Partners in Time

Eight local couples in the food industry take us through the peaks and valleys of working and living together.


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Photography by Ken Gabrielsen and Michael Nelson

A loving couple conceive a business venture, turn it into a reality, and toil side by side. Dream job or disaster? To find out, we spoke with eight couples in the Hudson Valley who are both life partners and business partners in the food industry. The truth is, most disagree with the conventional wisdom, which maintains you shouldn’t take work issues home with you. “Having a business with your spouse is all-consuming, but, ultimately, you want to share it with each other, good and bad,” says Sarah Suarez of Gaskins, the new restaurant in Germantown that she and her husband, Nick, own together. “You can’t escape it, so why try?” laughs Kevin Reilly, chef and co-owner of Roost in Sparkill. 


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Summer Fun 2016

Heading up the River

Nick and Sarah Suarez, Gaskins, Germantown

Family Farm and Fun Business

Steve and Jill Pennings, Pennings Farm Market, Warwick

Cool Couple

Lynn and Greg Miller, Go-Go Pops, Cold Spring

Small Bites to Success

Mary and Ernie Molina, Lola Granola Bar, Croton Falls

Meating Cute

Joshua and Jessica Applestone, The Applestone Meat Co, Accord

A True Love Story

Jim and Irene Story, Story Farms, Catskill

Ruling the Roost

Kevin Reilly and Maria Santini, Roost, Sparkill

Designing Men

Sean B. Nutley and JT McKay, bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, Rhinebeck

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