Philadelphia team met up at Triple Bottom Brewing where they learned the basics of calligraphy from Rachel and Anna at Tallulah Ketubahs, practiced some beautiful lettering techniques, and enjoyed the brewery's delicious beer and dinner from Honey Grow.

Why I am passionate about it: 

Have you ever noticed how lovely some of our friend’s handwriting is?  Have you ever wished your own messages came across more “thoughtful, beautiful, classy?” This event provided the chance to learn the basics of the art of calligraphy.

I’m also really excited about the event space.  Triple Bottom Brewing at 9th and Spring garden is a new mission-driven brewery with values that resonate with any Vynamic team member.  As their name suggests, they have a “triple bottom line.”  They’re not just about profits, but also take action in support of the environment and the community.  And their space is gorgeous!  Learn more here: https://triplebottombrewing.com/mission

Kickball – Vynation vs. Vynation

The Philadelphia team had an incredible time at our Fall Thrive Live Kickball: Vynation v. Vynation event. We split into two teams, red and blue, for an extra-innings kickball showdown at a local park, followed by a family-style meal of some of Philly’s finest offerings.

Why I am passionate about it: 

Kickball is a fun sport that is simple enough for everyone to play, but still allows for competitive spirit to thrive. It’s a schoolyard game that most of us stopped playing years ago, so it was a refreshing and enjoyable way to spend an evening with friends.

Matthew Howard

Summer 2019

Philadelphia Summer Soiree

The Philadelphia team toasted the end of summer at our 3rd annual Thrive Live Summer Soiree: a fun evening filled with drinks, food, games, and great company at Independence Beer Garden.

Summer 2019

Marvel at The Franklin Institute

The Philadelphia team got together for the very first Thrive Live event to include families. The Vynamic office was even more lively than usual that evening when an army of shorter Marvel fans began to arrive and take over all of the whiteboards in the Vynamic office. The Marvel exhibit at the Franklin Institute was a fantastic display of memorabilia from both the comics and the movies. There was a little something for everyone (from passionate enthusiast to casual fan) in this new exhibit, as it celebrates the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics. Everyone spent time moving through the exhibit and then met back at the Vynamic office for dinner, dessert, and more whiteboard drawing!

Why I am passionate about it:

Superheroes are a family affair in my house. I am a mom of three boys and we have been in deep in the Marvel world since the beginning. I have seen all the movies multiple times with my kids, except for the last two, so don’t spoil it for me. We love the characters and the stories.
As I watch these movies with my kids I look for key messages to highlight. There are so many, but the one I love the most is “Be You”. Big, small, fast, smart, whatever. Marvel shows us, again and again, that we all contribute to something bigger. We all are valuable in our own ways. We don’t need to change for others. All of this in the context of ‘we are part of a team’. It’s an awesome message for my kids. For the last 12 years, I have been hosting what we affectionately call “Snuggle Time” every night in our household. We all jump into bed and more often than not a Marvel movie is the backdrop. We catch up on our day, and I learn what “being you” means for each of my sons. I treasure the experience.

Spring 2019

The Mural Mile

This Thrive Live was all about about leaving our mark on our home city of Philadelphia! This event started with an evening tour of local murals, giving us a deeper appreciation and understanding of how local artists use building walls to share amazing stories. Then, the team got hands-on, spending the rest of the evening helping to paint a mural titled “Harper St. Garden” that will be revealed in the city this summer!

Why I am passionate about it:

To put it simply, Philadelphia is just different. We are a city with a chip on our shoulder but, known for our friendly attitudes. We are a city of diversity, but with a sense of community. We are a city who values art, culture, and sport and a city that does everything to the fullest. From the moment I moved here to attend college, I knew Philadelphia would have a strong influence on how I grew and continue to grow as a person. From attending local concerts and food/art festivals to rushing to city hall to celebrate a Super Bowl victory, this city has taught me how to be a holistic person and take advantage of all the great things around me.

The culture of Philadelphia has shaped Vynamic’s culture, and this time we got to return the favor by joining Mural Arts Philadelphia for an amazing opportunity…helping create a mural that will be revealed in Philly this upcoming summer!

Spring 2019

Say Cheese!

The Boston team learned all about Cheese and Wine at a "Say Cheese" ThriveLive event. Vynamic welcomed David Robinson, a cheesemonger at Formaggio in Boston's South End. We learned about the history of cheese, cheese making, good wine pairings with cheese, and probably the most intriguing of all: the life and travels of a cheesemonger!

Why I am passionate about it:

I love entertaining, and have always wanted to be able to learn more about cheese and wine pairings to be able to better entertain friends and family. As it turns out, I’m not the only one at Vynamic who shares this interest. Not only was the team able to learn about different cheeses and wines, but we also learned a lot about the history of cheese and the life and travels of cheesemongers. I think we all left with a dream to travel the world tasting cheese!

Spring 2019

Spring in Full Swing at Topgolf

Recently, Vynamic met up to build our skills at a sport many find inaccessible - golf! While golf is a well-known game, it is often daunting for those who have never played. Getting together in a common space with friendly faces, we were able to get a great introduction to the game.

After arrivals, we settled in to some instructor-led practice that helped us build and refine our skills. A majority of those who attended were new to the sport, and were able to receive some dedicated time with a Golf pro to learn individual swing mechanics. After fueling up with some healthy fajita dinners, we broke into teams and engaged in some friendly and rousing competition. Amazingly, the top two teams actually tied, and everyone was able to build their familiarity and comfort level with the game.

Why we are passionate about it:

Golf is a sport I have always struggled with. My parents never taught me to play, and what I do know I have only picked up in bits and pieces over the years. As many golfers know, formal and focused training is the key to developing proficiency in this highly enjoyable game. TopGolf is a super-accessible way for those new to the game to gain instruction in the basics and mechanics, and to feel the thrill of hitting a ball far and straight.

Winter 2019

Vynamic Muhibbah Dinner

On February 21st , Vynamic shared communal meal built around culture and conversation to celebrate diversity – the differences and similarities – that help Vynamic thrive. Muhibbah is a Malay term that describes the pure harmony of multiple races, religions and cultures coming together in the spirit of peace and tolerance. This word is used in Malaysia to characterize celebrations shared between those of different backgrounds.

After hearing some brief remarks from Sarvida chef/owner, Lou Boquila, about Filipino culture and cuisine, we dove in with both hands (literally!) to an amazing meal of sinangag (garlic rice), pinakbet (vegetable stew), roasted chicken, fried pompano, fried pork belly, lumpia (spring rolls). As team members share the meal, we conversed about our backgrounds, inspirations, and what we can each do to create an inclusive environment in our lives and at Vynamic.

Why we are passionate about it:

I am passionate about connecting people with different backgrounds to create a broader and more inclusive dialogue. My husband and I attended The Muhibbah Dinner Series to support SEAMAAC and I was truly inspired at the fellowship and depth of conversation that a shared meal could bring. Muhibbah dinner brings my two passions together: fostering a diverse and inclusive culture and eating!

Winter 2018

Vynamic Sound Journey

Recently, Vynamic hosted 3 local sound and energy workers for a Sound Journey. 22 members of Philadelphia Vynation settled into the Learning Center for some breath work followed by 90+ minutes of sound meditation guided by drums, gongs, flutes, guitars, singing bowls, and more. After finding some zen or we reconvened in the Balance Bar to enjoy dinner from Real Food Eatery.

Team members enjoyed getting to share a different way of finding some calm with the team, and it was fun to share reflections on the experience while dining after our journey. While many of our team members had never experienced something like this, there was a huge expression of gratitude for the experience across the participants.

Why we are passionate about it:

I often struggle to “turn my brain off,” and I’m always looking for ways to find some inner calm. About a year ago I started attending my friend’s monthly sound meditations and was truly blown away by the experience. Instead of more traditional meditations where I’d constantly be processing words, instructions, mantras, etc., I instead found myself quickly melt into my mat, floating in the state between awake and asleep, truly feeling the sounds around me. To my surprise, 2 hours flew by in what seemed like minutes, and the feeling of calmness persisted. Given the positive feedback from what we did during last year’s Healthiest Day meditation sessions, I was so excited to have the opportunity to share this experience with Vynation.

Winter 2018

Mixology – Craft Cocktail Style!

The Boston V-Team came together for a mixology course hosted by DrinkMaster Bartending School, a small academy for bartenders in training. Throughout the evening, we learned the essentials of craft cocktail making from trained bartenders and broke out into four teams to battle it out in a lighthearted trivia competition.

The team learned and practiced the techniques behind preparing drinks like the Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned and a 1930s Havana Daiquiri. While no real ingredients were used – to cut down on the novice mess – the professionals blended up 4 signature drinks for everyone to enjoy. Each team member put their own spin on crushing ice, shaking, and straining before presenting their creation to their “customer.”

Why we are passionate about it:

At Vynamic, one of our five values is LEARNING. We constantly feel empowered to learn new things. To put this into action, the Boston team wanted to jump on the ever-rising craft cocktail wave. We love coming together and picking up new skills – especially if food, drink, and a competition are involved!

Fall 2018

Wax + Wine-Down in Center City!

The Philadelphia team enjoyed a fun evening of candle making at Wax+Wine, a family run business in Center City Philadelphia. The night kicked off with delicious pizza and a chat about the application of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy uses plant extract and oils to balance out the mind - body connection and enhance your surroundings, thereby improving psychological and physical wellbeing. As the night progressed, Vynamic team members learned how to mix and pour their own candles. Each team member visited the Scent Cellar and sampled over 75 unique scents, from Oatmeal Cookie to Pine Cones to Seashore, and so much more! A few folks even won a free candle for with their perfect hot wax pours!

Why we are passionate about it:

Our healthy culture encourages each of us to continuously learn, grow, and thrive. Coming together to develop a new skill, build something from scratch, and unlock our creative sides allowed us to do just that! What’s better than coming home to unique scent of lavender and honeysuckle filling the air…!