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Meet the Team: Peter Toynbee

At the Lazy Gourmet, our team is the heart of everything we do. This week, we are excited to introduce you to Peter Toynbee.

Meet the Team

Peter Toynbee
Human Resources Manager

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Night of Wonders video

We were so proud to cater this year’s Night of Wonders for the Children’s Wish Foundation, with our GM Kevin Mazzone as a co-chair. A video has just been released capturing this incredible night and we are excited to share it with you.

Planning by Countdown Events and film by Life Studios Inc.

Royal Wedding Recipes

At the Lazy Gourmet, we love weddings and this year’s Royal Wedding is no exception!

Shannon had a great time on CTV Vancouver today, talking about Royal Wedding reception canapé ideas, complete with ginger snaps, fish and chips sliders, and a Union Jack cake.

Some of these items are still available to order from our Spring/Summer menu! Check it out here.

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ILEA Caterer of the Year

Last night, we attended the 3rd Annual ILEA Vancouver Awards Gala and were honoured to be named Caterer of the Year! It was wonderful to be acknowledged by ILEA and to celebrate with our peers in the Vancouver events industry. Take a look at the full list of nominees and winners below.

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Wedding Planning Podcast

Wedding season is upon us! Did you know that beyond simply catering, we provide full-service wedding planning? Our in-house Wedding Specialist Jennifer Fryer sat down with photographer Wilson Lau recently for a podcast about wedding planning and how we help couples create the perfect day. Some topics covered include:

How far in advance do you recommend couples book a caterer?

Tell me about your choices of ingredients. Where does the food come from?

What do you do towards sustainability?

What are little things that brides tend to forget about in terms of catering or food?

Are you able to work with various budgets to develop a menu? Fully custom

Where will the food be prepared? Is an on site kitchen necessary?

Can the couple provide the alcohol and you provide the bar tenders?

Do you take care of rentals, or does the couple need to rent the plates, tables, chairs etc?

Do you provide catering staff?

What happens with the leftovers?

 

Learn more about our wedding planning services here!

Meet the Team: Bakery Team

At the Lazy Gourmet, our team is the heart of everything we do. This week, we are excited to introduce you to our Bakery Team: Rebecca Rancier and David Arsenault.


Meet the Team

Rebecca Rancier and David Arsenault
Bakery Team Pastry Chefs

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Juno Awards Eats: Your viewing party menu made easy

The Juno Awards are coming up this weekend and we have been featured in the Vancouver Sun with Shannon’s tips on how to throw an unforgettable viewing party. Here are Shannon’s top secrets for easy hosting, that still makes an impact:

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Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada’s Night of Wonders 2018

Last week, the Lazy Gourmet was involved in a very special event with the Children’s Wish Foundation. Once again, we took part in their annual Night of Wonders Gala and this year was more meaningful because our General Manager Kevin Mazzone was a co-chair and oversaw the planning of the entire evening. In addition, our catering team provided a 3 course dinner, with Asian spiced short rib as the main attraction. Drinks for the evening included wines by Liquidity Wines and custom cocktails from the Liberty Distillery.

We were pleased to see an incredible turnout of 350 guests who attended the gala at the London Aviation Centre. The evening was a great success, raising a record-setting $550,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation to grant wishes for children in BC and the Yukon. The event has been featured in BC Business – click here to read the full feature!

Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, Children’s Wish has granted wishes to more than 25,000 children and their families.

Money raised at the gala will allow over 55 local children and families to see their wishes come true this year.

 

To read about last year’s event, click here.

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How to Host a Glam Oscars Viewing Party

The Oscars are taking place this Sunday! Our team gets very excited about awards season because who doesn’t love another excuse for a party? Our in-house events expert Shannon Boudreau sat down with Western Living recently with her tips on how to host a glamourous Oscars party. Read below for Shannon’s top 5 tips, and check out the full article here.

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Perfectly Suited at Indochino

Last week we held a special wedding partnership event with Indochino to showcase their products for “nearlywed” couples. Indochino is based in Vancouver and offers custom suits and apparel for men at an affordable price. We were excited to partner with them to host the event at their store in Yaletown for wedding planners and couples. We catered the event with passed appetizers, including warm polenta cube, tuna poke cones, mini Yorkshire puddings and brie and roasted apple grilled cheese sandwiches. As well, we set up a live bar installation with a fun interactive component, and a full dessert table with a selection of custom cakes. Thank you to Indochino for having us and to all the guests who attended. We look forward to being part of your weddings in 2018! Please check out the photos below by Taliah Leigh Photography.

For more information on our wedding catering and planning services, click here.

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