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Wicked Good Winter BBQ

Pop-Up Lunch @ The Culinary Center of Kansas CityJoin us for our first Pop-Up Lunch of 2018 – and our first Pop-Up Lunch with new CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn – on Friday, January 19, 2018!  Come meet Molly and enjoy the tasty lunch menu she and our own BBQ Dude Larry Hadley put together for you.

Grab some lunch buddies, jot it in your calendar and plan on heading to Downtown Overland Park between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for our open to the public Pop-Up Lunch for just $12.95 +tax.

You can register (and pay) in advance online (click here) if you like and avoid the line that day OR you can just walk in on Fri, Jan 19.

Wicked Good Winter BBQ
(aka The ‘We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Warm Weather To Break Out The Smoker’ Menu)

“BBQ Dude” Larry’s Famous BBQ Beef Brisket
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Savory Green Beans with Bacon
Cheesy Cornbread with Savory Butter
CCKC’s Take On Texas Sheet Cake

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* We can serve lunch “to go” if you like.

* See you on Friday, January 19 – Come hungry.

* Stop by and take some home for dinner if you like also!

 

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6 Classes In January That Are Hidden Gems

CCKC Cooking ClassesIf we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times > “There’s a cooking class for everyone at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.”  The wide variety of classes is evidenced in January with the following classes, including some new concepts that are not to be missed. Check out these SIX classes on our January schedule…

More Info: JCA: Kids Cook Gluten-Free & Grain-FreeJunior Chefs Academy (ages 9-14)
Kids Cook Gluten-Free & Grain-Free

(Adult/Child Option)
Mon, Jan 15,  10:00 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Caldwell
Hands-On  |  Tastings & Take-Home Half-Dozen Muffins
Join us for a sweet gluten & grain-free cooking lesson. Kids will be putting on an apron and preparing some of the recipes alongside Jackie while she teaches them lots of essential cooking techniques like chopping, mixing, the proper way to measure & stir and more as they learn to make some of her very favorite kid-friendly gluten-free & grain-free recipes including Banana Muffins (with or without nuts), incredibly tasty Chocolate Chip Cookies, and homemade Waffles.  Plus, Jackie will discuss batch-cooking that will allow you to  freeze the muffins and waffles that can be popped out and enjoyed anytime.  And, as an added bonus, Jackie will teach her Green Smoothie recipe!

More Info: Coffeehouse BreadsWeekday Cooking Lessons with Chef Jackie:
Coffeehouse Breads – Biscotti, Muffins & Scones

Tue
, Jan 16,  10:00 a.m. – 2:00  p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Wilson
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings, Coffee (of course) & Take-Home Bread
What is more compatible with your morning coffee or tea than fresh baked breads like those you find in your favorite coffee shop? This class will focus on three mixing techniques: the muffin method, the biscuit method, and the creaming method, which will allow you to produce a variety of memorable breads quickly and easily in your own kitchen.  Come enjoy a morning of baking as we produce muffins, scones, and biscotti together. Chef Jackie will lead you in some hands-on practice, as well.

More Info: Toque WarsFlavorful Weekend Nights:
Toque Wars!  Two Chefs. Two Dinners. One Winner.
Sat, Jan 20,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Chef Jesse Vega vs. CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn
Demonstration Class  |  Tastings & Wine
The stage will be set for some fine culinary entertainment as two of our very own CCKC instructor chefs compete in a ‘toque-to-toque’ battle while showing off their culinary acumen, all in good fun, of course (or maybe not… depends on how the night goes, right?).  Here’s how it works… You’ll be met with a stunning appetizer as we introduce the evening’s festivities.  Then each chef, one at a time, will be given a box of mystery ingredients and one hour to cook and plate their dazzling creations all the while explaining to you what they are doing while they are doing it.

More Info: Up Close & PersonalUp Close & Personal in the Kitchen:
Learn to Cook Like $%@# Gordon Ramsay

Sun, Jan 21,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Tosha Gutheridge & Stephane Laporte
Limited Hands-On | Dinner
In this “up close & personal”-style limited enrollment class, you get what you have always dreamed of…lessons in cooking like rock star Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay, except we’ll put the “ixnay” on the profanity! (C’mon, we’re a class act here at The Culinary Center!)  Culinary tips and techniques will be in order as Chefs Tosha & Stephane create some fabulous dishes like Scotch Eggs, Beef Wellington (complete with an authentic Mushroom Duxelle), Sticky Toffee Pudding and much more… all without the hurled insults and crying!

More Info: An Unusual Evening of Bier & Food PairingFlavorful Weekend Nights: Prost! & Bon Appetit!
An Unusual Evening of Bier & Food Pairing
with Cicerone Nathan Schriner
Sat
, Jan 27,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Cicerone Nathan Schriner & CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn
Demonstration  | Dinner & Bier Tastings
When one thinks of food for beer pairing, images of bratwurst, pretzels and cheese come to mind, but Nathan wants to show you that, like wine, beer can be exquisitely paired with even classic French dishes such as Smoked Trout Rillette, delicate French cheeses and a Languedoc-Roussillon style Cassoulet.  Got your attention, didn’t we? And I haven’t even talked about the salad or dessert courses.  Each of our courses this evening will be paired with Reinheitsgabot approved German beers of Kansas City Bier Company.

More Info: Weird & Wonderful Dessert PartyA Weird & Wonderful Dessert Party
featuring Recipes Inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar (NYC)

Tue, Jan 30,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor:  Kris Koehler
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings
Join us for an interactive cooking party featuring unusual, but delicious, quirky desserts inspired by those found at the famed Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC.  You’ll start with a boozy milkshake to sip on during class…. which, by the way, you will love… along with Chef Kris’ down-to-earth personality. Then, she’s going to teach a variety of dessert creations with cray-cray names like Crack Pie, Corn Cookies, and Sweet Cereal Milk Ice Cream Pie.  Say What??

There’s A New Chef In Our Kitchens!

Molly FlynnWe are happy to introduce you to Chef Molly Flynn,who is new at the helm in our kitchens here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.

Molly began teaching cooking classes at CCKC in 2017 after moving to the Kansas City area from Seattle, where she attended culinary school at Seattle Central Culinary Academy. She 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 five years for both adults and children, and was most recently Banquet Chef at the Reserve event space in Kansas City’s Rockhill Grille.

In her new role at CCKC, Molly will manage kitchen operations, create menus, teach culinary classes and provide instruction at private events and teambuildings. Her cooking classes will include a variety of topics, from vegan cooking to surf & turf dinners, daytime classes to up-close-and-personal intensive training to weekend date nights, kitchen fundamentals and knife skills to classic French dishes.

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Fun facts about Molly:

  • She is a former Miss Montana USA.
  • She moved to KC to be near her sister’s family, including 2 nephews she adores.
  • She enjoys teaching Above the Barre, cycle, boot camps and loves to play volleyball  when she’s not in the kitchen.
  • Her favorite food is cheese.
  • She has a cat named Pig.

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Click on the titles below for more information or class registration on these upcoming classes that Molly will teach:

Toque Wars - Jesse vs. MollyFlavorful Weekend Nights:
Toque Wars!  Two Chefs. Two Dinners. One Winner.

Sat, Jan 20,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Chef Jesse Vega & Chef Molly Flynn
Demonstration Class  |  Tastings & Wine
The stage will be set for some fine culinary entertainment as two of our very own CCKC instructor chefs compete in a ‘toque-to-toque’ battle while showing off their culinary acumen, all in good fun, of course (or maybe not… depends on how the night goes, right?).  Here’s how it works… You’ll be met with a stunning appetizer as we introduce the evening’s festivities.  Then each chef, one at a time, will be given a box of mystery ingredients and one hour to cook and plate their dazzling creations all the while explaining to you what they are doing while they are doing it.

Knife SkillsMastering Knife Skills
Thu, Feb 1,  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hands On  |  Snacks
Chef Molly Flynn will teach you how to masterfully perfect knife skills fundamentals such as basic cuts, mincing, brunoise, batonnet, julienne and others.  She’ll also include a discussion on how to choose the knife that is right for you, how to sharpen and store them the proper way, and so much more.  You’ll get lots of hands-on time next to this experienced chef as you practice your newfound knife skills so that you’ll feel comfortable using them in your own kitchen.

Julia & Me: Classic French DishesFlavorful Weekend Nights
Julia & Me: Classic French Dishes

Sat, Feb 10,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Limited Hands On  |  Dinner
You’d have to be living under a stock pot not be aware of the renewed interest in Julia Child, who taught us that there is something glorious and elemental in cooking. We also learned from Julia’s quirky instruction that you don’t have be a domestic goddess to cook well – her works are written for us domestic mortals, too. CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn will teach you basic culinary techniques such as knife skills, sautéing, mixing, sauce making, and more special class.  And you’ll get to help her prep and prepare some of tonight’s dishes, too.

Vegan CookingCookWell!
Vegan for Everybody

Mon, Feb 26,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Limited Hands On  |  Tastings
Discover the variety of rich and tasty dishes you will be able to savor using grains, legumes, nuts, oh, and veggies!  See, it isn’t just about veggies! 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!

A Very Special Culinary Event: Toque Wars

Toque WarsThe lights dim… a hush comes over the crowd… and the door opens to two very accomplished chefs (complete in their chef regalia) to compete for the coveted “Golden Garlic Mirror Ball Trophy” in this first-ever “Toque Wars” Competition, on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.  (It’s kind of like an “Iron Chef” competition, but without all the drama and with a huge sense of humor.) 

The stage will be set for some fine culinary entertainment as two of our very own CCKC instructor chefs – Chef Jesse Vega vs. CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn – compete in a ‘toque-to-toque’ battle while showing off their culinary acumen, all in good fun, of course (or maybe not… depends on how the night goes, right?) 

Toque Wars - Jesse vs. MollyRegister now to attend and here’s how it will work:

You’ll be met with a stunning appetizer as we introduce the evening’s festivities.  Then each chef, one at a time, will be given a box of mystery ingredients and one hour to cook and plate their dazzling creations, all the while explaining to you what they are doing while they are doing it.  No going into the silent “chef zone” – they have to TEACH while they cook!  (Hey, we’re a culinary arts center here!) Each chef will prepare an entrée and side dish for you to taste.  When one chef is done, we’ll move on to the second chef. 

Culinary egos are front and center as the two Chefs talk their way through the creative processes going on under those big-a$$ tall hats on their heads.  Throughout the competition, they’ll engage in friendly & competitive banter (aka trash talk), knives will fly (ok, that’s not true), desserts will flame (it could happen), and silliness will abound, but, in the end, it’s YOU, the students, who will decide the winner, by secret ballot so nobody knows who you voted for. (You want to taste some of the food, right?)  And while you’re voting, you’ll enjoy a tasty dessert course. 

So get ready for a unique cooking experience with lots of fantastic food and fun, plus the opportunity to learn a whole lot about cooking techniques and expert tips by watching experienced chefs perform in their element.  It’s a win/win, really.

Sign up today to reserve your seats:

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Toque Wars!
Two Chefs. Two Dinners. One Winner.

Sat, Jan 20,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Chef Jesse Vega & Chef Molly Flynn
Demonstration Class  |  Tastings & Wine
$75/person

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