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Think You’d Make A Great Cooking Instructor?

April 28, 2016

Culinary Center InstructorsIf you have a passion for food and the culinary arts and you like people and teaching, then The Culinary Center of Kansas City may be the place for you to hang out (we’re a pretty cool bunch of peeps, if we do say so ourselves!

Our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds – many are chefs who have attended culinary school, some own their own restaurants or bakeries, some have learned ethnic and family traditions over years of cooking, some teach culinary courses at local schools, etc. There’s a wide variety of experience and background in our teachers, which makes every class a unique and fun event.

Do you yearn to get in front of an audience to show off your mad cooking skills? Do you love the thought of helping our students grow in their love of cooking? Do you have the heart of an instructor and want to share with others your passion for food?

We’d love to hear from you if this sounds like your kind of gig. Let us know what you’re interested in teaching, why you’d make a great instructor and when you’re available. Our Dean of Deliciousness reviews the submissions, meets with potential candidates and then sets up an ‘instructor demo’ where you show your skills to the Culinary Center staff to see if you might be a good fit here. 

If we haven’t yet scared you off, click here to visit our website and fill out the form to tell us more about you!

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Dash For These Deals… They’ll Be Gone Monday!

April 27, 2016

Our Dean of Deliciousness is at it again.
She has cooked up deals that you’re going to LOVE!  

Kitchen WarsDelia’s Last-Minute Deals Offer
10% OFF
the following classes.

Deals End Monday, May 2 at Noon

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo!
Thu, May 5, 2016 
|  6:30-9:00
Was $55
  Now 49.50

Cinco de Mayo (or as we like to call it around here, Cinco de Drinko! (don’t judge) is a festive south-of-the-border holiday celebrated with lively music and lots of piquant Mexican dishes. Your pallet will scream “Ole!” as it explodes with bold and exciting flavors as you learn authentic Mexican dishes like Mexican Fideo Pasta with Chicken, and a Mexican classic, Tres Leches Cake. Then, it’s hands-on as you work alongside Chef Vega to make Beef & Cactus Fajita and Quesadillas. Wear your comfortable party pants and a sombrero, if you dare! This is gonna be a fun night!
(Tasting)  LHO

Flavorful Weekend Nights:  Thai-rific Cuisine
Fri, May 6, 2016 
|  6:30-9:00
Was $75   Now $67.50
Discover the secrets of exotic Thai cooking as you are guided through this fascinating world of spices and flavorful dishes. Fundamentals taught as we learn to make Red Curry Chicken “Southern-Style,” Spring Rolls, Pad Thai, a delicious Thai dessert with a kick, and more. (Dinner) LHO

Flavorful Weekend Nights:  Party Bites
Sat, May 7, 2016  |  6:30-9:00
Was $75   Now $67.50
Learn to make unique, sophisticated appetizers so your next party will be the one they remember: Caesar Salad in an Edible Cheese Bowl, Brie en Croute, Smoked Salmon & Avocado Stack with Balsamic Smear, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, and Sweet Pea Hummus on Pita Toast Points. Chef Tinkham shares cost-cutting tips and creative presentation ideas, too. Let’s get this party started!
(Heavy Appetizers) LHO

Su-su-Sushi-o!!!
Mon, May 9, 2016 
|  6:30-9:00
Was $65   Now $58.50
Chef Hirang will show you how easy it is to make the basic types of rolls in this popular hands-on class. Sushi Rice, popular sushi ingredients, how to buy and store your fish, hand-rolling and presentation techniques, and much more. You’ll learn to speak sushi with terms like “Nigiri”, “Temaki”, and “Oishii”! C’mon…. get your sushi on in YOUR kitchen!
(Tasting) HO

What are you waiting for?!
Click on the Class Titles to register for your seats in the class(es) today!

p.s. Sorry, but these deals are NOT retroactive.

 

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Smokin’ Good Pork Loin

April 26, 2016

Tuesday Lunch was a hit today! The smoked pork loin recipe (see below) is DELICIOUS, and the extra ‘BBQ Dude’s Special Sauce’ on top was just icing on the proverbial cake.  Stop by The Kitchen Shop for some of the BBQ sauce in our Dinners on Demand freezers if you’d like to add that to your own dinner…

Pork LoinSmoked Pork Loin

  • Hickory chips, for grill, soaked in water
  • Fruitwood chips, for grill, soaked in water (such as apple or cherry)
  • Oil, for grill
  • ½ cup BBQ rub (your favorite)
  • 1 (7-pound) pork loin

Place charcoal chips in grill for indirect heat and oil grates.  Light chips with a lighter and heat to 250 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.  While grill is heating, rub the bbq rub on all sides of pork loin.  Place the pork on the grill on the opposite side of the fire.  Close the lid and smoke the pork for 1-1/2 hours or until instant-read thermometer reads 145 degrees when inserted inside of the center of the loin. (Add wood chips every so often during the cooking process to maintain proper heat.)

Remove from grill and set aside on a cutting board to rest for at least 15 minutes.  Using a large carving knife, slice the loin (against the grain) into 1/2-inch slices and transfer to a serving platter.

Makes 12 servings.

 

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Rockin’ The Power Lunch

April 25, 2016

CCKC Power LunchFriday’s Power Lunch at The Culinary Center of Kansas City was nothing short of a blast.  Our newest type of interactive cooking party, The Power Lunch is a fun teambuilding solution for a small group. We had teams of co-workers, friends and even some perfect strangers who worked together in a Mystery Box Culinary Challenge.

Each team was assigned a meal course and given some mystery ingredients with which they had to strategize, plan, barter, cook and present their dish in just one hour. When time was up, they all enjoyed the delicious and creative lunch they had prepared.

If you missed out on this Power Lunch, but would like to get in on the next one, never fear! We’re planning to schedule another one.  Give us a call to let us know you’re interested, and we’ll keep you informed when the plans for Power Lunch #2 are in place. Give our Event Manager Mimsy a call at 913-341-4455 or email her at mimsy@kcculinary.com.

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Look for Chef Matthew @ Forks & Corks

April 24, 2016

The Culinary Center of Kansas City is proud to be represented our Chef Matthew Puttroff at the Thursday, April 28 ‘Forks & Corks‘ event at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown KC. 

Harvesters Forks & CorksThe event, a fundraiser for Harvesters, will feature food and wine from many of the area’s finest establishments. With 100% of the proceeds going to Harvesters and the delicious food & drink being served up, I assume you’re making plans to be there?! (tickets @ harvesters.org).

Chef Matthew PuttroffThere weren’t many directives about what foods should be presented, other than, “don’t get the place all smoky preparing it!” and “make enough for 2,000 plates of food!”   So, Chef Matthew put on his creative thinking toque and decided on a chilled Sweet Pea & Watercress Soup with Za’tar-spiced Yogurt, garnished with cured egg yolk.  Wait… what?!  He’s been looking for just the right time to try out the cured egg yolk technique. This is it!

To prepare them, he’ll separate the egg yolks and whites. He’ll make a mixture of salt & sugar, which he’ll lay out on a flat surface and make ‘dimples’ in which to place the yolks.  After he adds more of the salt/sugar mixture on top, he’ll let them cure in that for 4-5 days.  At that point, he’ll be able to shave them with a microplane grater to add on top of the soup.

Intrigued?
Get your tickets now, then head down next Thursday and look for Chef Matthew at The Culinary Center booth!

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p.s.  Matthew is making plans for his dish for the BaconFest in August also. Right now, he’s thinking about a delicious Panzanella salad with grilled lettuce, bacon and heirloom tomatoes. Yummm…  He and CCKC Executive Chef Sandy DiGiovanni may also participate in the Culinary Food Fight (Burger edition) in August.  More news on both of these events as we get closer…

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Last-Minute Deals – All The Time!

April 22, 2016

Congratulations to Amanda Degrave!  She snapped up our Last-Minute Delicious Deal for Friday’s ‘Sergio’s Southwestern Kitchen’ cooking class. She registered for the 2 remaining seats in the class with a 25% savings. Way to go, Amanda. Enjoy the class!

Last-Minute Delicious DealsWe have started a new ‘Last-Minute Delicious Deals‘ page on our website where we’ll feature an upcoming class with a few remaining seats.  You, our blog subscribers, will hear about the Deals. Anyone can visit the page any time via the Last-Minute Deals badge in the right column of our kcculinary.com website, but unless you just want to keep the page bookmarked and randomly try checking to see if there’s a new deal, it pays to be a CCKC Kitchen Talk blog subscriber to get notice as the deals are posted!

The current last-minute deal is for a Sunday 4/24 class, ‘Flavorful Weekend Nights: Couples Cook Floribbean Cuisine.‘  We have 4 seats left in the class, and we’re offering them at 25% off. You have to call us to get the discounted price.  Click here to read more about the class and to get the details…

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Shhh… This Deal Is For Blog Subscribers Only

April 20, 2016

We have a Last-Minute Delicious Deal that only our CCKC Kitchen Talk Blog Subscribers are hearing about:  2 seats are available for 25% OFF in this Friday’s ‘Sergio’s Southwestern Kitchen’ class.  Find out details…
CLICK HERE!Last Minute Deals

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