Catering FAQs

Our culinary staff is happy to assist you in designing your event to suit your individual needs, occasion, and budget. Please contact Jennifer Becker, Catering Manager, at 208.331.0199 x 306 or for any questions, to customize a special event, and for price quotes.



Delivery price can range from $15-$75 depending on the location and arrangements for the event. Our catering service area includes communities in the greater Treasure Valley.

Yes, we include disposable plates, bowls, cups, napkins and cutlery as required.

No, we do not provide or serve alcohol. If you have questions about having alcohol at your event please contact us. We have worked with, and can make recommendations for, several bar services.

A plated and served meal is more expensive than a self service buffet as it requires labor at the event.

If your event requires labor (staff members staying to serve), we charge an 18% gratuity based on your menu pricing. For instance, if you order $500 in food, your total with tax (6%) is $530. Gratuity would be $95.40.

When an event requires Life’s Kitchen staff on site, there is a $25 per hour, per chef, labor charge.

Rentals are anything needed besides food, serving equipment and disposable wares (which we provide). Rentals may include tables, chairs, china, linens, etc. Tate’s Tents and Events is our exclusive rental company.

We require 2 weeks advance notice for caterings. We may still be able to fulfill your catering needs on shorter notice, but reserve the right to add a 10% late notice fee to recover our additional costs.

Seven days prior to your event. Within those seven days we can accommodate reasonable increases in attendance, but not allow reduction in attendance numbers.

Yes. If you agree to pick up the food Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm, and agree to return all equipment the following business day.

No, the students cannot accept tips. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to our program in lieu of tipping.

If you confirm Life’s Kitchen for your event, we will provide a small sampling at no cost. If you are shopping around and would like to sample, we will charge a fee depending on the samples and associated food costs.

No. But we’ll gladly work with you on preparing food donations that you secure.

We are always willing to work with other non-profit organizations to meet event needs on an individual basis.

Typically, we do not. However, some exceptions can be made for larger events.

Yes, it is $150 Monday-Friday and $250 on the weekends.

For small events we can host your function at the LK Café. Some of our favorite off site events locations include: Idaho Botanical Gardens, Hotel 43, Barber Park Event Center, The Train Depot, and CW Moore Penthouse. We will gladly cater at any location, and make a site visit with you to work out any details if needed.

Yes, we list several recommendations on our website, and we also keep a more extensive list we can provide upon request. We also have a client list that you may call for referral; please contact our Catering Coordinator for more details.