Hot & Tasty Summer Gadgets

July 3, 2015

We’re featuring two great kitchen tools as our Gadgets of the Month this month on our website and as our ‘Get This Gadget’ recommendations in FEAST Magazine in July. You can buy them on our website – click here!

Lemon SqueezerThrow away all other citrus squeezing devices. Harold Imports’ Lemon Squeezer that we carry in The Kitchen Shop @ The Culinary Center of Kansas City makes quick and efficient work of juicing lemons, limes and oranges.  It even filters out those pesky seeds.  Here’s the secret: place the fruit skin side up in the bowl, as the physics of this placement will ensure that you extract every drop of luscious juice.  Those clever smallwares engineers thought of everything as this gadget is covered in a damage-resistant baked-on enamel.  Did someone say margaritas?

Jalapeno Grill RackMake your new “go to” backyard party starter with this sturdy RSVP BBQ Jalapeño Grill Rack.  A perfect interactive appetizer where your friends can help. Cut the top of the jalapeño, remove seeds and fill with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and cooked bacon. Place each pepper into one of the holes. Place over indirect heat, then grab a great craft beer and enjoy while these babies cook low and slow.  Take it over the top and wrap bacon around the outside of each pepper before cooking. Did I mention bacon?  See, I told you it was your new favorite!  

To purchase either – or BOTH – of our July Gadgets of the Month, click here to visit our Culinary Center website! 


Rich & Charlie’s Italian Salad

June 30, 2015

This classic Italian salad was a natural fit with our mostaccioli with meat sauce and fresh parmesan cheese at Tuesday Lunch. Serve it at your next dinner party to wow your crowd.

Rich & Charlie's SaladRich and Charlie’s Salad


  • 1/3 small red onion, grated
  • 4 ounces pimento, chopped
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup hearts of palm, sliced
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts, halved
  • 1 cup medium red onion, sliced
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese, grated

For the dressing, in 2-cup jar add the onion, pimento, oil, vinegar and garlic. Shake well and refrigerate. (Will keep for up to 6 weeks.)

For the salad, break iceberg and Romaine lettuce into bite size pieces and place in large bowl. Add hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, onions and cheese. Gently toss to mix. Pour dressing to taste over salad and chill for 15 minutes to 2 hours.

Makes 8 servings


Meet Our “Goddess of Good Eats”

June 29, 2015

Chef Laura ThomsenChef Laura Thomsen

Our Goddess of Good Eats here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City is a woman who goes by the name of Elle Ti (a fancier way to say LT – there was already another Laura in the office!)

Her connection to the culinary world started early in life. As a young child, Elle Ti can remember delivering peanut butter sandwiches on homemade banana bread with coffee to her father while he worked in the farm field. For seventeen years, she demonstrated her love of food by catering church functions and youth group activities. Elle Ti is famous among coworkers for constantly supplying the office with her delicious creations.

Elle Ti has had a long and successful culinary career and has quite an impressive background, working at New Century Catering, Dean and Deluca, The New Theatre Restaurant, Union Station, The Rainbow Freedom School and Unity Village before joining our CCKC family in 2014. Here she teaches culinary classes, manages the pantry and inventory, creates menu for private events and Tuesday Lunch, and cooks and bakes her way into the hearts (and stomachs!) of us all.


REGISTER NOW: ‘Farm to Kitchen’ CSA Program

June 27, 2015

CSA produceMany of you have seen Farmer Steve out in front of The Culinary Center of Kansas City selling his awesome produce.  We are happy to announce that we have partnered with him to offer our new “Farm to Kitchen” CSA Program to our valued Culinary Center of Kansas City customers. (CSA = Community Supported Agriculture). 

Here’s how it works.  Each Friday throughout the growing season, you pick up a hearty box of Farmer Steve’s local organic produce, which will also contain a CSA calendar 2015recipe from us that relates to some of the produce you will be receiving. (Click here to download a calendar that shows what you can expect in your box each week. Can you imagine having produce in your kitchen that was hand-picked and delivered straight from the farm to us within the last 24 hours AND a recipe that shows you a great way to use it?  Yep, it’s true. Believe it! 

You will even find some special treats from us here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City in your boxes each week too!  Or maybe even from our neighbors here in Downtown Overland Park.  Hey, it takes a village to help you learn to cook with your produce!

The first Farm to Kitchen CSA pick-up date is July 17.  Then continue to pick up each Friday through Oct 30.  But hurry, as the last date to register is July 15!

Other important information about our “Farm to Kitchen” CSA Program:

  • You must register by Wednesday, July 15 for the full program.
  • Your registration includes a market bag that you’ll receive when you pick up your first order.
  • BONUS!  The first 25 people who register will each receive two complimentary tickets to the Rio Theater, one of our neighbors here in Downtown Overland Park.   (value: $17. Must be used before Sept. 15, 2015.)  (Thank you, Rio Theater!)
  • Pick up each Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at our “back door” on Foster Street in Downtown Overland Park (under the teal awFarmer Steve's Friday Fresh Harvest Marketning).  Not to worry though… if you can’t make it then, Farmer Steve will be at our “front door” from 2 to 6 p.m. that same day with his “Friday Fresh Harvest Market”…just like he does each week … and you can pick it up from him there.  (All produce not picked up by 6 p.m. will be donated to those in need.  Sorry, we can’t hold your produce for a later pick-up time.)
  • Each registration entitles you to attend a free fall visit and tour of the farm where your produce comes from.  More details on that later.
  • Cost:  $39+tax per week x 16 weeks; all 16 weeks payable at registration.  (Sorry, at this time you can’t purchase less than the full 16 weeks.)

CSA food

Register Now


Enough Already with the Ugly Sweater Holiday Parties!

June 26, 2015


Holiday Party

It Will Be Just Like All Your Other Boring Office Parties…

Except Not  Boring,
And Not At Your Office!

We have lots of options folks.

Book  before July 31, 2015 and the first round of
holiday cocktails is on us … for all your guests!  (You heard me.)

Call 913.341.4455 today and talk to Mimsy for more information.

Mention Coupon Code:
“No Ugly Sweaters”


Shhh…. The Recipe Is A Secret!

June 23, 2015

Top Secret - RecipesWe could tell you the secret recipe from today’s lunch, but then we’d have to kill you…. 

Just kidding. No, it’s not that they’re super-secret recipes. It’s just that our chefs so often put things together on the fly, with a little bit of this, a little bit of that and a whole lot of culinary know-how, that there’s often just no recipe to give!

Today is one of those days. Our classic picnic lunch menu, with Smokey BBQ Chicken, Backyard BBQ Baked Beans, Sweet Potato Mashers, Crispy Coleslaw and Ginger’s Creamy Trifle, is something they know like the back of their hands. We just have nothing to give…except an amazing summer lunch.  Sorry!  :)


It Ain’t Summer If You Don’t Have BBQ

June 21, 2015

bbq grillnigIt’s officially summer, and you know what that means.  Well, yes, it means heat and humidity in Kansas City. But it also means…  BBQ!

We’re celebrating the season at Tuesday Lunch on June 23 with some of our most popular dishes. Join us for this tasty classic summer picnic menu:

Smokey BBQ Chicken
Backyard BBQ Baked Beans
Sweet Potato Mashers
Crispy Coleslaw
Ginger’s Creamy Trifle

Our Tuesday Lunch is open to the public, and we serve each Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We don’t take reservations (although you might call ahead if you’re bringing a big group), but we never run out of room or food, so grab a lunch mate and join us. We’ll throw some chicken on the grill for you!

Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there, by the way!!


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