Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions

We’ve been privileged to work with some of the finest individuals and companies in Kansas City. Here are a few kind words some have expressed after their events. We are grateful to be part of a special celebration in their lives.

To Lon and The Catering Team at Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions: Many, many thanks for your tremendous job at our evening affair at the KU Rep. Both the food and service were spectactular! Our clients and guests continued to talk about the delicious food the next morning. So many favorites were mentioned; it's difficult to name them. Your flare for capturing the event theme, producing great complimentary dishes, and accenting with beautiful decor made the event truly memorable. As we look back, we wish we would have had more time to indulge in the luscious menu of items. We look forward to the prospect of working with you again.

Debra Vanderwerf Higgins

Director Human Resources & Administration, DeMarche Associates, Inc.


Wow--another home run for Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions! Lon, you continue to give everyone attending Under The Blue Moon PERFECTION! The dinner last night was superb, beautifully presented, prepared with amazing skill, and graciously served. The service was polished and all the staff friendly and helpful! Everyone remarked they thought it was the best ever! I want you to know I've never heard such praise of the dinner as I did last night! Thank you so much for all you do to make this event successful. The fact we can say this event is catered by Lon Lane contributes greatly to this success. I also want to thank you for all you stand for and for building a company with the same standards.

Courtney Earnest


Once again, you and your team at Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions really did a fantastic job for our group! The menu was a terrific hit and the curry was as popular as you promised. The presentation had exactly the right feeling and the adjustments made to increase the salmon worked out perfectly; so thank you for your guidance on that. Thank you very much for making the evening easy and spectacular!

Steven E. Cole, President
Dedicated Distribution, Inc.


Breakfast was brilliant—Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions goes beyond amazing food…you create a memorable moment for everyone. The only problem was that there weren’t any leftovers so I didn’t get to eat my body weight in crème brulee French toast…probably a good thing. Bravo to all of you for an amazing, inventive, and creative occasion. Everyone loved the bacondust. One of the attendees started a hashtag—#bacondust – it’s all over social media!

Andrea Robinson


Alisa, Thank You. I want you to know how much I appreciate the hard work you and Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions' fabulous team put into making our Women In Government Dinner at the AMC Headquarters so wonderful! Everyone raved about the food, décor and kind staff. We just loved all you did to incorporate our WIZ of OZ theme, the evening was so much fun for all of our attendees. You and your catering team are top-notch! Thank you again for your wonderful service.

Heather Kearns & the WIG Staff
Events Director
Women In Government
Washington, DC 20004


Thanks so much for executing our Overland Park Private Preview Party with EXCELLENCE! Throughout the entire process, your team was super professional, creative, and ready to go above and beyond to make our event a SUCCESS! From the initial walk through to the goodbyes at the end of the party night, we’ve enjoyed the journey with Inspired Occasions! The Best food of the night…the Surprise Desserts. YOU GUYS ROCK! We hope to work with you again.

Sonya Oliver
Marketing Manager and Event Specialist
The Container Store


Everyone was thrilled with the food and presentation, thank you! The biggest hit was the cheddar chutney cheesecake! All of the physicians individually asked who did the catering as they complimented the food. Many asked if you shared recipes for the cheesecake and the brownie cookies. I made no promises! I think Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions has given some of the doctors a new option when they think about entertaining! Thank you again.

Barbara Sack


All the attendees thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and service. Everything was outstanding. So many people went back for 2nds…and that rarely happens except for desserts! I was extremely pleased, and will definitely use Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions more in the future.

Patricia Browning
Events Development Manager


My husband is a meat and potatoes guy. I suggested a box lunch for him, but he was willing to try the food created specifically for the ArtsKC luncheon. He loved the food and asked if there were extras. I’ve now seen everything?so congrats on a lovely job!  We’ll want to have you back again next year if you’ll have us!

Andrea Robinson


Everyone went CRAZY for the tin lunches!!! Many took pictures of the tins and the contents!!! They were magnificent and SO delicious!!!! We talked up Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions, but the work speaks for itself!!! After 23 years of Lon’s work on various events or projects I am amazed at his fresh creativity and enthusiasm—party after party.

Grace Thompson


Lon, many thanks to you and the staff of Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions for making our Holiday Party wonderful, festive, and delicious!! Everyone raved about the amazing food and loved the ambience. It was all spectacular! Dave and I appreciate everything you did to make it very special for us and our guests!! I also want to thank you for “saving” the flowers at the last minute! They looked lovely after you fixed them with the white hydrangeas and you did it on such short notice!!  I was “wowed” by that level of service!! You really went “above and beyond” for us and I appreciate it more than I can say!!
Jo Ellen
Alliance Equities Corporation


Everything was just perfect...the food was fantastic as well as beautifully presented--and the Serve Staff did a great job going above and beyond to make the evening special. I've had great reviews on the food from our Staff who were lucky enough to eat the leftovers in the office on Monday! Thanks for everything--it was so fun working with you. I look forward to many more events in the future with Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions!
Cathy Groves
Design Resources, Inc.


Lon--This is the third year we’ve worked with Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions on the Holiday dinner. The event yesterday evening received more kudos and rave reviews than the first two. Everyone is still talking about the venue and spectacular food this morning! They loved Blue Gallery, the ice sculpture was spectacular, the tables were absolutely gorgeous, and the food was divine!!  I can’t thank you enough for ensuring our board and guests shared an evening to remember. We have next year to look forward to, so let’s go ahead and book a date. I love working with you and your staff.
Betsey West
Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power & Light
Kansas City, MO


It is always a pleasure working with you and your team at Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions. No detail goes un-noticed and the experience for the client and their guests is nothing less than superb! Please pass along our sincerest gratitude to your staff for all of their assistance and quick efforts to flip the room for so many events in such a short time!  I look forward to doing this again next year.
Stacey Price


Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions are such professionals. It was a pleasure and pretty amazing to watch Kathy and Greg serve a room of 45 or so people—without a flaw. As always, the food was delicious. Thank you Lon and Jeff for helping support not-for-profit organizational events. 
Susan Gordon & Scott Francis


I can not begin to say how incredibly impressed I was with the staff of Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions this evening. The food was wonderful, as was the service. I truly appreciate all they did to make our event a success. Thank you so much!
Megan McGee


I'd heard Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions was good, but I didn’t realize how crazy good! Before the day of the event, the attention to detail was amazing. Thank you for your flexibility and advise throughout this process. The day of the event was easy and fun because of your help. The team arrived on time and was ready to rock and roll. The food was incredible!!! Every bite was an experience and everyone was talking about it and looking forward to your serving breakfast in the morning. Thank you for your creativity, great service, delicious food, and for making me look good to my CEO!
Daniela Guevara, Administrator/Community Relations
Human Resources
AMC Theatres


Everything was wonderful, only positive comments from conference attendees. I’ve even had requests for your contact info. One of my gluten free attendees was appreciative of the special meals and that no one made a big deal over having to accommodate her. I'm thankful your team can handle change so well. This was a first time conference so details were changing and your team handled them flawlessly.
Kate Melcher
Corporate Events Coordinator
Ivy Funds Distributor Inc. & Waddell & Reed, Inc.


Thanks again for helping us have a FANTASTIC Holiday party. Your staff was amazing...the attention to detail was a treat for Darlene as she is a perfectionist. Everyone said the food was excellent and were impressed it was hot when served. I see why Lon Lane's Inspired Occasions is the winner of many awards year after year…. I also have to mention the head captain was a pleasure. He made sure our event came off well.
Mike Gary
Custom Branded Sportsware


Our board holiday dinner was a total success!! Your culinary prowess is unquestionable. Everyone raved about the food; it was as fabulous as last year. We had several board members ask us how we came up with the Roasterie and Amigoni venues. We, of course, gave all the credit to you as you recommended them! You’ve set the mark very high, so I think it’s time to start thinking about next year!!
Betsey West
Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power & Light
Kansas City, MO


You all are awesome! We would not think of using anyone else for our events.
Joye Adamson
Designers Only


Thanks for all you do for us. It's always a given that I can rely on your staff to be on time, attentive and professional. The food is always the highest quality. Kudos to all.
Nancy A. Jones
Executive Director of University Events
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

A Big Thank You to you and your staff. You were a pleasure to work with; everything was easy. The food was AMAZING and the staff was AMAZING as well. Dinner couldn't have gone any better. Please let everyone know how wonderful a job they did.
Suzanne Towles
XIKAR Marketing Manager
XIKAR For Life


Once again, you did a stellar job! 
Alleen Van Beeber


Everything went great! The food and service was fabulous! We will definitely be using you again in the future. Everyone was very impressed with the food. They said it was the best catered food they have ever had!  
Chandara Bowersox 
MacFarlane Group


Thanks to you and your staff for another wonderful party!! The food was delicious. Everyone had a great time. The staff prepared and paced the evening perfectly, hitting a marvelous balance between wonderfully elegant and sophisticated. Kudos to everyone at Inspired Occasions!!
Vince Johnson, MD & Kathy Johnson
The Pain Associates of St. Joseph Hospital


Thank you for all your help and patience. Your crew from last night couldn’t have been more helpful. I would highly recommend Inspired Occasions. Thanks for a great job.
Gina Battle
Home Builders Assn of KC


Everyone RAVED about the food! People commented on the amazing fruit. It was fresh; each piece stood on its own. I LOVED the pipette of balsamic...so darn cute, and just a touch of "prissiness" to set the tone of excellence. Thanks for making it easy, while also retaining my traditions.
Winnie Dunn, PhD OTR FAOTA
Professor & Chair
Department of Occupational Therapy Education
University of Kansas Medical Center


Thanks so much for being a part of the Cadillac event. You and your team did a wonderful job, once again. It is an easy process. We know you'll be there, on time, have delicious, beautiful food and wonderful service. We look forward to next time.
Laura VanZante
Owner of Moxi Events


You are such consummate professionals.
Paul L Lewis
American Jazz Museum


Everything was quite wonderful. The servers and bartender were just the best. The food was delicious and beautifully presented.  
Jan Anderson


You are truly an artist.  
Jade Green
Director of Special Events
Kansas City Art Institute


Lon–everything was fabulous. I received wonderful compliments on the food and service. Your staff was incredibly professional, helpful, and wonderful to work with.
Jauqui Craig
Kansas City Area Developmental Council


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.
Janet Berding,
Executive Assistant to
Kevin Westrope, President/CEO


Thank you for a wonderful reception at Union Station. Everything was absolutely perfect—the food, the décor, the service, and the jazz. I have received countless compliments! I told everyone that it was easy–find a great caterer and get out of their way!
Steve Sigler
Kansas City Southern


I can’t tell you how many wonderful comments I’ve received from our board members about our holiday event. They thought the venue was exciting and the catering, table design and colors were spectacular. The donut hole bar was the highlight of the evening! Thank you Lon for creating a wonderful and unforgettable Holiday event!
Betsey West



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Lon, I want to thank you for the education and inspiration you bring to the art of catering food, the Catersource conference, and your posts to the ICA and Caterbuzz Facebook pages. As a culinary arts instructor I am looking forward to increasing my own knowledge and experiences as I share your knowledge with my students.