Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions


Stewart Lane Proclaimed KC's Culinary Ambassador

Stewart Lane, Catering Chef at Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions, was proclaimed “Kansas City’s Culinary Ambassador to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.”  Councilwoman Beth Gottstein presented Lane an official Mayoral Proclamation on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:30 AM  at Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions’ office.

Lane, a life-long culinary enthusiast, is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Through his studies overseas in Italy and his involvement with the International Caterers Association, Stewart has worked with numerous chefs and mentors worldwide. One of them, Frank Puleo, is the owner of Framboise Catering from of New York, and has the contract to the USA House. The USA House is the official entertainment venue for the Olympic corporate sponsors and their invited guests. Team and individual athletic celebrations will also take place there.

While in China, Stewart will be assisting in the preparation of foods for high-end Sponsor parties and celebrations of all kinds. He is the only chef from Kansas City who will be working in this venue. Along with his culinary duties, Stewart will be keeping an online diary of his experiences and the differences between Chinese and American culinary customs. While the goal is to provide American athletes and guests an “American Oasis,” he will certainly learn a lot about Chinese food and lifestyles.

Stewart is a Kansas City native. While attending St. Paul’s Day School, Stewart would offer his cooking services as part of the annual live auction. At the Kansas City Culinary Academy, Lane was the youngest guest chef to teach a course – his annual “Manly Foods” class prior to the Super Bowl.

Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions is the premier catering company in Kansas City. For events ranging in size from 10 to 4,000, Inspired Occasions has been providing full service catering and event planning services to the Metro area and beyond for over 17 years. They specialize in Weddings, Corporate Events, and Social Events. Good Eats, their corporate drop-off division, has been delivering high quality Brown Bag lunches to offices throughout the city since 1998. Their website is www.inspiredoccasionskc.com.

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Last night turned out great! Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions staff was awesome and people loved the food. Holding the affair outside under the gazebo was fabulous. We also appreciate the last minute lemonade. It was a hit! When you all left, the cleanup was so perfect it was like no one was ever here. What a wonderful job, very flexible and cool under fire.