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‘Meals needs to be an expertise’: Casper household enterprise turns meals platters into artworks


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Dan and Kelly Barnes pose with their daughter Tehlia, age 10, of their new Graze & Collect Casper storefront location. (Dan Cepeda, Oil Metropolis)

When Kelly Barnes approached the Natrona County Well being Division together with her enterprise concept of creating grazing tables, she was met with a curious response.

“She stated, ‘I’m an outdated ranch gal and which means cattle to me,’” remembers Kelly.

Nonetheless, after some forwards and backwards and some changes, Kelly and her husband Dan launched Graze & Collect Casper, a supply service that makes a speciality of grazing tables utilizing excessive finish meats and cheeses elegantly displayed with the freshest produce, all paired for visible and culinary affect.

“We don’t technically I don’t name them charcuterie boards as a result of that’s the phrase charcuterie actually offers with cured meats,” she stated. “So we are saying ‘grazing meals and upscale charcuterie’ as a result of we now have greater finish cured meats that we use on our boards.” In addition they embody contemporary dips and artisan crackers, amongst different issues.

“Most of it’s actually the presentation,” stated Kelly. “Meals needs to be an expertise, it needs to be lovely to take a look at, and that simply makes it tase higher.”

'Meals needs to be an expertise': Casper household enterprise turns meals platters into artworks
A grazing desk by Graze & Collect Casper is seen in Artisan Alley in July. (Courtesy Graze & Collect through Instagram)

Kelly was on the lookout for enterprise alternatives across the time Dan’s work within the oilfield enterprise was slowing down.

“I noticed a stunning grazing desk that somebody had performed in Australia, and I regarded round and noticed that no one right here was specializing in it,” stated Kelly.

Kelly began with a custom-order and supply mannequin, utilizing social media to get the phrase out. Then the pandemic hit, and orders expanded exponentially. This 12 months as extra individuals resumed their existence, Graze & Collect Casper was closely booked for weddings, receptions and different occasions that had been postpone throughout COVID lockdowns.

Kelly stated one of many largest occasions she’s labored was for greater than 300 individuals. “We had been booked for eight weekends straight simply with marriage ceremony receptions,” she stated.

“We’ve been round virtually three years, however we’re getting busy sufficient that we needed to discover place.”

That place is situated at 1720 South Poplar Road in Suite 4, a former daycare the couple describe as “dated” that they rehabilitated right into a prep kitchen and consuming atmosphere.

'Meals needs to be an expertise': Casper household enterprise turns meals platters into artworks
Graze & Collect Casper is situated in a former medical arts advanced on South Poplar. The area was most lately a daycare that enterprise house owners Dan and Kelly Barnes rehabbed. (Dan Cepeda, Oil Metropolis)

The brand new bodily location permits Kelly and Dan to increase past elaborate shows. They now characteristic to-go lunch containers that includes meats, cheeses and produce ranging between $10 to $15 to begin. There’s additionally a espresso and wholesome smoothie bar.

The Barnes’ three kids are additionally enjoying a task within the enterprise. Their older daughter is a skilled barista and helped arrange the espresso bar. Their son lately completed his culinary research in Speedy Metropolis and can quickly be a part of the household enterprise. Their youngest, Tehlia, 10, helps out within the afternoons.

“She’s homeschooled,” stated Dan. “She winds up her homework after which will get to assist out right here.”

'Meals needs to be an expertise': Casper household enterprise turns meals platters into artworks
One of many {custom} containers by Graze & Collect is proven in July. (Courtesy Graze & Collect through Instagram)

Dan says after work within the oilfields slowed down, Kelly’s startup enterprise turned the household’s major supply of earnings. He was greater than prepared to make use of his additional spare time to pitch in, starting from investing sweat fairness within the rework of their new area to helping with prep and cleansing within the kitchen.

Kelly says her enterprise was the primary to promote the grazing desk idea within the state, and now different startups are calling her for recommendation, and following her on social media.

“It’s been form of neat to form of see individuals noticing this,” stated Kelly. “It’s all the time enjoyable to be the primary within the state, and positively enjoyable for us to be the primary storefront to concentrate on it now.”

Graze & Collect is situated at 1720 South Poplar in Suite 4, and may be reached on Fb, Instagram, and at their web site. Their storefront hours are Monday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday by Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to three p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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