SURREY, B.C. — Top Chef Canada winner Matthew Stowe and MasterChef Canada winner David Jorge have opened S+L Kitchen + Bar at the Abbotsford Village Shopping Centre.
Joseph Richard Group (JRG) is one of British Columbia’s fastest growing food, beverage and entertainment organizations. Founded in 2002, it features 18 public houses, restaurants and liquor retail outlets in British Columbia and Alberta, including the Townhall Public House in Abbotsford on South Fraser Way and other S+L Kitchen + Bar locations in Langley and South Surrey (opening early 2017). Located at 200-2070 Sumas Way in the Abbotsford Village Shopping Centre, the newest S+L Kitchen + Bar will employ 75 people, feature a great patio, and offer spectacular views of the Fraser Valley.
S+L Kitchen + Bar offers a casual upscale environment, where diners can enjoy items such as East Coast Lobster Roll, Lobster & Prawn Linguini, West Coast Tuna Nicoise and Roasted Carrot Raviolis made in-house, all paired with craft cocktails, craft beer and an expansive wine list. The restaurant’s menu is the first to be created by chef Stowe, the award-winning and internationally trained Cloverdale native, with 18 years’ experience in some of the best-known kitchens in North America. The menu items are examples of Stowe staying true to his Fraser Valley roots while demonstrating JRG’s commitment to showcasing local products, offering lighter and refined options, and providing a balanced guest experience.
“Abbotsford is a great community with excellent producers and suppliers, so it’s nice to be able to use products that are literally in our own back yard,” says Stowe. “S+L Kitchen + Bar will be the first modern steakhouse in the area, and we look forward to providing new experiences and new ingredients for our diners like Wagyu beef and specialty oyster creations.”
As JRG’s director of Culinary Operations, Stowe also looks forward to helping develop the next generation of Fraser Valley chefs. As a student, the training and mentoring he received in high school had a huge influence in his career. In Abbotsford, Stowe and JRG will pay it forward with support and involvement with local high schools that offer culinary programs.
For JRG co-founder and CEO Ryan Moreno, that commitment to the community is a key component of the company’s philosophy, culture and success. It’s also why JRG fundraises for schools and local charities, supports local food producers and participates in local safety initiatives. An example of that commitment was at last month’s Covenant House Vancouver SleepOut, where Moreno and Stowe were the top fundraisers for the event supporting homeless youth.
“Abbotsford is a great community and we’ve been very fortunate to be a part of the business community here for a few years now,” says Moreno. “We look forward to bringing one of our new exciting concepts to this growing community.”