About Us


In 1979, Susan Mendelson opened the doors of The Lazy Gourmet, one of Vancouver’s first catering companies. Since that time, we have unwaveringly focused on quality food, sustainability, community and the highest level of service.

Thanks to Susan’s inspiration and mentorship, The Lazy Gourmet has a robust and seasoned staff who are single-minded in their quest for uncompromised excellence and contagious hospitality. This dedication has firmly established our reputation as one of Vancouver’s most outstanding catering and event planning companies.

We have over 35 years of experience creating, planning and executing food and beverage programs for a multitude of private clients and corporations. We’ve catered everything from breakfast meetings for 10 to fully produced sit-down dinners for 800, including the 2010 Olympic Games, the PGA Tour and the Dalai Lamai Conference.

We take pride in ensuring your event is absolutely perfect in every way. Let us know what we can do for you. If you can imagine it, we can create it.

About Susan Mendelson

president-susan-mendelsonSusan was following her heart’s desire and pursuing her dream of cooking, when she started The Lazy Gourmet in 1979. She loved working with people, she loved cooking, and she had a passion for experimenting in the extraordinarily diverse world of cuisine. Almost three decades later, she is still passionate about delicious and beautiful food, and believes that only the finest ingredients should go into any food that is created. Best of all, she loves watching her clients and guests enjoying The Lazy Gourmet creations.

Susan’s first cookbook, Mama Never Cooked Like This, was based on the concept of simplifying classical recipes for people who wanted gourmet food but were too “lazy” to follow all the complicated steps. 30 years later, Susan has written ten cookbooks, including her most recent creation, Mama Now Cooks Like This. Lovers of Susan Mendelson’s books span the globe and deem this latest book a must-have.

LazyGourmet_35_sm_img31Besides being a famed caterer and cookbook writer, Susan has a generosity of spirit that affects everyone around her. A passionate philanthropist and community supporter, she is involved in numerous charitable organizations. Through her history and mentorship, The Lazy Gourmet has firmly established itself as a preeminent Vancouver catering company, with smart, nimble and professional staff who are adept at dealing with the complexities of catering and event planning, and have the same contagious love of life and food as Susan does.