Category Archives: Cooking Classes

Well, Butter My Biscuits!

Flash Demo: BiscuitsLearn how to make perfect homemade biscuits from an expert baker! 

Culinary Center of Kansas City instructor Mari Ruck will lead our Flash Demo™ this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2 – 3 p.m.  A complimentary glass of wine or beer comes with this awesome class…  can’t beat that with a biscuit!

In this one-hour demonstration class, Mari will show you how to make light, fluffy, golden biscuits that will melt in your mouth. Once she goes over the recipe, tips and tricks, you’ll get to taste some of these beauties. Yum!

Click the button below to register for this DELICIOUS way to spend your Saturday afternoon.Register Now

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New Cooking Classes Added To The Schedule

CCKC Cooking ClassesWe’re adding cooking classes to our schedule just as quickly as we can! Take a look at these latest additions…

Midwest BBQ Institute:
The Secrets to a Perfect Steak,
Including the Sous Vide Technique

Sun
, Oct 22  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Bruce Campbell
Preparing a great steak isn’t just about following a recipe, it’s about techniques. Today, Award-Winning BBQ Guru, Bruce Campbell, will bust many of the myths as he shares his tips and secrets to achieving the perfect steak… every time.  He’ll cover basic skills that are needed when choosing your steak like grades, aging, when (and when not) to splurge on Prime, cattle breeds, hormones and antibiotics, fresh vs. frozen, plus a discussion on grass vs. corn-fed beef. Bruce will also teach a lesson on preparing steaks using the trendy Sous Vide technique!
Demonstration | Tastings
$60.00

Lessons in Pan Sauces & Searing
Wed
, Nov 1  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Richard McPeake
An important class that ups the ante on your mad cooking skills. Learn a “pooling” sauce, a nappe Sauce and a Balsamic Butter Glaze as we test our skills and make Pork Marsala, Turkey Smitane, and more!  And then there are quick sauces you can make from that pan, as well!
Hands-On | Tastings
$60.00

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Contemporary Southern Cuisine

Fri, Nov 10  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Shanita Bryant
Let Chef Shanita introduce you to a variety of essential cooking techniques as she walks you through mouthwatering recipes, starting with Red Velvet Waffles, Shrimp & Grits, Scallops & creamy Sweet Potato Risotto. We’ll end on a sweet note as she shows you how to prepare one of her famous southern dessert specialties!
Limited Hands-On | Dinner
$75.00

Sweet Southern Lovin’ from the Oven
Sat, Dec 2  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Shanita Bryant
After learning a few universal baking techniques like measuring (yes, there is a correct way to do it), mixing, whisking, rolling and tips for making the perfect pie crust, you’ll  learn to make some of Chef Shanita’s favorite Southern treats, including Bread Pudding, Buttermilk Pie, Sweet Potato Pie and more!
Limited Hands-On | Tastings
$60.00

How To Survive The Holidays
Mon
, Dec 3  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Savannah Mallory
Learn to make comforting, low-stress dishes and menus that will leave you plenty of time to enjoy the holidays. We’ll start off by making a special lightened-up holiday cocktail that you’ll enjoy while Chef Savannah teaches easy cooking techniques like basic knife skills, sautéing, the proper way to whisk (yep, there is a right way to do this!), tips to making a homemade broth, Caramelized Onion Beef, Stew , Roasted Winter Squash Soup and Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette. Then you’ll grab an apron and practice some of those culinary skills you’ve learned. Finally, we’ll cap off the evening with a fancy-schmancy New Orleans dessert – Bananas Foster.
Limited Hands-On | Tastings
$55.00

 

 

Take a Class from a ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ Winner!

Chef Shanita BryantThe Culinary Center of Kansas City is proud to introduce our newest instructor… Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant.

Shanita says her mantra is ‘Winner, Winner, Fried Chicken Dinner!’ and It’s an appropriate mantra for this chef who was the last woman standing in an episode of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen.

After winning Cutthroat Kitchen in 2014, opening Magnolia’s Southern Cuisine and launching Magnolia’s On The Move food truck, Shanita is ready now to share her passion and knowledge of cooking at The Culinary Center.

Her passion, which started with the homemade crust she made for an apple pie at the age of 13, led her to pursue culinary arts training at The Culinary Institute at Johnson County Community College.  When she isn’t cooking, Shanita enjoys spending time with her husband, five children and working on her first cookbook.

Register now for a spot in one of Shanita’s upcoming cooking classes:

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Contemporary Southern Cuisine

Fri, Nov 10,  Limited Hands-On | Dinner  |  $75
Let Chef Shanita introduce you to a variety of essential cooking techniques as she walks you through mouthwatering recipes, starting with Red Velvet Waffles, Shrimp & Grits, Scallops & creamy Sweet Potato Risotto. We’ll end on a sweet note as she shows you how to prepare one of her famous southern dessert specialties!   

Sweet Southern Lovin’ from the Oven
Sat, Dec 2,  Limited Hands-On | Tastings  |  $60
After learning a few universal baking techniques like measuring (yes, there is a correct way to do it), mixing, whisking, rolling and tips for making the perfect pie crust, you’ll  learn to make some of Chef Shanita’s favorite Southern treats, including Bread Pudding, Buttermilk Pie, Sweet Potato Pie and more!

Raise a Toast with Brent Grider

Meet our favorite ‘Wine Guy’ here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City…

Brent GriderBrent Grider, Beverage Manager and Sommelier for Stock Hill Restaurant in Kansas City, teaches wine appreciation classes at the CCKC. Brent holds the title of Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommelier, and is certified through Bar Smarts™ for his knowledge of cocktails and spirits so, well, he knows his drinks and loves sharing his passion and knowledge with others.

He started in the beverage industry as a barista in several local coffee shops and worked his way up to management, including years with coffee giant Starbucks.

Next Brent began his foray into full-service restaurant management, beginning at an Italian restaurant on the Country Club Plaza, then with McCormick & Schimick’s. As Bar Manager there, Brent managed the wine and cocktail menus, beginning to put his tasting skills to work, providing guests a selection of wines and cocktails that worked in harmony with the menu.

Later, serving as General Manager at Benton’s Prime Steakhouse in the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, Brent worked to gain recognition for Benton’s wine list and bar program.  And he succeeded – Benton’s Prime Steakhouse was honored with the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine for a wine list that comprised of more than 200 selections of wine and with local recognition of “Best Bar” by the Pitch magazine.  He went on to become Complex Director of Restaurants & Bars before moving to his current position as Beverage Manager & Sommelier for Stock Hill, where he continues to share his passion of wine and spirits with associates and guests any chance he gets.

We are lucky to have Brent share his knowledge and passion for wine and spirits at classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!  Check out one of his upcoming classes:

Understanding Bordeaux Wine
Monday, September 25, 2017,  6:30-9:00 p.m.
Demonstration | Wine Tasting & Appetizers
Explore one of the world’s most collectible and age-worthy wines.

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Bourbon – American History in a Glass
Friday, October 27, 2017,  6:30-9:00 p.m.
Demonstration | Bourbon Tastings & Appetizers
We’ll taste our way through Bourbons from Kentucky, Washington State, and beyond as we learn how it’s made and what makes it unique.

ABC’s of Wine Tasting
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Demonstration | Wine Tastings & Appetizers
Relax and sit back as you learn the basics about wine tasting (or refresh your skills) with a pro.

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.