Meet the team! It's a rare thing to work in a group of people with similar values and a shared vision. We're extremely fortunate to work with such amazing people.
Chris was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of St. Pius X High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He is the co-founder of restaurants Down House, Hunky Dory, Bernadine’s, Sugar and Rice Magazine and bars D&T Drive Inn, and Johnny’s Gold Brick. Among other distinctions, he was recognized as one of Houston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in 2015. He likes music, whiskey, tattoos, food, people, and beer.
A product of Houston, Texas, Joey is co-founder of Down House, D&T Drive Inn, Johnny’s Gold Brick, Hunky Dory, Bernadine’s, and Sugar and Rice Magazine. He loves fantasy novels and hates tomatoes. He is a proud husband to Elizabeth and a proud father to Tex and Duke.
Benjy Mason took a roundabout path to the culinary world. Originally from Vermont, he moved to Houston to start Workshop Houston, a non profit in the Third Ward. After eight great years, he decided to return to his true passion: food. Before Down House, he was the Sous Chef at nationally acclaimed Feast restaurant. He likes getting overly enthusiastic about things and spending time with his wife, children, and dog.
David is a dad who loves cooking, especially local vegetables. He is the editor of Sugar & Rice, writes about cooking at his blog Eclectic Refrigerator, and his poetry manuscript, “birds (9856),” was a semi-finalist for the 2013 Ahsahta Press’s Sawtooth Poetry Prize.
It’s Down House general manager Kayla Webber! Kayla is a transplant from San Antonio, but is proud to call H-town her home. If you can’t find her at Down House she’s most likely eating something with my her wife. She believes that food is life, and does her best to soak up every bit of it.
Sara Hinkle is a native Philadelphian, who moved to Houston in 2010. Her love of the hospitality industry began 15 years ago with her first job as a hostess, and has only grown. When she’s not coordinating private events and catering, she can be found eating, drinking bourbon, and hanging with her husband and daughters.
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