Category Archives: Holiday Parties

6 Classes in December You Won’t Want To Miss

CCKC Cooking ClassesThere’s a cooking class for everyone at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.   Whether you’re a regular in our kitchens, or it’s been awhile since you’ve been to a class or you’ve never been to The Culinary Center at all, check out these SIX classes on our December schedule!

More Info: Classic Steak House DinnerHoliday ‘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 Info: Homemade Liqueurs for the HolidaysHomemade Liqueurs for the Holidays
Sat
, Dec 9,  10:00 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Wilson
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings & Take-Home Liqueur
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Liqueurs, also called cordials, have long been produced and enjoyed as aperitifs, in mixed cocktails, and in cooking. The process to make them at home is easy and inexpensive, and learning this process will open your imagination to endless possibilities. And they make elegant and memorable gifts! You will take home a handcrafted liqueur, along with recipes and many ideas for using them.

More Info: Vegetarian Comfort FoodThe Merry Elves’ Family Workshop:
Holiday Cake-A-Palooza!

Sun, Dec 10,  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Instructor: ‘Head Elf’ Laura Laiben & Her Merry Elves
Hands-On | 2-layer Cake, Hot Cocoa & Kid-friendly Munchies
Santa told us that his favorite dessert is cake, so we know better than to give him anything else!  We’ll show you how it’s done, provide samples of several decorated cakes for you to study and loads of decorations from which to choose.  From smooth buttercream icing and  colorful edible ‘play-do” (a/k/a fondant,) to little sleighs and trees and shiny edible “ornaments” perfect for your sweet holiday creation… and so much more. Then, you get to add your own unique ideas and run with it… with the able assistance of our Merry Cake Decorating Elves, of course!  We’ll have holiday music, hot cocoa and kid-friendly munchies available too!  We’ll send you home with your sweet holiday creation in a baker’s box, all ready to show off to family and friends… and to EAT, of course!

More Info: An Affair to RememberFor Grown-Up Elves’ Only!
Holiday Cake-A-Palooza!

Sun, Dec 10,  2:30 – 4:30  p.m.
Hands-On | 2-layer Cake, Adult-friendly Cocktail & Munchies
The holidays just aren’t complete without a fun party where everyone makes a decorated edible holiday dessert to take home and show off.  I’m not talkin’ just any boring ole’ holiday cake, you crafty adult elves… I ’m talking about cakes that come out lookin’ just like the pros!  Choose to make a Plaza Lights Cake, a Frosty The Snowman Cake, a Snow Angel Cake, a Winter Wonderland Cake or a Gingerbread House Cake.  Or turn your creation into an Ugly Sweater Cake if you want. It’s your creation! We’ll have holiday music, one of our favorite holiday cocktails, the ‘Christmosa’, as well as adult-friendly munchies.  At the end of this class, we’ll send you home with your sweet holiday creation in a baker’s box, all ready to show off to family and friends.

More Info: BBQ Workshop: Sauces, Rubs & MarinadesFlavorful Weekend Nights:
Christmas in Mexico… including Homemade Tamales!
Fri
, Dec 22,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor:  Susy Lara
Limited Hands-On  | Dinner & Take-Home Tamales
Our tamale expert will share coveted family recipes, secrets and techniques as she teaches you how to make Chicken Tamales with Tomatillo Sauce. You’ll also learn several other special dishes that are served at Lara holiday gatherings, as well.  We’ll end our festive feast with Buñuelos – a delectable sweet dessert. (Psst! It’s also one of Santa’s favorite treats!) We’ll also explore Atole, and even a special Mexican drink!  You’ll get to help Susy prepare some of these flavorful dishes….. and here’s a bonus, you’ll even take home a half-dozen tamales to share with your family (or not)!

Le Crêperie: Sweet & Savory CrêpesVegan for Everybody
Wed
, Dec 27,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor:  Molly Flynn
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings
Chef Molly will teach some basic culinary skills as she walks you through some incredibly delicious plant-based recipes. Because we learn best when we practice what we learn, you’ll tie on an apron and help with some of the prep and cooking, too! You’ll learn to make a versatile a hearty Shepherd’s Pie, a colorful Superfoods Salad, Eggplant Crunch Burgers (trust me, you’re gonna love this healthy burger alternative), and a comforting Kale and White Bean Soup where you’ll get to learn and practice basic knife skills as you help prep and prepare some of tonight’s dishes.

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Big Holiday Fun for Small Groups

Celebrate the holidays at The Culinary Center of Kansas CityStill looking for just the right holiday event for your group or family? We get lots of calls from folks who think their group is too small to have their holiday party at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. Not so! We have something for everyone. We put together lunch events on weekdays in December to accommodate small groups. Join with other small groups, and enjoy all the fun and merriment that those big guys get!

Below you are descriptions of the various parties available. You can register online today. Or call Mimsy for some small (party) talk… (913.341.4455 or mimsy@kcculinary.com)

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  |  $90/person
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 InfoJ U S T  A D D E D !
Elves Gone Bad
Holiday Cake Wars
Tue, Dec 12,  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hands-On | Lunch  |  $75/person
Move over Ace of Cakes, we’re taking desserts to a whole new level. We’ll greet you with your own unique elf name, and then small teams will battle to win Santa’s good favor as they build and decorate holiday cakes.  Creative juices will be flowing with mystery decorations along with a challenge, a time frame and winner of the best decorated cake of the bunch.  Everyone will celebrate at the end with a delicious lunch!

More InfoFa-La-La-La-Lunch
An Interactive Holiday Cooking Party
Wed, Dec 20,  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Limited Hands-On | Lunch  |  $50/person
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!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Us

Join us on New Year's Eve!What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?  We know the perfect idea for a romantic and unique celebration of the old and the ringing in of the new in the heart of Downtown Overland Park!

It’s New Year’s Eve, and there will be plenty of clinking and smooching at the midnight hour… but first, we must dine on an amazing feast.   Reserve spots for yourself and your spouse, partner or friend at our Chef’s Table and in our kitchen at The Culinary Center of Kansas City for an exclusive New Year’s Eve culinary party!

Your table – and apron – await you in our kitchens, an intimate setting where you will learn to cook some outstanding dishes as we say goodbye to the old year, and welcome in the new. 

It’s the best dinner and cooking class experience we have to offer – outstanding service, a unique venue and a 4-course dinner where, course by course, each dish is demonstrated by experience culinary instructor and award-winning Executive Chef Richard McPeake. His intention is to teach and inspire you to have the kind of relationship with food that he has come to know.

We know it’s all about the food, but it doesn’t hurt when your kitchen is located in a beautifully restored buggy barn from the turn of the century – an enchanting ambiance that beckons guests in and cozies them up for an intimate evening of conversation, marvelous aromas and flavors, and the ultimate dining experience. You’ll enjoy the atmosphere as you tie on and apron and work alongside chef while he teaches you how to create some of his favorite recipes. 

You’ll begin with Coquille St. Jacque, followed by the Chef’s famous Grilled Caesar Salad with Parmesan Tuiles.  Our elegant entrée this evening, Beef Wellington with Mushroom Duexelle and Bordelaise Sauce, will simply take your breath away. We’ll savor Roasted Baby Carrots with Dill Butter, seasoned and cooked to perfection. Plus, Pommes Parisienne with Brown Garlic Butter.  Dessert will be a treasure of extremely decadent chocolate – Chef McPeakes’ Award Winning Chocolate Mocha Roll, to end of this perfect meal.

We’ll sit around the table to enjoy the beautiful meal that you’ve helped to prepare as you raise a glass of champagne and toast this outstanding New Year’s Eve meal. Then, we’ll send you on your way to make the most of your very own “midnight hour!”  The Chef awaits you.

Register today to reserve your spots at this 4-course dinner on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, 6:30-9:00 p.m., with hands-on cooking class, including paired wines & a Champagne toast, romantic ambiance, excellent service and all in our unique venue in Downtown Overland Park.

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 mimsy@kcculinary.com 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.

UNIQUE HOLIDAY PARTIES
AT THE CULINARY CENTER OF KANSAS CITY

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 mimsy@kcculinary.com or 913-341-4455.