The Couple: Gene and Julie Gates (Battuto)
Relationship Status: Married
How They Met: Julie was a traffic reporter for Gene’s radio show in Olympia, Wash. Gene says: “The crazy thing is, Julie was broadcasting 60 miles away in Seattle, and we worked together for a year-and-a-half before we finally met in person. Once we met in person, sparks were flying everywhere – we turned that into on-air chemistry and started ‘The Gene & Julie Show’ right after that.”
How Long They’ve Been Together: “We’re coming up on 19 years; we met and started our career together in 1995.”
Go-to date spot: “We absolutely love Shinsei. Their Thai Fried Rice and Banana Parfait keep us coming back for more. [Sushi chef] Elvis’ sushi is wonderful, and we adore the owners Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing. They are smart operators and are always innovating and adding to the menu."
Most Romantic Food Moment: “While driving in France, we stumbled upon a charming medieval town on a hilltop between Nice and Monaco named Eze Village. The cobblestone alleys were filled with fragrant jasmine and bougainvillea, and as we meandered about, we found ourselves hungry and came upon a restaurant. Little did we know we accidentally bumped into La Chèvre d’Or … a Michelin Guide 2-star award-winning restaurant. Our server greeted us with a glass of Dom Perignon, and the evening was just magical with impeccable food and service. To make it even more romantic, we were seated at a large window with stunning views of the Côte d'Azur. We couldn’t have planned a more perfect night—it’s one of those times when everything was a happy 'mistake.' In that moment, it felt like we were living in a movie.”