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We’ll Be Cookin’ At The Western Farm Show!

Western Farm ShowThe Culinary Center of Kansas City is proud to be a part of this year’s Western Farm Show at the American Royal Complex in KC on Feb 24-26.  We have partnered with American Family Insurance to provide cooking demonstrations at this very popular event attended by more than 22,000 fine farming folks. Our Kitchen Shop will also have a presence, where we will have our signature Kitchen Boa™ available for sale.

American Family InsuranceWe’ll be set up in the Wagstaff Theater inside the American Royal Complex where Chef Sandy DiGiovanni will demonstrate Freezable One Pot Wonders from 11 a.m. – Noon on Saturday, Feb 25, and Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel will present Weeknight Meals Made Easy from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The farm show, one of the largest indoor farms shows in the Midwest, will also feature hundreds of exhibitors showing the latest in farm and ranch tools and technology, plus booths with clothing, crafts and home decor.

Look for pictures from the show… we’ll be posting them on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Be sure you follow us!

Connect With Us OnlineNOTE: The cooking demonstrations are free to paid attendees of the Western Farm Show. American Family Insurance is distributing the free passes to the cooking shows, but a paid admission to the Western Farm Show is required to attend them. Adult admission is $8 and free for children 12 and under. 


We’re Looking For Some Fabulous Foodies!

If you have a passion for cooking and you love to share your gift for the culinary arts by teaching people, then The Culinary Center of Kansas City may be just the right fit for you.

Our cooking instructors come from a wide variety of backgrounds – many are chefs who attended traditional culinary school, some have their own restaurants and bakeries, some have spent their lifetime learning ethnic and family cooking traditions, some teach classes at local culinary school programs, and so on…

We are open to all types of instructors but would particularly like to find cooking educators that have expertise in teaching Tiny Tots (ages 2-4) and Li’l Kids In the Kitchen (ages 5-8). 

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We’re always on the lookout for more instructors to expand our range of class offerings, and we would love to hear from you if this triggers a culinary excitement in you!

Let us know what you’re interested in teaching, why you’d make a great instructor and when you’re available. Our ‘Main Dish’ Laura and Class Coordinator Lisa review submissions, meet with potential candidates and then set up an ‘instructor demo’ where you show your skills to the Culinary Center staff to see if you might be right for our team. 

Tell us why you would make a great CCKC instructor

And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’…

Our cooking classes are popular, and we’re always adding more to keep up with the demand. How about these new gems that we just added to our calendar?

Check out these new class options by clicking on the class title for more information or to register:

  • Fermenting 101Sunday, March 5  |  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Fermenting 101
    Chef Raven Naramore

    Tasting  | Limited Hands-On
  • Roll Sushi!Sunday, April 2  | 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    More Sushi in the House
    Chef Yvette Hirang

    Tasting  |  Hands-On
  • Saturday, March 4  | 11 a.m. – Noon
    Flash Demo: Biscuits & GravySaturday Morning Flash Demo
    Biscuits & Gravy
    Well, butter my biscuits, and add gravy while you’re at it!
    Chef Charlie Hammond
    Demonstration class

    $25/person if registered ahead / $30 day of class
  • Bellisima Balsamico!Saturday, March 11  | 11 a.m. – Noon
    Saturday Morning Flash Demo
    Bellisima Balsamico
    It’s that delicate balance of sweet and sour syrupy perfection that we can’t get enough of. But alas, there are fakes out there. (Insert gasp.)  Understand this delightful aged vinegar and know how to use it!
    Chef Jesse Vega
    Demonstration class

    $25/person if registered ahead / $30 day of class
  • Handmade TortillasSaturday, March 18  | 11 a.m. – Noon
    Saturday Morning Flash Demo
    Tortillari! Real-Deal Handmade Tortillas
    You know what they say… once you go homemade, you never go back to store-bought!
    Chef Sergio Lara
    Demonstration class

    $25/person if registered ahead / $30 day of class
  • AlbondigasSaturday, March 25  | 11 a.m. – Noon
    Saturday Morning Flash Demo
    Albóndigas! It’s Not A War Cry…
    A classic Spanish dish, Albóndigas in Romesco Sauce will soon become your new go-to party dish.
    Chef Raven Naramore
    Demonstration class

    $25/person if registered ahead / $30 day of class


10% Off All Classes Held Before Year-End! Can You Say ‘Great Gift Ideas’?

We’re wrapping up 2016 with a great deal on a few remaining seats in cooking classes next week. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, this may be just the ticket.  Enjoy 10% off the regular price of the class!

Junior Chefs AcademyJunior Chefs Academy Pro Series Class:
Ultimate Sandwiches from Around the World
Tue, Dec 27  |  10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Was $110   SAVE 10%   NOW $99.00
This ain’t PB&J day at The Culinary Center… it’s a day to learn the serious art of sandwiching (ages 9-14), as we explore delicious and unique sandwiches from around the world.

Tiny Tots in the KitchenTiny Tots in the Kitchen:
It’s A Zoo Around Here!
Wed, Dec 28  |  10:00 – Noon
Was $85   SAVE 10%   NOW $76.50
We want to help your budding chef (ages 2-4) on the road to learning important kitchen and life skills. We keep it simple, engaging and interactive so nobody nods off ,or gets bored. It’s a great opportunity to introduce your tiny chef to the pleasures of the kitchen in a way that they can understand.

Junior Chefs AcademyJunior Chefs Academy Pro Series Class:
La Cocina Mexicana
Wed, Dec 28  |  10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Was $110   SAVE 10%   NOW $99.00
No passport required, as kids (ages 9-14), explore Mexican cuisine with a 40-year culinary professional, Chef Richard McPeake.

Junior Chefs AcademyJunior Chefs Academy Pro Series Class:
American Southern-Style Cuisine
Thu, Dec 29  |  10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Was $110   SAVE 10%   NOW $99.00
Kids (ages 9-14) will explore some of the classic dishes of the deep-South that carry these influences to create its own unique style of cooking. C’mon, travel with us along the southern coast of the United States.

Whiskey ClassA Whiskey-Lover’s Christmas Party –
Hosted by ‘The Whiskey Cowgirl’
Thu, Dec 29  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $65   SAVE 10%   NOW $58.50
Let’s celebrate the holidays with a different spin, as we explore the spirit-filled world of whiskey.  This evening is for beginner, and seasoned, whiskey drinkers alike who will learn a thing or two from an expert. 

Junior Chefs AcademyJunior Chefs Academy:
Cupcake Battle!
Thu, Dec 29  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $60   SAVE 10%   NOW $54.00
Junior Chefs (ages 9-14), let’s have some cupcake fun over the holiday break! Learn the art of baking and decorating cupcakes and then use your new-found crafty skills to compete for the “Cupcake Master!” Award! 


What are you waiting for?!
Click on the Class Titles to register for your seats in the class(es) today!

Deals End Wednesday, December 28 at 5 p.m.
p.s. Sorry, but these deals are NOT retroactive.


Introducing Saturday Morning Flash Demos™

Flash Demo @ The Culinary Center of Kansas CityAnnouncing our newest cooking educational class concept launching at The Culinary Center of Kansas City in 2017 … Saturday Morning FLASH DEMOS.

Our Saturday morning Flash Demos are the perfect quick & easy way for busy foodies & weekend kitchen warriors to learn about cooking.  These power-packed 1-hour cooking classes from 11:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays will be taught by experienced cooking instructors  (a/k/a “Flash Demo Food Professors”) will focus on one technique, dish or ingredient, front to back, and they’ll come complete with tastings and recipes.

Come early and enjoy a FREE Irish Coffee & foodie talk!
Reserve your spot online at kcculinary.com (click on the purple ‘Current Schedule‘ button to get to our class schedule) or just stop by the day of class.  What a great way to spend a weekend morning with plenty of time left to enjoy the day.

 $25 advance registration
(or $30 walk-in)

Here are the first of the Flash Demos we have to offer:

Sun. Jan. 22  |   11:00 a.m. – Noon
Pie Fixes Everything!
Learn how to make a perfect pie crust for sweet & savory dishes
…  just like your Grandma used to make!
We’ll taste apple pie.  Yum.

Flash Demo Food Professor: CCKC “Main Dish” Laura Laiben
$25 advance registration  |  $30 walk-in

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Sat. Jan. 14  |   11:00 a.m. – Noon
Laissez les Beignets Roulez!
Learn how to create the Café du Monde

specialty – Beignets! It’s a doughnut on steroids!
We’ll serve Café du Monde coffee.  How could we not? 
Flash Demo Food Professor: Chef Jason Provo
$25 advance registration  |  $30 walk-in

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Sat. Jan. 21  |   11:00 a.m. – Noon
Moroccan Mouthful:
Chicken Tagine With Lemon & Olives
A classic one-dish Mediterranean recipe
for showing off to guests
(and we know how you love to show off!)
Flash Demo Food Professor: Chef Gary Hild
$25 advance registration  |  $30 walk-in

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Sat. Jan. 28  |   11:00 a.m. – Noon
Bad-Ass Street Tacos
These are the real deal, folks. 

Get ready for a party in your mouth!
 Flash Demo Food Professor:  Raven Naramore
$25 advance registration  |  $30 walk-in

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Sat. Feb. 4  |   11:00 a.m. – Noon
Sexy Vanilla
It’s harvested from the pods of exotic orchids, for heaven’s sake.

Learn all about how to cook with it as we learn to make
Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee. 
A sexy Saturday morning experience!
Flash Demo Food Professor & “Vanillologist” (I just made that up):
Chef Charlie Hammond
$25 advance registration  |  $30 walk-in

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Sat. Feb. 11  |   11:00 a.m. – Noon
Chicken Saltimbocca
Italian for “jumps in the mouth”

this classic Italian dish always delivers!
Let it inta yo mouth…
Flash Demo Food Professor: Daniela Mancinelli Abel
$25 advance registration  |  $30 walk-in


The New Classes Are In! The New Classes Are In!

2016 CCKC Fall CatalogWe’re excited to present….
Our Culinary Center of Kansas City
New Fall/Holiday Cooking Classes!

They are online now and ready for registration. They are so ‘hot off the presses’ that the printed calendar is STILL ON the press. Seriously, we don’t have the course catalogs yet, but they’re at the printer and will be in your mailbox soon if you’re on our ‘snail mail’ mailing list.  In the meantime, you’re welcome to peruse them all on the worldwide web.

We have some exciting new classes you’ll see on the calendar, and we’ll be telling you more about the new ones on our blog in the next few weeks. Now is the perfect time to sign up – they’re pretty much all wide open at this point!

Click the purple button below to view the classes and sign up before the printed version even hits the mailboxes…)

Register for Classes

New Classes Added at The Culinary Center

Delia, our Dean of Deliciousness, is at it again, adding cooking classes to our schedule!   Here are the latest additions:

BBQ ribsLearn to make a Kansas City staple properly with our Midwest BBQ Institute: Finger Lickin’ BBQ Ribs class!  Our MBQI classes help you master the grill in a fun and delicious way. Chef Richard McPeake (Educator of ‘Que and former Grand Champ at The American Royal World Series of BBQ) will break it all down for you on Tuesday, August 23.

Learn to make tamales!Our popular Tamalada Party with the Lara Sisters class is being offered again on Saturday, Aug. 27!  Don’t miss the chance to learn authentic tamale-making from sisters Vicky and Susy. These two know their stuff, and they’re ready and willing to share family recipes, secrets and techniques to the class.

We’re putting the finishing touches on the new fall schedule. Look for that online and in your mailbox by late July!