Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions


Stewart Lane - Kansas City Rising Star - Class of 2013

Stewart Lane was named a Rising Star by the Kansas City Business Magazine during a Gala on February 6, 2013. He is the Research and Development Chef for Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions. His work helps “re-invent” the company and keep product offerings current as he serves as an ambassador to customers. Rising Stars are male and female leaders in the business world and the Kansas City community who are younger than 40.

A natural leader and innovator, Stewart’s contribution to the catering business is far reaching. He has presented seminars and lectures, for the last four years, at the Catersource International Seminars in Las Vegas. His focus is on industry trends, culinary tip How To’s, and business profitability. Stewart is sought by peers for his creative food concepts, new creations, and innovative plating. You can see his work and follow him by visiting the website. Click on Stewart’s blog. www.inspiredoccasionskc.com

One of the new trends he has developed is growing a raised bed organic garden during the Kansas City summers. This brought a new source of tasty and healthful ingredients for new creations including a smooth creamy radish top soup, and some old favorites like different kinds of tomatoes seasoned with herbs and artisan cheeses grown locally. His focus on visually delightful new recipes helps to keep their menu fresh. One of his personal favorites using garden fresh ingredients, is Grilled Baby Bok Choy Risotto.


As a food trends editor, Stewart currently writes Culinary Reconnaissance, for Catersource, the award-winning B2B magazine for food service professionals published by Catersource International, the industry’s largest trade magazine. He serves on the “Discover New Tastes” culinary team for Catersourse, serves as a speaker and panelist for the International Caterers Association, serves as a contributor to the ICA Chef’s Council, and is one of Kansas City’s most popular demonstration chefs at the KC Culinary Institute.

Stewart is internationally known as the Supervisory Chef for the USA House at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was named Kansas City’s Culinary Ambassador to these same olympics by Mayor Funkhauser.

One of the reasons for Stewart’s popularity with those he prepares food for is his ability to see food in an innovative way. A new creation of his is a twist on an old favorite childhood meal. Armed with the knowledge of everyone’s like for macaroni and cheese, and knowing most of us grew up on this fare, he created a twist in his dish: Pumpkin Macaroni with a Pale Ale and New York White Cheddar Cheese with Crispy Pancetta. Stewart has raised this to classic to a new level and it has become a favorite at events.



He shows his talent as a natural story teller using photos and words to describe new recipes and old favorites in new settings. As he describes ingredients and combinations of foods coming together to create a meal, we delight in our senses as our minds are filled with aromas and tastes. He has garnered over 3500 followers.

For mouth watering interludes you can follow Stewart’s blog at: www.inspiredoccasiongkc.com. Here he talks about dishes he's created like the one pictured: Fuyu Persimmon, Apple, and Pear crisp with Pistachio crust.

Explosive passion for excellence is one of the skills Stewart brings to Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions as he challenges the event planners to step out of the box in planning the culinary portion of an event. He works with the culinary staff to excel and in both food preparation and the presentation of foods, often bringing out hidden talents through his leadership and the staff’s expertise.

A desire of Stewart’s is to give back. Although he participates in many philanthropic works, he does have three favorites.

Back in the Swing, helps women survivors of breast cancer regain their unique zest for life and get back in the swing of live. This charity has bloomed into an amazing force in Kansas City and its reach continues to grow nationally. About 8 years ago his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. It was his first personal introduction to this horrible disease. Three years later his grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a grandchild, helping them live through their struggles and trials dealing with life after treatment was difficult. The wonderful people of Back in the Swing were there to lend a hand and help guide his grandmother, and so many other women, back to a complete life after healing from cancer.

Children’s Tender Loving Care (CTLC) and Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) are joint organizations that pull at all of Stewart’s heart strings. As a senior at Rockhurst High School his senior service project benefited CTLC. Steward says: “The work those wonderful people at CTLC do with developmentally challenged kids is both awe inspiring and beautiful. CCVI carries that same passion, talent and love into their care and development of children with visual impairments.”

CCIV is a charity Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions supports yearly. In 2013 Stewart will be the Co-Emcee for the “Food Fight” which is an Iron Chef Style competition, auction included, encompassing chefs from all over the KC area to showcase their talents as they raise monies for CCVI.

Stewart’s passion and personality for culinary events is evidenced by thousands of dollars raised for various groups which sell anywhere from $2,500 to $25,000 each. One auction dinner sold three times, raising $66,000 total in less than 15 minutes on the auction floor. A few other philanthropic works Stewart helps with are City Union Mission, Women’s Charities, AIDS related causes, and Crested Butte’s annual “tour de forks” which supports Crested Butte’s Center for the Arts.


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I want to say “Thank You” for a wonderful event and food again this year. Our group truly enjoy your food and services. We are so grateful you have such a wonderful team that make our clients comfortable all night. As always, you guys are the best.