I met Mark Kasper on June 16th, 2006. I was fresh out of Culinary school and was starting my new job at The Fairmont Hotel. Mark, at this point was all of 19, and fresh out of school as well. I remember when I got to work with Mark for the first time - That night was special, because it would be the first hours of many that we would spend together in that front Aria kitchen, or "action station" as it was called.
Instantly I knew that there was something different about Mark. He was kind, he was hilarious, and he made work really fun!
As a rule, I am a pretty shy person when first interacting with someone. That rule was completely broken the second I started conversing with Mark. He just knows how to be around people, he knows exactly how to make them feel comfortable and liked. He is one of the few people I know that just has that affect on everyone.
Time went by, and Mark left the Fairmont to continue his career elsewhere. That did not stop our friendship, it actually did the exact opposite. Mark, Bo (the Best Man) and I hung out more often than ever. Going to cubs games, Tuesday night Sons if Anarchy watching parties, cookouts, day drinking fiascos - you name it we did it! Unfortunately, not as often now as back in the day, but absence does make the heart grow fonder. Mark is one of my best friends. He will always be one of my best friends, and I am are really lucky person to have him as such. I am so very happy for Mark and Kristen, and I am excited to see what the future holds for them, and for all of us, together! Cheers!