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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Barbara Borden · Married on 10/20/2018
A Lively Chef was great to work with. Celeste did a wonderful job with the estimating and menu suggestions leading up to our daughter's wedding reception. She was very responsive in getting back to me when I had questions. Matt and Bobby did a great job at the reception setting up, serving and cleaning up. And the food was delicious! We will definitely recommend A Lively Chef to others.
Brett Kennedy · Married on 10/13/2018
They make planning easy....
A Lively Chef Catering was great to work with from the start. Our guests loved the food and thought it was delicious. They responded quickly when asked to quote our wedding. Every team member was friendly and professional the entire time. The communication during the planning was excellent. Always answered my questions quickly and thoroughly. The set up was done on time and exactly as they discussed. The staff during the event went above and beyond to help our guests. We even had one ours guests mention that one of the team members gave her a few pointers on how to play shuffleboard. Very attentive to the needs of every guest including those in the wedding party. They understood some of the stresses that the bride and groom feel the day of the wedding and did everything in their power to mitigate some of those stress points. That included making a plate of appetizers before the wedding for the groom so he could eat before the ceremony started. The break down of the event was smooth and with very little disruption to the reception. We are extremely happy with our choice and would highly recommend them to host a wedding or event to anyone.Sent on 11/14/2018
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Courtney Simons · Married on 09/15/2018
AMAZING catering company!
We has such a wonderful experience with A Lively Chef catering company from start to finish! Sherry & Celeste helped us work through our menu preferences and had very strong email and phone call communication throughout the whole process. Lively Chef works in close relations to your rental company (for linens, dishware, glasses, etc.) so they take care of all that back and forth communication so you don't have to worry about it, it was amazing! They did a venue walk-through with us to make sure everyone was on the same page and were very catering to our needs. On our wedding day, everything went off without a hitch and the food was incredible. We had guest telling us it was some of the best buffet style, wedding food they'd ever had! Not to mention, the staff was very friendly and took great care of our guests' needs. We will be using this company for future catering!Sent on 10/17/2018
A Lively Chef Catering's reply:
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.