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Dinner With Cupid

Kitchen chemistry

Will these foodies find love at first bite?

From left, Jenn Lipes and Connor Lees.

From left, Jenn Lipes and Connor Lees.

JENN LIPES

22 / RETAIL STORE ASSISTANT MANAGER

SHE’S HAPPIEST WHEN . . .  

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Cooking, with a kitchen fullof friends and a glass of wine or beer in hand

WHAT MAKES HER A CATCH?

[I’m an] independent hard worker, but also willing to travel five hours for five minutes of fun.

CONNOR LEES

22 / RETAIL STORE SALES ASSOCIATE

HE’S HAPPIEST WHEN . . . 

Any time I can cook an awesome meal for friends and enjoy it with a cold beer

WHAT MAKES HIM A CATCH?

I have charming blue eyes to go with my humility. I’m pretty athletic as well.

8 P.M. LUCKY’S LOUNGE, FORT POINT

> PREP WORK

CONNOR I had a tough day at work leading up to the date.

JENN I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be able to find the place.

CONNOR I had a beer with my roommate and made sure my shirt was ironed. I figured if I was going to tell her I work in fashion, I figured I better look well-prepared.

JENN I [drank] a beer when I was getting ready.

CONNOR We both showed up just a few minutes after 8.

JENN He had a nice white polo on, clean-cut, very nice teeth.

CONNOR I noticed her jacket was from my brand in retail, so I had to give her points for style.

> MIX AND LET SIMMER

CONNOR I have never dated someone with red hair, though I’m always open to new things.

JENN He works in retail, too, which was interesting to have someone to relate to. 

CONNOR [We talked about] bad customer stories and Black Friday madness.

JENN He had a bit of an accent, and I figured out he used to live in Minnesota, too. . . . We also [both] have crazy moms, studied abroad, and know how to fold pants really well.

CONNOR She was very talkative, and we had only a few awkward pauses.

JENN When someone is a fellow Minnesotan that really breaks the ice.

CONNOR She did tell me some embarrassing stories.

JENN We both had been to St. Martin on vacation and loved the same bar [there].

CONNOR The food was great and [we] decided to split a bottle of wine to celebrate the occasion.

JENN He [had] a bright laugh.

CONNOR I thought we had a bit too much in common.

JENN I don’t know if there was anything instantaneous, just warm and friendly.

> SERVE AND ENJOY

JENN It was really cold out, which put a damper on the evening.

CONNOR We strolled along the water by the restaurant enjoying the Boston

nighttime.

JENN We walked back to the T station at the end of our almost romantic walk.

CONNOR A gentleman will never kiss and tell.

JENN I think he is really a good Boston catch.

CONNOR We didn’t kiss, though we did a little side hug and parted.

> SECOND DATE?

JENN Living in different cities makes it difficult. I think we have a chance in St. Martin if we are ever there at the same time.

CONNOR It would be tough, but maybe someday our paths will cross and we will cook up some romance another time.

> POST-MORTEM

JENN A

CONNOR A-

— Compiled by Steph Hiltz

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