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A Restaurant Recommendation Closed the Distance

  • May 04, 2021

Julie Peak and Dr. Samuel Haywood have never lived in the same city.

Ms. Peak, a principal of the consulting firm SullivanCotter, currently works and lives in St. Louis with her two young sons from a previous marriage, John and Oliver. Dr. Haywood, a urologic oncologist at Cleveland Clinic, lives and works in Cleveland.

The couple met as students at Washington University in St. Louis, where Dr. Haywood, 36, graduated in 2007 and Ms. Peak, 35, in 2008. They went separate ways after college and briefly reconnected in 2010 in Chicago. Dr. Haywood was attending Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ms. Peak was working in Chicago.

It wasn’t for another nine years, however, that they began to consistently talk again. In the summer of 2019, Ms. Peak reached out to Dr. Haywood on Instagram to recommend a restaurant in New York City, where he was doing his fellowship. “I was running in Central Park, I got to the top of Harlem Hill and I looked at my phone and I got this message, and I was like, ‘OK, wasn’t expecting that,’” Dr. Haywood said.

From there, their relationship grew. “We really just found ourselves drawn to each other,” Dr. Haywood said.

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