We respectfully acknowledge the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, on which SFU Burnaby is located.

Welcome to Rooted, a program dedicated to showcasing Indigenous cuisine at Simon Fraser University—both through this catering menu and a menu at SFU's Dining Commons. In collaboration with Indigenous chef, Steph Baryluk, we've created a collection of fusion dishes inspired by Indigenous flavours and ingredients. Along with each dish, you'll find educational resources and personal notes from Chef Steph about the dishes or ingredients used and their cultural significance. Join us on a journey of culinary discovery and cultural appreciation as we continue to grow and expand our Rooted Catering menu.

Meet The Chef

Steph Baryluk 

Chef Steph Baryluk (BAR-luck) created the Rooted Catering and Dining Commons menus at SFU. She is Teetl'it Gwich'in and is from Teetl'it Zheh (Fort McPherson), Treaty 11 Territory located in the Northwest Territories and now resides in Tsawwassen, BC with her husband and two kids. After completing her Red Seal as a Cook she knew she wanted to do more with her Indigenous roots. Chef Steph has hosted cooking classes and speaking engagements in her hometown, at the FAO in Rome, and across the Lower Mainland. She also launched her own company, MRS B’S JERKY, which is a play on traditional caribou dried meat ‘Nilii Gaii’ but made with beef. She's excited to share her Indigenous cuisine and stories with the SFU community.


Rooted Catering Dishes

Explore the stories behind our Rooted catering dishes. 


Created by Chantelle Trainor-Matties

Chantelle Trainor-Matties is an artist from British Columbia, Canada with Nisga’a and Métis heritage that specializes in illustration, graphic design, painting as well as mural work. She works for herself and does freelance and contract work for private and commercial clientele through her small business Frettchan Studios. Her work ranges from bold contemporary Northwest coast formline to charming cartoons to painterly realism.

"For this design I wanted to emphasize the contemporary Northwest Coast formline as the foundation, incorporating some key elements such as the ovoid and U-shape, then having the roots draw from this foundation would in turn keep the tree strong, beautiful, and fruitful. To represent the program "Rooted: Bringing Indigenous Flavours to SFU", the design symbolizes going back to your roots." -Chantelle

Connect With Chantelle

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Indigenous Suppliers

Are you an Indigenous-owned food brand that's interested in working with SFU? We'd love to hear from you, please email