WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY
Reviews from Facebook, Wedding Wire, Google & Yelp
"I hired this company to caterer my wedding reception. I have never had such a great experience with a catering company. The food is wonderful. They were on time and professional. They filled water cups and took dirty plates and dishes away. Shari is the office manager and the face for company. I loved working with her. She communicates promptly and is always willing to answer questions and offer help. If I need any catering services in the future, this will be the only company I use."
- Jessica S. 2017
“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 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
"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
"We found out about A Lively Chef because they were on a preferred vendor list from our venue. After working with them, I can really see why! Shari was an absolute delight to work with! We got married in Boise, but live in Virginia, so her responsiveness to my inquiries (and there were a lot, haha) and flexibility to meet with us when we were in town was crucial. The presentation was really nice as was the staff that set up and served the food. They were super flexible and even made a sandwich (that wasn't on their menu) for my brother who is a super picky eater. You get a ton of food for your money and they are really reasonably priced. Do yourself a favor, and get the mac and cheese as a side dish...you won't regret it! It was hands-down the BEST I have ever had. Everyone raved about how good the food was. "
- Katie & Shaun 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
"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 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
"Shari was amazing to work with. I changed the menu several times and she was so flexible and helpful. It was hard to choose what to serve because everything tasted great. Our guests raved about how good the food was. The servers were also fantastic. They were friendly and so helpful all throughout the night. This is the caterer you want - I promise you will NOT be disappointed!"
-Kandi 2017 Wedding
"The best food, most responsive, most comprehensive set of services of any caterer we looked at for our wedding reception here in Boise. It was not even close. Would not hesitate to recommend them or use them again. Fantastic food, fantastic service, very accommodating and easy to work with."
-Heather & Rex 2017 Wedding
“Shari and the ALCC team were incredible to work with. Extremely flexible with food allergies, and willing to make your wedding menu unique without breaking the bank! The quality of food is impeccable as well! We had the steak with cabernet mushroom sauce and chicken stuffed with roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomato and feta. Both were tender and easily cut with a butter knife (no joke!). My only regret?! That we didn't have any food leftover to put away in our freezer for quick post-honeymoon dinners!”
- Natalie 2017 Wedding
"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
"Shari was amazing to work with! Very responsive and worked with my budget (and my many changes lol). The food was so delicious, great presentation and quality, even the vegan options were beautiful. She offers so many options for pricing and variety. My guests all complimented me on the food, which was one of my top priorities! Definitely recommend!"
- Carley & Greg 2017 Wedding
"A Lively Chef recently catered my wedding and provided us with astounding service. Their crew is friendly and easy to work with, and Shari (their event planner) is a hidden gem of the catering world. Before I hired A Lively Chef, I was feeling bogged down with all the details a wedding entails, but they went above and beyond to ensure my day was special. Thank you again A Lively Chef!"
- Emily 2017 Wedding
"Shari is absolutely amazing and nice! The food is outstanding, especially the spinach artichoke dip! Who am I kidding, everything was fantastic! I will definitely recommend them to anyone with a wedding, a corporate event, or even just an at home party!"
- Sarah 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
"Usually when people tell us there will be prime rib at any given event, my husband and I throw up in our mouths a little, cause it's always so gross! This was DELICIOUS. Turns out we really love it, haha! We were very impressed with all the food as well as the service! So yummy. "
- Mel 2017 Church Event
"We booked A Lively Chef for a large banquet we were hosting at our church. The food was fantastic and the service was tremendous. They were very easy to deal with and we will definitely use them again. They were very accommodating and mindful of all our needs and we didn't hear a single complaint."
- Kathy 2017 Church Event
“We have used this delightful catering company on two different occasions. Five star on every level. The staff, the food, the presentation and the catering manager exceeded my expectations.”
– Lisa C 2017 Event
"We hired A Lively Chef for our wedding and they did not disappoint!! From the beginning of our wedding planning Sherri was incredibly helpful. When we lost our first venue she called me immediately and gave me ideas for a new venue! The staff that served were very friendly and super accommodating! The tables at the reception had beautiful linens and the staff helped so much with set up and take down!!"
- Vanessa 2016 Wedding
"A Lively Chef did a fantastic job catering our wedding! We got married an hour North of Boise up in a somewhat remote location, and everything was perfect. We had enough food, it was warm, and it tasted fresh. It was delicious! On top of that, the staff was SO warm and professional. They all had the biggest smiles and made sure to tell me husband and I congratulations. I would definitely recommend them! Also, I thought the value of the food was excellent."
"A Lively Chef was AMAZING to work with! Late in our wedding planning process our caterer went out of business. When we met with Shari at A Lively Chef I knew we would be in good hands. Everyone at A Lively Chef worked so hard to make sure our wedding was a success. We've received so many compliments for our guests about the food and the service."
-November 2016 Wedding
"I would hire these folks all over again! Gary, Dee and their staff were amazing. They couldn't have been available to cater our daughters wedding in a more perfect way! Food is amazing - service was impeccable. Guests were very happy and tons of compliments! No wonder why they are in the top 5 caterers in Boise! Hat's of to you all!"
"Shari and her team were awesome! They were able to put together a menu quickly since my other caterer ended up falling through. Shari was flexible when it came to adjusting my head count and total price. The food amazing I wish I would have had more time to try everything!"
-August 2016 Wedding
“We could not have been happier with our experience with A Lively Chef! We had a small, intimate, fundraiser dinner in our home and A Lively Chef catered a most delicious and beautiful meal for us. From the first contact I Had with Shari, to the moment they came and licked everything up, I was so pleased with the incredible service we received. Shari was a great communicator and promptly answered all my emails. They were flexible with their menus and allowed me to make changes. They were in time for set up and set a beautiful buffet. And the food was delicious! All 20 of our guests RAVED about the food and no one left hungry or disappointed. They will definitely be our first call next time we have catering needs!”
- Becka 2016 Event
"If you want a amazing catering company for any event A Lively Chef would be the one to call!! Food Is delicious!! Professionalism from every employee! My guests were raving! My husband and I had our wedding catered and couldn't be happier!"
-Nicole & Jacob 2016 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."
"I loved working with the people at Lively Chef. Shari was so helpful as our menu, add-ons, and guest count kept changing. In addition to the food, Lively Chef took care of all the linen orders, which was a HUGE help. We got so many compliments on the food (especially the beef brisket!), and the service was top-notch. As the groom and I were running around like crazy, they even set aside a little plate of hors d'oeuvres for us to make sure we got a taste of everything. Would definitely recommend!"
"SO GLAD we went through A Lively Chef for our wedding caterer. They were SO accommodating to our wishes to have meat dishes, vegetarian, and vegan/gluten free to cover food restrictions for our family. And the food tastes AMAZING! I cannot wait to be able to eat their food again! Also, very reasonably priced and works with you to find an option within your budget. "
- Julia 2016 Wedding
“A Lively Chef catered a party in our home. They worked with me on how to best organize the event and gave me a range of budget and service options. When the day arrived, the set up was efficient and went beyond my expectations in terms of presentation. They took care of everything, including equipment rental and providing for a full bar. Our guests had high compliments for both the food and the service. Our party was for over 40 guests and involved a musical performance. Having staff who could work around those requirements was greatly appreciated.”
– Helen C 2016 Event
"A Lively Chef Catering is amazing! Great people, very personable and accommodating. Shari is a great lady and will do just about anything to make your big special day perfect! I honestly don't know that we would have been able to get everything in order without her and ALCC. It was very convenient to get our rentals through them as well, one less thing to worry about. Gary and Dee work so hard to make their company succeed and it really shows. The food was very tasty and as I went around saying hi to my guests, they all seemed very pleased and happily full. The 25th was a very busy day for them but the event went off without a hitch. So thank you ALCC for helping to make our wedding day the best it could be!"
- Jasmine & Austin 2016 Wedding
"A Lively Chef Catering just catered my daughter and new son-in-law's wedding. As the mother-of-the-bride, I wanted my daughter's wedding to be a memorable experience in every aspect. The food was amazing!!! The Chef and his team provided a 5 Star dinner and hors d'oeuvres line-up! Right after the wedding vows, the Team started serving hors d'oeuvres so there was no gap in the guests overall experience of the beautiful day. As dinner was served, the owner himself was there to ensure that every question was answered, and that each guest felt catered to personally as dinner was served - I could not be more pleased. We received so many compliments from our relatives and guests. Not only did I hear compliments on the day-of the wedding, but even leading up to the big day, vendors (wedding coordinators...) around town (when my daughter said who was catering), said that A Lively Chef has the most responsive catering team they work with and that her wedding would be in great hands - very true. A huge thank you to their "Lively Chef Event Coordinator" - thank you to the "Chef", and a thank you "Lively Chef Team" and the "Owner", you were amazing!!! "
- L.B. 2016
“A Lively Chef catering catered my wedding and I am still hearing about how AMAZING the food was. The staff was also so incredibly professional and amazing. I cannot say enough about how much I love this company! You will not regret having them cater your event! “
– Jenny M 2016 Wedding
"I used A Lively Chef to cater a corporate event at the C.W. Moore Plaza Penthouse. The food was outstanding and the service was prompt, professional, and efficient. They were even able to accommodate some last minute changes. Shari was very professional and extremely helpful in planning the event, recommending menu selection (that were awesome), coordinating other vendors (Jo's Traveling Bar, who also did a great job) and equipment, and just generally making our event come off without a hitch, I highly recommend A Lively Chef."
- Bart Larsen
"All we can say is WOW! A Lively Chef was nothing short of amazing! We wanted unusual dishes at a good price...they did it hands down! Their service, follow through and communication were impeccable and they thought of things that even we didn't-thank goodness! Shari, Gary, Dee and all their people were consummate professionals! There was not even one slight criticism we had with them...perfection! Thanks so much for helping make our special day magical!"
-Doug & Carmine 2015 Wedding
"My husband and I hired A Lively chef for our wedding. We were not disappointed, they did such an amazing job. The food was absolutely wonderful, the staff were beyond professional. I would recommend A Lively Chef for any type of functions or events. It was a privilege to be able to know my guests were well taken care of by their staff."
-Christina & Ross 2015
"What can I say!!!! From the very beginning "A Lively Chef" was the absolute best vendor we worked with. They always responded promptly to our questions and constantly made us feel like we were their number one priority. They provide almost any extra service needed such as rentals, set-up, break-down, and changeovers. Although we didn't use all of their services, it was relieving to know what they offered. We used them for a changeover from our ceremony to reception, and it was more smooth than we could have asked for. Their staff was so professional. The display of food was gorgeous and it tasted delicious! We had so many compliments about the food. They even plated us our own "special" meal because we decided to eat during the changeover (best idea ever that I highly recommend to all couples). What really impressed me, was the help given to my mother. We had decided to do our own desserts, and Gary stepped right in and helped my mom arrange them on the table. He even went outside to let the guests know dessert was ready. I could go on and on and on about how great "A Lively Chef" is to work with. It was the best money we spent for our wedding. We would highly recommend them to anyone in the area! Thank you so much!!!"
- Monique B. 2015 Wedding
“Lively Chef catered my wedding at The Bishops House and it was perfect! Communication was great, the food was delicious, we had so many people exclaiming how great it was and the wait staff made sure my husband and I were able to have appetizers too. The price was fantastic and we are incredibly happy we chose Lively Chef!”
- Ann H 2015 Wedding
"BOOK THEM!!!! We went with ALCC because they were a preferred vendor at our reception venue and I am SOOO happy we went with them!! Shari was super responsive and easy to work with throughout the planning process, sending us updated quotes and changing around salads and such within hours anytime I sent her an email. Day of, the head chef (Gary, I think?) served us personally at our reception which I thought was a very nice touch. We went with the most cost effective options, but the quality of the food seemed anything but cheap--it was DELICIOUS!! We opted for passed hord'oeuvres, waiter-served dinner, and rented china through ALCC and it looked SOOO lovely. Of course, that cost a little extra but it was completely worth the cost as it looked so much more elegant than doing buffet style. We were SO impressed with both food quality and service and got tons of compliments from all our guests. I would absolutely recommend ALCC!"
- Nicole W. 2015 Wedding
"A Lively Chef catered my daughters wedding in Eagle Idaho at the end of June 2015. Not only was the food amazing, the service was seamless. We had them cater the cocktail hour as well as a seated dinner for 100 guests. Not only did they provide a wonderful service, they saved the wedding due to an error on the original caterers part that we had hired. A Lively Chef came through for us at the last minute, almost literally. We called them two weeks before the wedding and they managed to fit us in even though they had another event the same evening. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
- Denise 2015 Wedding
"Lively Chef, Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job at our wedding. We got so many compliments on the food! It was so delicious! Also, your setup went so smoothly it seriously took so much stress off us. Thank you again for your great service and kind hearts."
- Jenna & Bryan 2015 Wedding
"A Lively Chef catering did a fantastic job throughout the entire process of our wedding. They were incredibly flexible with us. We live out of state but had an Idaho wedding, in a very remote place. The type of place that has no address, and they were more than willing to get there. They were excellent at helping guide us through everything. When we first met, they actually helped with a lot of things we hadn't even thought of yet! The service at our wedding was top notch, and very professional but not stuffy. The food was excellent, many guests asked for future references :) For you future brides; if you want a caterer that you don't have to worry about-go with these guys! I never felt stressed about working with them or what was going on the day of, believe me it’s a great feeling to have people around you who know what to do because you'll have a million other things on your mind. Overall, very happy!"
- 2015 Wedding
"A Lively Chef did an outstanding job. They food was excellent and the staff was so kind and good at what they do. They made it all look so easy."
- Lesa Shields, Event Coordinator
"Not one person left the wedding with an empty stomach. Lively Chef helped me to create the perfect menu for my guests. The food was delicious, the staff was professional, and the day was perfect. Weeks later my family is still talking about how much we loved the food; we're trying to think of an excuse to have another catered event. I would definitely have Lively Chef cater again in the future."
- 2015 Wedding
"The food was wonderful (we received many compliments and I wish there had been more left overs!), planning/ scheduling was easy, and they made sure that my husband and I got appetizers, even though we were in a different location than the guest for the first half of the cocktail hour. They were very accommodating and, most importantly, the food was delicious!"
- 2015 Wedding
"We chose A Lively Chef based on the many positive reviews that we read on weddingwire. The planning process was easy thanks to Shari's helpful advice. We chose the chicken w/ mushroom reduction sauce as well as the vegetarian lasagna. Both turned out to be very tasty and popular among guests (I heard someone say "this is the best chicken I've had in my entire life".) On the day of the wedding, I didn't even think about the food catering because I was confident that A Lively Chef would come through for us. And they did - they were a very professional crew that we barely had to interact with the whole night (which is a good thing - it's a very busy night!) Everything went seamlessly - everyone was fat and happy by the end of dinner, and we had some tasty leftovers that we took home with us! A Lively Chef is highly recommended for their professionalism and the tastiness of their cuisine! "
- 2015 Wedding
"We hired Gary and his team to cater our wedding and they were absolutely AMAZING.We contacted ALC (A Lively Chef) about four weeks before our wedding and they were extremely helpful providing industry knowledge of our venue to help facilitate the best possible set up and execution for our wedding. They provided us with an exquisite menu that included allergen friendly decadent items that were delicious for all guests. Prior to the event the team at ALC exhibited stellar communication skills to ensure success. The night of the event the team integrated well with the guests and ran a seamless show. They were the second star to our wedding, and I couldn't be more happy to recommend their services. They've earned my business and my recommendation for life. Thanks A Lively Chef!!! Signed, A Very Grateful Bride"
-Karey & Aaron October 2014 Wedding
"This catering company is absolutely amazing. They did our food food my reception at the Boise Train Depot and every one on their team was tremendously professional and flexible. The food was delicious and we have had so many incredible compliments about every single item served. They eased my worries about the food, presentation and took control of things I needed help with. I am so incredibly satisfied and happy with the way everything turned out and I will forever recommend them to every person I know looking for catering in the Boise Area. They are a top notch team."
-Holly 2014 Wedding
"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!"
-Stacey 2014 Wedding
"Absolutely great job!! On time performance, even with my last minute request/change. People loved the food and the entire staff were extremely professional including the delivery and pick up staff!! Thank you Shari and Gary!"
-Tom 2014 Corporate Event
"They were amazing, timely and friendly staff! and we got tons of compliments on the food being so delicious."
- Alaina 2014 Wedding
"The food was wonderful and the help in deciding how much we needed was most appreciated. They were there promptly and were very polite when serving and busing tables. I would recommend them for other social gatherings."
- Amanda 2014 Wedding
"The guys and gals that served the food were outstanding! The owners were also very awesome! The stuffed chicken breast and steak were a hit with everyone.. Absolutely perfect. A big thanks to "A Lively Chef Catering" and team."
- 2014 Wedding
"Our son had a destination wedding but we were having the reception in Boise. We live in Idaho Falls, which is 4 hours away, and had to coordinate the catering over the phone. Sherri and Gary of The Lively Chef Catering was wonderful. Many phone conversations left me feeling that everything was going to be great. They were wonderful about helping me with suggestions and willing to change things when I wanted to. I can't tell you how much this meant to me due to the fact that it was all long distance. The food was absolutely wonderful, the display was beautiful. They are so nice and very professional. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a stress free, wonderful to work with catering company. Thank you Sherri and Gary for the best reception."
- Kim 2014 Wedding
"Just had our lunch catered from you through Lincare and it was EXCEPTIONALLY YUMMY! We had the Turkey/Pesto sandwiches with Salad. This was the BEST lunch I can remember and I will definitely recommend your company to family and friends! Thank you so much for taking extra pride in your food and presentation of the layout of it! AWESOME work!"
- Cyndi 2014 Lunch Catering
"We loved A Lively Chef! They worked with us through indecisiveness, last minute changes, and provided excellent advice. Shari was SO great in offering suggestions, and letting me know what would work and what wouldn't. We received numerous compliments on the food and were told by many people it was the best wedding food they'd ever had. I would definitely recommend A Lively Chef Catering to anyone!"
-Michelle 2014 Wedding
"I just had lunch here at Saltzer, ordered by a Pharmacy representative. It was lasagna, salad, Italian bread, not only a beautiful presentation, but also the most delicious food ever!! I really enjoyed every single bite!! Thank you so very much!"
-Candace 2014 Business Lunch Catering
"I don't where to start. From the first phone call to Shari and to the last hug to all the servers when it was over, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Our Mom lived in Nampa until moving to Winnemucca, Nevada a year ago. So all of her children live out of state, two in Winnemucca and one in Renton, Washington. I asked a friend who lived in the valley and now lives in Winnemucca if she knew of any caterers. She mentioned A Lively Chef, which she had do her wedding 10 years earlier. Looking on line, I found it along with others. I called four different services and told them what we were looking for. A Lively Chef out did themselves by addressing all our questions and concerns over the phone and through e-mails. What started out as 60 people in attendance mushroomed to 140. Shari worked with Ed and I through everything and what we received for the price was unbelievable. It was a beautiful set-up right down to the table linens, flowers and professionalism of the staff. We met Dee and Gary and I can't say enough about how they treated us. I'm sorry that I've rattled on, but people need to know about A Lively Chef. Our Mom would have loved every minute of the day. Oh,she did. Love to all of you. Sandy "
-Sandy & Ed May 2014 Memorial Service
"Lunch was provided at my office today and I was absolutely blown away by the catering. The presentation was beautifully done and the food was so yummy. Every detail was lovely. As an aspiring caterer myself, I have to say that I was very inspired and impressed. 10/10 would recommend A Lively Chef"
-Juliana 2014 Corporate Lunch
"A Lively Chef did an amazing job with our wedding at the Rose Room. Shari was absolutely wonderful to work with during the planning stages before the wedding. Always very responsive and was always there to answer any questions that arose as well as give very valuable advice. Without a wedding planner, she definitely helped us a ton with knowing what needed to be done and how to do it. Gary and Dee were also very kind, professional, and flexible with everything. As was the entire staff. The presentation of the food was very nice and classy and the food itself was superb! Everyone at the wedding raved about how good everything was. I would hire them to cater an event again in a heartbeat and plan on recommending them to anyone I know that might need catering in the future."
-Andrew & Elsira 2014 Wedding
"A lively chef was very flexible to accommodate our wishes for our special day. They always made our requests a priority and the food was outstanding. Multiple guests told me how good the food was at our wedding."
"The American Red Cross, 2014-Annual Apheresis Appreciation Dinner was catered by A Lively Chef Catering and held at the Barber Park Education and Event Center. The evening was a great success, thanks to A Lively Chef Catering; the event was everything I hoped for and more. I am very impressed with the excellent staff – Shari the Office Manager has been a pleasure to work with; she is on the ball! – Incredibly organized and knowledgeable. She was with me every step of the way, from working with my budget and meal selection to input on a floor plan at the Barber Park venue. It is evident that Gary, the Owner of A Lively Chef Catering has been in the catering business for a long time, he is first-class at what he does. Gary was there the evening of the dinner, serving the main dish –he is a hands-on business owner! Dee, the wife of Gary came with him to set up the buffet table; she has an eye for detail! After service of the main dish, Gary left the rest of the evening in the exceptionally capable hands of three staff; Nicole, Cameron and Caleb who are all hard workers, extremely courteous and incredibly attentive. The food was beautifully presented and very delicious. I have had so many comments on the cabernet mushroom reduction sauce that was used on the grilled chicken breasts, wonderful flavor – definitely a winner! I have also had comments on the brownies, they were so yummy. I can’t say enough about A Lively Chef Catering, they did a terrific job and I would recommend them to anyone. A Lively Chef Catering communicated and worked so well with the Barber Park Education and Event Center, the venue that I selected; making the event planning hassle free! If you are looking to host the perfect event at a beautiful place, just remember - A Lively Chef Catering and the Barber Park Education and Event Center. "
-Heather, American Red Cross 2014 Event
"Gary & the whole Lively Chef team, We had the most wonderful wedding day! You were such an important and successful part of our entire experience. Thank you for your kindness & professionalism throughout the entire process. The food was so delicious and so many of our guests commented. We feel very lucky and happy we could have you. Thank you so much!"
-Stacy & Blake 2013 Wedding
"Just wanted to take a moment and thank you and your wonderful staff for the fantastic job for our office party Saturday. The food was amazing, the set up and presentation was perfect! I have, and will recommend you to those around."
-Tami 2013 Holiday Party
"Gary, Dee, and the A Lively Chef staff were terrific to work with. They were helpful throughout the event planning and perfect at the wedding. They brought a prime rib and salmon dinner to McCall that was so fabulous you would think it just came out of a top-notch professional kitchen. Without reservation, I highly recommend and will definitely hire again A Lively Chef."
-August 2013 Wedding
"I only have one daughter and this was her day. Gary and his team were great to work with. We did much of the planning from Arizona. They took into consideration what we were looking for and made it spectacular. Many of our guest commented on how nice the presentation was. The food was flavorful and well served."
"Gary was amazing to work with and their food and service was amazing. Our wedding was out of town and they had the food preparation for our special perfected! We would recommend them to anyone who wants elegance, great food, and professionalism"
"The Lively Chef crew were absolutely fantastic! They went above and beyond to make sure our wedding reception was one to talk about. Every detail was meticulously executed by them from the delicious food to the setup of the tables and venue. We couldn't have been happier with all that they did!"
-Mark & Lauren August 2013
"A Lively Chef was a true pleasure to work with. The food was exceptional and our guests provided rave reviews. Every detail they agreed to was delivered. Shari did an outstanding job of working with me (including calming of nerves!) to create the perfect event for our daughter. Gary was a caring and a highly professional man to work with. I definitely would recommend a Lively Chef for any catering needs."
-Vickie 2013 Wedding
"Just wanted to send you guys a little thank you from all of us at Lakeview Financial! The breakfast that you guys catered for us was absolutely delicious, my entire staff loved it (and when you have about 20 people in your office it is hard to please everyone, and you guys did!) So thank you very much again and we will spread the word of your great service and even better food!"
- Tiana Ruths, 2013
"A Lively Chef catered another fantastic event ! I have worked with Gary and Dee for 15 years. Every food display has been beautiful for the event. Every menu item has been like looking at art and mouth-watering good to eat! From corporate events, to birthday parties, and anniversary parties, the home-run compliments that come from my guests confirm that I've once again made the right catering choice!"
-Jana Kemp 2013
“DELICIOUS! I attending a wedding in Nampa on 6/28/13 that was catered by A Lively Chef and have to give their food and staff 5 stars. The staff was very professional, kind, and attentive to the needs of the guests on a scorching 104 degree day. Plus, the food was OUTSTANDING! We were given the choice of Homemade Lasagna or Parmesan Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce alongside Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Almondine, Salad, and Bread. I had the chicken, which I thought was AMAZING because I LOVE cheese and artichoke, so I was in Heaven. The mashed potatoes were delicious and the green beans had a nice crisp to them. Those who had the lasagna said it was delicious as well. Everything was excellent. I have never discussed the food at a wedding with fellow guests the next day, but we were all raving about how fantastic it was. I've already recommended A Lively Chef to someone else planning a wedding for next year. YUM YUM YUM”
-Stephanie D. June 2013
“We are a local photography company, and when we are shooting weddings and events- we work closely with the other vendors involved. I have to say that the staff at A Lively Chef has the most OUTSTANDING presentation! They are always happy, helpful, and look very professional- not to mention, the food is TO DIE FOR with beautiful gourmet presentation. They are absolutely on our preferred vendors list and I have heard nothing but rave reviews from my brides who work with Gary and his crew. Sincerely, Nichole.”
-Nichole, Ampersand Studios – 2013 Wedding Photographer
“A Lively Chef Catering did a fantastic job at our wedding- the food was fantastic! Our wedding guests are still telling us how much they enjoyed it. On top of that Gary, Dee and Sheri helped me coordinate vendors, the room layout and gave expert advice every step of the way to make our day very special. Thanks so much!”
-Stacy & Robert May 2013 Wedding
“Dear Gary & Dee, Words cannot describe how grateful we are for the work you did for Stacie’s wedding! The food was great! We had so many people comment on it. As great as the food was, that wasn't the best thing! The best thing about hiring you guys, was YOU! You were so nice to us from the first time we met. You will never know how much we appreciated you picking up chairs! You’re awesome! Stacie said to me, “Mommy you have given me the wedding of my dreams.!” That’s all a mother could ask for at the end of the evening! That wouldn't have been possible without you! I will be eternally grateful! Love & Thanks,”
-Sandy, Mother of the Bride 2013 Wedding
“Thank you so much for your fantastic food, great service and excellent attention to detail. You did a wonderful job and we thank you so much for your generosity and support. It would not have been the successful event that it was without your integrity and spirit. I hope we get a chance to make magic like this happen again.”
- 2013 Cancer Connection Idaho
“Just wanted to pass along a note and say thanks so much for everything on Saturday. The food was delicious and your staff was on top of everything. Will certainly recommend your services to anyone looking for catering. ”
-Jeff & Chelsi 2013 Wedding
“I’m serious. It was the easiest part about the entire wedding. They didn't need any direction or “vendor babysitting” like some services do. Planning a wedding is about as fun as getting lemon juice in a paper cut but we didn't have to worry about the food AT ALL. They helped us find a menu that fit our meager budget and didn't pressure us into something we couldn't afford. Better still, the food was delicious and so well presented. I've been to a few other events where A Lively Chef was booked and the high level of quality was the same for the BBQ style lunch buffet and the waiter served prime rib dinner. That’s why we chose them. We were pleasantly surprised that they were so easy to work with in every aspect. They really did want us to enjoy our wedding and have a great reception. Book with A Lively Chef Catering. The food is beyond great, the presentation is professional and the pricing is competitive.”
Myca V.- 2012 Wedding
“Gary and Dee, of a Lively Chef Catering, are truly the best in Boise. True professionals. From the moment we first made contact with them for a taste test, to the end of the night of our wedding reception, they were outstanding. Not only is their food beautifully prepared and delicious, they are very organized and adept are serving large groups of people with grace and ease that could only come from years of experience. We had many guests comment on how wonderful the service was and the taste of our food. There are a lot of options that might at first blush appear to be superior, although I will tell you from first hand experience, you will not be disappointed with a Lively Chef. Stay with the best, and know that everything will be taken care of for your big day.”
“Thank you for all of your hard work! Very attentive and professional. I will most definitely recommend your business to all of my clients. Thanks again and have a successful 2012″
“A Lively Chef catered our Spring Fashion show. It was a sit down luncheon for over 200 ladies. The food was wonderful, their people friendly and helpful. It was great working with them. HIGHLY recommended!”
-2012 Fashion Show Fundraiser
“You guys did an amazing job and everyone was very happy. I certainly enjoyed working with you and had confidence you would handle everything even though I was not there, which you did of course. We will absolutely keep you in mind for future events.”
Sandee – 2012 Business Lunch
“Thank you so much for today! It was so amazing! Everyone LOVED the food and the presentation. You all looked so sharp and matched our décor to a tee. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to work together again in the future. I will be raving about you to everyone I know. Thanks again.”
Amy - 2012 Business Lunch
"Gary & his staff were fantastic! The food was amazing (several people told me afterwards that it was the best vegetarian lasagna they’d ever had) & their service was impeccable. If you want to book a vendor who will handle all your catering needs & leave you with no stress, look no further! Book them”
“The Strata this morning was FANTASTIC! Both of your wonderful delivery people did a great job making things look great, and cleaning up afterwards. I really appreciate your time and efforts”
-2012 State Department of Education Breakfast
“AMAZING! A Lively Chef was right on the money! The food was delicious and I had so many compliments on my choice of caterer. Gary was so understanding and helpful! He gave me a great deal for such a delicious meal! Thank you”
“Gary was on top of it. He looked into all the details and coordinated with my rental company to be sure I had everything I needed for tables and food. Everyone complimented me on the food and he works a lot with other vendors in town so they can easily work together at the reception to put it all together”
“A Lively Chef Catering is the best. Awesome food and great catering staff. I didn't have to do anything they did it all. Cooking Serving and Cleanup. I will use A Lively Chef for all my catering needs. So professional.”
“Gary is AMAZING—I just can’t recommend A Lively Chef highly enough! I emailed him about once a month for over a year hashing out details. He was always friendly, helpful, and quick to respond. We had rain on our wedding day, and his staff helped clear tables. His wife even folded all our napkins! They did tray-passed hors d’oeuvres at no extra cost, the food was awesome, and he was willing to do a third entree for our vegetarian friends. My dad is super-picky about food, and even he said the food was “good” (high praise coming from the man!)We also hired him to cater our brunch the morning after. Nothing but friendly, professional service! Also, if you book early, he’ll give you the prices for the year you book, not the year of your event. This saved us about 4.00/person. I just thought that was a great way to save a little money”
"We still have people rave about how good the food was. Thank you so much for your high quality food, presentation and excellent customer service."