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The Canyons Collection to bring good taste to Kanab

Southern Utah News Front Page: March 26, 2015
By Dixie Brunner

The dining area of the newly-designed restaurant in the Canyons Boutique Hotel (formerly the Victorian Charm Inn). Executive Chef Shon Foster will be bringing his culinary skills from Amangiri. The restaurant will seat 120 people.

The Canyons Collection is going a step further to bring good taste to Kanab. There will be a breathtaking newly-designed restaurant at the Canyons Boutique Hotel and Lodge (formerly the Victorian Inn), and an upcoming new bistro space at the Flagstone Studios. They have announced the appointment of Shon Foster as its new executive chef.

The owner management team of Matt Walters and Travis Mitchell bring years of professional work experience in the hospitality industry to the management of now five Kanab accommodation properties. The gourmet food offerings that Foster will bring to the table will strengthen the hard-working team’s brand on southern Utah.

“It’s so rewarding to be here as an entrepreneur,” said Walters, of Kanab, “as well as getting to work in these beautiful surroundings.”

Walters had roots in Kanab, and was getting tired of living in beautiful, but wet Seattle. With a sales background for Hyatt, Starwood and Hilton Hotels, he was enthusiastic about owning upscale properties and selling the southern Utah/northern Arizona area as a premiere travel destination.

Mitchell also was in the high end hotel industry in Seattle, with W and Fairmont Hotels. “I followed Matt and fell in love with the mountains, hiking, scenery and amazing people here,” said Mitchell.

The partners hope to bring their vision of travel accommodations to Kanab. “It’s really about quality level and service standard,” said Walters. “Travelers want an experience.”

Understanding the importance of Best Friends visitors, pets are welcome at all properties!

It ‘is’ all about the experience with The Canyons Collection, with different offerings and a unique personality at each property. The Canyons Boutique Hotel provides contemporary upscale and full service accommodations. Quail Park Lodge is a classic motor lodge with custom scented toiletries and bath robes provided! If a traveler wants to stay for a while, extended stays are best at Flagstone Studios. Canyons Lodge is Kanab’s most stylish inn! It is rustic sheik, with classic oak design. There are three Kanab Cottages that are actually separate well-furnished houses that can sleep up to six people. Impressive decor and quality furniture are signatures of all properties.

Another element of making a visitor’s experience at The Canyons Collection so rewarding is they have personnel who can assist you with planning your vacation. “We can provide trip planning and mapping for vacations,” explained Walters. “We can even set you up with an ATV, horse ride, suggest a hike, or make dinner reservations.”

Icing on the cake for the properties is appointing Foster to add his culinary skills to the mix. The restaurant at the Canyons Boutique Hotel will be a signature restaurant open to the pubic, with 120 person seating available. Initially, lunch and dinner will be served, with breakfasts for guests only.Shon Foster - Executive Chef

Chef Shon Foster, formerly of Amangiri Resort, Buffalo Bistro, and Rewind Diner, will use his culinary skills to wow both tourists and locals alike at the two new restaurants.

“Chef Shon’s relationship with The Canyons Collection is an integral part of providing our community and the millions of tourists who travel through our area with an elevated dining experience,” said Walters. “He brings a culinary passion and love of his native town that has earned accolades and respect throughout the country.”

Foster is the real deal! He takes a thoughtful approach to food, blending contemporary French cuisine with the local traditions. While at Amangiri, he featured dishes that highlighted ingredients and culinary traditions native to the southwest, along with flavors from around the world. That concept results in an evolving menu that showcases his creativity. Foster’s talents will go far to provide an ‘eating experience,’ versus just consuming food!

He hones his culinary talents by participating in collaborative efforts with chefs from around the world. Recently, Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival featured his ‘S’mores School,’ and he has been a featured celebrity chef at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival.

“I’m a big fan of Kanab,” said Foster, a native who resides here. “This is a great opportunity, and we can put some new spins on dining experiences in southern Utah. We will try to bring dining to a new level here.”

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