Phil Waserman is the owner of the Courtyard Restaurant, Mamma Grazzi’s Kitchen and Biagio’s Italian Kitchen. Phil has been deeply involved with the restaurant industry for over 30 years, and was awarded the “Restaurateur of the Year Award” in 1996. Phil’s other awards include the Heather Crowe Award, recognizing his community leadership in promoting a smoke-free Ontario, and Health Ontario’s Eat Smart Award recognizing 15 years of contribution to the Eat Smart program promoting healthy food choices in restaurants. Phil’s community spirit is evident in his strong commitment to local boards and associations, including his work as Chair of the ByWard Market BIA for the past 15 years, as an Ottawa Tourism Board Member from 1985 to 2009, and his involvement in the City of Ottawa Homelessness Task Force. Phil currently sits on the Board of Operation Come Home, Bon Appetit Ottawa, Ottawa Restaurant Association, as well as the Safety and Security Committee and Parking and Transportation Committee at the BIA. Phil has always been encouraging of young talent in the hospitality industry, and has given many Chefs and Front of House Managers their start in one of his restaurants.
Ian’s love for cooking started from humble beginnings – a part time job as a short order cook while in university led Ian back to Ottawa to pursue culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. Following that, the desire to be able to ski to work drove Ian to the mountains of Whistler BC where he completed his apprenticeship in one of Canada’s premier CAA four diamond properties the Westin Whistler Resort & Spa. Ian then returned to Ottawa to continue his development in one of Ottawa’s top hotels, the Brookstreet Hotel, where he was fortunate enough to cater for the NHL and was integral in the restaurant achieving a 4-diamond rating 4 consecutive years. Ian brings to the Courtyard a wealth of experience in both fine dining and banqueting. He is extremely passionate about supporting local producers and bringing their products to the plate in a creative and humble fashion.
Cynthia prides herself as being a small town farm girl with a big city education and international experience. Event-planning is a natural fit for her go-getter personality and ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment that demands patience of steel and a positive outlook. For her, nothing compares to the satisfaction of seeing a successful event come to fruition. With infectious enthusiasm, she brings to the Courtyard a wealth of experience and a wide range of exciting ideas to engage!
Cyril’s jovial personality and love of fine wines is an asset to the Courtyard experience. Whether it is help selecting a celebratory bottle of bubbles or a fine snifter of Scotch, his advice has enhanced our guests’ visits for over the 3 years that he has been a part of the Courtyard family. No stranger to pairings, Cyril has the knowledge to couple your dinner with the best beverage on the menu.
Carolyn found her love of numbers at an early age when multiplication and long division were really cool discoveries. She brought that love of numbers to earning a degree in Economics which led to working in a bank. Carolyn found there was something missing in the banking experience and proceeded from there to working for a data entry service and then to the Courtyard Restaurant where she discovered the missing element: a great set of coworkers whose focus is to make their customer’s experience a memorable pleasure, along with an appreciation for their fellow employees. Carolyn is a self confessed office supply geek, and she loves finding new products that make working more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly.