Partner Spotlight


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Shining Stars Catering, LLC, in Kansas City, Missouri is selected as the CGSC Foundation Corporate Partner for May 2017.

The relationship between the CGSC Foundation and Shining Stars Catering was established in 2009.

“The CGSC Foundation is privileged that Shining Stars is our premiere and primary caterer,” said Ann Soby, CGSC Foundation director of operations. “It has been an eight year relationship that only gets better with time. Shining Stars continues to offer excellence menu choices and a staff that has been trained to provide the best service to every client.”

Shining Stars Catering has provided support to the Foundation’s National Security Roundtable Programs, annual ethics symposium, Foundation board meetings, and many other private lunches and dinners conducted every year.

Shining Stars Catering, LLC was born when Executive Chef and owner, Deborah Williams, settled in Kansas City ten years ago. Deborah is married to Marvin, a career military officer who retired and embarked on a second career as a business consultant right before they settled in Kansas City. She is a self-taught cook who started cooking and experimenting in the kitchen as a young child. By the time she graduated from college, married her husband and became an Army wife, she had polished her skills and her passion for the culinary arts came to fruition. Before long, she was catering and planning Army receptions, changes of command, dinner parties, receptions, luncheons, coffees, hail and farewells, formal balls, wedding receptions, showers and fundraisers for both herself and many of her Army friends at their duty stations. She attended culinary classes in different locations in the states and around the world and received hands on training from the many international spouses of the soldiers she and her husband served with and developed a true “global” approach to cuisine in the process. Additionally, after tours in every area of the country, she added regional specialties to her repertoire to complete her hands on culinary education.

After 26 years in the military and 20 moves, Deborah was delighted to establish Shining Stars Catering, LLC in Kansas City. The Army years gave her a unique ability to be flexible in difficult circumstances and serve beautiful and delicious food in a variety of settings and conditions. Deborah also honed her event planning skills and developed a knack of making every event special and memorable.

For more information visit www.shiningstarscatering.com.

“Deborah Williams, the owner, started her business on the concept that the customer deserves fresh, homemade foods served elegantly and by professionals…and that is exactly what you get,” said Soby. “Our Foundation continually receives rave reviews for the food served at our functions and events. We are proud to honor Shining Stars with our Partner Spotlight. Here’s to many more years of working together.”