Our Class Calendar List Is Growing

CCKC Cooking ClassesWe have been adding more cooking classes to our schedule like CRAZY as the current ones continue to fill. Consistent favorites and sell-outs are being repeated due to demand and new concepts are being tested. We’re always open to your comments and ideas. Let us know what classes you’d like to see us add.

(Our current calendar is online through April now, and we’ll be adding kids’ summer classes and camps soon. So keep an eye out for that!)

Here are some upcoming classes we have just added in January and February…

More info: 50 Ways To Feed Your LoverCookWell!
Bone Broth 101 and Its Amazing Health Super Powers

Sun, Jan 28,  5:00 – 7:30  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Caldwell
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings
If you received an Instant Pot for Christmas and it’s still sitting in the box, then this class is for you.  Let us walk you through how to use an Instant Pot so you can put it to work!  Have you ever had really delicious soup and wondered how the person who made it can get it to taste so good?  The answer to the mystery question is a really awesome bone broth.

More info: 50 Ways To Feed Your LoverCinnamon Rolls 101
Mon, Feb 5,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Mari Ruck
Hands-On  |  Tastings & Take-Home, Ready-to-Bake Cinnamon Rolls
We’ll spend this evening making “warm” memories as you learn to create phenomenal cinnamon rolls from scratch. You’ll be up to your ears in cinnamon, sugar, flour, and butter in this fun and interactive 3-hour class while you mix, knead, shape, and sprinkle – all while learning real baking tricks and techniques alongside Mari Ruck.

More info: 50 Ways To Feed Your LoverFlavorful Weekend Nights!
Taste of India
Sat, Fe
b 10,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Ariel Johnston
Hands-On  |  Dinner
Take a delicious journey to India as we explore the diverse flavors and mystical world of Indian cuisine. Instructor Ariel Johnston will teach you fundamental cooking techniques, plus a discussion about Indian spices and how to identify them.

More info: 50 Ways To Feed Your Lover9-Week Professional Culinary Arts Series:
Cooking Fundamentals for the Serious Cook
Sundays, Fe
b 11-Apr 22,  5:00 – 8:00  p.m.
Instructor: Richard McPeake
Hands-On
If you’re serious about learning to cook and you think you’d look pretty good in a white chef coat… then our Professional Culinary Arts Series course (the Pro Series) are perfect for you! Whether you want to build upon your existing skills or jumpstart your passion for cooking, this course will change the way you approach your kitchen. Designed after typical formal chef training, this series of classes provides full hands-on participation and a one-on-one experience.

More info: 50 Ways To Feed Your LoverCookWell!
Lose Weight, Feel Great! Whole30 Recipes and Tips for Success
Mon, Fe
b 12,  6:00 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Caldwell
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings
Ready for a new start with your health in 2018?   If the answer is a resounding YES, then a new way of eating, such as the Whole30 Plan, could be the spark that you need to bring about the change you’re looking for in your health.

More info: 50 Ways To Feed Your LoverWeekend of Love:
Couples Cook! 50 Ways To Feed Your Lover

Sun, Feb 19,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Wilson
Hands-On  |  Dinner
If you’re interested in learning to cook with your “significant other”, then tonight is the night to grab your honey and join us in our kitchen for a romantic gourmet meal perfectly suited for all you “Romeo & Juliets.”

More info: Kick-Ass Steak & Seafood DinnerFlavorful Weekend Nights & Midwest BBQ Institute:
Date Night in the Kitchen: A Kick-Ass Steak & Seafood Dinner for 2

Fri, Feb 23,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Bruce Campbell
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings & Wine Pairings
You’re in for a perfect date night as cooking twosomes work alongside one of our most popular instructors, Bruce Campbell, to learn and help prepare some fantastic recipes to create a beautiful dinner for two. You’ll learn a variety of cooking techniques such as sautéing, sous vide (what’s that? You’ll have to sign up to find out!).  We’ll discuss baking times and temperatures as we get a lesson on grilling too.

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January’s Local Maker of the Month, Chef Richard McPeake

Chef Richard McPeakeThe Culinary Center of Kansas City features local artisans in The Kitchen Shop, and each month we feature a Local Maker of the Month. In January, we’re featuring one of our very own culinary class instructors, Chef Richard McPeake, aka Educator of ‘Que’.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Richard has been a professional chef, instructor and BBQ pitmaster for decades. He was named 2016 Chef of the Year by The American Culinary Federation Greater Kansas City Chefs’ Association and 2016 Teacher of the Year at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

After competing (and winning as part of the Grand Champion Commercial Division Team/1982) at the American Royal for years in the 1970s and 1980s, Richard took a few years off. But in 1997, his good friend and fellow CCKC culinary instructor Bruce Campbell talked him out of BBQ retirement and back in the American Royal competition. Together they formed RibStars.

Richard built the RibStars BBQ name into a business, selling cookbooks and a line of RibStars Rub Me Tender® Dry Rubs (which, by the way, were award winners 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 for both mild and hot rub, and his Rib Rub won 1st place at the 2004 American Royal Sauce & Rub contest for Best Hot Rub.) 

Stop by The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s Kitchen Shop to pick up some of RibStars’ Rib, Chicken or Brisket Rub. We also carry two of the Richard’s cookbooks – ‘Backyard BBQ: The Art of Smokology’ and ‘Simply BACKYARD BARBECUING: From Grilling to Smoking.’

RibStars’ Rub Me Tender Rubs are 10% off in-store and online at our Kitchen Shop in January 2018 to celebrate Richard as our Local Maker of the Month!  Click here to shop now!

 

Woo Your Sweetheart with our Weekend of Love!

CCKC Weekend Of LoveHow will you show your love how much he or she means to you at Valentine’s Day this year? Let us help you cook up the perfect romantic outing of Love at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. Whether your honey has a sweet tooth, is woo-ed by wine or wow-ed by Italian food, or considers him- or herself master of the grill, we can be your cupid.

Our Valentine’s Day dinner class filled up lickety-split, of course. So we added another class that day, plus continued our celebration of culinary romance right through the weekend. Take a look at our Weekend of Love class line-up below for a little romantic gift inspiration…

Gourmet Valentine's Day Dinner for TwoJUST ADDED!
Couples Cook! A Gourmet Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two
Wed, Feb 14,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Wilson
Hands-On  |  Dinner
It’ll be all about  “love in the kitchen” as you learn to prepare … and assist with … a beautiful and romantic dinner for two.

SOLD OUT!
Cool Couples Get Hot On The GrillFlavorful Weekend Nights & Midwest BBQ Institute:
Cool Couples Get Hot On The Grill!

Fri, Feb 16,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Bruce Campbell
Limited Hands-On  |  Dinner
Learn some great information about grilling and smoking AND to learn to pair wine with BBQ.

Learn To Make Pie with Your Sweetie PieCouples in the Kitchen!
Learn To Make Pie with Your Sweetie Pie

Sat, Feb 17,  10:00 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.
Instructor: CCKC ‘Main Dish’ Laura Laiben
Hands-On  |  Tastings & Take-Home Ready-to-Bake Apple Pie
On this ‘weekend of love’ in the kitchen, grab your sweetie pie and head on over to our kitchen for a morning of baking love.

Chocolate PassionCouples in the Kitchen! Chocolate Passion
Sat, Feb 17,  10:00 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.
Instructor: Kris Koehler
Hands-On  |  Tastings & Take-Home Ganache Truffles
Grab your “luvva” and get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the decadent and addictive world of all things chocolate.

SOLD OUT!
Un Assagio D’AmoThe Steamy Asian Kitchenre (A Taste of Love)
A Romantic Italian Dinner for Two

Sat, Feb 17,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Sandy DiGiovanni
Limited Hands-On  |  Dinner & Take-Home Truffles
In Italy, food is more than just food…it is a matter of passion and pleasure.  What could be more appropriate for a special culinary experience tan  in Italian dining with vostra amato (‘your loved one”).

JUST ADDED!
Flavorful Weekend Nights
Couples Cook!  50 Ways To Feed Your Lover
50 Ways To Feed Your Lover

Sun, Feb 19,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Wilson
Hands-On  |  Dinner
If you’re interested in learning to cook with your “significant other”, then tonight is the night to grab your honey and join us in our kitchen for a romantic gourmet meal perfectly suited for all you “Romeo & Juliets.”

 

How Are Your Resolutions Going?

CCKC Dinners on DemandSo, you resolved to eat healthy in 2018.  How’s that going for you?

Let us help. Our Dinners on Demand™ program can assist you in keeping that new year’s resolution. Seriously! 

FULL DISCLOSURE: We love butter. And salt. And sometimes cream…
But there is definitely truth in the words, “everything in moderation.”   Strive for balance and moderation in your resolve to eat healthy, and you’ll find it far easier to make the new lifestyle ‘stick’.  You don’t have to scrimp on flavor, for Pete’s sake!

Vegetable Lasagne labelTake a look at the labels on our Dinners on Demand frozen food. They include a description of the dish, instructions to prepare and serve it, plus ingredients used. Our chefs rarely open cans in our kitchens. And there aren’t big, long, hard-to-pronounce preservative names listed on our labels.  Just good, fresh, wholesome food that you and your family will love.

The menu of items in our Dinners on Demand freezers changes constantly as we sell out of dishes and add others. You can always find a list of what is in our freezers today by viewing and/or downloading the current menu on our website. Visit kcculinary.com and click on Dinners on Demand, then the ‘What’s in our freezers today?’ button.

Take a look at today’s menu, for example. Here are some items we recommend that will respect and support your effort to eat healthy food.

  • Eat more vegetables!
    Vegetable Lasagna and Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken with Aromatic Vegetables
  • Avoiding gluten?
    Elegant Crustless Quiche and Cranberry Dijon Post Roast with Rice Crockpot Creation
  • Looking for Vegan or Vegetarian options?
    Awesome Winter Vegetable Soup
  • Jazz up your salad
    Miso-Sesame Vinaigrette

These are just a few examples of items that might help out with your healthy eating. And did I mention that stocking up your freezer with Dinners on Demand food just makes dinner SO easy?!

And while we support your resolution to eat healthy, we’ll also back you completely when you feel it’s time for a cheat, ‘cuz it happens. Let’s be real. Or maybe it’s a reward for hitting a milestone in your goals.  Whatever the reason, when you’re feeling the need for a few bites of a delicious treat, try out our Mocha Cheesecake, Strawberry Margaritaville Pie or Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes. They are worth the calories!

What's In Our Freezers Today?

Wicked Good Winter BBQ

Pop-Up Lunch @ The Culinary Center of Kansas CityJoin us for our first Pop-Up Lunch of 2018 – and our first Pop-Up Lunch with new CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn – on Friday, January 19, 2018!  Come meet Molly and enjoy the tasty lunch menu she and our own BBQ Dude Larry Hadley put together for you.

Grab some lunch buddies, jot it in your calendar and plan on heading to Downtown Overland Park between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for our open to the public Pop-Up Lunch for just $12.95 +tax.

You can register (and pay) in advance online (click here) if you like and avoid the line that day OR you can just walk in on Fri, Jan 19.

Wicked Good Winter BBQ
(aka The ‘We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Warm Weather To Break Out The Smoker’ Menu)

“BBQ Dude” Larry’s Famous BBQ Beef Brisket
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Savory Green Beans with Bacon
Cheesy Cornbread with Savory Butter
CCKC’s Take On Texas Sheet Cake

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* We can serve lunch “to go” if you like.

* See you on Friday, January 19 – Come hungry.

* Stop by and take some home for dinner if you like also!

 

6 Classes In January That Are Hidden Gems

CCKC Cooking ClassesIf we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times > “There’s a cooking class for everyone at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.”  The wide variety of classes is evidenced in January with the following classes, including some new concepts that are not to be missed. Check out these SIX classes on our January schedule…

More Info: JCA: Kids Cook Gluten-Free & Grain-FreeJunior Chefs Academy (ages 9-14)
Kids Cook Gluten-Free & Grain-Free

(Adult/Child Option)
Mon, Jan 15,  10:00 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Caldwell
Hands-On  |  Tastings & Take-Home Half-Dozen Muffins
Join us for a sweet gluten & grain-free cooking lesson. Kids will be putting on an apron and preparing some of the recipes alongside Jackie while she teaches them lots of essential cooking techniques like chopping, mixing, the proper way to measure & stir and more as they learn to make some of her very favorite kid-friendly gluten-free & grain-free recipes including Banana Muffins (with or without nuts), incredibly tasty Chocolate Chip Cookies, and homemade Waffles.  Plus, Jackie will discuss batch-cooking that will allow you to  freeze the muffins and waffles that can be popped out and enjoyed anytime.  And, as an added bonus, Jackie will teach her Green Smoothie recipe!

More Info: Coffeehouse BreadsWeekday Cooking Lessons with Chef Jackie:
Coffeehouse Breads – Biscotti, Muffins & Scones

Tue
, Jan 16,  10:00 a.m. – 2:00  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Wilson
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings, Coffee (of course) & Take-Home Bread
What is more compatible with your morning coffee or tea than fresh baked breads like those you find in your favorite coffee shop? This class will focus on three mixing techniques: the muffin method, the biscuit method, and the creaming method, which will allow you to produce a variety of memorable breads quickly and easily in your own kitchen.  Come enjoy a morning of baking as we produce muffins, scones, and biscotti together. Chef Jackie will lead you in some hands-on practice, as well.

More Info: Toque WarsFlavorful Weekend Nights:
Toque Wars!  Two Chefs. Two Dinners. One Winner.
Sat, Jan 20,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Chef Jesse Vega vs. CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn
Demonstration Class  |  Tastings & Wine
The stage will be set for some fine culinary entertainment as two of our very own CCKC instructor chefs compete in a ‘toque-to-toque’ battle while showing off their culinary acumen, all in good fun, of course (or maybe not… depends on how the night goes, right?).  Here’s how it works… You’ll be met with a stunning appetizer as we introduce the evening’s festivities.  Then each chef, one at a time, will be given a box of mystery ingredients and one hour to cook and plate their dazzling creations all the while explaining to you what they are doing while they are doing it.

More Info: Up Close & PersonalUp Close & Personal in the Kitchen:
Learn to Cook Like $%@# Gordon Ramsay

Sun, Jan 21,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Tosha Gutheridge & Stephane Laporte
Limited Hands-On | Dinner
In this “up close & personal”-style limited enrollment class, you get what you have always dreamed of…lessons in cooking like rock star Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay, except we’ll put the “ixnay” on the profanity! (C’mon, we’re a class act here at The Culinary Center!)  Culinary tips and techniques will be in order as Chefs Tosha & Stephane create some fabulous dishes like Scotch Eggs, Beef Wellington (complete with an authentic Mushroom Duxelle), Sticky Toffee Pudding and much more… all without the hurled insults and crying!

More Info: An Unusual Evening of Bier & Food PairingFlavorful Weekend Nights: Prost! & Bon Appetit!
An Unusual Evening of Bier & Food Pairing
with Cicerone Nathan Schriner
Sat
, Jan 27,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Cicerone Nathan Schriner & CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn
Demonstration  | Dinner & Bier Tastings
When one thinks of food for beer pairing, images of bratwurst, pretzels and cheese come to mind, but Nathan wants to show you that, like wine, beer can be exquisitely paired with even classic French dishes such as Smoked Trout Rillette, delicate French cheeses and a Languedoc-Roussillon style Cassoulet.  Got your attention, didn’t we? And I haven’t even talked about the salad or dessert courses.  Each of our courses this evening will be paired with Reinheitsgabot approved German beers of Kansas City Bier Company.

More Info: Weird & Wonderful Dessert PartyA Weird & Wonderful Dessert Party
featuring Recipes Inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar (NYC)

Tue, Jan 30,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor:  Kris Koehler
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings
Join us for an interactive cooking party featuring unusual, but delicious, quirky desserts inspired by those found at the famed Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC.  You’ll start with a boozy milkshake to sip on during class…. which, by the way, you will love… along with Chef Kris’ down-to-earth personality. Then, she’s going to teach a variety of dessert creations with cray-cray names like Crack Pie, Corn Cookies, and Sweet Cereal Milk Ice Cream Pie.  Say What??

There’s A New Chef In Our Kitchens!

Molly FlynnWe are happy to introduce you to Chef Molly Flynn,who is new at the helm in our kitchens here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.

Molly began teaching cooking classes at CCKC in 2017 after moving to the Kansas City area from Seattle, where she attended culinary school at Seattle Central Culinary Academy. She worked for several restaurants and catering companies in Seattle while running her own business as a personal chef.  She has been a chef instructor for five years for both adults and children, and was most recently Banquet Chef at the Reserve event space in Kansas City’s Rockhill Grille.

In her new role at CCKC, Molly will manage kitchen operations, create menus, teach culinary classes and provide instruction at private events and teambuildings. Her cooking classes will include a variety of topics, from vegan cooking to surf & turf dinners, daytime classes to up-close-and-personal intensive training to weekend date nights, kitchen fundamentals and knife skills to classic French dishes.

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Fun facts about Molly:

  • She is a former Miss Montana USA.
  • She moved to KC to be near her sister’s family, including 2 nephews she adores.
  • She enjoys teaching Above the Barre, cycle, boot camps and loves to play volleyball  when she’s not in the kitchen.
  • Her favorite food is cheese.
  • She has a cat named Pig.

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Click on the titles below for more information or class registration on these upcoming classes that Molly will teach:

Toque Wars - Jesse vs. MollyFlavorful Weekend Nights:
Toque Wars!  Two Chefs. Two Dinners. One Winner.

Sat, Jan 20,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Chef Jesse Vega & Chef Molly Flynn
Demonstration Class  |  Tastings & Wine
The stage will be set for some fine culinary entertainment as two of our very own CCKC instructor chefs compete in a ‘toque-to-toque’ battle while showing off their culinary acumen, all in good fun, of course (or maybe not… depends on how the night goes, right?).  Here’s how it works… You’ll be met with a stunning appetizer as we introduce the evening’s festivities.  Then each chef, one at a time, will be given a box of mystery ingredients and one hour to cook and plate their dazzling creations all the while explaining to you what they are doing while they are doing it.

Knife SkillsMastering Knife Skills
Thu, Feb 1,  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hands On  |  Snacks
Chef Molly Flynn will teach you how to masterfully perfect knife skills fundamentals such as basic cuts, mincing, brunoise, batonnet, julienne and others.  She’ll also include a discussion on how to choose the knife that is right for you, how to sharpen and store them the proper way, and so much more.  You’ll get lots of hands-on time next to this experienced chef as you practice your newfound knife skills so that you’ll feel comfortable using them in your own kitchen.

Julia & Me: Classic French DishesFlavorful Weekend Nights
Julia & Me: Classic French Dishes

Sat, Feb 10,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Limited Hands On  |  Dinner
You’d have to be living under a stock pot not be aware of the renewed interest in Julia Child, who taught us that there is something glorious and elemental in cooking. We also learned from Julia’s quirky instruction that you don’t have be a domestic goddess to cook well – her works are written for us domestic mortals, too. CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn will teach you basic culinary techniques such as knife skills, sautéing, mixing, sauce making, and more special class.  And you’ll get to help her prep and prepare some of tonight’s dishes, too.

Vegan CookingCookWell!
Vegan for Everybody

Mon, Feb 26,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Limited Hands On  |  Tastings
Discover the variety of rich and tasty dishes you will be able to savor using grains, legumes, nuts, oh, and veggies!  See, it isn’t just about veggies! Chef Molly will teach some basic culinary skills as she walks you through some incredibly delicious plant-based recipes. Because we learn best when we practice what we learn, you’ll tie on an apron and help with some of the prep and cooking, too!