A Lively Chef Catering is an off-site catering company based in Garden City, Idaho. Founded in 1991, the company is owned and operated by Gary and Dee Hanes. Their passion for exquisite food combined with luxury catering services has made this family business to what it is today. They specialize in stylized buffets, plated dinners, and passed appetizers. In 2016, Executive Chef Kosta Pappas joined the company. He owns a restaurant in Los Angeles, and taken his journey through Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, and Seattle before coming to Boise. With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, from French 3-star Michelin restaurants to 5-star 5-Diamond hotels, his culinary expertise raises the bar for A Lively Chef Catering's standards and menu offerings.
A Lively Chef Catering offers event services such as delivery, set up, and clean up. As a full-service catering company, it also offers additional rental services such as tables, chairs, linens, china, and more.
A Lively Chef Catering provides catering services such as custom menus, breakfast/brunch, cake cutting, and many more. It offers cuisine styles that range from American and Asian to European and Mediterranean.
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Stacey · Getting married on 07/25/2020
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!Sent on 09/22/2014
A Lively Chef Catering's reply:Hi Stacey! Thank you so much for your kind review! It was a pleasure planning with you and we hope to work with you again in the future!
· Married on 10/05/2019
Top Shelf Food and Customer Service
We were so impressed with the outstanding customer service and such delicious food provided by A Lively Chef.Sent on 10/17/2019
They were so helpful during the planning process, providing a generous tasting and providing guidance on amounts needed for our guest count.
On the wedding day, the chef and staff responded to the dynamic changes occurring with the wedding day timeline. They were able to move up dinner by 1 hour when we identified changes happening several hours before the scheduled dinner time.
The food was so delicious! I am always worried about ordering chicken from past experiences, but the artichoke stuffed chicken was hot, juicy and so flavorful! The other dishes were equally standouts. Staff was friendly, professional and efficiently catered the event.
Thanks for all the assistance and all the delicious food which topped off this special day :)
A Lively Chef Catering's reply:Hi Cheryl! It was such a pleasure to work with you during the planning process! We appreciate all your kind words and we will pass the compliments along to the chef and catering staff. We hope to work with you again in the future and wish you, Jean Marie and Brent all the best!
Jeanmarie Geston · Married on 10/05/2019
Going above and beyond
I can't say enough as to how amazing Lively Chef is! They really did go above and beyond my expectations. They are extremely flexible and so thoughful. The food is phenomenal! The quality of the food for the price is amazing! I truthfully have nothing negative to say about them. If you want great food and amazing people hire Lively Chef for your wedding.Sent on 10/17/2019
5 Star caterer, great food , wonderful staff , they have been to our venue many times and always first class..
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.
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.