ABOUT US

The Acting Chef

Hello! I'm Devon [De-Vuhn] Barnes and I would love to help you make your next event unforgettable. 

I've been catering as a private chef and event host for nearly a decade and approach every engagement with an eye towards making the food the star of the show. I pride myself on creating both delectable and beautiful meals. For as we all know: we eat with our eyes as much as we eat with our mouths. It is also very important to me that my ingredients are local as well as organic whenever possible.  We are all responsible for protecting our environment and local, sustainably sourced food is an important part of that protection.

I've been classically trained in Opera and a working actor in Kansas City- hence the inspiration for my company's name.: The Acting Chef. My path towards Full-time Catering came from a love for great food and energy for creating special memories. My childhood home was the one everyone came to; the hostess with the mostest. My father was a band director at a boarding/day school and at any moment my Mom new she might receive a call that he was bringing 50 students home for dinner.  And those big dinners form a large portion of my great memories of food, of laughter, and of communities coming together around a table (or two or three). She always rose to the occasion with grace, warmth and most importantly a Fantastic Meal. When she passed on while I was in College I took over and it become such an important part of my life. Food to me is Love. 

A successful event for me is when the Host is happy and stress free. As with theatre you want your guests to leave never seeing the stress and work that went into giving them a steallar night. That can mean anything from a 

Some of my favorite things to prepare are ... but I have a wide range of ethnic and special occasion loves and can happily (and skillfully!) accommodate any special diets. 

As a member of this City's Theatre community it is very important to me to provide work for local actors. I do this by hiring people in the Industry to assist with events who also know and love good food. 

MEET THE TEAM

I'd write a short thing here about using local actors and how it enables you to unite the two things you love most and provide opportunities for some of the best "starving artists" in KC or whatever...  

OUR SERVICES

Corporate Events

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Weddings

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Private Catering

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Full Service Catering With A Flair For The Dramatic

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