The third of four children, Anthony Zarate was born and raised (in the city) Chicago, Illinois. During his teenage years, he attended Marie Sklodowska Curie for the Performing Arts High School where he majored in Dance and Band. While there, he studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern, but his love for Ballet shone through, leading to additional study with Joel Hall and Joseph Holmes in Chicago.
He attended Eastern Illinois University and then, The Art Institute of Chicago, where he majored in Fashion. During this time, he continued his career in both retail and restaurants. After college, he was recruited to work in Operations for Bloomingdales, he also made his mark with Coach, Mark Shale, and Banana Republic.
Anthony found himself missing the fast pace and culture, and returned to the restaurant industry. He tells people - "I went from dressing them to feeding them". This has allowed him to live and work in Spain, Miami, New York, Detroit, Mackinac Island, Houston, West Palm Beach, Atlanta(2x), and Kansas City (2x).
During his time in Palm Beach, he worked for Morton's Steakhouse of Chicago, where he met his future business partner. After many years of working and planning together, Anthony was convinced to return to Kansas City(third time's a charm) to open Tavern in the Village in 2011. Following the rapid success, they opened a second restaurant, Tavern at Mission Farms, in 2012.
Anthony considers every day to be a journey and his motto is "I like to make it happen!" Like many things in life, it doesn't always turn out as planned, but he gives everything to make sure it works. Tavern Restaurants believe in giving back to the communities and schools - "We do our due diligence to support as many wonderful causes as we can, though it's impossible to do all."
Mr. Zarate and Shelley Judd are pleased to announce they are performing for Do Good Co, a nonprofit store featuring curated goods. Do Good Co distributes all proceeds to KidsTLC and KC Pet Project.
Anthony will be dancing with Shelley Judd.
Shelley danced the part of a white poodle in her first ballet recital at age six and hasn't left the stage since. Her training in dance, theatre, and pantomime kept her performing in community and professional theatre until earning her degree in Theatre and Speech Communication.
Shelley has taught Ballroom and Country Dance for over 25 years, competing professionally in the American Rhythm division and currently competing Pro/Am with her students in Ballroom and Country. She has earned numerous Top Teacher awards and Pro-Pro National title with the ACDA.
While studying the latest dance trends Shelley especially enjoys teaching her expressive style to children, youth, men and women, coaching, and judging Country and Ballroom competitions.