Kale & Nori
KALE & NORI is an Urban Diner supporter
Founded in 2011, Kale & Nori Culinary Arts is a boutique, restaurant-style caterer specializing in healthy, ethical and seasonal cuisine paired with avant-garde mixology.
Kale & Nori Culinary Arts celebrates the collaboration of highly decorated industry professionals, Chef Jonathan Chovancek and Mixologist/Sommelier Lauren Mote. Our Vancouver based company is dedicated to producing elegant, fun and delicious events, while implementing positive social change through healthy and ethically sourced food and beverage ingredients.
Kale & Nori Culinary Arts creates menus focused on seasonal vegetables and ethical seafood sourced from Canadian artisans, fishermen and farms with bold global flavours. From glamourous cocktail parties, beautiful wedding receptions and multi-course plated dinners, to interactive client “hands-on” classes and events, each menu and event with Kale & Nori is completely custom. We exist to fulfill the wants needs and of the client to provide the best possible guest experience.
Lauren Mote, Owner
The Refinery, Chow, Goldfish, Hawksworth Catering, Lumière, Le Select Bistro
Kale & Nori co-owner Lauren Mote has been part of the food and beverage industry for over 12 years, and believes hospitality is everything. Spanning her knowledge and enthusiasm between Toronto and Vancouver, she has devoted her expertise to Le Sélect Bistro, Lumière, Goldfish Pacific Kitchen, Hawksworth Catering and Chow Restaurant.
From 2009-2011, Lauren was been behind the critically-acclaimed cocktail program at The Refinery, having written over 20 lists, and 240 contemporary cocktails using at least 75% homemade products like bitters, vermouths and fermented sodas. She’s also the founder of the Cocktail Kitchen Series, Vancouver’s largest and longest running cocktail and food pairing competition.
As a certified Sommelier and award-winning Mixologist, Lauren is able to provide an innovative and unique service for Kale & Nori clients. Being one of Canada’s foremost mixologists, Lauren continues to shape the way Vancouver consumes cocktails. Several of Lauren’s award-winning cocktails are developed using avant-garde mixology, “tasting note” deconstruction, and culinary theory. Lauren is also an accomplished writer, in addition to her role as Director & Events Co-ordinator for the CPBA – the Canadian Professional Bartender’s Association (founded 2010).
Jonathan Chovancek, Chef/Owner
Culinary Capers Catering, CBC, King Pacific Lodge, Zambri’s, Sooke Harbour House, Avalon, The Aerie Resort
Kale & Nori co-owner Jonathan Chovancek has over 16 years experience cooking across Canada in such award-winning, ingredient-driven restaurants as the Relais & Chateaux Aerie Resort, Sooke Harbour House, Eigensinn Farm, Avalon, Zambri’s, and King Pacific Lodge.
From 2005-2011 Jonathan was Chef de Cuisine at Culinary Capers Catering, Vancouver’s most prestigious catering company. Here, Chef Jonathan was responsible for the development and execution of its cuisine and creative menu development. During the 2006 and 2008 Olympic Games, Jonathan led Culinary Capers teams to Torino and Beijing respectively, where he earned rave reviews from a discriminating international clientele on both occasions. Of course, his skills were in full force throughout Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Games. Over a two-week period, Culinary Capers served an incredible 59,279 people at 578 events. Two months later, Jonathan’s food and wine pairing skills won the top prize at the the 2010 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Vintner’s Brunch. As one of the Vancouver’s top catering chefs, Chef Jonathan is sought out as an expert speaker and instructor – teaching thousands about catered arts in Las Vegas for the past 6 years at the Catersource – International Caterers Association annual conference. 2010 saw Chef Jonathan as the expert chef/host on CBC’s ground-breaking documentary, Village on a Diet, which was watched by over a million people weekly from coast-to-coast. Jonathan has contributed recipes to the OceanWise Cookbook, and CBC’s Live Right Now national campaign for promoting healthy lifestyle. Jonathan is a regularly featured guest on CityTV’s Breakfast Television as well as CBC’s Steven & Chris Show. Jonathan’s uniquely creative spirit, dedication to a healthy lifestyle and passionate organic philosophy have evolved into a gospel that he lives by, in both his personal and professional kitchens.
He is committed to using the freshest possible ingredients and can be found shopping daily at Granville Island Public Market and local Farmer’s markets. Jonathan is a consultant with Growing Chefs, a Vancouver-based non-profit society that brings professional chefs into elementary school classrooms to teach children how to plant, maintain, harvest and enjoy the bounty of their very own urban vegetable gardens. In his personal time, Jonathan is a world traveller, guitar player and fitness fanatic who relies on healthy food to fuel his energetic lifestyle!
“Kale & Nori provided amazing service with a clear focus on what it takes to make an event successful, especially in the Vancouver Market. Chef Jonathan Chovancek and Lauren Mote bring dedication to excellence and as well their passion for their craft is inspirational. We look forward to having them a part of future events and being inspired by their delicious culinary and cocktail creations!” ~ Chase Stampe, Provincial Sales Director, BC, Brown-Forman Canada, July 2011
“Jonathan Chovancek and Lauren Mote, both from great restaurant and beverage backgrounds nationally and internationally, have finally opened one of Vancouver’s new and exciting culinary enterprises with their Kale & Nori. Having known and worked with them both socially and professionally, I am impressed with their insightful enthusiasm and knowledge on foods and beverages regional and far and wide.” ~ Nathan Fong & Associates, Culinary Film Design; Director, IACP (Int’l Ass’n of Culinary Professionals); Founder and Chair, Passions for The Dr Peter Centre; IACP Award of Excellence (Foodstyling) Celebrating 21 years on GlobalTV; The Vancouver Sun, columnist, July 2011