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Our Partnership

Our commitment to quality food, attention to detail through proper menu planning and our dedication to sustainability are the forefront of everything we do. SFU offers a variety of premier venues for meeting and program planners in Vancouver, suitable for any size and type of group. With our teams working together, the Lazy Gourmet and SFU Meeting, Event and Conference Services are eager to help you execute successful, well-catered events.

The Lazy Gourmet is delighted to be the exclusive caterer at SFU Downtown Vancouver. Having over 20 years of experience in the field of institutional catering and 40 years in the catering industry, we have the most tried and tested model for catering. Our 40 year history, connection to our community and our ability to be flexible allows a fruitful partnership between The Lazy Gourmet and SFU. 

Venues

SFU Downtown offers 4 distinct venues that are modern and well equipped for your group, from 6 to 350 guests. Click the links below to learn more about each facility.

Segal Building

Harbour Centre

Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Menus

We offer a variety of delicious, seasonal menus that are rooted in West Coast flavours, with an emphasis on fresh, local, sustainable ingredients. Our menus feature both long-time client favourites, as well as new, seasonal items. We can easily accommodate most dietary restrictions, including vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free. Choose from any of our menus, or let us know if you’d like us to customize an order. Our event planners work with you to create the perfect menu tailored specifically to your needs and desires. At The Lazy Gourmet, it’s our goal to make your food experience perfect and memorable.

 

2019 Catering Package

Daily Meeting Package

Plated Menus

Reception Menus

Your preliminary catering order is due 10 business days prior to your event. Modifications to your menu can be made up to 3 business days prior to the event. The final number of guests attending your event is required 3 business days prior to the event. If the number is not confirmed, SFU Meeting, Event and Conference Services will base the guarantee on the previously discussed attendance figure or actual attendance numbers, whichever is greater. Increases in guest count will be accepted until 24 hours prior to the event. 

How to Order

Highlights

Milano Coffee

We are proud to offer Vancouver-based Milano Coffee which is certified Fair Trade, organic and hand roasted, and not to mention, delicious. Your guests will be well caffeinated with the best quality coffee products, while supporting a local brand.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains

We believe that nutrition is a vital part of productivity, so your guests will be fueled by local, sustainable ingredients and meals that energize them rather than weighing them down.

Sustainability

The Lazy Gourmet adopts and upholds strong ethical values congruent with that of SFU and we’re always seeking to conduct business with in a fair manner. We have a “local first” purchasing policy which we forward to all our vendors which allows us to get access to local and sustainable product. For example, our vegetables all come from BC when available and in season. Our poultry products all come from the Fraser Valley and our beef from BC or Alberta. We will commit to switching a percentage of our chocolate to Fair Trade Canada certified as well of our bananas. Our human resource policies encompass fair labour and wages and are congruent with provincial and federal regulations. We work in conjunction with WCB to make sure that all resources are made available to all our staff in promoting a positive inclusive work environment.Sustainability is one of the main pillars in The Lazy Gourmet philosophy; we make sure that everything we do is mindful of the environment. This means that everything in the front and back of house has a plan of action to reduce our carbon footprint, and ensures the items we serve our guests are local and the best quality. Being a part of the Ocean Wise program helps us regulate the seafood items we use, and The Green Table Network assists in reducing our energy and product consumption. The Lazy Gourmet shows gratitude by practicing the reduce, reuse, recycle ideology to work towards a zero waste environment.

I. REDUCE
We are committed to reducing our carbon and ecological footprint by participating in the Green Table and Ocean Wise initiatives below.

II. REUSE
When ordering for your next event or corporate lunch, choose our re-usable, washable ceramic platters instead of disposable containers. We also offer re-usable bento boxes, for a more modern presentation. Our linen napkins are always available as an alternative to paper disposable napkins.

III. RECYCLE
 Once your party has ended, we recycle everything possible, from containers to paper products. We also donate food leftovers to local shelters, to help the community and reduce waste.

IV. Sustainability and Environmental Reduction

Green Table Member

We are an approved Green Table Member

As a GTN Approved Member we are:

  • Eliminating polystyrene (styrofoam) and non-recyclable plastics – trays, containers and cutlery will be recyclable or biodegradable.
  • Implementing full container and paper recycling programs – we’re also making improvements to our take-back programs.
  • Posting ‘turn it off’ light and faucet reminders to help promote good conservation habits.
  • Retrofitting current incandescent lighting to energy efficient technologies; this will reduce our carbon footprint by one-half tonne.
  • Purchasing 30-100% PCF recycled paper products, from menus to napkins.
  • Adopting a basic Sustainable Purchasing Policy – our ‘Green Team’ (Katie and Glen) is setting clear sustainability goals across our entire supply chain.
  • We have also installed low-flow fixtures on all our dish/cleaning sinks, saving thousands of litres of water and the energy to heat it.

OceanWise / Sustainable Seafood

We are a certified Ocean Wise partner

As a certified Ocean Wise partner, we choose our seafood options based on the Vancouver Aquarium’s sustainability recommendations. The choices are based on current research about limiting damage to our ocean habitats. Seafood with this symbol has been caught in a way that limits accidental catch of other species, specifically endangered ocean life.

To select the most sustainable options, look for the Ocean Wise symbol (if awarded the contract, this symbol will be added to your menu).

We are also a part of the Wild Salmon Supporters Network, and collaborate with other local supporters to promote this important cause.

NATURESILVER® CPLA CUTLERY

For many of our events, we are proud to offer NatureSilver®​ brand disposable cutlery – utensils made from renewable resources and certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute​. NatureSilver products are:

  • Made from 100% annual renewable resources
  • Made from PLA, a plant derived bio plastic
  • Compliant with ASTM standards for compostability
  • Made with a crystallized formula with greater thermal tolerance and strength
  • An attractive disposable option, made with a shiny crystal finish 

Contact us to plan your next SFU event

Team

Since 1979, when Susan Mendelson opened the doors of The Lazy Gourmet, one of Vancouver’s first catering companies, our team has  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. Please click below to meet your dedicated team for SFU Meetings, Catering & Events.

Kevin Mazzone

General Manager

Shannon Boudreau

Director of Sales and Events

Christine Noon

SFU Catering Manager

Wellness & Community

The Lazy Gourmet makes strategic alliances wherever possible to leverage social, economic and community opportunities.

  1. We work with Dress for Success, Jewish Family Services and Covenant House Vancouver to look for talent.
  2. We employ a purchaser whose primary purpose is to go into the local market to ensure we “buy local first”.
  3. Any leftover food that is deemed FOODSAFE is given to the Food Angels who pick up and distribute it to the most at need groups in Vancouver.
  4. The Lazy Gourmet enriches the community by giving back over $200,000 a year to local non-profits. Some of these local non-profits are: CLICK, The Dr. Peter AIDS foundation, The BC Cancer Foundation, The Arts Club Theater Company, The Vancouver Aquarium, QMUNITY, The Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Big Sisters, Children’s Wish  Foundation, A Loving Spoonful, UBC CAMPOUT, PIVOT Legal, UBC Hospital Foundation, Heritage Vancouver, The Vancouver Foundation, We Day, Face The World Foundation, The Vancouver Art Gallery.

Alongside SFU, we are pleased to offer the following initiatives to promote health and wellness for the environment, our team and our clients in all of our operations.

  1. Sustainable packaging that is environmentally-conscious
  2. Using ingredients that are biodegradable, free of parabens, cruelty-free, free of SLS/SLES, septic safe and safe for rivers, lakes and oceans
  3. Energy conservation practices

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Kevin Mazzone

General Manager

Kevin manages the whole operation and keeps things ticking along. He has been with The Lazy Gourmet for seven years, and works with Susan to implement the company’s vision and oversee management. He is also responsible for bidding, financials and buying decisions. As project manager of multiple simultaneous events, Kevin brings his passion for food, art, family and volunteering to everything he does.

Shannon Boudreau

Director of Sales and Events

Shannon oversees the sales team and executes hundreds of events a year, ranging from 6 to 15,000 people. She loves being part of some of the most interesting events in the city, with a team of passionate, creative people. (She also loves getting paid to eat really good food.) Shannon has an inimitable sense of humour – you can see her witty yet educational segments on CTV Morning Live and Noon hour.

Christine Noon

SFU Catering Manager

Christine has been with the Lazy Gourmet for 4 years and counting and is our Catering Manager who manages our operations with 4 Vancouver campuses for Simon Fraser University. Christine has a background in mechanical engineering and 15 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. She loves that everyday at work is different and she gets to work with a diverse and dedicated team to provide remarkable food and memorable service. We love the energy and enthusiasm Christine brings to the team!

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