A Lively Chef is a family owned and operated business that has been serving the Treasure Valley for over 25 years. We offer full service catering and event services for weddings, corporate events and all social gatherings.
THE COMPANY: At A Lively Chef we are committed to scratch-made, gourmet food with outstanding services. We specialize in stylized buffets, plated dinners, & passed appetizers. As an off-site catering company we can cater anywhere! We also offer event rentals and setup services such as: tables, chairs, linens, china, and more. Our Event Director will lend her expertise to help cover every detail. We cater small private parties to elaborate weddings and everything in between.
THE CHEF: Executive Chef Kosta Pappas joined our team in 2016. Growing up in his family’s restaurant in Los Angeles, his culinary journey has taken him to 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 extensive and diverse culinary knowledge raises the bar already set by A Lively Chef catering in standards and menu offerings.
THE OWNERS: Gary & Dee Hanes have owned and operated A Lively Chef Catering in Boise Idaho since 1991. Their passion for exquisite food combined with luxury catering services has made this family owned and operated business what it is today. They are the epitome of hands-on owners and are often seen at the events serving the guests personally. They truly love what they do and have created a family at A Lively Chef.
“Wow, what a neat company to work with. Great communication, prompt, courteous and friendly. The food is amazing, great portions, flavor and variety. We will definitely be using A Lively Chef for our Christmas Dinner catering next year. Everything was beautifully displayed with care and attention to detail. I would recommend them to everyone!! “
-Ali 2018 Corporate Party
“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! “
-Courtney 2018 Wedding
“I was looking for a caterer/chef last min for a holiday dinner and they came through in a pinch! We had a lovely dinner at our home and the service was great. I'd recommend!”
-Andrea 2018 Private Event
“I officiated a wonderful wedding yesterday that was catered by A Lively Chef!
They did an amazing job, from the presentation to the serving, to the cleanup! You barely knew they were even there. The food was beautifully presented and as delicious as it was pretty! :) It was very classy and I highly recommend considering them for your next event.”
-Pauline 2018 Wedding
"Lively Chef was the only vendor I had zero problems with. Everyone loved the food at my wedding. I opted to do passed appetizers during cocktail hour so people wouldn't have to stop mingling to get food and it worked perfectly! Everyone said they had plenty of food offered to them with a napkin. They brought up a tray to my bridal suite and I had the chicken and steak bites. So good! The staff was beyond professional and helpful at the wedding. I had tons of leftovers of everything except the food since everyone loved it! I even had a management change within Lively Chef during my wedding planning and they picked up where the other one left off perfectly. Will definitely hire again!"
-Emily 2018 Wedding
"Can't begin to explain how pleased I am with A Lively Chef for the work they did at our May wedding at the Boise Train Depot. The food and presentation was amazing! The owners investment in their client's experience was reassuring. Gary was at our wedding slicing the prime rib! Shari was very accommodating, especially with last minute changes. They ordered, set-up, and tore-down all the rentals. I honestly forgot the team was there because everything ran so smooth. Our wedding was more than what I envisioned. Would definitely choose A Lively Chef for future events"
-Teresa 2018 Wedding
"I don't know where to begin :) I didn't have a wedding planner, so I had to take care of every aspect of our wedding and Shari took a lot out of my plate. She was always on top of everything, had wonderful suggestions and had patience with me switching things around until we got what we wanted. The service at the wedding was outstanding. Gary & Dee (the owners) were present at the reception and together with the other ALCC team members helped our night to run smooth. Not to mention their delicious food, everyone was raving about it and there wasn't a single item the guests didn't enjoy. I didn't get anything for writing this review, it just comes from the heart. They are an awesome team and I am sure you won't regret hiring them to cater your event. Can't wait to have an excuse to work with them again :) Thank you Gary, Dee, Shari and the team!"
-Alexandra 2017 Wedding
"Best decision to hire A Lively Chef for our wedding of 180 people. The food was SO good but more importantly, Shari and the crew were so professional and on top of every detail. Seriously, the easiest and smoothest experience working with them. Highly recommended!"
- Jamie 2017 Wedding
"I can't even begin to say enough about A Lively Chef!! You did such an amazing job! Our food was fantastic and everyone at the wedding thought so also. We had the stuffed chicken breast and the steak and you could cut both of them with your fork. All of your staff is so professional and your display of food was beautiful!!!! I will be telling everyone I see that you are the catering company to hire. Thank you so much for making our daughters wedding perfect."
"Hands down the best food and the best service. The cooks where so helpful and the most definitely made our dinner a breeze. I recommend the stuffed artichoke chicken and the strawberry vinaigrette salad!"
- 2017 Wedding
“Our wedding planner recommended A Lively Chef and they did NOT disappoint!! The staff is so friendly, responsive, and fairly priced. They helped me create custom southern-style hors d'oeuvres, which our guests are still raving about. They were also able to assist with my father in laws restrictive dietary needs and everyone was fat and happy after dinner! 100000% recommend! “
-Kaitlyn 2018 Wedding
“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. “
-Barbara 2018 Wedding
“Great company to work with - very responsive with a terrific "let's make it work" attitude. Our guests remarked that everything was very tasty. No matter what your event is, order the lemon bars. Trust me on this - they are DELICIOUS. Set up was on-time and meticulous. Clean up was quick and discrete. Next time I need a caterer, I'm calling A Lively Chef. “
-Mary 2018 Birthday
“We had many catering quotes to choose from- A Lively Chef had the most accommodating menu for us. Celeste and her team were on point- we had a lovely experience with them and would highly recommend the Maple Candied Red Pepper Bacon Skewers!”
-Ellen 2018 Art Auction
"Gary, Dee, Shari and Celeste provided an amazing wedding feast and provided helpful guidance in the planning! They were so responsive and a joy to work with through the process planning the wedding at Tamarack. Their many years of experience, particularly at this venue, were helpful in planning a wedding from halfway across the country. I highly recommend them for their delicious food, attentiveness to their clients and long experience in the catering business!"
-Jenna 2018 Wedding
"A Lively Chef was so wonderful to work with from the menu planning to the end of the night of the event. The chef and waiter both came out and brought a delicious meal, set up the dining tables beautifully, and helped serve and buss the entire meal. It was so impressive! The food was delicious and all the guests were beyond happy. Highly recommend!"
-Kendall 2018 Wedding
"I recently had the pleasure of working with Gary, Dee, and their team at The Lively Chef for a wedding this past weekend. Not only was their food absolutely amazing, but I think another aspect that makes them really shine, is their professionalism and customer service. Their team is a well put together team. There was one person bringing the dishes and table cloths, another team came to set the tables, another team came to set up and serve the food, and all throughout, their customer service was exceptional. They were amazing to work with, every team member was so nice and so professional, on time, and to top it off, our dinner was absolutely delicious. Just amazing! I highly recommend them for catering your next event. If you want amazing food and don’t want to worry about the details, let The Lively Chef cater your next event! You won’t be disappointed!!!"
-Amy 2018 Wedding
“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."
- Ampersand Studios
"A Lively Chef Catering was super awesome to work with! So helpful and accommodating. The food was amazing! Everyone mentioned how good it was and the presentation of the food was also very professional. Highly recommend!"
- Melissa 2017 Wedding
"Shari was extremely helpful and accommodating during the entire catering process. I called her a LOT to make changes on almost everything and she was very cheerful, informative and kind throughout. She provided feedback and recommendations and it was an overall great experience. As for the food - I would estimate at least 25 guests specifically commented to me how great the food was - especially the salmon - a few people even said it was the best salmon they had ever eaten. As the bride, I had a fun moment with some of the A Lively Chef staff right before I was going to walk outside and down the aisle for the ceremony - I shared a laugh and we took a photo at that time - it made me feel happy and more relaxed. Cannot say enough great things. This is a top-notch operation - very high quality everything!"
-Stephanie 2017 Wedding
“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. “
-Brett 2018 Wedding
“I coordinated a wedding that A Lively Chef was catering this Summer, Not only was their food fantastic but, their staff was supportive of other vendors, quick to jump in and help and a lot of fun to work with. We will definitely be recommending them to our clients.”
-Mindy 2018 Event Coordinator
“All of my wedding guests were raving about, not only the food, but the wonderful service we received. They truly went above and beyond to ensure that part of my day was phenomenal. The great service began before the wedding date by helping me to lay out the room and worked out all of the details so I didn’t have to worry. I can’t say enough about this company. You will not be disappointed!! Thank you for helping to make my day memorable. “
-Jamie 2018 Wedding
“We worked with A Lively Chef Catering for a small party, and were extremely happy! The food was delicious (who knew Brides love Bacon so much?) and the presentation was beautiful. Their team was outstanding .... making recommendations and helping me with decisions on all the details. I'd definitely work with them again and recommend them highly. “
-Saun 2018 Bridal Shower
"Wonderful and delicious catering experience! Professional service and easy to work with. Recommend 100%."
-Brian 2018 Wedding
"We planned a wedding within 6 weeks due to move and the entire team at Lively Chef practically bend over backwards to accommodate our crazy schedule and last minute changes. We could not have been more pleased with their service and exceptional kindness. Now best part : the food !! Let's just say I was almost happy that some people didn't attend the reception and we had a lot of food because the food was such a hit that we had people going back for seconds and thirds. Literally everyone complemented us on the amazing food. We also got to give a shout-out to the chef.. once he heard we had lots of people from Italy attending he made a few suggestions to alter our menu to us. Glad we listened because our Italian guests were raving about the pasta ! I can't think of a single thing the staff could have done differently. A least kudos to the owners.. everyone really seemed to enjoy working there, it's a pleasure to see employees that are happy with their job . Thanks again for all your great work !"
-Ella and Mario 2018 Wedding
"Can I just give your catering crew a huge kudos! I met them at Ste. Chapelle the other weekend, as I am a bartender/event coordinator, and not only did they land a new contract i.e. me, but they dealt with a very difficult reception. The venue is tiny, it was crowded, and the bride/groom were super late so the crowd was “HANGRY” and your crew handled it like champs! It was awesome to see."
"So many of my guests came up to rave to me about the catering. A Lively Chef was the easiest vendor to work with as Shari was extremely responsive and helpful. They did a beautiful job setting up the buffet and the food was delicious. They also did a great job clearing tables and refreshing water glasses throughout the dinner. Highly recommend working with them!"
- Kristen 2017 Wedding
"A Lively Chef is amazing. Not only do they provide catering services, but I also went through them for all of the rentals! I don't even know where to start; Shari is very responsive, super easy to work with, and takes a lot of the stress out of what could be a potentially very stressful part of your wedding planning process. The food is amazing, I received nothing but compliments from all my guests about how fresh and delicious everything was! I strongly suggest the artichoke stuffed chicken breast, as someone who has never enjoyed chicken; let me tell you, this was the most dream worthy dish I've stumbled upon in years. I can't rave enough about the service in the professionalism they provided me with. I will always recommend them to anyone doing any kind of event, large or small, these people are amazing! "
- Chloe 2017 Wedding
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200 E 37th St Ste 6 Garden City, ID 83714