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.
"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."
“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
"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
"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
WE ARE SO EXCITED TO SPEAK WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR EVENT! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS OF RECEIVING A PERSONALIZED ESTIMATE OR SETTING UP A CONSULTATION PLEASE FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM AND SHARI, OUR EVENT DIRECTOR WILL CONTACT YOU WITHIN 48 HOURS. IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE.
200 E 37th St Ste 6 Garden City, ID 83714