nurture retreat catering Lauren KolynBESPOKE RETREAT CATERING

Imagine the food at your retreat being a notable part of your offering – a culinary love letter to everything your company represents!  

I am passionate about working with food as a tool for storytelling, creating a seamless experience that enhances participant connection to both your branded offering and one another through the act of sharing intentional, creative meals.

From the ingredients to the styling and presentation, everything is custom designed to best support and nourish you and your attendees, the story of your company,  and the work you are doing together.

Nurture menus are vegetarian – inspired by a whole foods, seasonal approach featuring local, organic produce. All participants feel welcome and included, as allergies and food sensitivities are fully accommodated. 


As a kid, I artisanally sprinkled sumac berries on my mud pies that I sold in my ‘bakery’ under my tree fort. I have been developing my relationship with food and aesthetic ever since.

I specialize in working with food as a tool to evoke the essence of a creative project and support the story that wishes to be expressed. I care deeply about food and beauty. Intentionality and organic sensuality shine through in all of my dishes and plating. 

Apart from my experience founding a monthly supper club where the menus aesthetically represent artistic collaborators, I have professional bakery kitchen experience, a voracious appetite for food knowledge and read cookbooks like novels. My extensive experience in working closely with photographers as a second shooter, model, stylist and art director incorporates a deep understanding of how food works with the camera. 

assorted tartines Lauren Kolyn PhotographyMENU DESIGN & CONSULTATION

Do you have an aesthetic vision or concept for a space, event or culinary experience but need support telling that story through food? Particularly, would you like to address the ever-growing need for dishes that accommodate food sensitivities like gluten, dairy, starch or sugar but have no idea where to start?

I take your vision and translate it into menu ideas, bespoke recipes and food experience design that reflects the essence and spirit of the work you do and supports the way you want those who interact with your offering to feel.

I take in your brand story, your ‘why’, and your concept needs then do extensive research that informs how those can be addressed through food. I then test and taste the recipes, ensuring deliciousness and consistency, depth of flavour, marketability and aesthetic appeal. Those with food sensitivities feel intentionally included in the dining experience, which helps everyone feel welcome at your table!


Ohhhhhh, girl. you slayed. The love and joy in the food was tasted in every bite. You truly have a gift. I loved every single aspect of the food, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. And I still can’t believe you did gluten free and dairy free for me, and presented it in such a loving way, sharing that it brought you delight to do this. You really are special, gosh!

Christine Russell, Founder of 889 Yoga

Sonja created a menu that was so spot on with our retreat content it added more than just flavor. After each session we were met with a meal that refueled us, made us feel supported, warm, loved and seen. It’s hard to understand how much food can change your event until you’ve worked with Sonja.

Sonja’s food cooked ‘Nurture Style’ nurtured our souls and bellies in every way. The only thing I would have changed is making the retreat longer so we could eat more of this food. No joke. Do yourself a favor and book Sonja right now, the investment I made in her was the smartest add on to our retreat this year, we will never do it without her.

Kalin Sheick, Founder of Stems & Sprigs, Hygge Retreat

Sonja is a magician in the kitchen!  The menu she designed for my event was a feast for the senses – the look and feel of every bite were lovingly curated with  her exquisite taste and attention to detail. She is an absolute joy to work with and is clearly passionate about meaningful, beautiful food. I recommend Sonja and Nurture without reservation!

Sarah Slean, Singer/Songwriter

As brain-based executive coaches we were looking for an organic brain-friendly menu for our workshops to optimize our client’s learning experience. Sonja delivered and then some! She created a nutrient packed menu that not only fuelled everyone for the day, but tasted delicious and looked incredible! All of our clients gave her 10 out of 10! Sonja is now our one and only workshop chef!

Ayla & Yashar Khosroshahi, MindShift Ninja