Gather at Place Vanier


Globally inspired, locally sourced meals are our passion! Gather serves up fresh, healthy, West Coast contemporary cuisine with global inspiration seven days a week. Where else can you find gourmet burgers, Vij’s Indian, Latin American street food, sushi burritos, and an awesome salad bar all in one place?

Fresh seafood is Ocean Wise™ certified, we serve local and/or organic fruits and vegetables, and our beef burgers and fresh chicken are halal. Our dietitian supports all students with Residence Meal Plans.

Location & Hours

Gather at Vanier

Place Vanier Residence
1935 Lower Mall
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What’s cooking at Gather

Satisfy those food cravings with authentic international flavours and great local ingredients. During the Winter Session, enjoy seven hot food stations plus all-day salad, fruit and pasta bars, daily soups and congee, baked goods and sweet treats.


Featuring handmade burgers made with local beef, hand-cut fries and other grill favourites. For breakfast, come for the scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns and signature breakfast sandwiches.

Service Hours:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Opening August 20, 2017

Fresh Fare

Fresh Fare celebrates the plant-based diet with satisfying, energizing and deeply crave-able dishes. Start your day with a Strawberry Smoothie Bowl, energize yourself with an Incredi-bowl for lunch, and ease into the evening with a Southwest Bowl or hearty Botanical Garden Burger. They’re all delicious and packed with fresh, healthy and minimally processed ingredients!

Service Hours:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Opening August 20, 2017

Simply Local

All dishes at Simply Local are locally sourced, minimally processed, and use organic ingredients whenever possible. Menu changes daily and is made without the top 10 allergens.

Service Hours:

Lunch and Dinner
Opening August 20, 2017

Vij’s Indian

Vikram Vij’s famous curries are making an appearance at UBC! Come for heart-warming dishes that celebrate the diverse flavours of India and the best ingredients from local producers.

Service Hours:

Lunch and Dinner
Opening August 20, 2017


Celebrate the flavours of Latin America! Featuring Mexican, Colombian, Brazilian specialties from tacos and tamales to ceviche, empanadas and tasty spicy salads.

Service Hours:

Lunch and Dinner
Opening August 20, 2017


Gyazā means “gather” in Japanese! Serving fresh and delicious poke bowls and sushi burritos made-to-order with Ocean Wise seafood.

Service Hours:

Lunch and Dinner
Opening August 20, 2017


Healthy and delicious smoothies for breakfast and lunch, plus delectable desserts at dinner. All smoothies are made from whole foods, without fillers and added sugar.

Service Hours:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Opening August 20, 2017

Soup, Sides and Salad Bar

Grains, vegetable sides and daily soups, all prepared in-house.

Service Hours:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Opening August 20, 2017

Nutrition Support

Have a question about dietary restrictions or allergies? Want to eat healthier but need some help? Our Registered Dietitian, Melissa Baker, can help all students on the Residence Meal Plan.

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Our Food Values

We provide sustainable, diverse and memorable dining experiences. We believe wholesome, healthy food is a priority because our guests, our food, and our wellbeing matters.

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Meet Our Gather Leaders!

Daniel Chiang

Executive Sous Chef, Residence Dining 

Daniel is an award-winning chef with over 20 years of experience climbing the ranks at Vancouver Hyatt and Hilton Vancouver Metrotown. A graduate from the Vancouver Community College culinary program, he believes food should be sophisticated, yet not complicated.

Steve Golob

Residence Chef, Gather at Vanier

Over 40+ years in the industry, Steve has worked for major hotels, hosted a TV cooking series, advocated for healthy cooking through Farm to School Canada and Sprouting Chefs, and worked closely with UBC Farm and SEEDS. He trained at George Brown College in Toronto.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the vision behind Gather?

Gather takes inspiration from bold international flavours and local ingredients. It is envisioned as a space for students to gather, refuel, and feel at home, as well as a gathering place that welcomes the campus community as a whole. The bright, modern design showcases the best offerings from our experienced culinary team, including a spectacular salad bar, gourmet burgers and fries, plant-based delicacies, Latin American flavours, sushi burritos and poke bowls, Indian food from local celebrity chef Vikram Vij and more.

What makes Gather different from other university dining operations?

Taking inspiration from Open Kitchen, Gather did not adapt the typical 21-day rotational menu cycle used at most other residence dining facilities; instead, about 70% of the menu is now static with daily and weekly features. This innovative move gave Chef Steve Golob the opportunity to focus on perfecting a range of unique and delectable signature dishes. Examples include authentic Latin American dishes like tacos, ceviche and empanadas; handmade burgers made from local beef; hearty vegetarian fare; sushi burritos and poke bowls; and an exquisite salad bar featuring fresh seasonal ingredients from the UBC Farm.

What other food and/or beverage locations are near Gather?

Gather is located on Lower Mall near University Boulevard. Magda’s Late Nite Market, Harvest and Mercante are right nearby. The Loop, Open KitchenHero Coffee + Market, and Totem Dining Room within a few minutes walk of Place Vanier.

Have questions about your Residence Meal Plan? We’ve got answers.

Select Gather Purveyors

We are proud to be sourcing ingredients from our valued partners below.

UBC Farm

Our chefs take great delight in making use of super fresh, organic and extremely local produce from our very own UBC Farm whenever possible. UBC Farm ingredients include seasonal herbs, fruits and vegetables.

Ethical Bean 

Fair Trade, certified organic, locally roasted, bird-friendly, and shade-grown coffee. From field to cup, Ethical Bean is committed to providing farmers a fair price while minimizing environmental impact.

Wendel’s True Foods

A family company located in Fort Langley, BC, Wendel’s makes certified gluten-free bakery products with quality natural and organic ingredients.

Happy Planet

Started by two Vancouver boys with big dreams and a big blender, Happy Planet is one of Canada’s leading natural juice and smoothie companies.

Hardbite Chips

Based in Maple Ridge, BC, Hardbite Chips are hand-cooked in small batches from local Fraser Valley potatoes. They are non-GMO, gluten-free and have no trans fat or cholesterol.

Windset Farms

Headquartered in the fertile Fraser Valley in BC, Windset Farms has been delivering fresh, beautiful produce for over a decade, using state-of-the-art technology, responsible growing practices and a gentle hand.

Bento Sushi

Hand-crafted sushi made fresh each day in Richmond and delivered to residence each morning. Bento Sushi is the largest Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified restaurant chain in Canada. It is also a partner of Seachoice, Canada’s most comprehensive sustainable seafood program.

Albion Fisheries

Started in 1963 out of the back of a pick-up truck, Albion now employs 300 people in Western Canada. All fresh seafood provided is Ocean Wise™ certified.

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