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Development Day in the CCKC Kitchen

October 26, 2016

Chef Richard McFarlane-Clark has been a busy cook in The Culinary Center of Kansas City kitchens this past week or two. He has been filling our Dinners on Demand freezers with delicious dishes.  We have added Pumpkin Soup, Leek and Potato Soup, Ooh-La-La French Onion Soup, Creamy Country Mushroom Soup, Miso-Sesame Vinaigrette and Thai Peanut Sauce. Yum…

dod-soupToday, Chef Richard spent time developing new dishes and refining others that we have been loving for years. (We were his taste-testers in the CCKC office. It’s a really tough job, but someone has to do it!)  We have a new and hard-to-believe-but-improved Chicken Enchilada Casserole and some spectacular Just-Like-Julia’s Beef Bourguignon that was added to the Dinners on Demand freezers today. And look for some tasty new dishes like Ultimate Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Bacon & Sweet Corn Bake, Pommes Dauphinoise (Potato in Cream), Gluten-Free Pasta Alfredo and more… coming soon!

Dinners on DemandClick here for a booklet listing the items we currently have for sale in our Dinners on Demand freezers. We keep this updated on our website, so keep that page bookmarked! We’ll update it when we add more yummy entrees, soups, sides, appetizers, desserts, vinaigrettes and other dishes that will wow your friends, family and other dinner guests. You don’t even have to ‘fess up that you didn’t make it – mum’s the word. We won’t tell.

And what makes our Dinners on Demand even more tempting is that we deliver FREE with a $150+ order within 15 miles of downtown Overland Park. What are you waiting for? It’s time to stock up your freezer…


Pinkies Up… We Just Added a Holiday Tea!

October 25, 2016

We’re kicking off the holiday season off in a classic way this year. We’re offering a holiday tea at The Culinary Center of Kansas City on Sunday, December 4, 2016.  It’s the perfect chance for friends to gather for some holiday cheer. Reserve soon, as seats are limited and they are bound to fill quickly!

Holiday tea @ The Culinary Center of Kansas CityA Delightful Holiday Tea
To Begin The Season

Sun, Dec 4  |  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Join us as we resurrect one of our most popular classes!  It’s perfect for families and friends to gather together to initiate the holiday season.  Afternoon Tea is truly a labor of love and makes every bite and sip seem elevated and special.  Delicious dainty dishes with detailed touches create a memorable event that’s way more than just a lunch.  This demo and tasting will definitely get you in the mood to entertain with its tasty yet totally approachable recipes that you can easily reproduce in your home.  We’ll begin with a toast to the season with a glass of sparkling wine, learn the secrets to making traditional high tea fare and share everything you need to know about the star of the show – the tea! You’ll enjoy a festive tea party, feasting on delicacies and savoring beautiful hand crafted teas blended just for you by Kansas City’s own Certified Tea Specialist Stacie Robertson (Tea Market).  Our fancy menu includes White Chocolate and Raspberry Scones with a luxurious spread, tea sandwiches filled with lovely fillings like Chicken Walnut Pesto and Classic Cucumber Dill, mini quiches, and a trio of sweet little desserts.  Yes, recipes will be included, as well as a stunning little gift.  This is a class for adults only please (age 14+).  Fancy hat?  It’s up to you but not required.  Sign up early as this one will fill quickly.  Great for a pre-holiday girls’ outing!

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Thinkin’ Pink TONITE in Downtown Overland Park

October 21, 2016

Think Pink @ Local LifeWe’re thinkin’ pink &
celebrating Third Friday Local Life
in Downtown Overland Park! 

Enjoy FREE tastings of wine, beer & artisan food,
Live local music, chef demo & tastings all in our kitchens! 
October 21, 2016  5 – 9 p.m.

a California socially conscious winery
supporting breast cancer research

Tom’s Town Distillery
Holladay Distillery

Dēz Nüts
Vain Vanilla

  Dan Torchia & Laura Lisbeth

Defiance Brewing

Chef Jesse Vega creates a
‘Think Pink’ Vodka Tomato Sauce

Enjoy beverages and tasty things while you listen to music!

That’s what will be going on at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
There will be a lot more live music and special events
going on around Downtown Overland Park…


An Evening of Chocolate & Wine Pairing

October 18, 2016

We have added a new class and a new instructor to our Culinary Center of Kansas City line-up!  We are happy to introduce you to Keri Lauderdale-Olson, who will be teaching a class on two of life’s finest culinary pleasures – chocolate & wine!

Keri Lauderdale-Olson

Keri Lauderdale-Olson

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
An Evening of Chocolate & Wine Pairing
Saturday, November 26, 2016
7.00 – 9:00 p.m.
Forrest’s Mom was right… “Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates!” And if you take it one step further, pairing chocolate with wine transcends an ordinary life, for sure.  Let’s just say that chocolate and wine go together like Forrest and Jenny “go together like peas & carrots!”  Join us for a special 2-hour experience of one of life’s greatest treasures as a professional shows us how to pair wine with chocolate.  Keri Lauderdale Olson (Chocolate Cork) will teach us the proper techniques for tasting chocolate.  Yes there really IS such a thing.  Then we’ll take off on an adventure that involves perfectly paired wines with various fine chocolate types.  So “Run, Forrest, Run!’ to this unique class!
(Tasting)  Demonstration



Where Are They Now? We Love To Hear…

October 7, 2016

We are a culinary arts center for the home chef here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City (as opposed to a traditional culinary school that offers a degree at the end of the coursework), but our students range from cooking neophytes to highly skilled home cooks who have spent their whole lives in the kitchen.  Some of our students come to class on a date or with friends, just looking for a fun night out. Others take their cooking very seriously and have a passion for it.

Junior Chefs Academy classesWe start our students young. From age 2+, we have classes for everyone! By the time students reach our Junior Chefs Academy classes for 9-14 year olds, some of these students are highly skilled cooks with a plan to make it their life’s work. We love being a part of this and watching them develop their skills.

Junior Chefs Academy classesWe love hearing the follow-ups on our students.  In fact, we recently had some parents come into The Culinary Center on a weekend for a “nostalgic tour” of the place. Their daughter, Victoria, had taken some kids’ cooking classes here and absolutely loved them. She is now in college studying Hospitality Management. While she loves to cook, she decided to follow the management aspect of the industry. Best of luck in your career, Victoria. We are happy to feel a part of shaping your interest in the field!

Junior Chefs Academy class

We also have a volunteer named Phil, a valuable member of our Volunteer Foodie Crew, who took our 9-week adult Pro Series course. The series loosely follows the curriculum of the first year of culinary school, and many people who are still deciding if this is what they want to do with their life take our course to dip their foot in the culinary waters without the high cost of committing to a full culinary program. In Phil’s case, he was smitten – he’s now enrolled in culinary school and working on his degree!

So, fill us in on what you’ve done with the time you spent at The Culinary Center! We love to hear updates.  Have you continued to prepare recipes you learned here? Did you meet someone who is now a good friend? Did you learn a technique that you have now mastered? Did you decide on a culinary career?  Let us know!

Cooking Class


Proud To Be Selected…

October 6, 2016

Wow! Thanks! Sure, it’s an honor to be nominated, but we have to be honest… it feels even better to win.

Laura LaibenWe are proud to announce that The Culinary Center of Kansas City has been named Kansas Woman-Owned Business of the the Year Service Industry Firm by the Kansas Department of Commerce, Office of Minority & Women Business Development.

Laura Laiben, CCKC founder, owner and ‘Main Dish’, will be honored at an awards luncheon in Topeka next week, and we couldn’t be prouder. This little idea that she created 20 years ago has grown and become a culinary fixture in the Kansas City community.

Just had to share…


Time To Make Your Weekend Plans

October 4, 2016

Last-Minute Delicious DealACT NOW and save 10% on the remaining seats in these Cooking Classes this weekend…

This red-hot 10%-off deal on the few remaining spots in our cooking classes listed below is only available for a short time. You better hurry – this deal ends Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Sunday Dinner in ‘Little Italy’…
Even Though It’s Saturday

Sat. Oct 8, 2016  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $75    NOW $67.50
Chef Sandy DiGiovanni grew up surrounded by her Italian family, and she’s going to show the class how it’s done. Fuggedaboutit. Sandy will share some of her favorite Italian recipes, such as Caponatina di Melazane, Panzanella, Risotto with Saffron and Pancetta, Osso Bucco, and Nana’s Baba Cake (Italian Rum Cake). This Limited Hands-On class includes dinner.

Midwest BBQ Institute:
The Thrill of the Grill – Grilling 101

Sat. Oct 9, 2016  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Was $80.00   NOW $72.00
This extended 4-hour Midwest BBQ Institute™ class will leave no briquette unturned when it comes to home grilling. It’s a “must take” class that will cover gas vs. charcoal; how to light a fire; determining proper fire temperatures; testing meat for doneness; why, what and when to marinate; choosing the right meats and fish for grilling; which ground beef makes the best burgers; and cooking on a cedar plank. Chef Richard McPeake (CCKC’s ‘Educator of ‘Que) will share some of his favorite recipes as we prepare: Tuscan Porterhouse Roast (now famous!), Planked Pesto Salmon, Grilled Inside-Outside Chicken Cordon Bleu, Grilled French Bistro Warm Potato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Grilled Caprese Portabellas! This Demonstration class includes tastings.


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