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Celebrating Our Pan-niversary!

May 22, 2015

We’re proud to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our very own Pro Series Stainless Steel Cookware for the home cook. Last spring we launched this high quality set complete with inspirational food quotes on each pan. (Think gifting for your favorite foodie!)  If you know anything about us, you know that we don’t offer anything that we aren’t proud of.  This is no exception!

Culinary Center Pro Series Cookware

To celebrate this one-year ‘pan-niversary’ milestone, we’re offering a special discount to you, our fellow foodies. Whether you are looking for that perfect gift or you received a free piece of the cookware in a class and have been thinking about purchasing a lid for it or another piece,  or have been eyeing the cookware but haven’t yet pulled the trigger on the purchase, NOW is the perfect time.

Let’s celebrate with a 10% discount on all Pro Series Cookware purchases through Fathers Day, June 21, 2015!

It’s the last cookware you’ll ever buy.

Click here for more information or to purchase our Culinary Center Pro Series Cookware today!

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Send Us Your Job Openings!

May 21, 2015

Help WantedOur new Foodie Opportunities page is getting some great traffic! KC-area foodies are heading there to find culinary job openings, foodie events and casting calls.

It’s a free posting board – we just want to spread the word about what’s going on in the culinary universe that is Kansas City … and beyond. So, if you have an opening, an event or a casting call that you want to spread the word about, please feel free to email the information to us @ marti@kcculinary.com. We’ll get it posted. Make sure to include how people should get in touch with you, and then let us know when the position has been filled.

Just spreadin’ the love, folks.  We’re all one big foodie family, right?!

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You Won’t Believe The Surprise Ingredient

May 20, 2015

As part of our celebration of National BBQ Month, we served our famous BBQ Parfaits at Tuesday Lunch this week along with these ‘surprise’ baked beans. “What’s the surprise,” you ask?  Take a gander at the ingredient list. I bet you didn’t expect that last one!  Enjoy…

CCKC BBQ Dude’s Surprise Baked Beans

  • Baked Beans1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 (16 ounce) cans prepared pork & beans
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup prepared liquid smoke
  • 1 (16 ounce) can cherry pie filling
    (That’s the surprise!)

In a skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until soft. In a large mixing bowl add onions, brown sugar, liquid smoke, cherry pie filling; stir to combine. Transfer bean mixture to a 13 x 9 casserole dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 1 hour, stirring halfway through. Serve warm.

Makes 10 Servings.

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The American Royal Did What???

May 17, 2015

CCKC's Midwest Barbeque InstituteYep, the American Royal moved to Arrowhead Stadium from its home of 36 years in the West Bottoms.  And you know what that means?  Our Midwest BBQ Institute will STILL be offering our annual “Weekend in the Inner Sanctum of a Competition BBQ Team” Class!  (Folks, we have ‘placed” every year. We mean business!)

We realize that summer hasn’t even officially begun, but that hasn’t stopped us from opening up registration for this limited-enrollment experience that is your chance to not only learn how to compete in the World Series of BBQ but also to get a “real deal” behind-the-scenes experience to grill with the pros… including an American Royal Grand Champion!  This is a priceless opportunity, but, well… we’ve put a price on it. We have just 12 openings – grab your spot NOW!

In our Inner Sanctum class, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2 – 4, you’ll experience a hands-on, up-close-and-personal full weekend of BBQ with the masters themselves. (This team, including professional chef and 30+year BBQ Pit Master Chef Richard McPeake and Culinary Instructor and Food-and-Beverage Guy’ Bruce Campbell, placed 8th in BBQ Sides and 9th in BBQ Pork last year – they know what they’re doing!)

These guys will take you step-by-step through the entire American Royal contest process. You’ll learn the ins and outs of prep and trimming of meats, fire building and maintenance, entry presentations, judging activities, etc. You can stay all night, if you dare!

Click here to grab your spot at the grill today!

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BBQ, Wine & Musical Fruit?!

May 14, 2015

MBQIYep, It’s Nat’l BBQ Month!

Come help us celebrate this Friday in
Downtown Overland Park
at our 3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE event!

Friday May 15, 2015
5:00-8:30 p.m.

FREE  BBQ TASTINGS!  Bruce Campbell, BBQ expert and culinary instructor extraordinaire will be manning the grill out in front of The Culinary Center with some great BBQ education… and some tastings that will make you wanna slap your momma!

FREE WINE TASTINGS! AS USUAL!   Our LOCAL LIFE  event at The Culinary Center wouldn’t be complete without some wine tasting, now, would it?!  Step into our Santa Fe Kitchen to see what the folks at Handcrafted Wine and Spirits have for you to try this month.

FREE MUSICAL FRUIT CONCERT! (What??) Dave Cedillo and the musical fruit & veggie stylings of Beep Goes The Weasel will join us again this month. You won’t believe the sounds that come from this produce! Give it a try yourself – Dave will show you how.

And don’t miss out on the events offered by other downtown Overland Park merchants and restaurants on Friday. There are so many specials and discounts and samples and happenings to enjoy! Click on the image below to get a listing.

Eat, Drink & Shop LOCAL
in Downtown Overland Park

May Local Life activities in downtown Overland Park

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A Recipe For Brazilian What?

May 13, 2015

Fair Trade - Tuesday LunchWe were thrilled to partner with our neighbors, Ten Thousand Villages, on today’s Tuesday Lunch. They had our Santa Fe Kitchen and Sonoma Room set for a celebration with beautiful South American decorations. They’ve been practicing fair trade in Downtown Overland Park for 15 years now, and they’re celebrating that milestone all week long!  This Friday at Local Life from 6 – 9 p.m., they’ll offer food, mocktails from The Thirsty Jane, a progressive silent auction and live music from Andean Express. But the party continues on through the weekend, so come back again over the weekend. 

As our nod to the Fair Trade celebration, we featured Brazilian Feijoada on our Tuesday Lunch menu. Soooo delicious! Try it at home….

Brazilian Feijoada @ Tuesday LunchBrazilian Feijoada

  • 2 cups black beans, dried
  • 4 slices applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 (1 pound) boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 bone-in beef short ribs, trimmed (about 2 pounds)
  • 3 cups onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth, fat-free, low-sodium
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (9-ounce) smoked ham hock
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 8 orange wedges

In a small saucepan add beans and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for one hour. Drain beans and set aside.

In a large skillet add bacon and cook over medium heat until crisp. Remove from pan, crumble, and set aside. (Leave drippings in skillet.)

Sprinkle pork evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Using same skillet with drippings, increase heat to medium-high and add pork and sauté for 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Transfer pork to a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Sprinkle ribs evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add ribs and cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Place ribs in slow cooker. Add drained beans, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, onions, broth, garlic, and ham hock to slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until beans and meat are tender.

Remove ribs from slow cooker and let stand 15 minutes to cool. Remove meat from bones; then shred meat with 2 forks. Discard bones. Discard ham hock. Return beef to slow cooker. Stir in vinegar and crumbled bacon. Serve warm with orange wedges.

Makes 8 servings

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CCKC Celebrates Brazil at Fair Trade Lunch

May 12, 2015

Today at our Tuesday Lunch, we will be celebrating Fair Trade Month in partnership with our neighbors at the Ten Thousand Villages store in Downtown Overland Park.  We are highlighting Fair Trade with Latin American by serving:

Brazilian Feijoada w/Cilantro and Orange
Black Beans and Rice

Fried Plantains
Creamy Flan

So, what is Feijoada and how to you say it?!   Try this for pronounciation: fei·jo·a·da \ˌfāzhəˈthə\
No matter how you say it, it’s delicious. The thick stew-like dish is a popular ‘celebration’ dish in Brazil and throughout South America. It’s often made with braised beef, pork and beans.

 ** We will be displaying a Fair Trade silent auction item that represents Latin America . Come check out the festivities and have an outstanding lunch! ** 

Come on over to The Culinary Center of Kansas City for Tuesday Lunch and give it a try!

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