Meet Our Team

Creating and inspiring a team that thrives on excellence is a collective effort. Standing behind the team rather than in front creates space for their autonomy, creativity and growth. Our team at backhouse exceeds our expectations and inspires us to be better at what we do. It is a joy working with all the people who have passed through our doors. We are incredibly humbled and grateful for the people who help us on our journey. #teamsexyz

about backhouse Chef Ryan Crawford

Ryan Crawford

Executive Chef

Some people are born to do what they do. That is true of Chef Ryan Crawford.Ryan has been involved in the kitchen his entire life. He studied at the noted Stratford Chef School and then became an instructor there for four years. He has travelled extensively, staging at The French Laundry and Terra Grill in Napa Valley; l’Orangerie, Lucques and Patina in Los Angeles, and Jardinière in San Francisco. Closer to home, he has worked with Michael Stadtländer and Jamie Kennedy. Ryan solidified his place in the Canadian culinary scene as Executive Chef of the Stone Road Grille in Niagara on the Lake. It was during this time that he and his good friend Paul Harber of Ravine Vineyard Winery began farming together. Ryan and Paul brought The Happy Pig Farm to Niagara. Ryan later went on to make his own wine – The Crawford Wine Project. His wine is featured in restaurants across Ontario, and even off the coast of Newfoundland at the Fogo Island Inn. He is currently making his own black walnut syrup as well as balsamic vinegar, and still maintains his commitment to farming and cooking. Ryan is obsessed with all things food.
Beverly Hotchkiss backhouse General Manager

Beverley Hotchkiss

Proprietor/General Manager

As proprietor and General Manager, Bev brings a wealth of experience to the table. With a Master’s degree in International Relations and a comprehensive understanding of hospitality that has seen her work around the globe, she cares first and foremost for her guests and their experience. She has taught extensively at Niagara College and plans to continue with her own education, having enrolled in the 2015 sommelier program. Bev generates a warm environment that welcomes exploration and conversation. She enjoys nothing more than sharing the experience that her husband, Chef Ryan Crawford, and their entire restaurant team work so hard to create for you. Bev understands that exceptional hospitality provides the environment where guests can stand outside of time and indulge in the sights, smells and sounds, all the while enjoying family and friends.
Amanda
Sous Chef
Malcolm
Junior Chef
Lindsay
Junior Chef
Clay
Junior Chef / Farmer
Mackenzie
Farmer
Brian
Junior Chef
Cameron
Junior Chef
Iain
Junior Chef
Jaclyn
Pastry Chef
Claire
Junior Pastry Chef
Yifan
Prep
Colin
Kitchen Steward
Edger
Kitchen Steward
Bill
Beverage Manager / Head Sommelier
Gen
Senior Server
Leeland
Senior Server
Wesley
Senior Server
Nadia
Senior Server
Krista
Senior Server
Bekky
Senior Server
Maia
Senior Server
Talia
Intermediate Server
Cassie
Intermediate Server
Brett
Bar Chef
Cam
Bartender
Lexus
Junior Server
Max
Junior Server
Alex
Junior Server
Marcus
Junior Server
Andy
Junior Server
Nicola Francis
Product & Marketing Manager
Beth Lessard
Bookkeeper
Tom Crawford
Accountant

SUPPLIERS

It’s about showcasing the ingredients in the most natural way possible.

PRODUCE

100km Foods

Fresh Niagara Mushrooms

Kolapore Springs Fine Foods

Marc’s Mushrooms

Grimo Nut Nursery

Harvest 365 Farms

Ontario Harvest

PROTEINS

Beverly Creek

Beamsville Duck

Featherstone Farm

Ontario Harvest

Meg’s Eggs

Linc Farm

Planet Shrimp

CHEESE

Glengarry Cheesemaking

Upper Canada Cheese Company

Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese

Hope Eco Farms

Blyth Farm Cheese

Thornloe Cheese Factory

Monforte Dairy Company

Mountainoak Cheese

Stonetown Artisan Cheese

Best Baa Dairy

Mariposa Dairy

Back Forty Artisan Cheese

WINE

13th Street Winery

2027 Cellars

Fielding Estate Winery

Hardie Wines

Henry of Pelham Family Estate

Hillebrand Estate Winery

Icellars Estate Winery

Red Stone Winery

Pearl-Morissette Estate Winery

The Foreign Affair Winery

Benjamin Bridge

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

Riverview Cellars

Rosewood Estate Winery

Vineland Estates Winery

16 Mile Cellar

Cave Spring Cellars

Featherstone Estate Winery

Flat Rock Cellars

Legends Estates Winery

Hidden Bench Estate Winery

Tawse Winery

Huff Estates Winery

Kew Vineyards Estate Winery

Lighthall Vineyards

Malivoire Wine

Nicholas Pearce Wines

Pilliteri Wines

Reif Estate Winery

Rosehall Run Vineyard

Southbrook Vineyards

Stratus Vineyards

BEER

Brimstone Brewing Company

Oast House Brewers

The Exchange Brewery

Great Lakes Brewery

Silversmith Brewing Company

West Avenue Cider

SPIRITS

Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers

Georgian Bay Spirit Co.

66 Gilead Distillery

Forty Creek Distillery

Toronto Distillery Co.

Glenora Distillers

TAG Vodka

Nomadik Spirits