after seeing this entrepreneur-DJ couple around town (she’s also the cofounder of beauty app Beautified
; he’s a producer and sometimes J.Crew model), we thought it would be fun to see how they prep (and cook) for a festive night in at their Soho apartment.
What are you cooking tonight?
Hannah: A curry squash soup. It’s a family recipe from a close friend. It’s full of flavors and ingredients that all work well for the season. Soups from scratch weren’t part of our repertoire until we got a Vitamix, but now they’ve become a staple. We like to be dairy-free, and coconut milk is a great substitute. We added roasted cashews to finish off the soup. We’re also making a special cocktail.
Do you guys listen to music while you cook?
Hannah: To be honest, we’ve been playing jazz music through Songza. Last night we searched “Billie Holiday” and cooked a zucchini pasta with a marinara turkey sauce from scratch.
Ultimate comfort food?
Brendan: SmartPop popcorn with truffle oil, sea salt and chili flakes (plus an episode of Homeland).
Do you both cook? And most important, who does the dishes?
Hannah: We cook together a lot. We’ve become obsessed with plating our meals to make it look like we ordered from a 5-star restaurant. I get a little crazy in the kitchen, so I am not very good at cleaning up as I go.
Brendan: I handle the dishes. I like sitting around after a meal and actually digesting my food. It’s harder to do that if you have a sink full of dishes.
When you go to someone’s house for dinner, what’s your go-to host gift?
Hannah: We’re pretty classic: Who doesn’t like a good bottle of wine?!
What are some of your favorite restaurants to go to in the city when you’re not cooking?
Brendan: Jack’s Wife Freda, Toro, Chez Sardine, Uncle Boons, Piora and the East Pole are our regular spots. Our newest obsession is Rintintin in Nolita.
Brendan wears a Ludlow tuxedo in Italian wool flannel, Thomas Mason® for J.Crew Ludlow spread-collar shirt, Italian satin point bow tie in black and Alfred Sargent™ for J.Crew Balmoral cap toe oxfords.
Hannah wears a Collection cashmere shoulder-button sweater, Collection café capri in iced lilac paisley and Manolo Blahnik pumps.
For the curry squash soup recipe Hannah used, click here
. Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Ashunta and hair and grooming by Laura Polko, both at Margaret Maldonado.
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