When I met him in Provo on Friday, I found out Matt is a guy who has his act together. It took a while for the two of us to connect after my cousin, Jenny, introduced us, but she spoke highly of him and her regard had merit.
I was impressed with Matt before even meeting him. When he told me that he’d like to cook for our date, he got even more bonus points. And he was a really great cook. I arrived at his home to find it set up like a cooking show with different stations to prep different parts of the meal.
We made gnocchi together- Italian potato dumplings- and I was impressed by his skills. He also made fresh basil pesto and a mushroom / kalamata olive topping for the dish. There was even fresh garlic bread for the side. Everything was from scratch. Everything was delicious.
As we cooked together, I got to find out more about Matt. He’s a math professor at the LDS Business College and and adjunct professor at BYU. He’s traveled all over the world, but he was raised in Virginia, not far from where I grew up. He served a mission in France. He loves the outdoors and different sports. He owned the condo where we were eating dinner and had done a lot of the decorating and remodeling himself. In fact, his condo reflected the same kind of collected vibe I got from Matt. Everything was well taken care of and in its place.
Matt was conscious of my time constraints, and really was accommodating. He was willing to talk, though, and we shared some stories from our lives with each other. I heard about his family, his mission, and even got to hear a few about my cousin that made me laugh.
Though we didn’t have long together that evening, I had a fun time with Matt. I learned how to cook some great Italian food, had some nice conversation, and met a great guy with a lot going for him. To sum up the evening, I’d say it was Molto Bene.