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Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.

- Brillat-Savarin

 

CHEF LAUREN CARTMEL

 
 

Lauren grew up on beautiful Vancouver Island where she attended VIU’s esteemed Culinary Program. After finishing school Lauren moved to Vancouver where she worked in the city's top restaurants for next seven years.

Wanting to travel and learn her craft, she packed her knives for a 2 year stint at Gordon Ramsay; London's only 3 Michelin starred restaurant at the time. In her time off, she found refuge from the hectic kitchen at the Chelsea Farmers Market. Lauren believes that when food is grown with care, the flavors shine through on their own.

Deciding to leave the 20-hour workdays for a life with sunny weather Lauren accepted a position at The Polo Lounge in the historic Beverly Hills Hotel. She then spent the next 10 years catering to the city's most high profile clientele.

Lauren and her two young children now live in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. Lauren’s cooking is farm to table focusing on farmers products that make Vancouver Island so special.

MA MAISON

 

Opened March 13, 2019.

Owned and operated by Lauren Cartmel and her team, on Chemainus Road, in Saltair BC. Serving a curated mix of fresh baked goods and deli style breakfast and lunch menus. Sourcing from the best local fare - farm to table style.

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Testimonials

 

 
Beautiful and delicious food served in a warm professional manner best describes Ma Maison.
Lauren has been our caterer for many years at Virginia Robinson Gardens and in our home.
— Jeanne Anderson, Beverly Hills, CA Former President, Friends of Robinson Gardens

BC Ferries, Art Unveiling Ceremony

80 Guests

We had Lauren cater a private function for us last Summer. We were incredibly impressed with not only the taste, presentation and originality of the dishes she served for us but also with her professionalism, communication and time management and her ability to work very well under a bit of pressure.
I wouldn’t think twice about hiring her to cater all of our events and highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for a wonderful chef to bring their event to the next level.
— Ashley and John Marston Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC

40th Birthday Celebration, A Night In Paris

Lauren and her team catered an event for us of about 100 people. The food was exactly as we hoped with delicious flavour and creative flare to perfectly match our theme. Plus she worked to give us the elegant choices we wanted but stayed within our budget. We had many guests commending the catering and I would strongly recommend Lauren for any small or large scale event. She has since done other events I’ve attended and the food and service is always outstanding!
— Amanda and Corey Redpath Saltaire, Vancouver Island, BC

Perfection!

We were very impressed with Lauren and her staff from Ma Maison Catering, their attention to professionalism; their attention to detail and their willingness to provide top-notch service was amazing!
Lauren and her staff transformed our restaurant into an absolutely dreamy venue, while providing all 30 plus guests with the most creative, fresh, locally sourced menu the meal was exceptional! The cocktails were awesome! The evening was perfection!
— “Sincerely” – Brad and Hilda Olberg, Owners – Fuego Old Town Eatery, Victoria BC

460 Realty - Holiday Party

Lauren from Ma Maison, was very professional from our initial conversation about the party to the final clean up
of the night. The entire day went smooth, the food was delivered on time, the service was impeccable. The food
was festive, unique, and delicious. All of the 80 guests at the Christmas party enjoyed their gourmet meals. I
would definitely have Lauren cater our next function. I would highly recommend Lauren.
— Angela West, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island 460 Realty
 

 

Summer Wedding 2018

The food was spectacular! Our guests would not shut up about it. We really value the time and effort put into each dish (not to mention the condiments/extras, and dessert!) Just amazing.
-Alex and Michelle, Vancouver, BC

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