Meet John Crabtree


John Crabtree was born on September 7th, 1956. He attended Fordham Prep in the Bronx, graduating in 1974, and continued on to receive his B.A. in 1978 from Columbia College, Columbia University. In 1981, he also received a M.P.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He began his professional career in 1979, as administrative assistant to the Deputy Minority Leader in the New York State Assembly When his family restaurant burned down, he helped his father rebuild and reopen the restaurant, Crabtree’s Plaza Inn, in 1980. When he and his father Richard Crabtree sold this business, he began what would become his lifelong career at Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant and Inn in 1983.

In addition to his dedication to the business, he been committed to supporting countless local charities and organizations. He is a Charter Member of the Chappaqua Rotary, a board member or past board member of; the Columbia College Alumni Association, the New York State Restaurant Association, the United Way of Northern Westchester, the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester, and Make-A-Wish of the Hudson Valley. He is also on the board of overseers of The Katonah Museum of Art, and the Board Chairman of the The Amy Marie Crabtree Foundation (Team Amy).

In recognition of John’s long timededication to the restaurant, boards, and the various charities, he has received many honors. including;the Dean’s Council Award from Columbia College the Make-A-Wish of the Hudson Valley Community Service Award, the United Way of Northern Westchester community service award, the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Chappaqua Rotary, the Community Service Award Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, the Humanitarian of the Year from the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester, and the Kenneth R. Wolf Award from Make-A-Wish, Hudson Valley. He received the Restaurateur of the Year Honor at the Westchester Magazine Wine Experience, was Honoree of the Junior League of Northern Westchester, Honoree of the Hudson River Health Care for support of Hudson Valley Farmers, the Humanitarian of the Year by Girl Scouts of Hudson Valley, and most recently was honoree of ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities).

2012 Wine & Food Award Dinner – John Crabtree