Raised in Turino, Italy, Vanessa Cinti landed in Vail six years ago. “I liked Vail so much that I decided to stay,” says the Remington’s server and sommelier. “I like the people, the atmosphere, the mountains – and then of course I fell in love with a guy who was living here, and that was it.” Because she adores wine and food, she loves her job. And people love her right back. “It’s really easy what we do, but you can ruin somebody’s night or meal if you don’t know what you’re doing,” she says.
For three years Carlos Dominguez has been delivering enchiladas and burritos to the hungry patrons of Avon’s Fiesta Jalisco. “I love it. The food is great so I can’t complain,” he says. The carne asada keeps him coming into work every day. Marilyn Feldman of Main Street Grill has worked up and down the valley during the past 23 years. “I’m really a people person, and I enjoy working with the public and making sure they’re having a good time,” she says. When not teaching pre-schoolers how to “country ski” or coaching at Ski Club Vail, Kari Corbin is dishing it out at The Saloon of Minturn. “The great thing about working at The Saloon is the more you make fun of people the more money they give you,” she says. No surprise, she makes a bundle.