Category Archives: Holiday Parties

Holiday Parties, Big or Small

Let us help you plan a unique holiday event for your group!

Whether large or small, your group is a BIG deal to us at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. We have shared on this blog lots of ideas cooked up to make your holiday party the event of the season. (Click here for an idea of the fun we have in mind for you…)

Think your group is too small to hold your party here? Think again! Check out these ideas for small holiday parties for which you can register online.  Contact Mimsy at 913.341.4455 or to discuss some options.

More InfoHoliday ‘All Hands for Hunger’ Lunch
A Cooking Party With A Purpose
Wed, Dec 6,  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hands-On | Lunch
Start a great holiday tradition that keeps on giving when the holidays are over. This cooking event/community service project is perfect for co-workers, family and friends who want to celebrate the season AND do something that really matters – like feed the needs of our local community!

More InfoReindeer Games
An Interactive Holiday Cooking Party
Tue, Dec 12,  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hands-On | Lunch
This fun holiday food competition will place your group into small teams where you’ll be pitted against other chef wannabes, all with mystery boxes of ingredients and a cruel clock. In the end, we’ll all sit down around the table and dine on our culinary creations. Put together your team – it’s a good, clean and tasty way to celebrate the holidays!

More InfoFa-La-La-La-Lunch
An Interactive Holiday Cooking Party
Wed, Dec 20,  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Limited Hands-On | Lunch
Grab your colleagues or besties, and step into our kitchens. A CCKC Chef will teach you how to create one of the tasty dishes from our 3-course holiday-inspired lunch menu, then it’s your turn to make that dish. Afterwards, we will celebrate around the table and toast the holiday season… and our newfound culinary skills!

It's time to book your holiday event @ The Culinary Center of Kansas City


Take Your Holiday Party from Ho Hum to Ho! Ho! Ho!

The Culinary Center of Kansas CityYou’ve heard of Christmas in July, right? Well, you let that slide right by and didn’t make your group’s holiday party plans, didn’t you?

It’s nearly September and spots are filling quickly. Reserve your date now, and you can enjoy a great holiday party at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!

Here are a few of the holiday party plans that we have cooked up for your holiday fun. Click on any of them for more information. Then call 913.341.4455 and ask for Mimsy to book a date that works for your group.


Fa la la la Lunch

Jingle & Mingle in the Kitchen

Holiday Lights Dinner Party

Reindeer Games
Cooking Competition

Holiday All Hands for Hunger

Ugly Sweater Cooking Party

An Old Fashioned
Cookie Exchange

‘Elves Gone Bad’
Holiday Cake Competition

Holiday Parties @ The Culinary Center of Kansas City


Happy Birthday, America!

It’s a long holiday weekend for Independence Day 2017, and hopefully you’ll be heading to some celebrations – whether you host dinner at your house, take a picnic to a park or enjoy snacks at a lake or pool. There will be food involved. It’s what we Americans do when we celebrate, am I right?!

Well, here’s an idea to wake up your holiday celebration with a bang! These appetizers are an explosion of flavor with turkey and crisp cabbage and carrots, ignited by the zest of chili paste. We borrow flavors of the Orient in this tasty recipe. Enjoy!

fireworksChinese Firecrackers

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chile paste
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 14 sheets phyllo dough
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sweet and sour sauce

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook turkey, cabbage, carrot and onions in oil about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in chili paste. Mix wine and cornstarch; stir into turkey mixture. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut stack of phyllo sheets crosswise in half. Cover with waxed paper, then with damp towel to prevent them from drying out. Place 1 half-sheet of phyllo on flat surface. Brush with small amount of oil. Top with second half-sheet of phyllo.

Place about 2 tablespoons turkey mixture on short end of phyllo; shape mixture into about 4-inch log. Roll up phyllo and turkey mixture. Twist phyllo 1 inch from each end to make firecracker shape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining phyllo and turkey mixture.   

Brush firecrackers with remaining oil. Bake about 20 minutes or until phyllo is crisp and golden brown. Serve with sweet-and-sour sauce.  (recipe below)

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. white vinegar
  • ¼ c. pineapple juice
  • 2 t. soy sauce
  • ¼ c. water

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer gently 5 minutes, then remove from heat.  Store in refrigerator and serve cold.




Still Looking For A Unique Holiday Party Idea?

We’re looking for a group to take our LAST Saturday night opening for a holiday party at The Culinary Center of Kansas City  – December 17!

…  Plus we have a few additional daytime and evening party slots available between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Book a Unique Holiday Party at The Culinary Center of Kansas City

What are you waiting for…  The Easter Bunny?

Easter bunny

Contact Mimsy @ The Culinary Center of Kansas City
at or 913-341-4455.


Don’t Get Your Ugly Christmas Sweater Out Just Yet

It’s not exactly the ho-ho-holiday season yet…
but, believe it or not,  this is the best time to grab
the primo dates for your group’s holiday party.
(some have already been taken)
Let us get you on our books!  We can talk awesome details later
make sure your event goes down in holiday history.  Book Your Holiday PartyWant some extra incentive to start thinking ahead?
How about a $150 discount if your holiday party is booked by June 15, 2016.
What?!  That’s worth the early planning!

Call or email Mimsy @ The Culinary Center – 913.341.4455
or – to start the ball rolling.

You’ll be able to get your summer on knowing that you have it in the bag.
That’s right.  You’re the smart one this time. (
ho, ho, …. ha, ha, ha)

Jan/Feb Is The New December

Hosting a holiday party for employees is traditional for most businesses at this time of year. But how about if you do something beyond the norm, and host a winter party instead?

JanFebIsTheNewDecemberJanuary/February is the new December when the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, and the joy of the New Year begins. People will be able to relax and enjoy themselves without stressing whether they met end-of-the-year goals, what they’re going to buy for Aunt Sally, and if the house has enough lights on it to one-up the next-door neighbor. It’s a perfect time for a “tad-bit-late” holiday season soireé…to say thank you! …or to say “I appreciate you!” or just to say “We made it!” 

The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s
Top Six Reasons why January and February are awesome:

  1. It’s a brand new start to a great new year.
  2. January 24 is Global Belly Laugh Day, and well, we like to laugh a lot around here and encourage everyone else to laugh until their belly hurts.
  3. January is National Soup Month, and we love soup. In fact, have you tried our Cognac Tomato Soup Shots with Grilled Cheese Triangles? Well, you should, because they’re delicious! We happen to have them on our appetizer menu and the soup is in our “Dinners on Demand” freezers!
  4. Mardi Gras! We love beads and Hurricanes, and one of our private event menus is dedicated to Bourbon Street. Let’s party!
  5. February is the month of love, and Valentine’s Day may be the day to spend with your sweetie, but it’s a great month to show love to all friends and co-workers and let them know how much you appreciate them.
  6. The Winter Solstice is over, so the days are getting longer, the evenings lighter. Before you know it, it will be spring. Which means it’s the start of wedding season! The Culinary Center of Kansas City is a great event space. We’ve hosted lots of wedding showers and bachelorette parties, and we would love to do yours.

So, what do you do if you think the idea of a winter party sounds fabulous?
Schedule an event here at The Culinary Center, of course!
We can do everything from a heavy appetizer buffet to a seated dinner where you make one of the items on your menu to a full-fledged interactive party where everyone makes a part of the meal that you all eat together. Or continue to have the “giving” spirit and create food that is donated and then we feed you a full meal. You can also go completely out-of-the-box and turn The Culinary Center into a private casino or a private music venue.   The possibilities are endless!

For more information, visit our CCKC Unique Events webpage. Then contact Mimsy, our Private Events Manager who specializes in exceptional culinary experiences, at 913.341.4455 or

Still Planning Your Group’s Holiday Party?

We Have Some Last-Minute Holiday Party Ideas
for your Group from The Culinary Center of Kansas City

Down to the wire searching for a great holiday gathering for your staff/group?  We have a few openings left in our party line-up for some fun and budget-conscious holiday parties that could very well prove to be the perfect fit for your group. Choose one of the following and be the first to snag one of our last openings.
Call or email Mimsy
at 913-341-4455 or

Gingerbread HouseSanta’s Workshop:
Gingerbread Decorating Party

Bring your group together for an old-fashioned gingerbread decorating session complete with Christmas music, hot cocoa and all the holiday trimmings. While they last, we have an assortment of read-to-decorate gingerbread projects for your group to choose from: gingerbread houses, stackable trees, edible greeting cards, Santa’s sleigh with reindeer or gingerbread men. We’ll provide the decorating materials and Santa’s Royal Icing, and you can let your imagination run wild! It’s edible holiday fun at its finest. Take home your creations in a baker’s box ready to enjoy for the holidays or choose to donate your masterpieces to a local charity. Includes hot cocoa bar and a sweet treat!

Cookie DecoratingAn Old-Fashioned
Cookie Decorating Party

Let’s get your group in the spirit of the season as they decorate holiday cookies together. Each guest will decorate 8-12 cookies in various shapes. They will have the option to take their cookies home in a personally decorated container or enjoy them right there on the spot! Add an element of competition by letting us provide a children’s book to each group of guests and challenging them to decorate the cookies to go along with the book, after which they will package their creations with the book and donate them to a local children’s charity. Whichever way you choose, it’s great holiday fun.   Includes hot cocoa bar and a sweet treat!

Holiday Apron ArtHoliday Apron Art
Your guests will create their very own holiday aprons using a wide variety of decorating materials that we provide. Let’s choose some winners from the group and give out a couple of prizes, ok? Well, why not? It’s the holidays, and it’s all about the fun. Add an element of competition, if you choose, and break your group into teams, with each team challenged to create a holiday apron incorporating your company name or motto. Now there’s an idea!  Includes hot cocoa bar and a sweet treat!


Discounted Pricing
$40/person – minimum 18 guests (or $720) – Inclusive of service charge but applicable tax still applies; additional guests $40 each
Here’s what you get:  

  • your choice of one of the holiday activities listed above; each activity is scheduled for 2 – 2 1/2 hours
  • sweet treats for your group to nosh on while they work … er, “play”
  • authentic homemade Mexican hot cocoa bar complete with marshmallows
  • coffee & iced tea service
  • festive and warm holiday atmosphere in a unique setting
  • exceptional service
  • Optional:
    • Add additional savory or sweet treat for $5/person per item
    • Add alcoholic beverages (beer/wine/mixed drinks/specialty cocktails?) as a hosted or cash bar for additional charge (can you say “add ins” for the hot cocoa?)
    • Add party favors for an additional charge


Party Times Still Available
(parties may be scheduled in 2-3 hour events any time between the hours listed below)

  • Thu 12/3 between 10 & 4
  • Mon 12/7 between 10 & 4
  • Wed 12/9 between 10 & 4
  • Wed 12/16 between 10 & 3
  • Mon 12/21 between 10 & 3
  • Tue 12/22 between 10 & 5
  • Wed 12/23 between 10 & 4

NOTE:  Evening Party Times Still Available on Thu 12/3, Wed 12/9, Tue 12/22 and Wed. 12/23.  Sorry, the above pricing structures do not apply to evening events; please call for more details on how we can create an exceptional evening event for your group