Chef Dennis Devies is new to Cleveland, and originally hails from Alliance, Ohio. With nothing but a Jimmy Buffet CD, $1000, and high hopes he set off after culinary school to work under Chef Dave Kendrick at St.Croix. After gaining a few years of experience, he moved back to Ohio where he would spend nine years as the executive sous-chef at Brookside Country Club during the busy season, while continuing to work in the islands during the off season. In 2014 he was hired by the Miller’s to become the executive chef of The Rusty Anchor and Music Box.
Working at the Music Box and The Rusty Anchor has been more than just creating a menu and cooking food for Chef Dennis, it’s been about creating an experience. Having opened a well-known space, with amazing views, came the opportunities to host events and weddings. Creating the menu and preparing the food for these events is something that Chef Dennis insists on. Why?
“I like to see the satisfaction on each and every guests face as they sit down and enjoy their meal,” he explains. “There’s something to be said about being a part of an event and watching the guests be able to take away a memory of a great time, with good people, and excellent food.”
Having dedicated his entire life to the food industry, Chef Dennis is often recognized for his talents and his skills in the industry, and credits his hardworking team for his success.
“They keep things fun, but when it’s show time they’re good about putting their game faces on,” he says. “We get the job done, and have a good time doing it.”
Having also won the Most Mouthwatering Menu award for Cleveland’s Restaurant Week, Chef Dennis competed against some of the biggest restaurant names in Cleveland and walked away with an award chosen by the attendees of the kickoff event. This award is something he’s very proud of.
“This kitchen is something we’ve had to build from the ground up,” he says with a smirk. “Winning an award of that caliber in our second year is an honor and it’s pretty cool.”
When asked about what he likes most about Cleveland, his response is one word. Everything. “I like the food scene, I like the atmosphere, and I LOVE the Indians.”
What you should take away: the most important thing to Chef Dennis is delivering a good product and guest satisfaction.
Private Events Manager
Shannon is a Cleveland native, with ten years of experience in planning and executing various types of events. Her experience has allowed her to refine her eye for detail, which she brings to every event. The most valuable thing Shannon does as an event planner is make the planning process fun and relaxed for her guests. She does the planning and coordinating so each guest may focus on fun things like food and cake tastings or finding the perfect wedding dress. There are few things in life that she enjoys more than being a part of a wedding day. It brings warmth to her heart knowing she’s helped create a beautiful day for brides, grooms and their families.
Private Events Manager
Brittany graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. Having been with Music Box since October 2014, she is one of the original members of the team. Her experience in the hospitality and restaurant industries has allowed her to become a whiz at developing creative menus for those with vegan, vegetarian or gluten free diets, while allowing her to also create events sure to please each of her clients. With an eye for intricacies and a knack for special events, Brittany enjoys her position and the creativity that comes with it. When not at Music Box Brittany loves traveling with her husband Rob, delving into holistic health, and rescuing animals- which is how she ended up with her four dogs!