Thinkin’ Pink TONITE in Downtown Overland Park

October 21, 2016

Think Pink @ Local LifeWe’re thinkin’ pink &
celebrating Third Friday Local Life
in Downtown Overland Park! 

Enjoy FREE tastings of wine, beer & artisan food,
Live local music, chef demo & tastings all in our kitchens! 
October 21, 2016  5 – 9 p.m.

a California socially conscious winery
supporting breast cancer research

Tom’s Town Distillery
Holladay Distillery

Dēz Nüts
Vain Vanilla

  Dan Torchia & Laura Lisbeth

Defiance Brewing

Chef Jesse Vega creates a
‘Think Pink’ Vodka Tomato Sauce

Enjoy beverages and tasty things while you listen to music!

That’s what will be going on at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
There will be a lot more live music and special events
going on around Downtown Overland Park…


An Evening of Chocolate & Wine Pairing

October 18, 2016

We have added a new class and a new instructor to our Culinary Center of Kansas City line-up!  We are happy to introduce you to Keri Lauderdale-Olson, who will be teaching a class on two of life’s finest culinary pleasures – chocolate & wine!

Keri Lauderdale-Olson

Keri Lauderdale-Olson

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
An Evening of Chocolate & Wine Pairing
Saturday, November 26, 2016
7.00 – 9:00 p.m.
Forrest’s Mom was right… “Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates!” And if you take it one step further, pairing chocolate with wine transcends an ordinary life, for sure.  Let’s just say that chocolate and wine go together like Forrest and Jenny “go together like peas & carrots!”  Join us for a special 2-hour experience of one of life’s greatest treasures as a professional shows us how to pair wine with chocolate.  Keri Lauderdale Olson (Chocolate Cork) will teach us the proper techniques for tasting chocolate.  Yes there really IS such a thing.  Then we’ll take off on an adventure that involves perfectly paired wines with various fine chocolate types.  So “Run, Forrest, Run!’ to this unique class!
(Tasting)  Demonstration



Where Are They Now? We Love To Hear…

October 7, 2016

We are a culinary arts center for the home chef here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City (as opposed to a traditional culinary school that offers a degree at the end of the coursework), but our students range from cooking neophytes to highly skilled home cooks who have spent their whole lives in the kitchen.  Some of our students come to class on a date or with friends, just looking for a fun night out. Others take their cooking very seriously and have a passion for it.

Junior Chefs Academy classesWe start our students young. From age 2+, we have classes for everyone! By the time students reach our Junior Chefs Academy classes for 9-14 year olds, some of these students are highly skilled cooks with a plan to make it their life’s work. We love being a part of this and watching them develop their skills.

Junior Chefs Academy classesWe love hearing the follow-ups on our students.  In fact, we recently had some parents come into The Culinary Center on a weekend for a “nostalgic tour” of the place. Their daughter, Victoria, had taken some kids’ cooking classes here and absolutely loved them. She is now in college studying Hospitality Management. While she loves to cook, she decided to follow the management aspect of the industry. Best of luck in your career, Victoria. We are happy to feel a part of shaping your interest in the field!

Junior Chefs Academy class

We also have a volunteer named Phil, a valuable member of our Volunteer Foodie Crew, who took our 9-week adult Pro Series course. The series loosely follows the curriculum of the first year of culinary school, and many people who are still deciding if this is what they want to do with their life take our course to dip their foot in the culinary waters without the high cost of committing to a full culinary program. In Phil’s case, he was smitten – he’s now enrolled in culinary school and working on his degree!

So, fill us in on what you’ve done with the time you spent at The Culinary Center! We love to hear updates.  Have you continued to prepare recipes you learned here? Did you meet someone who is now a good friend? Did you learn a technique that you have now mastered? Did you decide on a culinary career?  Let us know!

Cooking Class


Proud To Be Selected…

October 6, 2016

Wow! Thanks! Sure, it’s an honor to be nominated, but we have to be honest… it feels even better to win.

Laura LaibenWe are proud to announce that The Culinary Center of Kansas City has been named Kansas Woman-Owned Business of the the Year Service Industry Firm by the Kansas Department of Commerce, Office of Minority & Women Business Development.

Laura Laiben, CCKC founder, owner and ‘Main Dish’, will be honored at an awards luncheon in Topeka next week, and we couldn’t be prouder. This little idea that she created 20 years ago has grown and become a culinary fixture in the Kansas City community.

Just had to share…


Time To Make Your Weekend Plans

October 4, 2016

Last-Minute Delicious DealACT NOW and save 10% on the remaining seats in these Cooking Classes this weekend…

This red-hot 10%-off deal on the few remaining spots in our cooking classes listed below is only available for a short time. You better hurry – this deal ends Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Sunday Dinner in ‘Little Italy’…
Even Though It’s Saturday

Sat. Oct 8, 2016  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $75    NOW $67.50
Chef Sandy DiGiovanni grew up surrounded by her Italian family, and she’s going to show the class how it’s done. Fuggedaboutit. Sandy will share some of her favorite Italian recipes, such as Caponatina di Melazane, Panzanella, Risotto with Saffron and Pancetta, Osso Bucco, and Nana’s Baba Cake (Italian Rum Cake). This Limited Hands-On class includes dinner.

Midwest BBQ Institute:
The Thrill of the Grill – Grilling 101

Sat. Oct 9, 2016  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Was $80.00   NOW $72.00
This extended 4-hour Midwest BBQ Institute™ class will leave no briquette unturned when it comes to home grilling. It’s a “must take” class that will cover gas vs. charcoal; how to light a fire; determining proper fire temperatures; testing meat for doneness; why, what and when to marinate; choosing the right meats and fish for grilling; which ground beef makes the best burgers; and cooking on a cedar plank. Chef Richard McPeake (CCKC’s ‘Educator of ‘Que) will share some of his favorite recipes as we prepare: Tuscan Porterhouse Roast (now famous!), Planked Pesto Salmon, Grilled Inside-Outside Chicken Cordon Bleu, Grilled French Bistro Warm Potato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Grilled Caprese Portabellas! This Demonstration class includes tastings.



We Added Cooking Classes to the Schedule!

September 30, 2016

Some of our cooking classes just filled up so fast that we decided to added another session! You’ll be happy to hear there are now spots available in these new classes added to the schedule:

JCAJunior Chefs Academy:
‘Ace of Cupcakes’ Competition
, Oct 23  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For young chefs ages 9-14, this popular JCA class teaches the art of baking and decorating cupcakes. Students will then use those skills to compete for the ‘Ace of Cupcakes’ award. This Hands-On class includes tastings and take-home cupcakes.

Li'l Kids in the Kitchen Cooking ClassesLi’l Kids in the Kitchen:
Li’l Kids Love Cupcakes & Cookies!
, Oct 30  |  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This class is all about cookies, cupcakes and little kids (ages 5-8). The class fee includes an adult/child team, and you’ll learn valuable and kid-friendly baking techniques. It’s a Hands-On class with plenty of tastings!

Old Time Mexican FavoritesFlavorful Weekend Nights:
Couples Cook! Old School Mexican Favorites
, Nov 5  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Take a culinary adventure south of the border and learn to make some Mexican favorites.  The menu you’ll learn to make includes a tasty Fideo, a toasted pasta dish, Chili Relleno stuffed with traditional chihuahua cheese and a ground beef Chimichanga, along with Chips and Salsa for snack and a Columbian Snowball for dessert. (OK, not Mexican, but south-of-the-border and delicious!)   This Hands-On Class will include Tastings.


Don’t forget to keep you eye on our Last-Minute Deals page at www.kcculinary.com.   We sometimes have a few open seats in upcoming classes and we offer you a special deal in order to get them filled!  Click here to see what is on ‘the deal’ right now.

Last Minute Delicious Deal


Enjoy A Lotta Panna Cotta

September 27, 2016

The ‘cherry on top’ of our final Tuesday Lunch here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City today was a delicious, creamy Panna Cotta with stewed seasonal berries.  What a tasty way to bid our weekly feasts farewell!  Try out our recipe at home. Berries are a great topping for it, but as always, we encourage you to experiment and get creative. How about peaches? Or caramel or chocolate sauce?  Let us know other toppings you try and give us the review…

Panna Cotta

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Coat four (5-6oz) ramekins lightly with flavorless oil

Pour 1/4 cup cream in to heatproof bowl, and sprinkle in gelatin.  Let stand for about 10 minutes, or until softened.

Place bowl in larger bowl of hot water to completely dissolve gelatin.  Then, in a medium saucepan, bring the remaining ¼ cup cream, sugar, and salt to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk until smooth.  Add the gelatin mixture and stir to incorporate well, strain mixture through a fine sieve into a measuring cup.  Divide mixture evenly among the ramekins, and let cool to room temperature.

Cover the panna cotta loosely, and refrigerate until set and completely chilled, at least 3-4 hours, or overnight.

To serve, dip ramekins in a bowl of hot water for 5 seconds, then, run a knife around the edges of the custard and invert onto a serving plate.

panna cotta




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