Category Archives: Culinary Center of KC

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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Happy To Celebrate The New Year As Part of CCKC Food Family

Along with a list of resolutions, I like to make a list of things I’m grateful for at the start of each year. If I begin the year by making a list of great things I’m happy with in my life, I can refer back to this list when the year presents challenges and keep in sight the positive things I have going.

High on my list of positives are the fabulous foodie friends that I have made while working at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.  I’m happy to say that these talented, friendly folks are just the same in real life as they seem when you meet them in our classes, events, Kitchen Shop or 3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE.  Our CCKC ‘Main Dish’ Laura Laiben has pulled together a group of people who are fun to be around and are passionate about creating an exceptional experience for our customers as they celebrate all things culinary. 

We are lucky to get the opportunity to take staff field trips and have occasional gatherings together to enjoy our group outside of our busy schedule.  In November, we enjoyed an evening out to celebrate our little culinary clan. We started at Boulevard Beer Hall for happy hour and went on to dinner at Westside Local.  Both good choices. Tasty beverages, delicious food and terrific company…. who could ask for more?

Cheers, everyone. I hope you have a long list of positives to start your year too!

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Our Tuscan Kitchen Is Getting A Facelift

New year, new kitchen at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!

Get ready for a brand spankin’ new Tuscan Teaching Kitchen.  We began demolition on New Year’s Day, and plan to begin renovation next week.  That kitchen will be closed to class use during the project so we have a very tight schedule in place to christen the new space and have it back open for classes on January 19.  (Never fear – we will have classes still in our Santa Fe Kitchen!)

Our friend and kitchen designer Billie Deatheridge has designed an efficient and beautiful space, and we’re working with the folks at Trendstone to get the project done. The teaching island is larger than in our former Tuscan kitchen, with a solid surface Cambria countertop.  The sink will be a large open-style sink with a pull-down commercial faucet and an offset drain with a high-quality disposal.  The rangetop will be top-of-the-line with a Bluestar 36” 6-burner rangetop with a griddle option.  It is pretty swanky.  Under the counter will be open shelving for equipment, as well as room to roll our smaller carts and trash cans.  The bottom of the teaching island will be wrapped in corrugated metal.

As soon as we complete the remodel of the teaching island, we’ll start on the ‘Viking Kitchen’ (along our west wall in the Tuscan Kitchen), but it will be in construction phase probably until February or March. 

We will have limited use of the Tuscan Kitchen during construction, but it will be closed for classes.  Bear with us during construction… we’re excited to debut our new space soon…

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