Category Archives: Culinary Center of KC

January’s Local Maker of the Month, Chef Richard McPeake

Chef Richard McPeakeThe Culinary Center of Kansas City features local artisans in The Kitchen Shop, and each month we feature a Local Maker of the Month. In January, we’re featuring one of our very own culinary class instructors, Chef Richard McPeake, aka Educator of ‘Que’.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Richard has been a professional chef, instructor and BBQ pitmaster for decades. He was named 2016 Chef of the Year by The American Culinary Federation Greater Kansas City Chefs’ Association and 2016 Teacher of the Year at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

After competing (and winning as part of the Grand Champion Commercial Division Team/1982) at the American Royal for years in the 1970s and 1980s, Richard took a few years off. But in 1997, his good friend and fellow CCKC culinary instructor Bruce Campbell talked him out of BBQ retirement and back in the American Royal competition. Together they formed RibStars.

Richard built the RibStars BBQ name into a business, selling cookbooks and a line of RibStars Rub Me Tender® Dry Rubs (which, by the way, were award winners 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 for both mild and hot rub, and his Rib Rub won 1st place at the 2004 American Royal Sauce & Rub contest for Best Hot Rub.) 

Stop by The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s Kitchen Shop to pick up some of RibStars’ Rib, Chicken or Brisket Rub. We also carry two of the Richard’s cookbooks – ‘Backyard BBQ: The Art of Smokology’ and ‘Simply BACKYARD BARBECUING: From Grilling to Smoking.’

RibStars’ Rub Me Tender Rubs are 10% off in-store and online at our Kitchen Shop in January 2018 to celebrate Richard as our Local Maker of the Month!  Click here to shop now!

 

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Eat A Cookie, Help A Kid…

The Culinary Center of Kansas City is joining millions of people across the country who are making a difference by joining the fight against childhood hunger in America.  YOU can help by stopping by CCKC on Friday or Saturday this week, and buying tasty treats at our Bake Sale to benefit No Kid Hungry.

No Kid Hungry Bake Sale @ The Culinary CenterCulinary Center staff, instructors, students and Junior Chefs will be baking up delicious treats for the bake sale, and 100% of the proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry.

Stop by at the following times to purchase baked delicacies from the sale:

Friday, Sept 22,  11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
during our Pop-Up Lunch at The Culinary Center  (see below)

Saturday, Sept 23,   8:30 a.m. until the goodies are gone!
during the Fall Festival in Downtown Overland Park  (see below)

This year, nearly 1 in 6 children across the country struggle with hunger. That’s more than 17 million kids.  Funds raised through the CCKC Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry will be used to support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.  Share Our Strength works to surround kids facing hunger with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

What’s a Pop-Up Lunch, you ask?Pop-Up Lunch @ The Culinary Center of Kansas City
Formerly known as ‘Tuesday Lunch’, we now host just ‘occasional’ open-to-the-public lunches at The Culinary Center. Our chefs put together an outstanding menu (this week > Authentic Mexican Street Tacos!), all for the fabulous price of $12.95 (+tax).  We can also serve it up ‘to go’, if you must rush back to the office!  You can pay when you get here, or pre-pay on our website and avoid the line (click here for that!)

Here’s the menu for this Friday’s Pop-Up Lunch:

Tacos al Pastor
(roasted pork, pineapple and other goodness served in
homemade corn tortillas. Hey, we don’t fool around.)

Spanish Rice & Beans

Homemade Chips & Salsa

Mexican Flan

What’s the Overland Park Fall Festival, you ask?OP Fall Fest
The Overland Park Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept 23 features a hometown parade (sponsored by The Culinary Center of Kansas City) through Downtown Overland Park, the county’s best arts and crafts fair, sales and other events at local shops and other merchants, fantastic food and much more!  A schedule of activities at the Fall Fest is available @  opkansas.org/fallfestival.

At The Culinary Center, we have a full and fun day planned!

  • No Kid Hungry Bake Sale – stop by to enjoy delicious baked goods and support a great cause.
  • KIDS Unicorn Cupcake Decorating ACTIVITY!
    Annie & Ellie, daughters of CCKC culinary instructor Katie Newell will lead you in an interactive cake art activity where you make your very own! #KidsTeachingKidsKC
  • Lunch – we’ll be serving up lunch after the parade, so come by CCKC for some Walking Tacos and Strawberries ‘n Cream. Yum!
  • Vain Vanilla will be handing out samples of dishes made with their tasty vanilla, and  we’ll have a special discount available on Vain Vanilla purchases on Saturday.
  • So much more!!

Meet Chef Molly Flynn…

Molly FlynnLet me introduce you to another of our new culinary instructors at The Culinary Center of Kansas City…  Chef Molly Flynn.

Molly attended culinary school at Seattle Central Culinary Academy. She’s worked for several restaurants and catering companies in Seattle while running her own business as a personal chef.

She has been a chef instructor for 5 years for both adults and children, and she currently works as the Banquet Chef at the Reserve event space in Kansas City’s Rockhill Grille. 

Molly is one of our newest instructors here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, and we are happy to have her in our seasoned line-up. 

Take a look at Molly’s two CCKC cooking classes this summer:

French Classics Made Easy
Sun, July 30,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Limited Hands-On | Dinner

Junior Chefs Academy:
Kids Cook French Classics

(for ages 9-14)
Sun, August 6,  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hands-On  | Tasting

Cooking with Lauren

Lauren LaneWe are pleased to introduce you to Lauren Lane, one of our newest culinary instructors at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.

Lauren left behind a corporate career to pursue her passion of teaching cooking and entertaining.  She enjoys traveling and tasting all the local foods a region has to sample. She not only teaches people how to recreate her delicious recipes but also provides tips and tricks on how to entertain effortlessly in your home, and have FUN while doing it!

Italian food is Lauren’s passion but she also dedicates a lot of love to simple and delicious seasonal dishes.

She believes nothing brings friends and families together like great food – and she inspires her classes with fun, make-ahead entertaining ideas. She encourages us to slow down, enjoy life and gather around the table.

Check out two upcoming classes Lauren will be teaching at The Culinary Center soon –

Low-Country Shrimp Boil: The Perfect Party
Sat, July 15,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner  |  Limited Hands-On

Cooking with Lauren: My Favorite Italian Dinner Party
Sat, August 19, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner  |  Limited Hands-On

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…

Livin’ It Up In Atlanta

Our Culinary Center of Kansas City ‘Main Dish’ Laura Laiben checked in today during her trip to Atlanta and #AmericasMart. She is there debuting the sale of our Kitchen Boa™, which we have licensed to Demdaco to produce and sell worldwide. (To read more about that, click here.)  She was treated to a fabulous dinner, and shared the details and pictures with us via text –

“Demdaco treated me to Parish, a restaurant in an uber-cool district in downtown Atlanta. Crispy cauliflower presents like sesame chicken. Tastes amazing. We tried almost all the small plates on the menu.  Grilled oysters.  Polenta bowl with winter veggies were a couple. Each dish was perfectly executed. Cheddar cheese ice cream for dessert. Say what?  Another called Coke and Peanuts.”

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