🕘 Jun 19th, 2023

The song ‘Summertime (and the Livin’ is Easy)’ has been recorded more than 25,000 times — so there must be some truth to those lyrics.

Indeed, as the weather gets warmer, we tend to linger a little longer during lazy nights on the patio and come to fully appreciate the freshness of produce picked at its prime and found at local farmers’ markets.

There’s simply no accounting for the sort of magic that can happen by getting outside, firing up the grill and raising a glass with friends and family as summer hits its full stride.

Whether it’s a casual backyard birthday BBQ, a family reunion with loved ones at the beach, or a Let’s-Ditch-the-Dress-Code-Friday event in the park with clients and colleagues that redefines ‘out of office’, we offer a wide array of fully customizable Al Fresco Feasts at The Lazy Gourmet that help guests enjoy the Great Outdoors in all its glory.

A little mixing and mingling in mind? Think passed appetizers like Cinnamon-Rubbed Albacore Tuna on lotus chips with sesame brittle, Greek Cucumber Cups with fresh oregano-scented tomatoes topped with black olive dust, or Grilled Brussels Sprout Lollies with sweet mustard sauce.

No Al-Fresco affair is truly a main event without sides — and we’ve got plenty of supporting fare that demands its own share of the spotlight like Rainbow Salad with heirloom carrot, cantaloupe, radish and mixed lettuce with basil vinaigrette; Roasted Cauliflower Salad with roasted chickpeas, sliced red onions and herb vinaigrette; Corn on the Cob with harissa butter; or a Tricolour twist on a classic Pasta Salad with peas, peppers, red onion and lemon.

But the star of the Al Fresco summer show is always the grill. The crackle and sizzle. The unmistakable aroma of flame-kissed entrées that really gets guests fired up. Scratch the itch of the pickiest burger connoisseur courtesy of Korean Beef Burgers with Korean-style BBQ sauce and crispy coleslaw, almost-too-good-to-be-vegetarian Garden Burgers with lettuce, tomato, onion and garlic aioli, or Wild BC Salmon Burgers with jalapeño blueberry sauce and arugula.

It’s always good to remind your guests to save a little room for those sweet finishing notes, and our Al Fresco menu has plenty of ways to hit the high ones. From Fresh Fruit Platters and Milk, Dark or White Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries to more sinfully toothsome treats like Cheesecake Bites dipped in chocolate, Salted Caramel Chocolate Whiskey Cake Bites and Key Lime Meringue Tarts, we have plenty of decadent distractions that pair perfectly with long days spent basking in summer breezes.

For more on what sort of options you can choose from in creating your very own Al Fresco Feast, check out our new Spring & Summer Menu of signature seasonal fare from our Executive Chef Jenny Hui and her culinary team.

Our Al Fresco Feasts can easily accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free requests and are fully customizable for outdoor events of all sizes at a variety of venues throughout Vancouver. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect Vancouver park or beach to hold your event, read up on some of our personally preferred and picturesque spots around the city here

The Lazy Gourmet sales and events teams are always ready to help you put all the pieces in place and set the stage for an Al Fresco Feast that brings all the creature comforts — and culinary delights — of the indoors outside.

For more information or to get in touch with one of our planners and create your own unique Al Fresco Feast, drop us a line via email or give us a call at 604-734-2507!

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