Category Archives: Cooking Classes

There’s More To Love At The CCKC

Our Cooking Class Coordinator, Lisa, has been busily adding classes to our schedule lately.  As our classes fill, she keeps an eye to see what popular topics need to be repeated and what new, fun topics need to be covered. Plus, we have new instructors joining our ranks, and we’re happy to get them in our kitchens!

Take a look at the following classes new to the calendar:

We added a second Foodie Film Fest to our schedule this month in August. Our first one filled up quickly, and there are only a handful of spots remaining in this one. So, click on the title link and register today to be a part of this culinary and cinematic adventure!Foodie Film Fest: The Trip To SpainFoodie Film Fest: ‘The Trip to Spain’
Sunday, Aug 27
In partnership with the Fine Arts Theatre Group, join us for a very special VIP reception and pre-screening of the newest “foodie film” – The Trip to Spain. Chef demonstration, Spanish cocktail and tasty Spanish dishes straight from the movie. Then, it’s down the street to The Rio for the real deal.
5:00-6:30 – Reception at The Culinary Center
6:45-8:00- VIP Movie Screening at The Rio Theater
Includes Heavy Appetizers, Specialty Cocktail, Culinary Demonstration and Ticket to VIP Movie Screening

A Saturday Morning Sushi LessonA Saturday Morning Sushi Lesson
Saturday, Sept 30, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Yvette Hirang
Hands-On  |  Tasting
In Japanese we might title this class “Sushi Ni” (“Ni” means “#2”), because our focus this morning is about moving beyond the very basics of sushi and learning some additional rolls and techniques.  But don’t worry… you do not have to have taken an intro level sushi class in order to gain loads of information from this class. Today, we will be learning rolling techniques, using sushi building equipment, and working with several varieties of fresh fish.  You will work alongside Chef Hirang to roll thick rolls of sushi using full-sized Nori sheets to create Futo-Maki, then on to Caterpillar Rolls. Next a pro-level Nigiri and education on how to prepare an elaborate shrimp plate, how to slice tuna pieces, Dashi-Maki Tamago (say what?) and so much more. Chef will also teach tips on how to create beautiful garnishes using ordinary vegetables. Won’t you be fancy!

The Art of Making Ricotta GnocchiThe Art of Making Ricotta Gnocchi… with 3 Perfectly Paired Sauces
Saturday, Oct 28, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lauren Lane
Limited Hands-On  |  Tasting
You’ll not only learn to make classic Italian ricotta gnocchi – those heavenly little dumplings that melt in your mouth – you’ll also whip up some fabulous accompanying sauces. Making ricotta gnocchi (pronounced “nee-okkee”) is a little more forgiving then the traditional potato gnocchi and, in our opinion, even tastier….not to mention lower in carbs!  You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands in the dough and learn to perfect your skills as you explore the gnocchi-making basics. The three heavenly sauces are a simple Sage Brown Butter, a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce and a fabulous 3- ingredient Marinara.

A Paleo Thanksgiving MenuCookWell! A Paleo Thanksgiving Menu
Saturday, Nov 4, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Caldwell
Limited Hands-On  |  Tasting
The holidays can be a challenge when you have committed to an eating program like Paleo.  There’s no reason you (and your friends and family!) can’t eat well, stay on the Paleo bandwagon (or other similar eating styles) and still enjoy the season!  The Paleo Diet is designed to take participants back to the Paleolithic age of the caveman. It’s based on plenty of meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, and fruits with limited to no refined sugars, dairy products, grains and legumes. The participants then mold their own diet plans according to their specific goals.  That’s all gold glitter and turkey calls, but how do you COOK on this eating plan?  You’ll receive simple tools for preparing great holiday dishes and cooking ahead that will keep you on track.  Reinforce your willpower with comforting recipes like the Paleo “Perfect Turkey,”  “Not Your Momma’s” Dressing, Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Garlic Cauliflower “Potatoes and Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Pudding!  You will get a little bit of hands-on practice today as you make your very own Cranberry Sauce to take home and enjoy!

Le Crêperie: Sweet & Savory CrêpesLe Crêperie: Sweet & Savory Crêpes
Saturday, Nov 25, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lauren Lane
Hands-On  |  Tasting
The Culinary Center turns into “le Crêperie” as we learn everything there is to know about sweet and savory crêpes. You can’t learn how to make ‘em if you don’t flip ‘em yourself, so get in here and get some hands on practice.  Join one of our newest culinary instructors and passionate foodie, Lauren Lane, as she teaches you the techniques and tips to make delicious crêpes variations such as Spinach, Mushroom and Gruyere and Herb Crêpes with smoked ham and cheese. Not to mention a fabulous dessert crêpes made with Nutella and Bananas. Yummy…. and, so much fun!

 

BIG Deals on Remaining Seats!

Big Deals! Act now...We have a few remaining seats in upcoming classes, and our CCKC Class Coordinator Lisa wants to get them all filled. (She’s leaving on vacation, and I suspect she wants to get everything wrapped up before she heads to the beach!) What that means for you is some CRAZY GOOD DEALS!  The deal officially ends Sunday, June 18 at 4 p.m. – but there really are just a couple of spots still open, and they’re bound to go quickly, so act now.   (p.s. There are some great Father’s Day gift ideas here…)

JCA & MBQI: Kids Learn ‘Que –
Fundamentals of Grilling

ages 9-14
Sat, June 17  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chef Bruce Campbell
Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home BBQ Sauce & BBQ Rub)
Was $60    SAVE 25% – 2 seats remaining!   NOW $45.00

Midwest BBQ Institute: Patio-Daddy-O!
Backyard Grill Class with Dad on Father’s Day

ages 11+
Sun, June 18  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chef Richard McPeake
Hands-On | Tasting
Was $140/adult-child team  
SAVE 25%  – 1 team spot remaining!  NOW $105.00

Father/Child:
Dads & Kids Learn To Make Real NY Pizza

ages 11+
Sun, June 18  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chef Jesse Vega
Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home Pizza Dough
Was $85/adult-child team  
SAVE 25% – 2 team spots remaining!   NOW $63.75

Dinner with the Family:
Handmade Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tue, June 20  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel
Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home Food
Was $55  
SAVE 25% – for the first 7 callers!
  This deal is NOT available online… CALL FOR $41.25

Join Us For A Friday Night Food Fight!

Introducing a NEW cooking class concept
offered by The Culinary Center of Kansas City…

Friday Night Food Fight
Friday Night Food Fight
An Iron Chef-Inspired Mystery Box Cooking Party
Offered Three Times This Summer!
Friday, June 16, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 25, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Much like the popular Food Network cooking shows, this interactive and fun Friday night food competition will place you in small teams where you’ll be pitted against other chef wannabes, all with mystery boxes of ingredients and a cruel clock.  Folks, we have been providing these kinds of interactive experiences for 20 years now!  We can absolutely guarantee a fun … and delicious… evening! 

We’ll greet you with a specialty cocktail we like to call the ‘Chef’s Little Helper’, and then all you weekend kitchen warriors will be let loose to transform your ingredients into a restaurant-quality dish to feed the entire motley crew.  Bartering?  Uh-huh… if you wanna.  Trips to our pantry?  Sure… within reason.  And, our chefs and staff will be right there with you during the evening cheering you on, fetching equipment and providing real cooking education as you go.  

Expect a fair amount of kitchen “trash talk” as we anticipate that a few of you will get quite cocky as you compete for some seriously good prizes. (e.g “Hey, where did you get your training, Le Cordon Poo?”)  Not to worry though … our chefs will make certain that the drama stays at a minimum… and that your dish comes out like a star.  

You’ll strategize, plan, barter, cook, create and beautifully present your tasty dish.  We might even throw in a few challenges, just to keep things exciting.  In the end, we’ll all sit down around the table and dine on our culinary creations.

The judges will pick the winners and provide light-hearted feedback.  Pull together your own winsome cooking team or we’ll put you with some new friends.  Either way, it’s a good, clean and tasty way to party on a Friday night!

This hands-on class includes dinner and PRIZES!
$65/person

Click on the desired date below and reserve your spot today…
Friday, June 16, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 25, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Focus: One Ingredient, One Recipe or One Technique

Join us for this Saturday’s
Saturday FLASH DEMO™ Cooking Class
 

at The Culinary Center of Kansas City
Saturday, June 3,  11 a.m. – Noon

This week’s topic for the power-packed one-hour cooking class
including tastings and recipe is:

Flash Demos: Chicken Marsala
MAMA MIA: IT’S CHICKEN MARSALA!
Despite the fact that this iconic dish is a menu staple at virtually every Italian American restaurant in the United States, it is rarely made at home.  And that’s too bad, because it’s relatively simple to prepare once you learn a couple of techniques.  When done right it is a dreamy and satisfying dish.  Start with chicken breast that is pounded into a cutlet, then pan-seared until golden brown but still tender and juicy.  And then there’s that ridiculously amazing pan-sauce made with Marsala wine and mushrooms.
Stop it already. I’m hungry. 

Register online or walk-in the morning of class > $25/person.

Register Now for theChicken Marsala Flash Demo!~ ~ ~   M O R E   U P C O M I N G   F L A S H   D E M O S  ~ ~ ~

Kung Pao Chicken with Exploding Noodles
Sat, June 10  |  11 a.m. – Noon

Let’s Go On A Blender Bender!
Wed, June 14  |  10 – 11 a.m.

Pasta Primavera Perfecto
Sat, June 17  |  11 a.m. – Noon

Zoodles of Faux Noodles
Wed, June 21  |  10 – 11 a.m.

Matcha: Not’cha Normal Tea
Sat, June 24  |  11 a.m. – Noon

Shrubs & Infused Syrups:
It’s What’s Shakin’ in the Cocktail World!

Sat, July 15  |  11 a.m. – Noon

and more to be announced soon…

What’s Your Vote?

FLASH DEMOS™Thanks for the many suggestions we had for topics of upcoming Flash Demo™ cooking classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!  We have selected several and need your votes to see which ones to include in our summer or fall Flash Demo line-up. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

  • Cocktail shrubs
  • Edible flowers
  • Pesto
  • Chile Relleno
  • Chicken Mole
  • Crème Brulee
  • Fermenting Foods
  • Homemade Crackers
  • Quick Breads
  • French Cassoulet
  • Beef Bourgignone
  • Tarte Flambe
  • Fettucini Alfredo
  • Cleaning and Cooking Freshwater Fish
  • Perfect Potato Salads

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Enjoy this recipe from our Flash Demo on Bad-Ass Street Tacos!  Chef Raven Naramore prepared this Pollo Tinga recipe and added Salsa Verde to make some awesome tacos, and then she served it up with a Creamy Mexican Coleslaw. Try it out and see what you think – ¡Olé!

Pollo TingaPollo Tinga

  • 3-4 chicken breast
  • 1-2 large onions sliced
  • 4-5 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can of chipotle chiles in Adobo
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 4-5 tablespoons of oil (I used olive oil)

Bring a pot with water to a boil and add the chicken breast to cook. Let them simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from water to cool and reserve water. When cool enough to handle shred with a fork or fingers.

While the chicken is cooking, slice the onions. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion and cook until soft and translucent for about 5-6 minutes.

In a blender, throw the tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper and 2-3 chipotle chiles from the can. These are spicy, so if you are sensitive to heat, add one and then taste before adding more. After blending the ingredients, adjust salsa for salt and pepper. Pour the salsa over onions and simmer over low heat. Add the now shredded chicken and simmer for 5 minutes or until chicken is warmed through.

Crazy Good Deals on Some Crazy Good Classes!

We have a few seats remaining in some upcoming classes and it’s time for you to claim them. Our Class Coordinator, Lisa, has put together a list of deals that should not be overlooked. Go get ’em!

Last-Minute Delicious DealThu, May 4  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Authentic Homemade Italian Lasagna
Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel
Limited Hands-On | Tasting
Was $60   SAVE 20%    NOW $48.00

Fri, May 5  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
‘Cinco de Pizza’ Party!
Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel
Hands-On | Tasting
Was $75    SAVE 10%    NOW $67.50

Sat, May 6  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner Among The Vines
Chef Jason Bowers
Limited Hands-On | Dinner
Was $75    SAVE 10%    NOW $67.50

Sun, May 6  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
A Night in Old Havana
Chef Sandy DiGiovanni
Limited Hands-On | Dinner
Was $75    SAVE 10%    NOW $67.50

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Register early for Class and SAVE!
Saturday Morning Flash Demos

Sign up in advance online up to the day of class for $25
or walk in the morning of class at $30.

Grill Like A Pro:
Top 10 Tips to a Perfect Steak

Chef Bruce Campbell  |  Sat, May 6

Register Now

 

One Day Only!

We have a Sweeeeeet deal to offer on a Culinary Center of Kansas City Cooking Class, but you have to act today!

Enjoy a BOGO – reserve a seat in this Saturday’sFestival of Asian Street Foodand we’ll throw in a seat at the CCKC Saturday Flash Demo cooking class in May of your choice for FREE.

Wait… whaaaaat? I did warn you it was a sweet deal!

Like all good things, it must come to an end. This deal ends at 5 p.m. Friday, so call NOW! This Last-Minute Delicious Deal is only available by phone (or you can stop by The Culinary Center and we’ll help sign you up.)

Ready, Set, GO!