The owners and chef here at Stone Hill Kitchen have family roots in Bigfork that go back more than 40 years. We are proud to be creating new relationships and contributing to the local community. The restaurant property is owned by husband and wife, Andrew and Bonnie Matosich. The restaurant operation is a joint venture between Bonnie and Sean, who is their nephew.
Andrew was born in Kalispell and is the son of the late Steve Matosich, who was a teacher and the principal at the junior high school in Whitefish from 1953 to 1969. Andrew and his brother Mike helped their father, Steve, build the family home on Swan Lake from 1976 to 1980. Steve passed in 2007, but his wife, Shirley, who is 91, still calls Swan Lake home. Bonnie Matosich was born in Missoula, where she graduated as the valedictorian and student body president of Sentinel High School in 1980. Both Andrew and Bonnie attended the University of Montana, before moving to Washington D.C., where they worked for the CIA for five years. They also both attended the University of Virginia, where they received graduate degrees: Andrew in law and Bonnie in business. Before returning home to MT last year, Bonnie was an executive with the Walt Disney Company and Andrew a former partner at Summit Entertainment, known for the international box office sensation Twilight and its sequels and for the Academy-Award winning film, Hurt Locker.
Sean has more than 25 years experience in the restaurant industry, and Stone Hill Kitchen brings together Sean’s passion for creativity and what he considers a tribute to his grandfather, Steve - his heart to educate. He is very excited at the opportunity to teach a new generation of chefs how to locate and incorporate the best local ingredients into classical dishes. He is joined in the restaurant by his wife, Pam, who makes the mozzarella by hand and grows the fresh microgreens and herbs.
Stone Hill is proud to be involved in the local community and has recruited Mike Hansen and Christine Giesen, recent graduates of The Culinary Institute of Montana at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. Chef Hudak from the Culinary Institute “appreciates our students being hired locally and trained further.” Mike assists Chef Sean Crowley in all aspects of the kitchen, while Christine focuses on baking and desserts.
Joining the Stone Hill staff is Laura Moroldo, whom many Flathead diners know from her years at her family restaurant, Moroldo’s, which closed last year. “We are so fortunate that Laura has joined us,” said Sean. “She was the heart and soul of Moroldo’s, and she brings that same love, devotion, and attention to detail to Stone Hill. To us she is like a mother grizzly looking after her cubs. She is family.”
Sean, Pam, Laura, Chrissy and Mike