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.
200 E 37TH ST STE 6
GARDEN CITY. ID 83714
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
“Celeste, Matt, and the whole crew at A Lively Chef were a pleasure to work with! As a new business opening up in the Boise market, we look for other companies that share our philosophy about community and the importance of taking care of one another. A Lively Chef truly went above and beyond! The food was fantastic and the service staff was prompt, professional, and properly trained to handle everything we needed from them. I would whole-heartedly recommend them to anyone looking for excellent food and high quality service at your next corporate event!
-Jarod 2019 Corporate
“The catering was the most professional experience I have seen. From start to finish everything was handled with class. The caterers were beyond generous and I will gladly use them again!”
-Amy 2019 Corporate
“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
“Very pleased with my experience with A Lively Chef Catering. They were excellent. I picked Lively Chef Catering after reading reviews online and because it was not far away. I was immediately impressed with the professionalism and organization. They guided us through the process of selecting a menu for dinner, coordinated the rental equipment we needed, offered a sampling, and worked with the timing of our wedding ceremony. We held the service and dinner at our home, hosting about 32 people. A Lively Chef provided more than enough food which was delicious. Part of their staff was there to assist. They were timely and efficient. Yes, I highly recommend them.”
-Alice 2019 Wedding
“Start to finish, their approach was flexible, professional, and helpful. And the food was awesome! “
-John 2019 Engagement Party
“A Lively Chef was AMAZING to work with from beginning to end. They had a delicious chicken dish, as well as vegetarian and vegan options for our guest that were better than I could imagine. I’ve never heard so many compliments on a buffet and dinner options as i have heard for A Lively Chef! The staff was kind and thoughtful, and so personable. A couple members even stayed behind to help clean up after the wedding even though we had not paid them to do so. We are so happy we booked them, and will definitely be recommending them to others in the future.”
-Chelsea 2018 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 catered 5 days of meeting for my organization earlier this year and every day was perfect from the F&B, to dealing with food allergies, to the onsite staff, to billing process. A number of my team commented on the quality of the food - and some of these folks are picky! Would happily recommend them!”
-Jason 2019 Corporate
“A Lively Chef Catering is the best. They did my wedding catering and all I heard from guests was compliments about how tasty their food was. Their food presentation and table settings is elegant . On your big day it is terrifying but it is always good to have a catering service that won't disappoint you. The staff is very helpful and honest, especially Celeste and Matt. Thank you guys for your amazing service. I highly recommend them!“
-Cherry 2018 Wedding
“I have been using A Lively Chef for 10 years now. They are my go-to caterer for Business Events. The food is always DELICIOUS. The staff is professional and courteous. They take care of the set-up, take down and provide the tables, chairs and linens if needed. This takes much of the stress out of hosting an event. We received many compliments from our guests about how wonderful the food was. They are impressive, affordable and a pleasure to work with. “
-Thea 2019 Corporate
“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
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 Celeste, 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