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THE NOURISH LETTER
Meet the Men Behind Your Meals FEBRUARY 2018
www.OctoberKitchen.com | 860-533-0588 | 309 Green Rd, Manchester, CT 06042
I Married the Woman Who Made Fun of My Hair WHEN SPARKS FLY
J ob interviews can be stressful. It’s a nerve- wracking experience, even when you know you’re perfect for the position. The best you hope for is to go in, make a good impression and get out without anyone laughing at you. Years ago, when I applied to work as a chef at a fine-dining restaurant, I didn’t quite manage that last part. Back in those days, my hair was long enough to braid, if you can believe it. I was waiting to interview for the chef position, and one of the waitresses came up to me and said, “You must be married or have a girlfriend, because no guy braids his own hair like that.” I didn’t know it at the time, but that’s how I met my future wife. Despite the bruise to my ego, Alison was my favorite waitress from day one. She was consistently professional and the best server in the joint — she was a real queen bee. Plus, she looked really good in tuxedo pants. We got along great, and over the years we developed what you would have called an intimate workplace environment. The occasional shoulder rub after a long day turned into a more occasional back rub. For the record, I did in fact have a girlfriend at the time, but I came to realize I didn’t like spending time with my rude girlfriend nearly as much as I liked being with the cool waitress from work. Shortly after calling it quits with my ex, I found myself alone in the backroom with Ali. I took the leap and kissed her. Luckily for me, she kissed
right back and we were off to the races. We became an item and worked at the restaurant for another year, keeping our romance a secret (workplace romances were against company policy). On June 23, a year to the day of when I kissed her for the first time, I asked Ali to marry me. I was quite lucky again when she said yes. Four months later, we tied the knot on Oct. 23. Have I mentioned October is a really banner month for me? What started with harsh criticism turned into a 20-year relationship. We work together every day. Ali is my life partner in every way, shape and form. She supported me when I wanted to quit my job to start my personal chef business, and she has saved my butt many times by running to the store to grab ingredients. When I moved into that old church kitchen and set up my delivery service, Ali was there, preparing boxes and filling our orders. October Kitchen began as a real mom and pop shop. We likely would have gone up in flames were it not for Ali. Today, she’s the front-end face of the business, handling books and taking care of our customers. She’s quite indispensable. This month, I want to celebrate my valentine. Ali, you’re truly the love of my life. Thank you for all that you have done and for putting up with me for all this time. I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years will bring.
“On June 23, a year to the day of when I kissed her for the first time, I asked Ali to marry me. I was quite lucky again when she said yes.”
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