About Us

Our Story

Foundry was founded in 2001 under the name Pacific Restaurant Supply. Beginning as a traditional equipment dealership, we became the local mainstay for hospitality entrepreneurs looking for service they were not getting elsewhere. Our business has always been about these relationships. In fact our clients were the inspiration behind starting a design house within the walls of our first showroom. As we began designing more and more commercial kitchens, the issue then became consistent access to quality custom stainless. This led us to acquire 304 innovations – a local fabrication shop in Port Coquitlam, BC. We expanded the design and fabrication divisions alongside developing innovative project management processes to provide our clients with consistent execution. We decided to cease selling smallwares and tabletop products in 2020 to shift our focus from supplies and devote our energy to commercial kitchen projects. In celebrating our 20 year anniversary, we re-branded in 2021 to Foundry Commercial Kitchens. Allowing us to fully embrace our passion for concept to complete high performance kitchens.

Our Purpose

We believe in forging together bold ideas, good food and great people.

Bold Ideas

We share amongst ourselves and with each of our clients an innate passion for the work we do, and the goals we want to realize. We recognize it takes boldness, grit, guts and perseverance to bring ambitions to life, and spearhead what it takes to make them happen. We truly understand and celebrate those who are bold enough to reach their goals, whatever they are. So we bring our adventurous thinking and problem-solving to the table. We are the catalyst that has the understanding to interpret, the skills to realize, and the competitive drive to exceed ambitions.

Good Food

We’re enthusiastically engaged with the entire industry, so naturally, food is at the heart of our culture. Both in and outside of our workplace. Food nourishes us in so many ways. It’s fuel, sure, but beyond needing it to survive, it’s a creative expression and exploration that engages every one of our senses. We love food when it is comforting and nostalgic as much as when it’s unexpected or experimental. This means we’re eager to set up kitchens and chefs to imagine, create and serve great food of all kinds that brings us together and bonds us.

Great People

We don’t just have client contracts or employees — we take the time to nurture true partnerships with outstanding people, which then become friendships and familial bonds. This comes naturally to us, because we’re truly passionate about “our people”. We spend the time to truly understand them and are inspired by their goals and ambitions. We’re connected with them through our shared devotion to creating something of real value that others can appreciate. We channel our mutual passion into making things that are remarkable and seeing them take off.

Our Team

We are a collection of foodservice professionals passionate about creative concept solutions. From designers, to fabricators to project coordinators. Each team member brings immense value to our process. We are united by the pursuit to help our customers open their doors and create inspiring culinary experiences.

Meet the Leadership Team

Jay Evanow

CEO

Jay is a driven and passionate business leader who is a lifelong learner. Jay’s role is to lead the Foundry team towards achieving our vision. He is passionate about continuous improvement and building a organization with strong team development and client partnerships. Jay loves to spend time with his family, dine out and play the drums.

Jason Gilron

President

Jason is a veteran of the foodservice and hospitality industry, having worked in a variety of roles over the past 30 years that range from dishwasher to cook to executive chef to culinary consultant. Jason has contributed to the company’s growth since he joined the team in 2008, including key roles in business development, foodservice design & specification, project management, product curation, brand strategy, and company culture.

Luke Evanow

Chairman

Luke has been a visionary and strategic leader at Foundry since 2003. In 2009 he acquired what is now Foundry Stainless Fabrication and in 2012 acquired Pacific Restaurant Supply. Luke continues to plays an active role in the vision and strategy of Foundry. He loves getting involved in clients development and helping them deliver on their goals.

Wes Morris

Director of Sales

BC born and raised with tenures working internationally in Tennessee and Eastern Europe, Wes leverages a diverse background and deep experience in team leadership, project management and sales within his current role. With a strong passion for cooking, eating out and community, he finds himself during off hours training for triathlons to burn off the extra calories.

Megan Rattenbury

Director of Operation

Megan is a seasoned and highly accomplished leader. She has spent her career in the hospitality industry and has a true passion for leadership. When not leading her team to success you can find her hiking, travelling or toasting to a good meal.

Mark Gosse

CFO

Mark brings more than 30 years experience having worked in many industries such as engineering, aviation and manufacturing. A diehard Maple Leafs fan, he enjoys playing hockey, exercising, and spending time with his family.

Foundry Gives Back

As a values based business, we believe in giving back to the community that we are part of. Foundry is proud to support and promote these incredible organizations and community initiatives. We also offer our team full pay during days they volunteer at any community organizations, as well as matching donations to charities our team members support.

Dan’s Legacy – Presenting sponsor of Chef’s in the House

Dan’s Legacy provides trauma-informed and culturally sensitive counselling and life-skills programs to youth at risk in Metro Vancouver. These young people, aged 15 to 25, are at significant risk of overdose, self-harm, homelessness and suicide.

Mission Possible – Impact Sponsor

Mission Possible supports individuals who are challenged with poverty to navigate their journey to a sustainable livelihood. They do this through supporting individuals with employment training and individual coaching in their Employment Readiness Program, and through offering supportive, transitional work opportunities in their social enterprises

Growing Chef’s – LunchLAB Program Support

Growing Chef’s, partnering with Fresh Roots, provides an in-school meal program to offer students and their families delicious, healthy, chef-prepared meals.

Kinbrace – Kinbrace Companion Circle Member

Kinbrace offers housing and integration support to people seeking refugee protection in Canada. Inspiring transformative communities where refugee claimants and Canadians flourish together.

Opportunity International – Corporate Partner

Opportunity International provides access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to 19.5 million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in 30 countries use these financial services to expand businesses, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbours and build a safety net for the future.

What our clients are saying

Foundry Commercial Kitchens has looked after JJ Bean from our beginning. When I say ‘looked after’ I mean great service, fair pricing, and most importantly getting it there when they say they will get it there.

John Neate
President of JJ Bean

The experience I've had at Foundry Commercial Kitchens has been invaluable to say the least. Not only did their expertise help shape my operation into an effective module but the ease of doing business, professionalism and commitment I received was second to none in the market. I felt I had a partner aiding me to succeed rather than a supplier who sold me equipment. They're true pioneers in their field and I would highly recommend working with the team there.

Fadi Eid
Jamjar Restaurants

The GLOWBAL COLLECTION has been doing business with Foundry Commercial Kitchens for years now and have been more than pleased with the outstanding service they provide. They understand our business needs and their commitment to customer service parallels their passion to deliver!

Emad Yacoub
President of Glowbal Collection

How can we help?

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