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The VanAnden family purchased Lakeview Deli in July of 1986. John made the place a staple of the community with his wife Buffy and 2 children, Katy and Johnny. As we continued to grow our catering business and covid hit, we realized that we should shift our focus and know that John (although no longer with us) would be completely supportive of our decision. Buffy, Katy, Johnny, and the whole Lakeview team, are excited to continue to provide you with delicious food and excellent service.

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Buffy Van Anden + John Van Anden 

Founder and Head Chef

Buffy and John met while she attended Wellesley and John attended Babson College. After graduation they moved to Manhattan where she furthered her career in publishing before John convinced her to make the trek north to Saranac Lake. Buffy worked for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise before officially joining the Lakeview business in 1996. After joining the deli Buffy grew and brought much creativity to the catering and deli menus. She is now thrilled to work alongside her daughter and son, as well as her adopted family, our employees. 


Johnny Van Anden

Private Chef/Catering Chef

Johnny was born and raised in Saranac Lake before attending St. Lawrence University where he managed Java Barn (music venue) and got his degree in music production. Following college he focused on booking music at the Waterhole until getting drawn back into his first love of cooking in the family business. Johnny is an amazing chef who honed his skills through training at the Institute of Culinary Education and working alongside acclaimed chefs in the culinary and private chef world. He, his wife Tessa, and son Elliott are now living in Tupper Lake and love playing tourist in their own town while adventuring both near and far.

Katy Hosler

Catering Manager

Katy was born and raised in Saranac Lake and received her senior superlative of the most school spirit among her graduating class. She graduated from MCLA with a degree in Event management and communication. Though she was gainfully employed with Lakeview Deli while growing up, she expanded her catering and event planning experience with Mezze Inc. in the Berkshires. Katy moved home in 2009 and became the executive director of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. When her father john became ill she decided to join the family again to manage Lakeview Catering. She now creates menus with Johnny and Buffy and a focus on full catering management and running vanBee & Co., her full service event management company.

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