Please Cast Your Vote For The Kitchen Shop

April 24, 2015

FEAST 2015 AwardsOur Culinary Center of Kansas City Kitchen Shop™ has been nominated by FEAST Magazine as Kansas City’s top kitchen store of 2015!  Now we need YOUR vote to win that honor. Remember that we don’t JUST sell kitchen gadgets, cookware and Dinners on Demand™ foods…we ALSO dispense free cooking knowledge and tastings and so much more!

Please visit the FEAST Awards 2015 site and place your vote today. Share this post with your friends and have them vote also!

While you’re voting, make sure to cast a vote Downtown Overland Park favorites:

    The Culinary Center of Kansas City Kitchen Shop
    Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market
  • BEST PIE – Upper Crust
  • BEST DONUTS – John’s Space Age Donuts

And it seems they overlooked a few other Downtown OP businesses that clearly should have been nominated, so please do a write-in vote for:

  • BEST BAKE SHOP – Clock Tower Bakery (Overland Park)
  • BEST COFFEE SHOP – Homer’s (Overland Park)
  • BEST BURGER – Snack Shack (Overland Park)
  • BEST PIZZA – Papa Keno’s (Overland Park)
  • BEST ARTISAN FOOD SHOP – The Tasteful Olive (Overland Park)
  • BEST LEGACY RESTAURANT The Peanut (Overland Park)
    The Culinary Center’s Executive Chef, Sandy DiGiovanni

VOTE NOW. Thanks!
Voting ends Tuesday, April 28.


Delia’s Delicious Summer Deal

April 23, 2015


10% OFF 

Yep, that’s right.
You have until Friday, April 24 at 3 p.m.
and you must call and register in order to receive the discount…

Ready, Set, GO!

Get it while the getting is tasty, friends.
This deal won’t last long on the plate!

Call 913-341-4455 to register!

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If you haven’t made your summer plans yet, NOW is the time!

Spots are limited so sign up soon.
You must call between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to register.

(Sorry, this deal is not retroactive.)



Holy Cannoli!

April 21, 2015

Our Tuesday Lunch this week was an homage to food from the classic Sicilian Nonna’s kitchen – from the baked ziti right down to the cannolis for dessert. If you’d like to recreate the cannolis at home, try Chef Sandy’s recipe below. (If you decide to use store-bought shells and fill them yourself, no worries. We won’t tell.)

CannoliMy Godmother Lee’s Cannoli Shells

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time 3 to 4 minutes


  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup shortening (Crisco)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 quart oil, for frying

Sift flour, sugar and salt together. Work shortening into sifted mixture until crumbly, add milk, water and whiskey. Roll down as thin as paper (possibly about 1/16 – inch thick) Cut a 3 ½ to 5-inch circle wrap dough around Cannoli tube. (Found in specialty stores or online). Seal with egg white.

Heat skillet or fryer with oil to 350 degrees. Fry 2 to 3 at a time until golden brown (about 3 to 4 minutes). Remove with tongs and drain on paper towel. Carefully remove from tube while still hot or they may stick to tube. These can be stored in layers on wax paper for 1 to 2 months in a cool dark dry space.

Makes about 48 shells.

Ricotta Filling for Cannoli

Prep Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds Ricotta cheese, well drained
  • ¼ cup Maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • ½ cup chocolate (milk, dark, or semi-sweet) chopped
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup crushed pistachios (optional)

Beat heavy whipping cream with ½ cup powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff.

Beat Ricotta adding remaining confectioner’s sugar gradually until smooth. Do not over beat.   Fold in cherries, chocolate, almonds and whipped cream into ricotta mixture.

Fill cannoli shells immediately before serving and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Dip each end in crushed pistachios (optional).

Serves 24



3 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Us….

April 20, 2015

Yes, we do cooking classes. But we do SO MUCH MORE!
Here is just a taste (pun intended) of some other things we specialize in!

  • All Hands for Hunger™
    An Interactive Cooking Event with a Community Service Purpose

    In February, Commerce Bank brought in more than 100 people and took their corporate teambuilding to a whole new level with our All Hands for Hunger™ program. They created a freezer full of food (684 servings) for Ronald McDonald House. Then they celebrated their good deed and dined around the table together.
  • Private Cooking Classes
    Over the coming months, we will be hosting a series of private cooking classes for Wounded Warrior Project as part of their wellness program to promote healthy living for veterans and their families. We will be covering topics from Basic Healthy Cooking to Backyard Healthy Grilling.
  • Customized Private Events
    Marketing Execs were in our kitchen recently for a customized KC immersion event where we took them on a “Tour de BBQ” conducted by our own Chef Richard McPeake, Educator of Que.  We learned about (and tasted!)  all the styles of BBQ that can be found in KC, the melting pot of BBQ styles, including delicious BBQ from our very own in-house Midwest Barbeque Institute™.

And the list goes on…

Call us if you’d like to discuss creating a private event for your group.  Contact us @ keyingredient@kcculinary.com or 913.341.4455


“COOKING MATTERS!” – A Unique Cooking Class!

April 19, 2015

Happy HourAn Interactive Happy Hour/Cooking Party
with a Community Service Purpose

Hey, have ya heard?  We have a great way to “do good” on a Friday night and still enjoy a cocktail or two with your friends!  Join us for our newest cooking class – COOKING MATTERS!, a happy hour cooking party with a Community Service Purpose.


Bring your friends and spend a special night in an interactive cooking party where you will learn how to cook and create meals for two well-deserving local charities.  We’ll have heavy appetizers and great libations ready for you and your friends.  We’ll teach you how to create a classic dish like Chicken Scallopini and you’ll break into groups and cook together.  After sampling your work, you’ll package the rest of your creations, along with words of encouragement, for the families.  Imagine that …  you help to fill a freezer full of nutritious and delicious meals for those less fortunate.

Cooking Matters! is offered on two different nights: Friday, May 29, 2015 or Friday, July 17, 2015 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The class fee of $60/per person includes: Cooking Instruction, Two Alcoholic Beverages, Heavy Appetizers and “Do Good” Points and a FUN TIME!! 

To register, go to www.kcculinary.com and click on our Current Schedule to select either 5/29/15 or 7/17/15 – limited spaces so don’t delay!

We hope you’ll join us in our mission to serve others.

All Hands For HungerAll Hands for Hunger™ is a great concept that benefits everyone involved! The Culinary Center of Kansas City is a fantastic place to learn when just cooking for fun, but mixing a teambuilding experience with great food that feeds the homeless and hungry right here in Kansas City, is simply delicious!”   –  Jessica Brook-Bryon, Executive Director of Lazarus Ministries.


Job Opening – We Need A Wizard

April 17, 2015

We’re looking to add a Culinary Center Operations ‘Wizard‘ to our staff – do you have the right stuff?!

This Wizard (preferably full-time (but we’d consider part-time for the right person) will be responsible for assisting in keeping our beautiful venue and equipment organized, clean and ready for service. Duties would involve setting up, breaking down and cleaning up with regards to our interactive cooking parties, cooking classes and weekly Tuesday Lunch open to the public.

Perks include wonderful culinary aromatherapy (i.e., it smells good around here), great title (you will be referred to as a “Wizard”… seriously, we think this position is quite important), daily chef-prepared lunch (c’mon, that’s worth a lot!), fun work environment and regular culinary field trips (we think it’s important to play together too!)

Hourly wages start at $12/hour with increases possible based on performance.

For more details about the position and to find out how to apply, click here to visit our website.

Help Wanted


Another Well-Dressed Salad

April 16, 2015

Yep, it was a well-dressed salad that we served at Tuesday Lunch indeed. The Salmon Club Salad featured salmon on greens, served with hard-boiled eggs, bacon, tomato, feta cheese and pickled onions and dressed with the following tasty Citrus Vinaigrette. A fancy-schmancy taste from an easy-to-prepare dressing. Now that is a WIN!

Citrus VinaigretteCitrus Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of coarse salt

In the jar of a blender, add juice, oil, honey, mustard, pepper, and salt. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Makes about ½ cup.


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