Friday, January 3, 2014

THE BRUCE in Stratford

Stratford, Ontario



The restaurant and lounge are now open at The Bruce, with the hotel opening May 24th 2014. The Restaurant is open for dinner Thursday through Saturday at 5:00 pm with the last reservation at 9:00 pm; The Lounge is open late night.

Owner Jennifer Birmingham wooed local food luminaries and owners of Bijou, Aaron Linley and Bronwyn Linley, to join her at The Bruce. Until recently, Bijou had been the gold standard for inspired, locally-sourced food in Stratford. Bijou  was born in Stratford in March 2001.

 "Birmingham sent them ’round the world and they’ve come back with the menu for The Bruce." The Bruce Hotel is actually named after Jennifer`s father.

Bronwyn and Aaron Linley, met at the Stratford Chefs School, where they both graduated in 1996. Chef Aaron Linley began his culinary career at Rundles, attaining the position of sous-chef. During his tenure at Rundles, he also became an instructor with the Stratford Chefs School. Aaron went on to work at Scaramouche in Toronto, became the sous-chef at Maple Bistro in Halifax, and the head chef at Le Nouveau Parigo in Toronto. Bronwyn worked for two seasons at Pan Chancho bakery in Kingston, was Pastry Chef at Maple Bistro in Halifax, and first Pastry Chef at Biff’s in Toronto.

Executive Chef Aaron Linley describes his menu as “Nouveau Ontario” – imaginative, ambitious, eclectic cuisine marrying global influence, modern French technique and the very best of Ontario. Bronwyn Linley is the Food and Beverage Manager.
Jennifer Birmingham sits on the board of the Stratford Festival, Stratford Summer Music, is in the cabinet of the Transplant Campaign at Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, and is a front line volunteer for Perth County Victim Services.  In her free time, Jennifer can be found out and about with her trusty sidekick Eddie (the Golden Doodle) or scoping out luxury hotels in the name of research.
Quote from Stratfood: ``
Vintage hotel fixtures, white on white on light on light. Stratford certainly does not having anything like this. It’s about as glam as you can get in Ontario while still courting a big enough customer base who will feel variously comfortable in the surroundings.``



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