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Dinner With Cupid

Dinner With Cupid: Shared tastes

On their blind date, will this chef and foodie click?



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WHY HE’S A CATCH I’m an honest, hard-working guy with manners, I’m a great cook, and I enjoy traveling.

WHEN HE’S HAPPIEST Those moments when you didn’t see it coming and you just say to yourself, this is great.


Graphic Designer

INTERESTS Being outside, art and design, people watching, dining out, reading books and magazines, traveling anywhere. I’ll try new foods, I’m a total carnivore.

WHEN SHE’S HAPPIEST When I’m with someone who is making me laugh



MARK I had mixed feelings, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was there first and she came in minutes behind me. I just knew it was her.

KATIE He was right there when I walked in. He was a good-looking guy. Well dressed, friendly demeanor.

MARK She was attractive but seemed slightly nervous.


MARK We talked about how our summers had been, recent books we’d read, favorite restaurants, and travel destinations.

KATIE He’s a cook, so we talked a lot about the restaurant industry. I just finished reading Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, so I was eager to chat about it with someone. And he added a lot to the conversation, being an insider!

MARK The conversation seemed to flow. I was comfortable.

KATIE He was really easy to talk to.


KATIE I asked if he wanted to share calamari, but he said he doesn’t eat fish. Yikes, a lifetime of not having someone to share calamari with — that’d be tough for me.

MARK I think we both realized halfway through dinner that we were not a match, but just decided to enjoy the evening, each other’s company, and a very good meal.

KATIE I can’t say I felt sparks, but we got along well. I would have liked it if he were more inclined to talk about design or technology (some of my favorite subjects), but there wasn’t a lot of time.

MARK We walked out together, she asked for my number, and we hugged. We talked for a minute and went our separate ways.





MARK No, I never heard from her, which I didn’t think I would. She is a very smart and independent woman, a great match for someone with common interests.

KATIE Probably not. I don’t think I can be with someone who is in hospitality. I like Saturdays and Sundays to be Saturdays and Sundays, for both of us. 

— Compiled by Jessica TeichGO ON A BLIND DATE. WE’LL PICK UP THE TAB. Fill out an application at
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