One late Friday afternoon in 1988, Pappardelle's co-founder Bill Curtis received a call at home from the executive chef for the National Governors Association Annual Meeting, which was being held in Mackinaw Island, Michigan. The chef was unhappy with the tortellini that had been supplied by a local vendor for a Saturday dinner event for the nation’s governors. He had remembered using (and loving!) our Rainbow Tortellini and called to request 400 pounds of it to be delivered the next day. Bill and Pappardelle's other co-founder, David Bowen, were happy to return to the factory to box up the product for transport, but they knew they would be too late for FedEx. The chef said not to worry, as he had made special arrangements with FedEx and they were “grounding” their plane and would send a special truck as soon as the pasta was ready!