Arif was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. He has a professional background in community planning and global disaster relief management. He is happy to provide unsolicited advice to help you make your wildest dreams come true.
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. Feel free to ask her for architectural design ideas.
Sabeen and Arif got married in 2016. In 2017, they adopted and are nurturing the Hoot Owl, until it can fly gracefully on its own. For now, they love running the Hoot Owl since it provides them a place to randomly sing Karaoke songs with friends and strangers. They live above the Hoot Owl.
Sabeen and Arif were initially 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 grateful to have his guidance, until he left us for double the salary at some fancy place in Connecticut. Whatever. Cuz, we are doing fine. Five stars on Yelp, and the number one restaurant in all of Shawangunk. In your face, Johannes!
Currently, we are excited to have Chef Jared Lozupone heading up our kitchen. Jared ain’t no slouch. He has worked at critically acclaimed restaurants such as Tribeca Grill and Crispo. He rose through the ranks to Sous Chef before beginning his work at Bolo, Bobby Flay’s New York Times Rated Three Star restaurant. While there, Jared was chosen to open Bobby Flay’s first international restaurant, Mesa Grill, Atlantis, on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. There he helped turn a crew of young cooks into the power-house behind the hotel’s top JD Powers rated restaurant. Perhaps what Jared is most proud of is being the chef at the Michelin recommended restaurant 606 R&D in Brooklyn. Two years ago Jared and his family moved to the Hudson Valley to be closer to farms, local crafters, and food artisans. We are so lucky to have him, and hope he stays with us forever.