Artisan Foodworks

Columbus, IN

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How does your service stand out?

At Artisan Foodworks, our mission statement is to "make people happy through gourmet foods and drink." Chef Alexa, her wife Samantha, and our entire team believe that "food is love" and treat each of our events as a way to show that. We strive to provide the best foods and drink that people will remember. We provide gourmet, farm to table catering. We do all aspects of off-premise catering from drop-offs to served action stations. Unlike many caterers, we prepare foods on-site (when service staff is ordered) with our mobile and field kitchens for the best taste and food safety. We also provide rental services such as tents, tables/chairs, and linens. Here are some of Chef Alexa's accomplishments: • Competitor in the 2016 World Food Championships. • Winner of the 2016 INDYCOOKS FOR THE ARC for my Smoked Maple Leaf Farms Smoked Duckballs with Syrah Barbecue Sauce. • Winner of both "Best Overall" and "Best Sweet Dish" at the 2016 Chicago Bacon and Beer Classic! So proud to win the grand prize against 40 of Chicago's finest chefs. • Recipient of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Rhone Rangers Grant • Finalist in the Chef’s Taste Challenge Farm to Table Cook-Off to be held in New Orleans (They named Chef Alexa as one of the Top 10 Farm to Table Chefs in the USA). • Winner “Best Sweet Dish” at the New York City Bacon and Beer Classic 2016. • Overall Champion Denver Bacon and Beer Classic 2016. • Artisan Foodworks named #3 of Top 5 Dinner Party Caterers by Indianapolis Monthly in December 2015. • Winner “Peoples’ Choice Award” at the Indianapolis Bacon and Beer Classic 2015. • Grand Champion in the American Dairy Association Indiana Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese Cook-Off 2015. • Winner of “Most Creative” and “Best Gluten Free” for Popcorn and Lobster Soup at Indiana SoupFest 2015. • Recognized by “Go Magazine” in 2011 and 2014 for being “hot” and outstanding woman entrepreneur. • “Local Food Hero” Best Chef 2013 and Best Food Artisan 2012 and 2013 by Edible Indy Magazine. • Received the Hoosier Hospitality Award 2013 by Indiana’s Lt Governor. • Awarded the designation of “20 under 40” by Columbus Young Professionals in 2011. • Inducted into Indiana Artisan in 2008 in recognition of the superior craftsmanship of our 240sweet marshmallows. Artisan Foodworks is proud to be registered as both WBE and LGBTBE. This is possible because we have always been 100% owned and operated by Chef Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick. Contact us for a complimentary consultation. We'd love to get to know you.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We really enjoy bringing delicious, hand crafted food to our clients and their guests. It's an obsession--we live and breathe food and drink. When we're not working, we're experiencing new flavors that we can't wait to share with you. Our company's mission statement is to "make people happy through gourmet food and beverages." That's not easy--but it is worth it.
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Columbus, IN 47201

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26 Reviews
  • Gordon M. Jun 19, 2017
    Food Truck or Cart Services
    Verified Review
    Great to work with, very professional and friendly. Everyone at the party loved the tacos, crowd favorites seemed to be Margarita Shrimp and Raspberry Chipotle Duck.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Jun 20, 2017

    Hi Gordon, Thank you for choosing us to cater your wife's surprise birthday party. She is pretty lucky to such a thoughtful husband! You and your friends and family were wonderful to serve. And we're super happy that you enjoyed the food truck service.

  • Kim S. Jun 12, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    second time Artisan Foodworks has catered for our company. Both times were a great experience with professionalism and delicious food.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Jun 15, 2017

    Thank you for the review! We enjoyed serving your family and employees at both events. You guys have a great business full of awesome people who appreciate real food! We're looking forward to your next meal.

  • SJ H. Jun 7, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Sam and the gang at Artisan did a great job catering my son's graduation open house. They were thoughtful, professional and the food was excellent!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Jun 15, 2017

    We appreciate your 5 Star Review! SJ, you and your family are great, and we enjoyed serving the party. Hope you have another one again, soon.

  • Deb M. Jun 4, 2017
    Food Truck or Cart Services
    Verified Review
    Our guests loved the food at our outdoor event. Now I think there is nothing Chef Alexa and Artisan Foodworks cannot do!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Jun 15, 2017

    Yay Deb! We're delighted that you were pleased with the food truck meal at your home. It was wonderful to serve you and your group. We wish all of our customers were like you. We're looking forward to the next party!

  • Thomas M. May 29, 2017
    Food Truck or Cart Services
    Verified Review
    The experience was great. They visited the week before to finalize things and put up with changes in the number of people expected to come to the party. Attendees loved the food
    Executive Chef Alexa L. May 30, 2017

    Thank you Tom! What a fun Indy 500 party you hosted. We're glad people loved the duck tacos and lemon bars. You were super nice to gift Chef Alexa and Sam with fresh eggs from your chickens. We look forward to serving you again!

  • Lauren S. May 23, 2017
    Food Truck or Cart Services
    Verified Review
    Easy process, on time, and great food.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. May 23, 2017

    Hi Lauren, Thank you for having our food truck serve for your Associate Appreciation Luncheon. You and the employees of the hotel are friendly and fabulous! We were so happy with the positive response to our raspberry chipotle pulled duck barbecue and the pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Chef Alexa reported that the black bean and corn salad with guacamole was a hit, too. We are tickled pink that you were so happy with our service yesterday to schedule another meal!

  • Lauren S. May 23, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review Updated
    Loved working with Alexa and Sam! Sam went above and beyond in the sales process and Alexa followed up with some amazing food for our guests! My only suggestion would be to make sure the staff is clearing in a timely manner as some of the plates were piling up on tables. Other than that small thing, everything was great! The food quality and presentation were ON POINT! The tenderloin sandwiches, porkbelly with greens & peppers and the fois gras with cherries on french bread were just a few of my favorites!! Everyone really enjoyed the everything from the cheese board to the charcuterie to the s'mores station (OMG who knew a pink lemonade toasted marshmallo could be so delish!) Way to go girls!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. May 23, 2017

    Hi Lauren, Thank you for your review. Chatham Hills is a beautiful golf course that you should be proud of. Your guests, the staff, and (especially) you, were fabulous to serve. Chef Alexa is puffed that you enjoyed the beef tenderloin sandwiches, pork belly appetizer, and duck liver mousse canapes. She created the last 2 items just for your party. It was quite an event with passed items, a small bites buffet, and a S'more on a Stick Station. Thank you, also, for the feedback on the bussing of the plates. You are right that the plates weren't picked up as quickly as we would like to see. We have talked to our staff to problem-solve how to prevent this from happening in the future. Like any team looking to improve, we always meet to plan how we can do better in the future. We're glad to come back anytime you would like. Just let us know!

  • Verified Review Original
    Loved working with Alexa and Sam! Sam went above and beyond in the sales process and Alexa followed up with some amazing food for our guests! My only suggestion would be to make sure the staff is clearing in a timely manner as some of the plates were piling up on tables. Other than that small thing, everything was great! The food quality and presentation were ON POINT! Way to go girls!
  • Allison Z. May 20, 2017
    Food Truck or Cart Services
    Verified Review
    We used these folks for a school fundraiser event and they were on time, so easy to deal with and the food was great. Would definitely use them again!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. May 21, 2017

    Hi Allison, Thank you for choosing Artisan Foodworks to serve you with our food truck (and the 5 Start Review)! We enjoyed meeting students and parents of your school. You were fun to work with, too. We're looking forward to the next time we serve your group.

  • Kristi W. May 16, 2017
    Sam is very thorough and easy to work with. We discussed every detail of our menu so my son would really enjoy his college graduation celebration. All our family and friends loved the food. In particular, they loved the ham and mashed potato station, the macaroni and cheese bar with creative toppings and the lemon green beans! Even our hard to please and picky guests loved the food. Chef Alexa did an amazing job! We truly enjoyed that she was present and carving the meats for each guest. We truly enjoyed the food at each station and the assorted desserts at the dessert station. The stuffed strawberries and creme brûlée were a hit as well as the marshmallows. I appreciate that I did not have to do anything but enjoy our wonderful meal and enjoy our family and friends! Thank you Sam and Alexa.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. May 16, 2017

    Hi Kristi, Thank you for the awesome review! We thoroughly enjoyed helping with your family's graduation celebration at Irwin Gardens. The Gourmet Stations Menu selections we selected together were perfect for your group's taste. We're glad you called upon our expertise to decide which foods to serve. Together, we put together a menu that had almost everyone coming up for seconds with big smiles. That's what we want to see! Because we believe that food is love. Not everyone cares about the quality and taste of what they serve their guests. But you do. We appreciate that and you. Anytime that we can be of service, please let us know. We'll be glad to make more macaroni and cheese--which seemed to be your son's favorite station. We appreciate that you chose Artisan Foodworks to serve this important meal.

  • Anusha G. May 16, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We had a great experience working with Artisan Foodworks for my college graduation party. Impeccable service and delicious food! Chef Alexa was really able to cook up a phenomenal meal and Sam was extremely helping in planning and made herself available for questions! Definitely would recommend for any type of catered event :)
    Executive Chef Alexa L. May 16, 2017

    Anusha, Your graduation party was one of our favorite events to ever cater (since the 1980s)! You, your family, and your friends were wonderful to serve. You showed great taste in selecting some of our favorite dishes like the heirloom tomato display and the canapes. We appreciate how you asked for our insights about what items would complement each other, too, so that you offered a balanced menu. We were thrilled at the way everyone enjoyed the foods. It takes more skill and knowledge than most people understand to cook at someone's house with the five food stations. The enthusiasm your family and friends showed for the meal (in all stages from unloading to cooking to serving to packing up) made our hearts happy. And we LOVED your mom's lentils that she sent home with us to eat for dinner. That wassuper sweet of her. We had it with the cupcakes you shared from the dessert bar. After meeting your parents and grandparents, we understand why you are so delightful. Again, thank you for choosing Artisan Foodworks to be a part of your graduation celebration. We hope to serve you again. We have met some of the nicest people through Thumbtack. You're certainly one of them.

  • Jane J. May 3, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    I highly recommend Artisan Foodworks Catering for wedding receptions. Chef Alexa and Sam are the best! I'd never used a caterer before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. They were friendly and helpful. Sometimes, they answered questions I hadn't even thought to ask. They were easy to contact by phone and email, responding promptly and cheerfully. They also contacted me periodically about my wedding planning during the planning. Oh the food!!! Chef Alexa's duck breasts were a big hit! I was concerned that my guests would not like duck. Once I tasted it, I had to have it. She also made beef brisket that melted in your mouth. OMG At first, I didn't like that I had to pay for the tasting. After I found out that they make everything from scratch for each tasting, it made sense. It was worth it, too. I tasted food from another caterer (for free) that wasn't half as good. I would hire them again.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. May 4, 2017

    Hi Jane, Thank you for your 5 Start Review. It was a pleasure to serve you and JM. We wish you the best for your marriage.

  • John B. Dec 22, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    No complaints here
    Good Service. Showed up on time and had everything ready to go by the time we needed to serve. Food was delicious and we received numerous comments to support that. The broccoli salad was a huge hit with everyone as well as the macaroni and cheese.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi John, Thank you for choosing Artisan Foodworks to serve your co-workers. We were delighted to read your report that everyone enjoyed Chef Alexa's foods. It made it worthwhile for us to serve you guys during multiple shifts. We'll come out at 3:00 am anytime you want us to again!

  • Teri M. Dec 9, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Awesome Holiday Staff Luncheon!!!
    Artisan Foodworks did a fabulous job on our luncheon. We had them prepare several dishes and drop off at our was ample amount of food and everything really was delicious!! The team was super easy to work with and pleasant! I would highly recommend Artisan Foodworks for your next event!!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Teri, Your office is awesome! From the Tweets about the meal to the enthusiasm when talking on the phone, we could tell that it would be a pleasure to serve your group--and it was! Please keep us in mind for future opportunities to bring more meals to you.

  • Sandy S. Dec 4, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Thank you, Artisan, for your outstanding meal and service!!
    In a few short words, they went far beyond out expectations! The food was absolutely delicious and raved about by all! Their service was exceptional, efficient and very timely!! They even offered to mop the kitchen floor after thoroughly sweeping it but I couldn't find a mop! :) They were awesome!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Sandy, Our staff came back from serving the congregation with reports of what an awesome feeling it was to be a part of your church's anniversary celebration. Thank you!

  • Margo F. Nov 28, 2016
    I couldn't have been more proud to tell my guests that Alexa and Samantha catered my wedding reception in June 2016! The reception was held outside at our home in Peoria, IL and they did all of the cooking/preparation on site. The display of items we selected were beautiful and delicious. My 300+ guests were blown away when they learned that the tuna was caught the day before in Hawaii. We had many guests ask for the caterers name and I would recommend them 100% for events of all kinds. Thanks again Alexa and Samantha - the event was unforgettable thanks to your talents!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Margo, Your wedding was one of our favorites to ever cater! It was a pleasure to serve you and your guests. Your trust in us for this important day created a great collaboration and atmosphere. We will come to Peoria anytime!

  • Nancy S. Oct 26, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Everyone raved about the food!
    Artisan delivered everything they said they would and then some. The staff was helpful and courteous. The food and presentation were a cut above and everyone at the event raved about the food and many asked for the name of the caterer.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Nancy, Thank you for choosing us to serve your business for the open house and for the holiday party. Your space and employees rank as some of our coolest to serve in and to. Chef Alexa is working on the menu for your next event while I type this response. Hope we can keep on exceeding your expectations.

  • Kim S. Oct 25, 2016
    Food Truck or Cart Services
    Verified Review
    Awesome Food Truck!
    They were excellent to work with for our food truck needs. Very professional.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Kim, Your event was super fun! Thank you for having us come out to serve frozen hot chocolate and s'more on a stick from the S'more Mobile. So glad everyone enjoyed it.

  • Ian F. Oct 23, 2016
    Artisan Foodworks meats are were very good and they even had veggitarian options for people. The staff were respectful and quiet, but quick to answer any question we had.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Ian, Love the picture of the asparagus! Thank you for sharing. We're looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  • Mary R. Oct 22, 2016
    Vegetarians delight
    I have experienced excellent service from Artisan Foodworks on several occasions. Every time the staff was polite and professional! One of my favorite things is the many vegetarian options they offer! One time I was lucky enough to have BBQ jackfruit. So unique!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Mary, We appreciate that you took the time to write a review. That BBQ Jackfruit is delicious. Did you know that Chef Alexa was written up in Thrillist for her recipe? Here's the link: And thank you for suggesting us for your employer's holiday luncheon. We received a nice email from them about how much everyone enjoyed the meal. You rock!

  • Vicki L. Sep 26, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Very unique and delicious
    Artisan Foodworks was very pleasant to work with. They showed up on time and had the food display out in a timely manner for our guests. The food was unique and delicious. We only wish they could have kept the food out longer so our staff could eat after the event. They did extend us an additional 15 minutes which we appreciated; however, after that time, the food was being removed as quickly as possible to be thrown away. There was plenty of food left over and we were told we could not keep it that evening after it was already paid for in advance. Other than that, everything was great!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Sep 27, 2016

    Thank you for the great review! It was a pleasure to serve your group. So that we can address the missing star, we've broken your review down into 4 parts. 1. "Artisan Foodworks was a pleasure to work with." AWESOME! That's what want to hear. 2. "They showed up on time and had the food display out in a timely manner for our guests." YAY! Since we prepare foods on-site, it can sometimes be challenging to navigate steps with all of our stuff. Then, we set up in a new kitchen and unpack our cooking equipment. During all of this, other vendors and hosts are setting up. There's a lot to manage, and we take pride in being efficient and professional. 3. "The food was unique and delicious." HAPPY SMILES! You let us know that your guests would appreciate something different, so we made sure to offer them items like Popcorn and Lobster soup, S'more on a Stick Station, and more fun offerings. We've even had a couple of calls from your guests wanting to know about our services because they enjoyed it so much. 4. "We only wish they could have kept the food out longer so our staff could eat...removed and thrown away." DRATS. We know, it is sooooo good that you would like to keep it. While we were glad to stay longer than the time were contracted so that your staff could eat after the event, all parties must come to an end. Because of how buffets work, the food is thrown away in accordance with Indiana State Department of Health rules. While we can vouch for the food safety while we are serving it, we couldn't have after it had been setting out and someone else handled it. It was a pleasure to serve you. Your offices and event space are beautiful--perfect for entertaining. We look forward to sharing more of our gourmet foods with your guests.

  • Scott H. Sep 13, 2016
    Perfect Caterer
    We ordered the Chef's Special. It included five tasty treats. My favorite was the candied bacon. And they are renowned for their homemade marshmallows and BBQ sauce. We had 50 people at our reception. They staff was friendly, professional, and willing to help anyway they good. We will definitely caterer next year's event.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Scott, Your fundraiser was way cool! Chef Alexa loved creating the surprise "Chef's Choice" menu for your group. How neat that you let us bring the small plates meal without knowing what would be served--just that it would be delicious. We look forward to your next one!

  • Nancy P. Sep 7, 2016
    Fantastic Food and Superb Service
    I highly recommend 240 Sweet and Artisan Foodworks as I have used them many times. They are very helpful in creating a menu for your event. The food is always delicious and exceptional.. The staff is always top notch. They know exactly when and what to do. You can just relax and enjoy. You don't have to worry about a thing. Everyone always ask, "who is the caterer? I give them 5 stars plus!!!
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Nancy, Thank you so much for your nice words. You are one of our favorite people to serve. We're smiling just reading your review and thinking about how much we look forward to your meals.

  • Chloie F. Sep 7, 2016
    Best Catering
    Sam and Alexa were incredible to work with for my wedding and the amazing food is still brought up by friends and family four years later. Since my wedding, they have catered for my sister, cousin, and many friends with equally amazing food. My husband and I were on a tight budget, but they worked within our budget to make the food look spectacular and make all the best choices! Alexa also took a special request of my favorite kind of salmon and made it even better. Also, the smore bar was a huge hit. I cannot recommend them enough.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Chloie, When serving people like you and your family, it is easy to do a good job. You have excellent taste and a sincere appreciation of the hard work that goes into making "farm to table" and whole foods. You always make sure that there are wonderful touches to the decor and tablescape, too. That makes us extra-proud to be a part of your events. We look forward to the next family event.

  • Kathy K. Sep 6, 2016
    Great Food
    Great food and grest service.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Kathy, It was wonderful to cater both your wedding and your sister's. Your family is so full of love that it makes it a joy to serve you. Thank you for writing a review.

  • Curt K. Aug 31, 2016
    We had a hog roast for a convention. Roast pork was moist and succulent. The three different types of sauces were a great touch & gave our members the opportunity to add their own preferred flavoring. We opted to serve a traditional potato salad and slaw but Artisan Foodworks added a delightful marinated watermelon & feta cheese salad. It was a big hit. The unique toasted-while-you-wait S'mores On A Stick dessert had our crowd buzzing and going back for more. We can certainly recommend Alexa & Sam and the professional staff at Artisan Foodworks for your small or large crowd catering event.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Curt, Thank you for choosing us to cater your convention meal. So glad you trusted our suggestion of the Watermelon and Feta Salad. You hadn't tasted it or seen it before the meal--but we knew while planning with you that it would be just the right touch to elevate the meal beyond the standard hog roast you can get anywhere. We appreciate your great review and look forward to next year's event!

  • Teresa M. Aug 31, 2016
    Food is much better than the usual deli meats served by other caterers. Dependable, knowledgeable, excellent service.
    Executive Chef Alexa L. Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Teresa, Thank you for being the first person to review Artisan Foodworks for Thumbtack. We knew that we could count on you! The other day, we were trying to figure out how long our family has served you for corporate events. We came up with at least 20 years--making you one of our most loyal and valued clients. You are awesome! Thank you for the referral for the event coming up in January. We'll make you proud.


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When working with new customers, we like to find out your personal style so that we can tailor our menus to best show off your good taste.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Chef Alexa grew up working in the family restaurants and catering business. My family jokes that I was born with a knife in one hand and a glass in the other.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
We offer all-inclusive menus with different styles of food and service that can be personalized by selecting from delicious options.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Chef Alexa and Sam grew up working in the family catering business. We each have over 28 years in off-premise catering and foodservice experience.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We serve a wide variety of people with one thing in common: love of good food. We love that about you! Corporate events, weddings, family reunions, and all sorts of events are catered by us. Our clients are discerning and prefer to support small businesses that strive to be the best. You don't settle for the cheapest, but you don't need to waste money, either.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure that you receive itemized estimates and price lock. We're glad to provide ones with EVERYTHING relevant and required with pricing. Many service professionals do not share if there are additional costs until it is too late. We treat you the way we want to be treated by our vendors.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What is your personal style? We often ask people if you have a theme for an event. That way, we're not sending menus with pig roasts on them to vegetarians who want a fancy dinner.