2 Great Deals on Cooking Classes!

July 25, 2016

Last Minute Delicious DealDON’T MISS THESE

Act NOW –
This special pricing is now available online…

Healthy Appetizers for Summer Entertaining
Wed. 7/27/16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $55     SAVE 20% – NOW $44.00
In this ‘cooking light’ class, you’ll learn to create figure-friendly appetizers perfect for summer (or any time of the year), like Super Food Pesto Three Ways, Roasted Red Pepper and Olive Dip, Spinach & Feta Stuffed Mushrooms, and decadent Dark Chocolate Raspberry Meltaways. There will be Tastings at this Demonstration class.

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Couples Cook! Backyard Baja Grilled Taco Party
Fri. 7/29/16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $75     SAVE 15% – NOW $63.75
Join us for this special fun and interactive grilling class for “twosomes”.  You’ll learn indirect and direct grilling using both gas and live fire grills, secrets for high temp grilling, using an indoor grill pan, outdoor grilling basics, “plancha” grilling tips, and lots more.   We’ll prepare authentic Baja flavors like Mango BBQ Mahi Tacos, A “New” twist on California Tacos!), Halibut Fish Tacos with Guacamole sauce, Blue Corn Salmon Tacos with Orange Habernero Sauce, and more.  There will be Tastings at this Limited Hands-On class.

(Sorry, but this deal is NOT retroactive.)


Jammin’ with a Fridge Full of Tomatoes

July 21, 2016

What’s a chef to do when he finds pounds and pounds of awesome ripe tomatoes in the walk-in cooler, and there’s no plan for them?  The tomato version of ‘making lemons into lemonade’, of course.  That’s exactly what Chef Matthew found himself doing this week. He whipped up this Tomato Jam to serve with our Tuesday Lunch entreé – Smoked Pork over Kicked-Up Grits. What a delicious addition it made!  Try it at home – I think you’ll come up with loads of ideas of how you can use it…

Oh, and if you’re not in the mood to make it yourself, but would love to try it…. Chef Matthew made some extra Pork & Grits with Tomato Jam for our Dinners on Demand™ freezers. Stop by The Kitchen Shop at The Culinary Center of Kansas City™ to pick it up.

Tomato Jam

  • Tomato Jam4-5 pounds plum tomatoes, rough-chopped
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

In a heavy-bottom sauce- or stock-pot, add the tomatoes, onions, leeks, garlic, honey, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne smoked paprika, smoked paprika, and vinegar.  Slowly cook down over medium heat for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until tomatoes become jam. Let cool slightly, and serve, or cool completely. Store in refrigerator. Makes 2 to 4 cups

Tomato Jam on Pork & Grits



Have We Got A Deal For You!

July 20, 2016

Last Minute Delicious DealDON’T MISS OUR


Act NOW –
This special pricing is now available online…

Li’l Kids in the Kitchen: Curious George and the Missing Bananas
Fri. 7/22/16  |  10 a.m. – Noon

Was $85     NOW $72.25 per adult/child team
Li'l Kids in the Kitchen Cooking ClassesThat mischievous monkey, Curious George, got into our kitchen and hid our bananas! We need all little chefs (ages 5-8) to join our Banana Safari as we search high and low for those lovely yellow fruits to use in our cooking class! Once we find them, we’ll work as teams to make a creamy Yogurt Banana Split, fresh-baked “Going Bananas” Cookies, and yummy Banana Pudding Cups! Your tiny chef will learn how to follow instructions as they stir and whisk and crack an egg, and more. We keep it simple and interactive so nobody nods off.

CookWell: Let’s Get Fresh!
Cooking from the Farmers Market with Executive Chef Jim Tinkham
Sat. 7/23/16  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Was $55     NOW $46.75
Farmers Market cooking classCelebrate the bounty of our local farmers markets. We’ll chat about the “best of the best” local markets, learn how to choose the finest produce, and get some hands-on practice in transforming these local gems into gourmet dishes. Chef Jim will show us appetizers, salad, main course and dessert, all from the market gems that tickle his fancy this week at the farmers market. Doesn’t get much more fun (or fresh) than that! Tastings are included with this Limited Hands-On class.

Flavorful Weekend Nights: The Fishmonger
Sat. 7/23/16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Was $75     NOW $63.75
FishmongerMany a fishmonger has longed for the knowledge of fish and seafood accumulated by tonight’s excellent chef! You’ll learn to make your way around the fish department as well as how to cook your fish once you get it home. We’ll learn dishes such as Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Lemon Dill Aioli, Escargot Stuffed Mushrooms & Pan-Seared Tuna Steak, along with some fabulous sides and a Coconut White Chocolate Key Lime Dessert. Dinner is included with this Limited Hands-On class.

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Sicilian Pizza Kitchen
Sat. 7/23/16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Was $75     NOW $63.75
Sicilian PizzaThis is the real deal folks … with a REAL Sicilian chef who is fun and KNOWS PIZZA! You’ll learn to make made-from-scratch Sicilian-style “square” pizza starting with some olive-oil pizza dough! Conquer flour, yeast and measuring properly, and also create authentic Antipasto Salad and Espresso Panna Cotta. Buon appetito! Dinner is included with this Hands-On class.

Sweet & Savory Crepes
Sun. 7/24/16  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Was $55     NOW $46.75
CrepesThe Culinary Center turns into “Le Crêperie”! Learn the techniques and tips to making perfect recipes for crepes like Mushroom and Prosciutto, Asparagus and Egg, a fabulous dessert crepe made with hazelnut spread, and more. Once you master the fundamentals, you’ll be able to create tons of variations at home! Tastings are included with this Hands-On class.


Junior Chefs Academy: The Art of the Tart
Sun. 7/24/16  |  10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Was $55     NOW $46.75
JCAC’mon kids, ages 9-14! Let’s learn some grown-up baking techniques, ok? Today it’s the art of the tart. The techniques learned will build a strong foundation of baking expertise. We’ll make 3 mini-tarts to take home and learn baking skills, proper measuring, the “hows” and “whys” behind the ingredients and more. Tastings & Take-Home Mini Tarts are included with this Hands-On class. 

(Sorry, but this deal is NOT retroactive.)


Job Posting: Are You The Perfect Culinary Ambassador?

July 19, 2016

If you think you’d make an awesome
Retail Store Manager / Culinary Ambassador
for The Kitchen Shop
at The Culinary Center of Kansas City
we want to hear from you!

As part of the management team of a successful culinary arts center, this person would be essential to the overall operation and success of its Kitchen Shop.  It could be a part time (25+ hrs/week) or full-time position (40 hrs/wk) for the right candidate.

The Kitchen Shop @ The Culinary CenterOur Kitchen Shop functions not only as a culinary retail store specializing in the sale of basic kitchen tools, equipment and local artisanal food products, but also as a marketing and information portal for all other activities of The Culinary Center.  The team members working in this area are responsible for forming our customers’ first impression of The Culinary Center of Kansas City and must fully understand the importance of “value added” customer experience. It carries significant responsibility including the establishment and maintenance of excellent customer service relationships with existing and potential customers as well as cross-selling to other services we offer to the public such as cooking classes, private events, teambuilding and catering.  The schedule will be flexible, covering weekdays and weekends. Hourly pay starts at $13/hour, but the right candidate with retail and customer service experience and the passion to take command of this important position could demand a higher hourly rate upon hire or shortly after.   Opportunity for regular increase in hourly rate based on performance.

This position is perfect for someone with retail experience as well as a love for cooking and for helping customers and wants to play a key part in making this part of our business successful. This person would handle merchandise sale but also explain, promote and sell our Dinners on Demand freezer cuisine; answer questions about cooking classes, our weekly “Tuesday Lunch” and private events; greet students and people attending private events; assist customers in the store and on the phone with signing up for classes and purchasing gift certificates; and enjoy organizing, ‘fluffing & tickling’ and styling our merchandise displays; and be able to source and order inventory. Plus, happily handle various random things that come up in any retail establishment.

A qualified applicant must be customer focused, be capable of making excellent customer service judgments, be results driven and organized, have proficient verbal/written communication skills, be able to interact with the public, work well within a well-honed team, have a good working knowledge of cooking and the culinary arts, and enjoy working with those passionate about cooking and food.  Maturity and a sense of humor are important.  No divas, babies or whiners please.

Please send (1) resume and (2) a cover letter explaining why you believe you would be perfect for this position to cook@kcculinary.com.  Sorry but no ‘walk-in’ resumes or phone inquiries will be accepted at this time.

The Culinary Center of Kansas City is located in historic, vibrant and growing (!) Downtown Overland Park (7920 Santa Fe, Overland Park, KS 66204) and is a full-service culinary arts center offering cooking classes, special events, teambuilding experiences, catering, offices and a Kitchen Shop, all in a beautiful 6,500 square foot historic building.  Our mission is to consistently exceed client expectations and enrich our community by providing education, cultivation and appreciation for the culinary arts through a variety of experiences including cooking classes, interactive culinary experiences and creative catered events, all of which are brilliantly conceived, precisely and joyously executed in an immaculate and comfortable environment. We were also honored as one of The Best Paces To Work in Kansas City by the KC Business Journal.

Help Wanted


See You at LOCAL LIFE Tonight!

July 15, 2016

There’s a “Wing Dang Doodle” 
in Downtown Overland Park tonight.
That’s fancy talk for “party” 


Music, food and great shopping. Don’t miss out.
Come play with us for 3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE  
at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
Friday, July 15  5 – 9 p.m.

  Beau Bledsoe & Guitarras Ibericas

Airfield Estates Vineyard

Holladay Distillery
Union Horse Distillery
Defiance Brewing

Healthy Chef Lauren Abel

Tall Grass Toffee

Can you say farmers market produce?


And that’s all just at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!
There are a lot more live music and special events
going on in Downtown Overland Park.


Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland Park


20% Savings on Weekend Classes

July 12, 2016

Save 20% on these Last-Minute Deals on Cooking Classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City this weekend…

Last Minute Delicious DealCome on in where it’s cool this weekend and cash in on a hot 20%-off deal on the few remaining spots in our weekend classes listed below. We’re talkin’ 20% off of all of the following classes, but you better hurry –
This deal is only good ’til Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Junior Chefs Academy: Tamalada Party
Fri. 7/15/16  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Was $60   NOW $48.00

Artisanal Breadmaking:
Cape Seed Loaf and South African Picnic Bread

Sat. 7/16/16  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Was $60   NOW $48.00

The Best Whole Grain Bread You’ll Ever Make
Sat. 7/16/16  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Was $60   NOW $48.00

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
A Primer on Crab & Lobster

Sat. 7/16/16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $82.50   NOW $66.00

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Wine 101 with Certified Sommelier Brent Grider

Sat. 7/16/16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $75   NOW $60.00

Healthy Cooking for the Athletic Lifestyle

Sun. 7/17/16  |  4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Was $60   NOW $48.00


(Sorry, but this deal is NOT retroactive.)


The New Classes Are In! The New Classes Are In!

July 6, 2016

2016 CCKC Fall CatalogWe’re excited to present….
Our Culinary Center of Kansas City
New Fall/Holiday Cooking Classes!

They are online now and ready for registration. They are so ‘hot off the presses’ that the printed calendar is STILL ON the press. Seriously, we don’t have the course catalogs yet, but they’re at the printer and will be in your mailbox soon if you’re on our ‘snail mail’ mailing list.  In the meantime, you’re welcome to peruse them all on the worldwide web.

We have some exciting new classes you’ll see on the calendar, and we’ll be telling you more about the new ones on our blog in the next few weeks. Now is the perfect time to sign up – they’re pretty much all wide open at this point!

Click the purple button below to view the classes and sign up before the printed version even hits the mailboxes…)

Register for Classes


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