|October 2010, Back Bay Social Club|
I had never met him before but was instantly drawn to his friendly, laid back attitude. He introduced himself as Richard and we talked practically the whole night. He was a personal chef - something at the time I had wanted to learn more about. Once the evening had ended, we had loosely talked about meeting up for lunch sometime to talk more. It seemed like a polite offer and one that I hadn't taken seriously until, sadly, a friend of mine passed away and I wrote this post. Earlier, that day, before I heard the news, I chose a light salad over the burger that I really wanted to order. My friend's passing had made me realize how short life was. Why hadn't I stopped for a moment to enjoy life, worry less and get what I really wanted to eat? A polite and sympathetic response from Richard included an invitation to get a that burger. And that's how this story really starts..
We met at Post 390 for our first burger. He talked about what it was like to be a personal chef as well as culinary school. I, feeling like I had been at a crossroads in my life, felt like his story was so closely related to mine. I had been waiting for the answer on what to do for so long and there it was, right in front of me. I realized that I wanted to go to Culinary School. It was a Friday and I went back to work and spent the rest of the afternoon researching schools and crunching some numbers. By Sunday evening, I had completed my application and by mid-week, had sent it out.
As the story goes, I took a deep breath and quit my job this past December, went to school and graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts this May. All the while, I met up with Richard once a week, on Fridays, for a burger. It wasn't too long before he was making me laugh so hard, I cried and we became close friends. Our hour-long lunches grew to three hour food-talking marathons. And then, it just sort of happened. I fell in love with a Burger Boy. Last month, we moved in together and today, on this one year anniversary of our meeting, we celebrate not only our meeting, but the announcement of our official venture into business together. We had been teaming up in the kitchen, and now we're teaming up in the blogasphere as well and today we launch our joint venture, The Skinny Beet.
How did we decide on that name? In Polish, Richard's last name translates loosely to mean "skinny". My last name translates to mean "beet soup". We put our hands together and came up with The Skinny Beet. We invite you to check out our new site, which will be launched later today. In the meantime, you can "like" us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter. We're planning to use our new space as a medium to talk about our mutual passion for food. We're going to share our lives as personal chefs and caterers as well as talk about our life at home and what we're cooking up in our kitchen.
As today is a personally important day for us, we've been asked what we're doing to celebrate..to answer that, quite simply, we're doing what we love best - we're spending time in the kitchen, cooking up the best food we know how to make for one of our regular clients as well as catering a dinner party this evening - and I can't think of any better way to celebrate than that.