Welcome to the Footers Family.
Footers HQ. Industry Visionaries.
At Footers Catering, we strive to not only create exceptional events, we also want be an amazing place to work. We believe that an engaged and inspired company culture will produce the most genuine and motivated staff to take exceptional care of our clients.
The Footers Catering management team consists of leaders in all five of our key departments: Culinary; Coordination; Rental Operations; Staffing; and Development. We use a team approach when working toward future goals. Monthly meetings with our core team are a platform to problem solve, update the team on the progress of other divisions, and determine the most important and immediate direction of the company. Most decisions are made in a collaborative manner where a team of employees come to a consensus on what will be best for the customer and the company.
-The Coach, CEO-
Anthony Lambatos is melding the historic Footers name with new and exciting trends in catering. He grew up in the business, from scraping plates for his dad, founder of Footers Catering Jimmy Lambatos, to hosting his own concession stand at Parade of Homes in High School. He has worked full time for Footers Catering since 2004 as Vice President and became Co-Owner and CEO at the beginning of 2010. Anthony is passionate about taking the knowledge he has learned from his Father and putting a fresh spin on it.
Quote to live by: "Happiness is a matter of perspective. It's up to you to decide which angle to look from."
-The Head Honcho of Happiness, COO-
April Lambatos has been gaining experience in the catering/hospitality industry since 1996. Learning the ropes of the business from the bottom up and literally beginning her catering career washing dishes. After earning a business degree from the University of Florida and learning hospitality from Walt Disney World Resorts April realized catering was her passion. As Co-Owner and COO, April brings a fresh energy to the team and a determination to create one of the best places to work.
Quote to live by: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
-The Ambassador of Awesomeness, Operations-
Sam Totten has worked for Footers Catering part time since he was 15 years old. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Masters degree in Architecture, he returned to the Footers team full time in 2009. Sam is a "jack-of-all-trades," wears many hats, and uses his unparalleled passion and creativity to design cutting edge innovative displays, eye-catching marketing materials, efficiency enhancing digital tools, sweet company swag, and a bunch of other stuff! He is our walking Mission Statement and his ambitions to create, build, and make things better everyday show in all aspects of his work.
Quote to live by: "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
-Team Mom, Director of Events-
Colbért Callen has been with the Footers team since 2007. She was first introduced to the company when seeking out a caterer for her own wedding, and found the perfect fit not only for her special day, but also for a passionate career. Her amazing ability to translate a client's vision into a reality sets her apart in the event planning world. Her skill for envisioning an event is unmatched, and enthusiasm to see a client happy, is crucial to planning any event.
Quote to live by: "Work Hard, Play Hard."
-The Food Architect, Head Chef-
Jason Sutton was with the Footers family only three months before joining the management team as our Food Architect. His previous work as a Butcher and Chef in Chicago and Maui, Hawaii has leant him an incredibly versatile knowledge of flavors. Jason's unwavering upbeat personality keeps our culinary team one of the best Denver has ever seen.
Two quotes to live by: "I won't eat any cereal that doesn't turn the milk purple." ~ Bill Watterson, "When you do things right, people wont be sure you've done anything at all." ~ Futurama
-The Party Princess, Event Coordinator-
Lindsey Gertz has been a part of the Footers team since 2006. Her passion for perfection is contagious, and her attention to detail helps to make some of Footers' largest events go off without a hitch. Her creative ideas and eagerness to be on the cutting edge of the event world keeps all of us reaching for something new. Recently Lindsey added to the Footers Family with her son Landon and daughter Audrey. Lindsey enjoys the flexibility of working for a family owned business; it allows her to be an active Mom and career woman.
Quote to live by: "Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it." ~ Julia Child
-The Life of the Party, Event Coordinator-
Abby Heider, a Colorado native, has been an awesome addition to our Event Coordination team. As a previous "Footers Bride", Abby was attracted to this position because it was obvious that everyone enjoys their jobs and genuinely has fun at Footers. Abby is energized by developing event concepts, and working with our team, to bring them to fruition in a way that exceeds everyone's expectations. Abby easily identifies the needs of her guests and offers creative solutions to insure the execution of successful events!
Quote to live by: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~ Albert Einstein
-The Memory Maker, Event Coordinator-
Jamie Shaw is from Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Denver to pursue a degree in Event Management from Johnson & Wales University. After completing her Bachelors Degree, she started her career at a local Country Club planning everything from golf tournaments to weddings! From there, she moved into full-time Wedding Planning, which is where she found her true passion in catering a wide variety of events. Jamie loves to see an event start at just an idea or concept and develop into a special and memorable event from start to finish!
Quote to live by: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." ~ Walt Disney
-The Ring Leader, Design Stylist-
Stephanie Zemler has been working in the hospitality/catering industry since 2007. She graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado with a degree in Culinary Arts. Her experience in catering ranges from office management, event coordinating, bartending, and cooking. She became a part of the Footers family in 2012 and shortly after took on the role as staffing coordinator. In 2016 she transitioned her role into "The Curator of Creativity". Her main area of focus is designing unique displays and creative food presentations for our events. Stephanie also uses her expertise in executing events as part of our internal logistics team and the training of our amazing Service Team.
Quote to live by: "You are always free to do something that makes you smile" ~ Unknown
-The Lunch Ladies Man, Special Programs Manager-
Karl Onsager started at Footers Catering as a part-time member of the service staff team in December 2011. In the summer of 2012 Footers announced a new opportunity looking for a Special Programs Manager to run our Mullen High School Lunch Program. Karl applied and eventually left his career as a paralegal at a commercial insolvency law firm to help further grow Footers. He hasn't looked back since. When Karl isn't serving as a "Lunch Ladies Man", he continues to cater and bartend for clients.
Quote to live by: "An idea is a curious thing. It will not work unless you do." ~ Jaeger's Facts
-The Warehouse Warrior, Warehouse Manager-
Nick Vantsa was born in Ukraine, and then raised in New York since the age of 10. In 2013 he moved to Denver, CO looking to change his career from Home Care Management to the Hospitality Industry. Six days after he got to Colorado, Nick was hired by Footers as a Hospitality Hero, our entry-level service staff position. He quickly rose through the ranks of Mix Master (bartender) before being presented with the opportunity to lead the Warehouse. Under Nick's guidance, and in short time, the Warehouse team has improved in the areas of accuracy, efficiency, and quality. Nick's easy-going demeanor and team-oriented attitude have made him a welcomed addition to the Footers Catering team!
Quote to live by: "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years" ~ Abraham Lincoln
-The Duchess of Pastry, Pastry Chef-
Nina Melisi joined the Footers Family in the summer of 2015 as our Duchess of Pastry. She graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in culinary arts at Drexel University, although her career started much earlier in high school with a local catering company. In Philly she moved on to the restaurant world, working for fine dining restaurants such as Davio's and Parc Bistro. After moving to Denver in the fall of 2014, she worked on the pastry team at the ever-popular Sugarmill, honing her skills of baking at high altitude. Desiring a change from restaurants and looking to improve her personal growth, she found the glorious Footers team and couldn't join the family fast enough. She's rocking it out every day with her delicious french macaroons and myriad of mini desserts.
Quote to live by: "Don't dream it, be it."
-The Detailed Diva, Internal Logistics Manager-
Kari Dismuke realized her passion for event processes and logistics after pursing a double major in Events & Tourism. She joined the Footers team in 2009, and with her knack for organization and a passion for all things involving details. After executing hundreds of events ranging from non-profits, social, corporate and weddings, Kari took on a new position in 2016 that showcases her versatility and love of logistics. She now focuses on creating and implementing internal processes that increase efficiencies, as well as spearheading our Culture Club Task Force to plan and execute all things relating to our Company Culture and the Footers Family! With Kari’s attention to detail and ability to make things happen, there is no doubt the perfect title for her is the Detailed Diva!
Quote to live by: "Life is like a camera, focus on whats important and capture the good times."
-The Culinary Crusader, Sous Chef-
Heather Carr joined Footers in August, 2015 as the Sous Chef of our AWESOME culinary team. She graduated from the Johnson & Wales’ Denver Campus in 2013 and has since worked at local favorites such as ChoLon Asian Bistro. She transitioned from restaurants to catering when she made the move to Los Angeles, CA and began working at a boutique catering company. Since moving back to Denver, Heather eagerly joined the Footers Family and has been working at "making it better every day."
Quote to live by: "Live as if you'll die today, dream as if you'll live forever." ~ James Dean
-The Rainmaker, Controller-
Krystal Hoeft is originally from Flagstaff, Arizona where she received her Business Management degree from Northern Arizona University. She moved to Denver in 2003 and lives with her Husband, two Daughters Kiera and Kinsley and two furry friends Fox & Kaya. She has over 14 years in the financial service industry and received her MBA from Regis University. She joined the Footers Family in 2015 and oversees the day-to-day finance operations of the company and is in charge of all collections, disbursements, taxes and payroll.
Quote to live by: "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success." ~ Napoleon Hill
-The Executive Experience Expert, Director of HR & Staffing-
Megan Stewart graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. She spent a few years working for luxury clothing companies when she transitioned to Membership and Catering Sales in the hospitality industry. Over the next 6 years Megan lead Food and Beverage Teams at many different Country Clubs, most recently the Country Club at Castle Pines. Having a high attention to detail, a commitment to excellent customer service and a passion for leading people has driven Megan's desire to be in the catering industry.
Quote to live by: "Be somebody who makes everyone feel like somebody."
-The Party Perfectionist, Event Coordinator-
Brittany Taylor, a Colorado native, began her career in the event / hospitality industry in 2005. She has planned and produced a wide variety of events including weddings, festivals, concerts, trade shows, sporting events, fundraisers and corporate events. She is extremely organized, detail-oriented and loves working with her clients to achieve their vision. After nine years in the industry, Brittany took a year off to travel the world on a sail boat. She is easily amused, almost always has a smile on her face and loves a good adventure. Brittany is the newest addition to the Footers Event Coordinator Team and is thrilled to be a part of the Footers family.
Quote to live by: "There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty." ~ Wild
Party pilots. Your heroes in hospitality.
Party Pilots are our most experienced team members. They are responsible for ensuring your event takes off and lands smoothly, and that guests have an exceptional experience while on board. Our Pilots lead and direct the rest of the team on-site at an event, and work with the event coordinator so all details are executed. They will make sure all of your guests' needs are taken care of with a smile!
All employees who work events for Footers Catering are trained in-house through our extensive hospitality-training program. Temporary staffing services are never used. Members of the Footers Team are interviewed by a number of employees and screened through an online assessment that gives a great indication of the quality of employee they will be. This process is imperative to ensuring that outstanding service is provided to clients and their guests at every event catered by Footers.
Amanda Painter joined the Footer's team in 2010 after finishing up a season of teaching snowboarding in Steamboat Springs. She enjoys the seasonal lifestyle that Footer's is able to provide. She enjoys meeting new people, helping staff work more efficiently, and experiencing new places in Denver through catering.
Shannon Bigner joined the Footers Team as a part-time service staff member in August 2012, adding to her broad experience in the Meeting and Events Industry. Recognizing that her Theater Arts background matched many aspects of producing events, Shannon earned a Professional Certificate in Event Management from George Washington University in 2009. As a Party Pilot, she offers a sharp eye for detail, problem-solving and dedication towards executing events that are truly special to our clients.
Mindy Chambers is a service driven professional that began working for Footer's in March of 2013. She brings years of experience in upscale dining and banquets to the table. Mindy is team oriented and strives to provide our clients with a memorable experience.
Nelli Golmeeva eagerly joined the Footers team in October of 2014 after volunteering to help with the Book Lover's Ball. Working on her Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management at the University of Denver; Nelli strives to combine her classroom knowledge with work experience. At each event, she is always on the lookout for ways to improve herself, her team, and the client's and guest's experience. Her dedication to continuously peruse excellence in the hospitality industry shows in all aspects of her life and career.
Colleen Hartigan joined the Footers family in September of 2015. After obtaining a degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Hospitality from Endicott College in 2013, Colleen worked for a small events company out of Worcester, Massachusetts. There she was an Event Manager for two years. Her attention to detail and eagerness to succeed adds a unique spark to our team and she is always willing to go the extra mile in order to satisfy our clients and their guests! Away from Footers Colleen enjoys hiking, reading, craft beers, and cheering for Boston sports teams.
Jaimie has been a part of the event team at Footers since 2014 when she moved from South Carolina to Denver. Before getting into catering she had years of experience in restaurants. She enjoys working with people and looks forward to meeting you at your next event!.
Kelci came to us in 2012 as part-time Hospitality Hero. Her passion for creating exceptional experiences for clients and guests, as well as being a team leader, quickly landed her as a full time Party Pilot. She is now working on beginning her career as a design engineer, but is still part of the Footers family, and you can still find her piloting parties on the weekends!.
Born in Alabama but raised in Colorado, Tyler Nix was exposed to the world of hospitality and catering in 2001. He started out as a bus boy in middle school and eventually showed his true colors in managing events in every size you could imagine. His professionalism, humor, and southern hospitality really do contribute so much to the Footers Family!.
Chefs de par-tay. Dedicated to great food.
Our Party Chefs have unique culinary training to cook on-site at all of our events. They are responsible for setting up and organizing temporary kitchens; plating hors d’ oeuvres and other courses; building beautiful buffets; and wowing your guests with station action components. They are a fun group, so don’t be surprised if they make an appearance on the dance floor during the Cupid Shuffle.
Ronney has been part of the Footers family since 2002, making him our most seasoned lead event chef. With his tenure, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the off-site catering world. Ronney has found an awesome balance between hard work and humor that makes him one of Footers most popular Chefs de Par-tay.
Since coming aboard in 2005, Sam "Bam" has been lucky enough to give back to the school he attended as a youth, Mullen High School. Sam runs the culinary department at Mullen High School while simultaneously leading events on the weekends as a Chef de Par-tay.
After serving his community for more than a decade as a Police Officer, Scott decided that the culinary world was his true path. He joined the Footers team in 2014 and has risen to become one of Footers most reliable and consistent Chef de Par-tay.
Since her graduation from the Johnson & Wales University in early 2015, Bethany became one of Footers shinning new stars. Her adaptability as a Prep Chef, Tasting Chef and Chef de Par-tay earned her the 2015 Growth Award at the Footers Catering Core Value Awards.
After Daniel spent time working with caterers on the East Coast, he decided return to his home state of Colorado and join the Footers team. Daniel brings an array of culinary knowledge to the table as one of our Lead Prep Chefs, Tasting Chef, and Chef de-Party.
Gregory first got a taste in the culinary world while he served in the Air Force, cooking in Germany, Italy and Egypt, just to name a few. Since then, Gregory has focused on off-site catering and has been with Footers since 2015 as a Chef de Par-tay as well as one of our key members of the prep team.