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Lead Staff

James and Pat Allen

DeWayne Schaaf
Executive Chef



celebrating dining Since 1997

Celebrations is a fine dining restaurant established in 1997
by James and Pat Allen, in the historic downtown area of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  

Starting from scratch and drawing upon years of fine dining experience, the Allens and Chef DeWayne Schaaf focused on a menu using the freshest and finest products available. Inspired by the fresh, seasonal produce of local farmers and seafood and game meats flown in year round from around the country,  this network of small-scale farms and fisheries allows culinary options to remain creative, delicious, and reliable throughout every season.

 They wished to emphasize personable service in the relaxed, elegant atmosphere of a unique building, parts of which date to the 1850s, or in the enclosed courtyard, weather permitting.

Lastly, they invested in a full service bar offering artisinal craft cocktails, a barrel-aging program, an extensive craft and imported beer list, diverse wines by the glass program (including a Quartino List for maximum variety), and an encylopedic wine list that surveys most wine regions of the world with a particular emphasis on the small, artisan producers of California and the Pacific Northwest.



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