A Word From A Volunteer Foodie Crew Member…

July 25, 2015

Here are some thoughts from one of our Volunteer Foodie Crew members. They’re everyday food-lovin’ home cooks like you, and they help in our culinary classes.  So we’re reviving our ‘Crumbs from the Floor’ blog segment with this post from Volunteer Scott…

Volunteer Scott“I wanted to become a better and more knowledgeable cook, so I signed up for a “Pan Sauces” course at The Culinary Center of Kansas City last year, taught by Chef Richard McPeake.

I learned a lot in that class – I also learned that I didn’t know much at all about cooking technique.  My interest in learning more was stimulated, and I signed up for a few more classes (How to Make Gnocchi, taught by Chef Cody Hogan from Lidia’s restaurant in KC, then a Couples’ Cooking Class with my wife, taught by Chef Jim Tinkham).

After those experiences, I decided to volunteer at  The Culinary Center of Kansas City!  I get to work with other amazing Chefs from the KC area, learning their skills and secrets, and meeting and helping other interesting folks who have an interest in cooking.

Volunteer Food CrewVolunteering for classes has been a worthwhile and enjoyable experience and something that I always look forward to when I am scheduled.  It is a lot of work, but where else can one learn how to make a Citrus Semifreddo, Chocolate Bouchons, Bananas Foster or Creme Anglaise without going to culinary school?!”

For more details about our Volunteer Foodie Crew, click here.


Another Week of Farm-To-Kitchen CSA Goodness

July 24, 2015

Farm to Kitchen CSA - wk 2You can still join in on our Farmer Steven-inspired boxes of wholesome and delicious fresh produce.  Our  Farm to Kitchen CSA subscribers’ baskets are chock full of goodies that came in straight from the farm. I’m talkin’ picked within the last 24 hours.

(CSA = Community
Supported Agriculture)

The Farm to Kitchen CSA program registration has been extended! There’s still time to sign up for 14 weeks – just visit kcculinary.com/csa to learn more and register for the program. And you can start receiving your CSA box each Friday here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City through October 30.


Can This Possibly Be HEALTHY?

July 23, 2015

Frittata @ Tuessday LunchGranted, there is a little cheese and butter in our frittata, along with 6 eggs, but look at all the veggies in the recipe! This yummy Roasted Vegetable Frittata, the main event at this week’s Tuesday Lunch, is definitely a mostly-healthy and completely-delicious dish. You can enjoy the taste and feel great about serving it to your family, all at once. Enjoy…

Roasted Vegetable Frittata

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup roasted potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (or grilled)
  • 1/4 cup roasted zucchini, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (or grilled)
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, halved, roasted
  • 2 cloves garlic, roasted, sliced
  • 1/2 Roasted Vegetable Frittatateaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup Asiago cheese, grated, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1 small shallot, minced

Preheat the broiler.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and water. Add potatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper. Fold in 1/4 cup cheese and set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté for 4 minutes. Stir in the egg mixture. Cover and reduce the heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes or until the eggs are almost set. Sprinkle the frittata with the remaining ¼ cup cheese. Place under the broiler and cook for about 3 minutes or until the top is set and starts to brown. Place a large serving plate over the pan and carefully invert to turn out the frittata on to a serving platter. Serve warm.

Makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes




Ready for some Hot Summer Nights?!

July 22, 2015

Hot Red PeppersIt’s getting Hot in here so take off …to The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s Hot Summer Nights cooking class!  If you can stand the heat, let’s get into the kitchen.  Only a few seats remain! 

Saturday, 7/25/2015, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Part of our Flavorful Weekend Nights series of class at the CCKC™, this is a Hands On class that makes the perfect date night or girls night out plan. Have some fun as you learn how to cook with peppers and other hot ingredients. Don’t worry, it’s not all “macho” heat … we’ll also study the nuances of peppers and teach you how to get just the right amount of heat to ignite excitement as Executive Chef Jim Tinkham teaches some of his favorite recipes – Southwest Cobb Salad with Habanero Ranch Dressing; Chicken Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce; Hot Pepper Sauce 101 and Chili Rellenos Poblano. For dessert, we’ll whip up something chocolate with a bit of a kick!  (What?) It’s gonna get HOT all up in here!

Sign up for Hot Summer Nights while there are still some spots available…


Check Out Week #1 of our new Farm To Kitchen CSA

July 19, 2015

Farmer Steve handed out the first week of our new Farm to Kitchen CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) boxes Friday. They were chock full of goodies – including the fresh produce shown below, a free Market Bag from The Culinary Center of Kansas City, a recipe for using those scrumptious tomatoes, movie passes for The Rio Theatre, and a bonus box of fresh peaches!

You missed out on the box this week, but it’s not too late to sign up for the rest of the season. Click here for more information!

CSA - Day 1


Opportunities Galore

July 16, 2015

Foodie NewsWe added several exciting jobs and casting calls to our Foodie Opportunities page on the Kitchen Talk blog. Check it out!

Among the interesting casting calls, The Food Network is looking for bakers and cooks who want to be on shows like The Baking ChampionshipHoliday Baking ChampionshipDiner Chefs Showdown and Grandmothers’ Thanksgiving Throwdown!  How fun are those?! Are you up for the challenge of any of them?

There are also various culinary positions available around the Kansas City area, including jobs for chefs, winemakers (and those wanting to learn to be winemakers!), kitchen managers and meat trimmers! See if there is something that speaks to you…

Click here to visit our Foodie Opportunities page…



Meet The Sexy Italians This Friday at LOCAL LIFE!

July 16, 2015

We mean Italian wines, of course!

Don’t miss the tantalizing Italian wines and beer samples we’ll have to offer at The Culinary Center of Kansas City on Friday evening. But wait, there’s more! We’ll have delicious Trattoria Fare to sample, as well. 

in Downtown Overland Park
Friday, July 17

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Check out a bunch of other events in the area for LOCAL LIFE that evening too!  Our Summer Music Series continues in July with a FREE concert by local music group VICTOR & PENNY at 7 p.m. under the Clocktower.

Take some time to walk around and visit our neighbors, the local business merchants in downtown Overland Park. Click on the image below for more information about the special discounts, exhibits, concerts, demos and tastings you’ll find going on!

Local Life - July 2015



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