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A Lively Chef is a caterer based in Garden City, Idaho. Founded in 1991, this family- and woman-owned business is run by Gary and Dee Hanes. Their passionate love for exquisite food combined with luxurious catering services has earned them an excellent reputation in the locality serving prestigious organizations and across the country to include Restaurant Impossible and Food Network. Whatever way you prefer to dine, our team of professional chefs will make sure your meal is delicious, carefully prepared, and unforgettable.


The Following Services Offered by A Lively Chef Catering:

Full-Service Buffet

Stylized Buffets are specialized and themed buffets to coordinate with the event where all entrees are served. Services also include the company bringing their own buffet tables, buffet tablecloths, buffet service ware, re-stocking food / beverages, bussing, cleaning, and garbage removal.

Plated and Family Style Dinners

Plated and Family Style events feature The Chef and Kitchen team onsite to prepare and plate food for the Catering Manager and Team to serve to the guests at their tables. The Catering Manager onsite will lead the entire team to orchestrate the time and accuracy to ensure a wonderful dining experience for the guests.

Plated dinners require a full China package which can include Salad Plate, Dinner Plate, Dessert Plate, Salad Fork, Dinner Fork, Dessert Fork, Dinner Knife, Steak Knife, Water Goblets, and (2) 1-Litre Water Carafes. Napkins, tablecloths, tables, chairs, and more are handled separately.

Our catering team can assist presetting tables which means setting the table with plates, utensils, goblets, napkins, etc. During a plated, China plates will be pre-staged in the designated kitchen area for plating along with the water carafes for water service to the tables.

Our team will bus, refill carafes, clean, scrape and stage China, etc. for rental pick up. Depending on the rental company, please note, our team does not wash dishes.

Delivery Drop Off Buffet on Service Wares and Disposables

Passed and Stationed Appetizers and Desserts

Pick up Options

  • Native American-owned
  • Woman-owned
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Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
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Set Up
Clean Up

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Breakfast / Brunch
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres

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Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Nut Free

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Reviews of A Lively Chef Catering

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Sy&Knox F. Sent on 10/27/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Caterers

We recently had the pleasure of using the catering services provided by A Lively Chef for our wedding in McCall. We were thoroughly impressed. The food was excellent. The variety of dishes offered was impressive and catered to a range of dietary restrictions. The staff was non-intrusive and performed their job well throughout the event. They were very professional and friendly to work with while getting the event planned. Overall, we would highly recommend this catering company for any event or occasion - they truly exceeded our expectations.
Stacey Sent on 09/22/2014
5 out of 5 rating
We had an incredible experience with A Lively Chef from START to FINISH. Every one of the staff members that we worked with was professional, responsive, and so easy and fun to work with. I would recommend them for any event - big or small. They go out of their way to ensure that everything is covered and made sure to follow up if something goes unanswered. We received numerous rave reviews about the food, the way it tasted and the presentation. We are so happy with the way everything turned out and would use them again in a heartbeat!
Liz S. Sent on 07/11/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Service, Even Better Food!

If I could give more than 5 stars I would. We used A Lively Chef to cater our wedding and they did not disappoint! Our photographer recommended them, and they were professional and responsive during the whole planning process. The tasting was amazing and guaranteed that our food would be just what we were looking for. We were able to book our tents, tables, and chairs through a third party with them as well which made our planning process so much easier! We asked so many questions, and they all were answered without hesitation. They were able to accommodate different dietary restrictions as well which was a plus! Through this crazy time, we could always count on them to provide exceptional service. I would highly recommend their services for any events!
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Fox Canyon Vineyards Fox Canyon Vineyards Winery Weddings

5 Star caterer, great food , wonderful staff , they have been to our venue many times and always first class..

Ampersand Studios Ampersand Studios Wedding Photographers

A Lively Chef is our VERY FAVORITE caterer, and the ones that we always choose to cater our own events. Gary and his team are always extremely professional, presentable, and their food is incredible with beautiful presentation. They are a great value as you will get so much more than you expect and the best of the best customer service. We absolutely love this crew and we've been working with them on events for almost a decade.

Fourth Street Gardens Fourth Street Gardens Park & Outdoor Weddings

We allow brides to choose their own caterers and we are always excited to have A Lively Chef out here. While we don't crash the receptions, we always want to when we see his food. Yummy.

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