Thunder Bay, Ont.
Co-owner of The Blue Door Bistro
Craig Napper is a chef; his wife, Hollie, is a baker. Together they own and run The Blue Door Bistro in Thunder Bay, Ont., the sort of place locals describe as a hidden gem. Both of them left Thunder Bay in their youth — Craig worked in Calgary and Banff, Alta. — but they came back in 2008. “Our kids were six and eight at the time,” says Craig, “and we both had parents living here. It felt like home after somewhere the size of Calgary.”
They opened the 35-seat Blue Door in 2012, “a quaint, small place,” says Craig, serving breakfast and lunch every day of the week with occasional themed dinners. They also do catering and offer an increasingly popular service delivering frozen meals to people’s homes. “We’re lucky,” concedes Craig. “Hollie and I are both on the same wavelength, and we both enjoy what we do very much.”
Cranberry Oatmeal Biscuits with Poached Eggs, Maple-Roasted Root Vegetable Hash & Orange Hollandaise
Craig is famous with Blue Door customers for his hollandaise sauce (it’s always freshly made), but he had never tried making these biscuits before. The lovely colours of the hash work so well in the dish.