About Potluck Café Society
An award–winning social enterprise, Potluck Café Society (a registered charity) owns and operates Potluck Catering, a thriving catering business in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside that employs neighbourhood residents in many forms of low-barrier income generating roles.
Potluck is driven by a commitment to addressing the needs of the community. By offering employment opportunities and practical training to individuals facing barriers, Potluck aims to empower and uplift individuals by providing them with a chance to improve their lives. Additionally, by providing nutritious food to residents in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Potluck strives to promote health and well-being in the community. Our ultimate goal is to make a positive and lasting impact on individuals' lives and contribute to the overall betterment of the community.
We’ve been doing this work since 2001, and are proud to be both a leader and a collaborator in a movement that uses training and employment as a dignified means of helping people regain their confidence, skills, and economic independence.
Potluck Catering contributes all revenue to Potluck Café Society, supporting community programming.
Meet The Office Team
Culture. Commitment. Community.
Our amazing team has a wealth of experience, from the hotel world, non-profit administration and everything in between.
We pride ourselves in being an inclusive work place.
Proud to be the Executive Director at Potluck Cafe Society, Naved contributes several decades of international experience in the hospitality industry with leading brands including Fairmont, Starwood, Hyatt, InterContinental and Oberoi hotels. He holds Business Administration & Hotel Operations Diploma from Oberoi School of Hotel Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Bombay.
Naved loves to cook, travel and being behind a camera.
Bio coming soon!
Sous - Chef
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Gilles was born and educated in France; he acquired his accounting experience working in Monaco at a CPA firm for 15 years. He moved to Canada in 1998 and built his own business, Scorpio Consulting Accounting, shortly after. He joined Potluck in October 2002 and is one of our longest and most cherished employees. After spending almost 25 years in his adoption country, he is proud to say he is Canadian. Gilles loves cooking, soccer, playing music and spending time with friends & family.
Bio Coming Soon!
Social Programs Manager
Bio Coming Soon!
Catering and Events Manager
Anissa joined our team in March 2023. She is a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University and is passionate about joining our team at Potluck Catering. While completing her Bachelor of Communication and Minor in Digital Publishing, she was an active member of the SFU Softball team. Anissa is originally from Ontario and moved to BC in 2018. She loves to travel and try new foods!
Employment Support Worker
Baharak graduated with her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2021 and plans on pursuing a lifelong career in social work. She currently works at a Shelter Resource Worker when not with Potluck and is beyond excited to be at Potluck and to build community connections. Baharak loves hiking the North Shore trails and using any and all puppies as a reason to take a break for a minute or two.
Board of Directors