We lived in Murray Hill two blocks away from Curry in a Hurry.
I would climb out my window and smoke cigarettes on my “balcony” a.k.a fire escape.
I drank cosmos.
I had a pair of Lucci’s not Gucci’s in my closet.
We had a computer that took up half of our living room.
Ryan and I were already married for four years.
We made the decision to leave our jobs, me the Chef and Catering Company I was working for and Ryan the real estate company he was working for, empty our back account and start a catering company.
What should we call it?
“Mary Giuliani” Ryan said without thinking. I said, “OK”, without thinking back.
We turned our living room into an office, we printed out business cards and glued artichokes to them.
Our nights were restless, our days were long and our weekends were epic.
Our first intern showed up and Ryan and I were still in our pajamas at our computer (we shared the super big one for a few months) taking turns.
Stanley (our dog) was only two.
Our friends Andy and Barret were our first customers, booking an engagement party for March 12th, 2005.
My heart would race each time a new client would call.
I loved what I was doing. We had big dreams.
We live in Chelsea not too far from another great Indian restaurant.
I quit smoking.
I drink red wine.
I still have my Lucci’s and (well maybe a pair or two of Guccis;)
Stanley is 11.
Ryan and I are married for 12 years.
My nights are still restless (actually writing this at 4am), our days are still long, our weekends however NOT so epic (unless of course you think watching the whole first season of Homeland is epic).
We have a REAL office filled with people we love!
I remember all their first days…
Ryan Brown…a method to our madness
Michele…a belief and Lady Boss vision for something bigger and the talent to see it through
Jen..youthful excitement and one of the strongest work ethics I had ever seen
Beth…bad ass professionalism with compassion
Robson…order to chaos
Karen…humor and light
Lauren..creative joy and magical sparkle
Kiah…calm, delight and a gatekeeper of order
We are working on a few new projects.
My heart still races when new clients call.
I still love what I’m doing and I still have big dreams.
Today, I remember something my Father repeated many time throughout my childhood, “If you do what you love, your heart will sing”.
Today my heart is singing, dancing, drinking a Cosmo and smoking a cigarette. I am SO proud to say today WE (Ryan and our amazing office family) celebrate EIGHT YEARS in business!!!
OH and I still have the artichoke card…..always have, always will ☺