Ken Lauzon is widely recognized in the Okanagan as a hospitality leader. He discovered his passion for the culinary world and his love of entertainment early on in life, which led him to a career in hospitality management that is undoubtedly his calling.
Ken entered a management role for the first time in 1983 at Wellington’s Fine Food, a renowned steak house in Calgary, Alberta. He held that position for five years before a craving for new experiences led him to a General Manager position at The Bedford Hotel in Victoria, B.C. The Bedford was a small boutique hotel of forty rooms that included a full service restaurant and Garrick’s Head Pub which was created under Ken’s tenure. In 1992, Ken ventured back to Calgary, Alberta after accepting the position of General Manager for The 400 Club, an exclusive downtown dining club boasting 1200 members.
Ken made his way to the Okanagan Valley in 1999 to act as a General Manager of Hillside Estate Winery, which remains a leading winery in the Okanagan today. Ken oversaw all aspects of wine production and sales as well as the notable creation of the Barrel Room Bistro.
Ken’s professional creativity and continuing development encouraged him to begin an independent enterprise. In 2005, Ken put his heart and soul into the launching of his own restaurant, The Black Iron Grill, as well as his own catering company, Okanagan Vintage Catering in Penticton, B.C. Both operations grew into great successes and were graced by an endearing quantity of regular local clientele.
Whilst operating two full time businesses, Ken spent his spare time working as the Manager of Food and Beverage for Curling Canada’s premier events. This light task included the coordination and overseeing of all food and beverage services for all major Canadian curling events such as The Brier, Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Men’s and Women’s World Championships, Canada Cups, and Olympic Trials.
During his time in the Okanagan, Ken contributed his expertise and passion to various noteworthy sectors of tourism and hospitality, thereby expanding his local reputation as an expert in his field. He was notably, a founding member of Destination Naramata and The Naramata Bench Winery Association, which later became the model that was replicated in all other B.C. wine regions. Ken also dedicated time to the Penticton Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Penticton, VQA Marketing Committee and the B.C. Restaurant Association among various other positions in hospitality associations.
The most recent chapter in the Saga of Ken Lauzon is his involvement as General Manager at Frind Estate Winery. Ken is ecstatic about this new venture and is looking forward to contributing his ample experience and innovative ideas to the circle of bright minds and passionate people behind Frind Estate Winery
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