Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier are the chef owners of MC Perkins Cove in Ogunguit Maine and MC Spiedo in Boston, where they focus on sustainable food and practices. They first met more than 25 years ago at Stars in San Francisco, where they worked with chef Jeremiah Tower. They were married in 2015 in Pebble Beach.
Florence may be famed as the city of the Renaissance, but it is the feel of the medieval that permeates the streets of this city: narrow and twisting stone streets with high forbidding walls. And yet there is a charm that is intense: one can feel that a Brunelleschi or a young Michelangelo might easily emerge from a doorway surrounded by friends.
On our first visit to Florence, Mark led me blithely through these streets, and we suddenly emerged in front of the magnificent Duomo. It took my breath away, and I will never forget the experience. It is a building that seems to say: 'Fine, world, this dazzling, amazing, beautiful, brilliant structure is what we humans can really do.' Perhaps I wax too eloquent, but it is true that this is a place that will move you. Be warned.