Good People Day

03 Apr 2008, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food

Gary Vaynerchuk from Wine Library TV declared today “Good People Day” on the web, and it seems to be spreading everywhere. My turn!

I am blessed to have many great people in my life, not the least of whom include my family and close friends, but there is one person who clearly stands a head above the rest. Many of you know him as Chef Mark, but I know him as my business partner, confidante, and a constant source of inspiration.

Mark Tafoya is the hardest working, most energetic person I’ve ever met. When there have been moments in the three years of our business partnership that I’ve experienced doubt or frustration, Mark has been ever-present with words or actions that can turn things around for me; and when there are moments of joy and success, he is the first person to raise a glass in celebration.

Best of all, whether we are in the throes of a redesign, crafting a strategy or on location trying to get the perfect shot, Mark is ready to do whatever it takes to bring those ideas to reality. On our trip to Sicily, almost every single person marveled at the energy and dedication Mark has to his craft — even at times when the rest of the group was ready to drop with fatigue, Mark was running around with camera in-hand. And when the day was done he had energy left over to chat with everyone on the bus, so if you’ve never experienced it first-hand, his dynamism is truly a sight to behold.

It has been such a pleasure for me to watch him blossom not only as a chef, but as a dear friend — I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have in the trenches with me.