🕘 Jan 3rd, 2023

We’re thrilled to announce that The Lazy Gourmet is now part of the family at the nation’s leading food service provider — Compass Group Canada

Longtime guests and fans of The Lazy Gourmet, fear not: you won’t see any change in the cuisine, service or style you’ve come to know and love since our founder Susan Mendelson launched The Lazy Gourmet in 1979. Susan will continue to be our guiding light, while our General Manager Kevin Mazzone will remain at the helm of our talented team of more than 130 chefs, catering staff and event planners.

“We have only reached this point and this opportunity due to the extraordinary talent, commitment and dedication of the entire team in our kitchen as well as operations, sales, and service,” says Susan. “I understood early in my career that I would only succeed by surrounding myself with truly talented people who shared the same passion for food and hospitality that I did, and I am incredibly grateful for all those who have been a part of this amazing family at The Lazy Gourmet throughout the years.”

As the country’s largest food service provider, Compass is an industry leader in culinary excellence, managing a vast portfolio of food service brands across a variety of sectors including education, business and industry, sports and entertainment, and healthcare.

“This is a prime example of the old adage ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’,” says Kevin. “This next step forward for our company and staff will help us continue to do what we’ve done best since day one. We’re thrilled to join Compass Group and bring our signature approach to catering and event services to an even wider audience in Vancouver and beyond.”

In the more than 40 years since Susan founded The Lazy Gourmet, we have continued to reaffirm our reputation as one of the city’s top catering companies and helped thousands of guests create unforgettable experiences via menus that showcase the very best seasonal fare thoughtfully sourced from local farms, fields and oceans and served with a side of our unique sense of hospitality.

Our staff was recognized for excellence not once but twice last year, helping us win the Catering category in Vancouver is Awesome’s Stars of Vancouver 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards and a nod as one of Vancouver’s top-three Catering companies in The Georgia Straight’s 25th annual Golden Plates awards. Susan was also singled out for praise in the 2022 edition of the Business in Vancouver BC500 List.

“We are thrilled to have Susan Mendelson, a culinary legend in Canada, Kevin and the entire The Lazy Gourmet team, join our Compass family,” said Jacques Webster, president of Eurest, a sector of the Compass Group. “We want The Lazy Gourmet to continue being what it always has been, with Susan and Kevin continuing to lead their day-to-day operations. Our goal is to harness The Lazy Gourmet’s ingenuity and passion for hospitality while giving them access to our resources to support sustained growth. We also can’t wait to learn from their unique style and award-winning recipe for success.”

 

We’re so excited to write a new chapter in The Lazy Gourmet’s ongoing story.

Ready? Set? Gourmet!



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