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THE HISTORY OF THE aUBERGE DES APPALACHES
At the heart of the Eastern Townships’ agro-touristic region, the Auberge des Appalaches is a mountain lodge located at the foothills of the Sutton Mountain range, on a site that has remained as untouched and natural as possible, and where a warm welcome, an amazing dining experience and true comfort all come together. Whether for one night or for a longer stay, come and explore our magnificent region, walk, cycle, ski or golf on our many fine courses. Our unique Inn is sure to seduce you.
Built in the 1970’s and radiating with a vintage look, our Inn is steeped in authentic Sutton life. Constantly evolving and striving to continuously improve our guests’ experience. The renovations undertaken over the past few years provide a completely new look and feel to several of our rooms.
The charm and second-to-none customer service of Patricia Gérard and her spouse, Chef John Kostuik, owners of the Auberge des Appalaches since 2010, will whisk you away into the Sutton universe.
Outstanding customer service is at the heart of Patricia Gérard’s career. After graduating from the Cours Hôtelier de Besançon, Patricia entered the tourism and hospitality industry at the 5-star Palace-Hôtel Royal in Évian as a head housekeeper.
She then left France for a 9-month stay in New Zealand to improve her proficiency in English and expand her horizons. Upon her first trip to Ireland, she found work with a 5-star Hotel, the KCLUB. She will eventually leave Ireland to return to her French roots as a hotel executive assistant in her native village of La Bresse.
Charmed by Ireland, Patricia decided to go back in 2004. She is hired as Executive Head Housekeeper at the Rathsallagh House where she meets John, an outstanding chef. In 2010, the couple set their sights on conquering Canada with the acquisition of the Auberge des Appalaches, which has since grown into a unique venue in the Sutton area.
In the early 1990’s, John served his apprenticeship under Michael Potters, one of Toronto’s top chefs. In 1995, he did a 6-month internship at Chartres, in France, to study traditional French cuisine, followed by another 6 months in London. Upon his return, in 1996, John worked at the legendary Winston Restaurant in Toronto, once again under the direction of Chef Michael Potters.
In 1998, one of his former colleagues offered him the position of sous-chef at the Rathsallagh House Hotel, in Ireland, which was managed by the O’Flynn family and a member of the prestigious Blue Book Hotel (the equivalent of the Relais & Chateaux). In 2002, John returned to Toronto to manage the “Bellevue Diner” in the Kensington Market district. The O’Flynn family called on John again in 2003, this time offering him the position of Executive Chef for the Rathsallagh House’s kitchens, which went on to win multiple National Awards.
He came back to Canada with Patricia Gérard, his wife, in 2010. It was in September of that same year that they purchased the Auberge des Appalaches in Sutton, Quebec.