I had the best time tonight at the wedding of David Sax and Lauren Mallach. This is not an exaggeration. It was easily the best wedding I’ve ever attended. It was the loveliest, warmest, most joyous celebration of life, love and family that I’ve been honoured to be invited to. As you may know, David Sax penned “Save the Deli” (and recently won the James Beard Award for it). Our lives have been intertwined for over two years because of our mutual interest in keeping alive an important tradition. In that time, he has become my friend and a major source of inspiration and support.
After meeting and spending a few moments with Lauren I took David aside. ”What’s wrong with you,” I asked. ”Get a ring on that finger.” Even though my own marriage didn’t work out, that doesn’t mean I’ve lost faith in the institution. Having come to know them both I’m not sure which is more fortunate. Having seen them together more than a few times, it is my firm conviction that they deserve each other and every happiness life has to offer. And they sure know how to throw a party. It feels like forever since I went to a party and had such a great time.
Last night the shoe was on the other foot. The Sax/Mallachs chose Caplansky’s to host their Out-of-Towner party. I usually don’t have fun at parties I’m hosting but I enjoyed that one for two reasons:
1. Abby Ainsworth did a fantastic job organising and executing the event allowing me to just play host. Abby’s been managing our Catering and Special Events for the last few months and this was her biggest challenge yet. She chose the right team, gave great instructions and managed the event perfectly. I couldn’t be prouder of her and our entire team for what they did last night. Special shout out to Robb Zaina who wowed everyone with his deserts.
2. The guests had a great time.
I’m trying to feel good about the job I do without the need for approval but these people are special. Their approval means more to me than anyone else’s. Seriously. The Sax family has played a bigger role in helping build my business than I can or wish to express. They’ve been there for me since Day One at the Monarch (along with cousin Eric Katz) and every step of the way since. We hosted David’s book launch and catered their Chanukah party.
Julia and Michael were both effusive in their praise and David and Lauren were too. Daniel, David’s younger brother, seemed to have a great time too although the sun seems to shine whenever he’s around. You know the type. Actually, his speech tonight was the best “Best Man’s Speech” I’ve ever heard (although Howie Grossfield comes a close second for his work at Rob Braudy’s wedding many years ago).
Anyway, tomorrow is another day on the farm and if I don’t get some sleep I won’t be any good to anyone. However, when I greet the Sandman in a few moments, I’ll be smiling.