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
Check Out My "Sounds of Happiness" Playlist
This is just a couple of songs that make me happy! They all have a memory tied to them and make me smile. Let me know if you are curious and I would love to share more!
-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."
Check Out My "Awesomeness All the Time" Playlist
These are some of my go-to easy listening songs for sittin' on the back porch, doing work at the office, or driving up to the mountains for a weekend getaway. In any scenario, they're best enjoyed with friends!
-Team Mom, Director of Sales & Marketing-
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."
Check Out My "Harper Time" Playlist
My biggest motivator to go for three runs each week is my border collie, Harper. She knows when I put on a specific pair of shoes that there may be a run in her future, and at 13 years old she still lives for it. She always outpaces me, so music actually helps me keep up with her!
-The Food Architect, Executive 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.
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 won't be sure you've done anything at all." ~ Futurama
-The Party Princess, Senior 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 Memory Maker, Senior 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
Check Out My "Jam Mix" Playlist
Here are my favorite jams to listen to as I get ready to workout, a night out, or head to an event. These are my go tos anytime I need a good pick me up!
-The Curator of Creativity, 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
Check Out My "Flashback to the Glory Days" Playlist
These songs bring a smile to my face as they remind me of fun times in my 20's! Ask me more about my travels, favorite concerts, and friends I shared these memories with!
-The Social Savant, Social Media and Event Manager-
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.
Quote to live by: "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance." ~ Unknown
Check Out My "Good Vibes" Playlist
I love to constantly surround myself with music. Whether it's a crazy show at Red Rocks, or calming myself after a rough day, music is always there for me! Here's a playlist of a couple of my absolute favorite songs ever, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
-The Pastry Professor, Executive Pastry Chef-
Shelby Anderson joined the Footers Family in the summer of 2016 as our Pastry Professor. She graduated from the Art Institute of Denver in 2013, but has known since childhood just how much passion she has for baking. From working as a night baker at local cupcakeries to running the kitchen at some of Denver's favorite dessert bars, Shelby found her niche in the catering world and absolutely loves it. In her opinion, pastry can be a product of never ending possibilities, from baking bread to decorating cakes to plating intricate desserts, there's never a dull moment and ALWAYS something new to learn.
Quote to live by: "Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?" ~ Unknown
-The Detailed Diva, Venue Specialist-
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, Executive 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
Check Out My "Pump Up/Wind Down" Playlist
This is a mix between some of my favorite pump up music that I play to get in the mindset for boxing and then classical music which is usually what I listen to when I am winding down after a long day or workout!
-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 Hospitality-
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."
Check Out My "Pre-Event" Playlist
There's nothing better than a good pump up mix! These are my go tos as I head out to an event and these songs never fail to pump me up and help me lead my team to execute another awesome event!
-The Celebration Connoisseur, Event Coordinator-
Brittany Burrows joined the team after moving to Denver from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of her degree in Business Management and Public Relations, she began managing a historic wedding venue in Pennsylvania and fell in love with the event industry. Brittany has a knack for connecting with clients and loves going the extra mile to make an event unforgettable!
Quote to live by: "A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure." ~ Henry Kissinger
Check Out My "Pump Up" Playlist
Sometimes on the way to an event, I need a little pick me up! This is a handful of the songs that never fail to put a smile on my face and prepare me for the day ahead.
-The Organized Optimizer, Event Coordinator-
Katie Martineau joined the Footers Family after adventuring to Denver from Seattle, Washington. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and volunteered for a non-profit theatre, where she fell in love with planning large events, such as the theatre's annual Casino Night Gala. Hospitality positions at hotels Minneapolis and Seattle led her to the food and beverage side of hospitality. Whether attending networking events, snowboarding in the Rockies, discovering new hiking trails, or participating in fitness competitions, Katie is always ambitious for a new adventure.
Quote to live by: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Gandhi
Check Out My "Turning the Corner on Country" Playlist
Denver is more country than the other city I’ve lived in and it’s definitely growing on me! I mean, we have a parade with big horned cattle walking down city streets – ha! This is more country-pop; achy-breaky-heart stuff is still a hard, no!
-The Master Collaborator, Marketing Manager-
Allison graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a degree in Public Communication. After livingin Boston, she joined the Peace Corps and worked with youth in development in the Republic of Georgia. Upon returning to the States, Allison decided to pursue new adventures and move to Colorado, where shejoined Footers Cateringin July 2017. Allison strives to exemplify what Footers Family means to every one of our clients and guests. She also seeks to show how our culture of encouraging and fostering our unique passions and skills elevates our work into the realm of AWESOMENESS and truly sets our staff and our work apart! While the East Coast will always have a special place in her heart, Allison loves exploring Colorado's endless beauty. She seeks to fly fishevery bodyof water, hike every trail, and celebrate each day's end with a new local craft brew in hand.
Quote to live by: "The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." ~ John Krakauer
Check Out My "Road Trip Tunes" Playlist
I took a 2.5 week cross country road trip when I moved from Boston to Colorado and fell in love with the independence and freedom found on the open and dirt roads. Here's my favorite driving playlist as I adventure and explore the beautiful state of Colorado!
-The Forager of Fresh Ideas, Event Coordinator-
Kelsey found her niche in the event industry after graduating from Arizona State University in 2013. She worked with top caterers and an outdoor venue facility in Arizona and Massachusetts before finding her home in Colorado. Experienced in all sectors of events, she has a true passion and determination to make each event successful and unique! She jumps at any opportunity to meet new clients and create new relationships. Kelsey appreciates the change of pace and exciting day-to-day variety the hospitality industry offers
Quote to live by: "Stay humble, hustle hard." ~ Anonymous
Check Out My "Effort to Run Off Lunch" Playlist
These are my personal favorite beats to run to. They keep me moving so I can actively run off the Footers family meals!
-The Production Pro, Warehouse Manager-
Zach joined the Footers Family in the summer of 2014. He began his time at Footers as a Hospitality Hero and then joined the Production team where he quickly moved up the ranks and is now the Warehouse Manager. Zach is a Colorado native who’s never been skiing or snowboarding!
Quote to live by: "If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have." ~ Joel Osteen
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.
-The Cruise Director, Staffing Manager-
Lewis joined the Footers Family in April 2016. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management from Kent State University, Lewis worked at a hotel and conference center for two years. There he supervised and managed the restaurant, bar, and banquet programs. Away from Footers, Lewis enjoys hanging out with friends, trying new breweries, being a couch potato, singing in the car, dancing in the mirror, and playing with his dog, Charlie.
Quote to live by: "And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)" ~ Dr. Seuss
Check Out My "Party Starting" Playlist
These are my favorite and always classic songs that I love to listen to as I prepare for an event! Whether it's a carpool singing sesh with the team or songs I listen to as I review the Captain's packet, these songs help set the tone for a fun event and boosts everyone's confidence!
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.
-The Flavor Creator, Chef de Tournant-
Dylan roots are in Oklahoma, where he studied Hospitality at Oklahoma State University. After completing his degree, Dylan moved to Colorado to hone his skills. He went to culinary school at Johnson & Wales and joined the Footers Family in 2016. As Lead Tasting Chef, Dylan is passionate about creating memorable experiences for Footers clients and guests at our tasting experiences, and helping design innovative menus for their events!
Quote to live by: "Always start out with a larger pot than you think you need." ~ Julia Child
Check Out My "Slow Jams to Wind Down to" Playlist
Everyone at Footers knows me for my taste in laid back music! This is a playlist that I like to listen to while I cook to put me in the zone or relax to on my drive home after a long day!
-The Culinary Craftsman, Lead Production Chef-
Nat was born and raised in western New York, near the grape fields along the shores of lake Erie. He honed his skills for 15 years until moving to Denver in 2014. Having an extensive background in large party events, Nat joined the Footers team in 2014 as a prep cook. He quickly moved on to become a chef de par-tay and to Lead Production Chef in the kitchen where he oversees food prep for the week and manages production. Nat loves getting to see all of Colorado through venues and events and looks forward to expanding his repertoire ever more in the future!
Quote to live by: "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." ~ Anais Nin
-The Pastry Unicorn, Pastry Sous Chef-
Bryce got her passion for food and baking from her mom, and after 10 years of at-home baking she decided to make the move to go to culinary school. She graduated from The Art Institute of Colorado in early 2016, and took to the catering world immediately. Bryce loves the diversity every day has to offer as the Pastry Unicorn at Footers!
Quote to live by: "Food can be expressive and therefore food can be art." ~ Grant Achatz
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.
-The Mise En Place Master, Lead Production Chef-
Tessa has always been fueled by creativity. Art class was her favorite subject growing up, which led her to study textile design at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas. While in college, she worked as a sous chef at Evan Williams Catering to sharpen her skills in the kitchen. Her adventurous spirit took her to Colorado to pursue a career in the tech industry, where she instilled and supported company culture initiatives. Her passion for food brought her back into the kitchen in 2017, when she joined the Footers Family. She believes great places to work embrace their Core Values, but the best ones are like Footers, who recognize the importance of FUN!
Quote to live by: "Life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away." ~ Anonymous
Check Out My "Soundtrack of Memories" Playlist
Each song on my playlist reminds me of a very fond memory and a person that's very special to me.