Arif was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. He has a professional background in community planning and global disaster relief management. In all of his work, we sought to build connections between people, to make great things happen. Now, he hopes to do more of that in the most basic way...through good food.
Sabeen was born and raised in New Jersey. She is a registered architect and a cook. She is brilliant and funny. And she makes everything better.
Sabeen and Arif got married in 2016. They live in Gardiner, NY, on the Shawangunk Ridge. In 2017, they adopted and will raise the Hoot Owl, until it flies gracefully on its own.
Sabeen and Arif were assisted in the kitchen by chef Johannes Sanzin. Johannes earned rave reviews from the New York Times and Village Voice while cooking in the top restaurants in NYC such as Boule, Le Bernadin, Pitchoune and others. Seriously. We are not quite sure why he agreed to help us start up the Hoot Owl. But we were so grateful to have his guidance in developing our unique menu. We have now been joined by local chef Israel Ribera and global food maestro Joe Romano. Look forward to an evolving menu!