Jedi Joy and Jedi Rich Lightowler are traveling to New York City on a pair of First class Tickets they purchased last year. This will be another adventure for the Jedi. Jedi Eich was first summoned to NYC (by the powers that be) in September of 2001. The trauma of living in NYC Post 9/11 was unlike anyone could ever imagine. 3000 souls died that day, only blocks from where Jedi Rich was living. After 9/11, Jedi Rich quit his job at FiServ selling payment processing, parted ways with his childhood friends and lived alone for the next 10 years until his father passed away in 2011.
Jedi Rich took ‘the road less traveled”. He bounced around Portland Oregon working odd jobs at dingy beer joints until he landed a job at Henry’s Tavern as a lead bartender. This is where Jedi Rich learned how to make drinks. Fancy drinks. Specialty drinks. And Jedi Rich learned how to serve drinks fast. He was working with 19 of the best bartenders in Portland Oregon. Henry’s was the bar to work at in 2004.
Later that year, Jedi Rich took his skills to the big time. He fired up his 2004 Ford Focus and headed back to NYC, stopping in Aspen Colorado for a few weeks. Aspen is the home of the Aspen Food & Wine Festival. Jedi Rich knew that if he wanted to be the best he had to work for the best. Jedi Rich had to be where the best chefs cooked. Jedi Rich decided to apply at The Aspen Skiing Company. That’s where Jedi Rich landed fa job at the Little Nell. If you’ve never heard of the Little Nell it’s because the rooms start at about $5,000 a night during peak season. I served Ivanka Trump and her mother (they go every year), Alan Greenspan, OJ Simpson and Carrot Top to name a few. Notable guests. I learned 5 star hospitality service from the best by working there. The Little Nell is one of only 7 restaurants in North America to achieve that status.