Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions

About Us/Testimonials


Inspired Occasions is much more than quality food and drink. Our creative spirit and soul pour into every event we touch. We savor each event’s unique ideas and breathe excitement into the entire event-planning process from beginning to end. Our approach is one of nurturing relationships through superior customer service and respecting budget lines—we want to get to know you and talk one on one so we can create an unforgettable event for you and your guests. From corporate functions and lunches to private meals and larger dining, we’re only exclusive in that every dish, slice and serving we create for you is handcrafted from scratch specifically for your event. We specialize in innovative events encompassing food, service and creativity, and we will always take our involvement deep below the surface of your event so your guests walk away with an experience to remember. We are Inspired Occasions—Unique Ideas, Unforgettable Events.


The year 2011 was a big year for Inspired Occasions. Catersource named them winner of the coveted ACE award—Catersource's Achievement in Catering Excellence. The same year Kansas City named them winner of Kansas City's "25 Under 25" Small Business Award. Michael Roman, founder of Catersource Magazine, said the following about Lon Lane: "Lon Lane has helped train and educate hundreds of catering and special event professionals to raise their skill levels and overall professionalism. He is an amazing teacher with a unique style that people just can't get enough of! In may ways he is the caterer's caterer."

Each year from 2002 through 2013 readers of Ingram’s Magazine—Kansas City’s monthly business and industry magazine—gave Inspired Occasions the Gold for The Best Caterer in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The readers also named them Best Event Design Company in 2008 (Silver) and 2009 (Gold).

Kansas City Magazine awarded them Best Caterer in 2005, 2007, and 2011; and The Independent named them Best Caterer from 2004—2009. The Pitch magazine named them Best Caterer in 2012.

The Independent named Inspired Occasions as Best Personal Chef from 2004—2009. Stewart Lane, in 2012 became a Contributing Food Trends Editor of Catersource International’s Catersource Magazine. And in 2013 Stewart was selected a KC Business Magazine Rising Star.


In 1991, Lon Lane founded Inspired Occasions as The Catering Company, serving the desires of Kansas City’s most prominent citizens and corporations. Since then, the name has changed, but Lon continues to impress, innovate and shine with the coveted event-planning and creative presentations of Inspired Occasions.

Our 30 full-time professionals and on-call staff of 75 can handle events ranging from intimate dinners for two to major events for 6,000 or more guests. Throughout our history, Inspired Occasions has proven time and again that our passion for unique food preparation and customer service are unmatched as we create an unforgettable event for you and your guests. Inspired Occasions is proud of our service to the Kansas City community and we strive to give back at every turn.