Though they crossed paths at local events for their respective jobs, Sara and Reagan Warfield first got to know each other in 2009 during a Sushi 101 cooking class at RA Sushi. “I distinctly remember it was when we were learning how to roll sushi that we had an extended conversation for the first time,” says Reagan, a morning radio host on Mix 106.5. After bonding over food, he and Sara—who is vice president of public relations for Visit Baltimore—started dating. They ended up getting snowed in together during the back-to-back blizzards of 2010, and that cemented the relationship. “We both felt if you can deal with being cooped up for several days with another person and not want to kill them, it must be special,” says Reagan. Sums up Sara, “We started dating in December, and by March, I knew he was the man I was going to marry.”
Food has been a part of their lives ever since, whether they’re fine dining at the hard-to-reserve Table 21 in the kitchen at VOLT, eating casual Mexican food at El Salto, or getting creative in the adorable kitchen of their Belvedere-area townhouse. The couple makes many things—from hand-made ravioli with spinach and mushrooms to homemade pizza, quinoa burgers, and even lemon-ginger soda—from scratch.
“Our weekends tend to center around food,” says Reagan. “I love the community aspect of eating together. I don’t think there’s anything more romantic and personal that you can do together than have a meal.”
Sara and Reagan, who both grew up in Anne Arundel County, came to the kitchen with different experiences. Sara was the only child of a single working mother. “By the time my mom picked me up from the babysitter after school, she wasn’t going to spend hours cooking,” she says. “Plus, I was a picky eater. We did a lot of simple things like chicken and pork chops.”
Reagan’s mother, however, enjoyed the nightly mealtime ritual. “My mom was a stay-at-home mom and made dinner every single night,” he says. “I remember being stunned when I learned that that’s not how it was for every family. It was pretty basic stuff like tacos and spaghetti, but it was subliminal that this is what you do at the end of every day.”
It also gave him the confidence to cook. When Reagan was 15 and working for a relative’s on-set catering service, he prepared orange roughy for Oprah Winfrey and the rest of the cast on the set of Beloved, which was partially filmed in Maryland.
These days, the married couple complements each other in the kitchen. Sara likes playing sous chef; Reagan’s forte is marrying unexpected flavors such as Thai peanut sauce on pizza. She loves red meat; he favors chicken. Sara rarely leaves dishes in the sink, while Reagan has his own definition of clean. “I believe the dishes need to ‘soak’ for a long time in the sink,” he says, laughing.
They’ve also found the perfect balance for their recipe for watermelon salsa, which they serve with chips, grilled fish, or chicken. “People think it’s a regular tomato salsa. Then you tell them it’s watermelon and how the sweetness and the spiciness of the jalapeños with a little salt really work,” Reagan says. “After they’ve eaten it, people usually ask for the recipe. It’s a total compliment.”
- 4 cups watermelon, small dice
- 2 cups pineapple, small dice
- 2 cups sweet onions, minced
- 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon cilantro
- 3 tablespoons jalapeños, chopped
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Sprinkle of red-pepper flakes
- Salt to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a medium- sized mixing bowl.
- Refrigerate for a few hours.
- Serve with chips, grilled fish, or chicken.
Will make approximately 5 cups.