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There’s More To Love At The CCKC

Our Cooking Class Coordinator, Lisa, has been busily adding classes to our schedule lately.  As our classes fill, she keeps an eye to see what popular topics need to be repeated and what new, fun topics need to be covered. Plus, we have new instructors joining our ranks, and we’re happy to get them in our kitchens!

Take a look at the following classes new to the calendar:

We added a second Foodie Film Fest to our schedule this month in August. Our first one filled up quickly, and there are only a handful of spots remaining in this one. So, click on the title link and register today to be a part of this culinary and cinematic adventure!Foodie Film Fest: The Trip To SpainFoodie Film Fest: ‘The Trip to Spain’
Sunday, Aug 27
In partnership with the Fine Arts Theatre Group, join us for a very special VIP reception and pre-screening of the newest “foodie film” – The Trip to Spain. Chef demonstration, Spanish cocktail and tasty Spanish dishes straight from the movie. Then, it’s down the street to The Rio for the real deal.
5:00-6:30 – Reception at The Culinary Center
6:45-8:00- VIP Movie Screening at The Rio Theater
Includes Heavy Appetizers, Specialty Cocktail, Culinary Demonstration and Ticket to VIP Movie Screening

A Saturday Morning Sushi LessonA Saturday Morning Sushi Lesson
Saturday, Sept 30, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Yvette Hirang
Hands-On  |  Tasting
In Japanese we might title this class “Sushi Ni” (“Ni” means “#2”), because our focus this morning is about moving beyond the very basics of sushi and learning some additional rolls and techniques.  But don’t worry… you do not have to have taken an intro level sushi class in order to gain loads of information from this class. Today, we will be learning rolling techniques, using sushi building equipment, and working with several varieties of fresh fish.  You will work alongside Chef Hirang to roll thick rolls of sushi using full-sized Nori sheets to create Futo-Maki, then on to Caterpillar Rolls. Next a pro-level Nigiri and education on how to prepare an elaborate shrimp plate, how to slice tuna pieces, Dashi-Maki Tamago (say what?) and so much more. Chef will also teach tips on how to create beautiful garnishes using ordinary vegetables. Won’t you be fancy!

The Art of Making Ricotta GnocchiThe Art of Making Ricotta Gnocchi… with 3 Perfectly Paired Sauces
Saturday, Oct 28, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lauren Lane
Limited Hands-On  |  Tasting
You’ll not only learn to make classic Italian ricotta gnocchi – those heavenly little dumplings that melt in your mouth – you’ll also whip up some fabulous accompanying sauces. Making ricotta gnocchi (pronounced “nee-okkee”) is a little more forgiving then the traditional potato gnocchi and, in our opinion, even tastier….not to mention lower in carbs!  You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands in the dough and learn to perfect your skills as you explore the gnocchi-making basics. The three heavenly sauces are a simple Sage Brown Butter, a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce and a fabulous 3- ingredient Marinara.

A Paleo Thanksgiving MenuCookWell! A Paleo Thanksgiving Menu
Saturday, Nov 4, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jackie Caldwell
Limited Hands-On  |  Tasting
The holidays can be a challenge when you have committed to an eating program like Paleo.  There’s no reason you (and your friends and family!) can’t eat well, stay on the Paleo bandwagon (or other similar eating styles) and still enjoy the season!  The Paleo Diet is designed to take participants back to the Paleolithic age of the caveman. It’s based on plenty of meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, and fruits with limited to no refined sugars, dairy products, grains and legumes. The participants then mold their own diet plans according to their specific goals.  That’s all gold glitter and turkey calls, but how do you COOK on this eating plan?  You’ll receive simple tools for preparing great holiday dishes and cooking ahead that will keep you on track.  Reinforce your willpower with comforting recipes like the Paleo “Perfect Turkey,”  “Not Your Momma’s” Dressing, Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Garlic Cauliflower “Potatoes and Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Pudding!  You will get a little bit of hands-on practice today as you make your very own Cranberry Sauce to take home and enjoy!

Le Crêperie: Sweet & Savory CrêpesLe Crêperie: Sweet & Savory Crêpes
Saturday, Nov 25, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lauren Lane
Hands-On  |  Tasting
The Culinary Center turns into “le Crêperie” as we learn everything there is to know about sweet and savory crêpes. You can’t learn how to make ‘em if you don’t flip ‘em yourself, so get in here and get some hands on practice.  Join one of our newest culinary instructors and passionate foodie, Lauren Lane, as she teaches you the techniques and tips to make delicious crêpes variations such as Spinach, Mushroom and Gruyere and Herb Crêpes with smoked ham and cheese. Not to mention a fabulous dessert crêpes made with Nutella and Bananas. Yummy…. and, so much fun!

 

Summer Pro Series Added To Schedule!

Pro Series cookingWe added another session of our popular 9-Week Professional Culinary Arts Series I class series on the schedule at The Culinary Center of Kansas City on Mondays, beginning June 5.  Chef Richard McPeake will lead this ‘Cooking Fundamentals for the Serious Cook’ series.

Designed after a typical first year of chef training, this course will take your cooking skills to a new level.  You’ll don a white chef jacket & toque and learn more about the following in this class series:

CCKC Pro SeriesClass 1: KNIFE SKILLS 
In this first important class, you’ll learn how to identify and purchase knives, maintenance, the anatomy of a knife, shapes, how to hold and feel for balance and proper weight, storage principles, how to hone and sharpen, how to hold a knife properly, rocking and chopping, and the chef’s “claw.” You won’t just be introduced to your knives. You’ll receive serious hands-on experience as well as learn the basic “cuts” using a knife. A class that you can truly build upon.

Class 2: MEATS
Excellent chefs know that there are appropriate cooking methods for each cut of meat. The knowledge learned today will be applied to recipes you choose to cook for the rest of your life. Meat identification; preparation techniques; trimming; applications to cooking methods such as roasting, braising, marinating (with and without a vacuum seal); sautéing; grilling; quick cooking and pan searing.

Professional Culinary SeriesClass 3: SEAFOOD
We will cover the different styles of seafood and the cooking methods that pair with them. You’ll learn seafood identification, prepping and trimming for the various cooking methods, freshness testing, proper storage and much more. You’ll learn easy methods for ensuring freshness and for opening oysters and clams. We’ll learn as we create some fabulous seafood dishes.

Class 4: VEGETABLES
Fundamentals of vegetable cookery including identification, prepping (an essential part of every vegetable dish) and cooking techniques. We’ll learn which vegetables are best for the various cooking methods such as sautéing, roasting, glazing, stewing and steaming. All vegetable cooking methods will be covered including blanching and shocking to preserve freshness and color. We’ll work together as we make tasting samples of some perfect vegetable preparations!

Professional Culinary SeriesClass 5: MOIST HEAT COOKING
This class will cover all aspects of moist heat cooking including such techniques as steaming, “en papillote” (in paper), poaching and braising. Once mastered, these methods are extremely easy to apply to various foods. You’ll learn which “proteins” are best for each of the methods, proper prepping, cooking and serving techniques. We’ll also learn “shallow poaching” and some simple sauce-making skills. 

Class 6: DRY HEAT COOKING
This course will teach dry heat cooking techniques such as searing, roasting, broiling and grilling. We’ll learn about protein fibers and what happens to them during the various cooking methods. We’ll take a look at which proteins are best for the various cooking methods and we’ll explore some combination methods (such as searing then roasting) and why this works so well. Prepping, cooking, serving, carving, etc.

Professional Culinary SeriesClass 7: THE MOTHER SAUCES
It’s all about the art of sauce-making as we deconstruct the basic Mother Sauces of Tomato, Velouté, Bechamel, Espagnole and Hollandaise. Along with this knowledge comes preparation of thickening agents and stocks as well as how to use these preparations in dishes. You’ll learn in an intensive hands-on setting.

Class 8: “SMALL” SAUCES
You know the Mother Sauces now so we’ll build upon that knowledge by teaching how to make some interesting and easy “small sauces.” We will learn to deglaze a pan using the drippings and/or wine to infuse flavors. Learn to make and use a beurre manie to finish and thicken your sauce or gravy. All these methods will be taught in a power-packed “hands-on” class.

Professional Culinary SeriesCLASS 9: FINAL DINNER COMPETITION
It’s the grand finale to our Professional Culinary Arts Program. Tonight we’ll practice what we’ve learned throughout the 8 weeks we’ve cooked together. The class will be divided into groups with each team challenged to create a dish that uses what you’ve learned. Not to worry, the instructor will be walking the room to give advice and assist. When you’ve placed your dish on the Grand Buffet you’ll have an opportunity to explain your cooking processes and get feedback from your colleagues and from the teacher himself.

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CCKC Gift Certificates – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Talk about a Win-Win Christmas gift to give… what could be better than a Gift Certificate from The Culinary Center of Kansas City?!  Make your loved one happy with the gift PLUS they’re bound to practice their newfound culinary skills on YOU!  Or better yet, come to the class with him/her…

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You can purchase CCKC Gift Certificates online, by phone or in our Kitchen Shop. If possible, stop by and get them in our shop, because we’ll include our class catalog and tie it up with a bow and tissue, and you won’t even have to wrap anything!

PLUS if you purchase $100+ in Gift Certificates in our Kitchen Shop, we’ll throw in our Culinary Center ‘Best Recipes’ Cookbook for FREE. (Keep it for yourself or add it to the gift – you decide. We won’t judge.)  

If you buy a Gift Certificate online or by phone, we can email you a gift certificate that you can print and gift OR we can send it to you or the lucky gift recipient by postal mail. Just let us know what you prefer!

The Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and are valid for 5 years from date of issue.  We’d love to see folks in our cooking classes using their gift Gift Certificates, but you have options there too. You can use them on purchases in our Kitchen Shop and in our Dinners on Demand™ freezers, as well as for cooking classes.

Give us call or shoot us an email if you have any questions about our Gift Certificates. We’d be happy to help. Or better yet, just stop by The Culinary Center and pick one up!

Where Are They Now? We Love To Hear…

We are a culinary arts center for the home chef here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City (as opposed to a traditional culinary school that offers a degree at the end of the coursework), but our students range from cooking neophytes to highly skilled home cooks who have spent their whole lives in the kitchen.  Some of our students come to class on a date or with friends, just looking for a fun night out. Others take their cooking very seriously and have a passion for it.

Junior Chefs Academy classesWe start our students young. From age 2+, we have classes for everyone! By the time students reach our Junior Chefs Academy classes for 9-14 year olds, some of these students are highly skilled cooks with a plan to make it their life’s work. We love being a part of this and watching them develop their skills.

Junior Chefs Academy classesWe love hearing the follow-ups on our students.  In fact, we recently had some parents come into The Culinary Center on a weekend for a “nostalgic tour” of the place. Their daughter, Victoria, had taken some kids’ cooking classes here and absolutely loved them. She is now in college studying Hospitality Management. While she loves to cook, she decided to follow the management aspect of the industry. Best of luck in your career, Victoria. We are happy to feel a part of shaping your interest in the field!

Junior Chefs Academy class

We also have a volunteer named Phil, a valuable member of our Volunteer Foodie Crew, who took our 9-week adult Pro Series course. The series loosely follows the curriculum of the first year of culinary school, and many people who are still deciding if this is what they want to do with their life take our course to dip their foot in the culinary waters without the high cost of committing to a full culinary program. In Phil’s case, he was smitten – he’s now enrolled in culinary school and working on his degree!

So, fill us in on what you’ve done with the time you spent at The Culinary Center! We love to hear updates.  Have you continued to prepare recipes you learned here? Did you meet someone who is now a good friend? Did you learn a technique that you have now mastered? Did you decide on a culinary career?  Let us know!

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Dog Days of Summer Cooking Class Deals

Dog Days of Summer DealsWe are in those late-summer, sweltering hot, rushing-around-before-school-begins, last days of the midwest summer. Hooray, right? (not)

Well, we at The Culinary Center of Kansas City decided to celebrate these hot, busy days with a sale!  Why not save on the last few seats we have remaining in the cooking classes this weekend that are listed below?  There’s a variety of classes, so there’s something for everyone – oh, and did I mention we have nice, cool air-conditioned kitchens to escape the summer temperature outside?!

Save 20% on the following classes, but sign up soon, those last few seats are bound to fill up soon!

CookWell: Let’s Get Fresh!
Cooking from the Farmers Market
Sat. 8/6/16  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Was $55      NOW $44.00

Flavorful Weekend Nights: Couples Cook!
Experience Love in the Italian Kitchen

Sat. 8/6/16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $75      NOW $60.00

Midwest BBQ Institute:
The Thrill of the Grill – Grilling 101

Sun. 8/7/16  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Was $80      NOW $64.00

CookWell:
Cooking for Life! The Vegan Kitchen

Sun. 8/7/16  |  4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Was $60      NOW $48.00

 

(Sorry, but this deal is NOT retroactive.)

20% Savings on Weekend Classes

Save 20% on these Last-Minute Deals on Cooking Classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City this weekend…

Last Minute Delicious DealCome on in where it’s cool this weekend and cash in on a hot 20%-off deal on the few remaining spots in our weekend classes listed below. We’re talkin’ 20% off of all of the following classes, but you better hurry –
This deal is only good ’til Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Junior Chefs Academy: Tamalada Party
Fri. 7/15/16  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Was $60   NOW $48.00

Artisanal Breadmaking:
Cape Seed Loaf and South African Picnic Bread

Sat. 7/16/16  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Was $60   NOW $48.00

The Best Whole Grain Bread You’ll Ever Make
Sat. 7/16/16  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Was $60   NOW $48.00

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
A Primer on Crab & Lobster

Sat. 7/16/16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $82.50   NOW $66.00

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Wine 101 with Certified Sommelier Brent Grider

Sat. 7/16/16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $75   NOW $60.00

CookWell:
Healthy Cooking for the Athletic Lifestyle

Sun. 7/17/16  |  4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Was $60   NOW $48.00

THIS DEAL ENDS WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 AT 5 p.m.

(Sorry, but this deal is NOT retroactive.)

Class-y Deals & News From Our Dean of Delish

Delia, our Dean of Deliciousness (aka Class Coordinator), has some inside info to share about summer cooking classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.

Last Minute Delicious DealFirst, there’s an awesome Last Minute Deal available right now for our ‘Asian Fusion: Filipino Cuisine with a Global Twist’ class on Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Save 25% off the regular price of the class! But you MUST CALL during regular office hours and register over the phone to get the deal. Click here for more information about the current Last Minute Deal.

Second, the Dean of Delish has ADDED some classes to the summer schedule.  Check out: