Vancouver catering company The Lazy Gourmet has joined Compass Group Canada, a leading food service provider. The deal will see The Lazy Gourmet and its entire team of 130 join the company to further the locally-run business’ footprint in Metro Vancouver and beyond.
Susan Mendelson, who co-founded The Lazy Gourmet in 1979, will stay on and continue to provide her veteran catering lens for the company, while long-time, award-winning general manager Kevin Mazzone will continue to take the reins and lead the talented team.
“Having completed 43 years in business, with the last year being our most successful to-date, I can only reflect on how proud I am of our team and all we have accomplished together, including overcoming the challenges of the pandemic,” said Mendelson. “We have come out of it stronger than ever, so when Compass Group Canada approached us with the opportunity, I knew they were the right partner to take The Lazy Gourmet to the next level. I am excited to see how our team, including Kevin, my partner and general manager of the company, will learn and grow under the banner of such a successful and esteemed company.”
The Lazy Gourmet has prided itself on its ability to create unforgettable culinary experiences, big or small. During that time, Mendelson has achieved multiple awards of recognition for building The Lazy Gourmet into the much-loved hospitality service provider it is today. With its focus on uncompromising quality of ingredients and West Coast hospitality, The Lazy Gourmet has catered events across the spectrum, including small breakfast meetings, to prominent, large-scale events, including the 2010 Olympic Games and PGA Tour.
As the country’s largest food service provider, Compass Group Canada manages a vast portfolio of food service across a variety of sectors including education, business and industry, sports and entertainment and healthcare. The company believes their team of executive chefs, procurement division, and established business acumen, coupled with The Lazy Gourmet’s best-in-class hospitality team is a perfect match.
“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 Compass Group. “We want The Lazy Gourmet to continue being who they always have been, with Susan and Kevin continuing to lead their day-to-day operations. Our goal is to harness their 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.”