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They Just Keep Coming…

CCKC Cooking ClassesOur merry little cooking class elves are busy at work adding classes to our schedule for late December through February. There are weekend date-night offerings, daytime weekday classes, and even kids’ classes before they head back to school after the holiday break. Take a look at the following new additions to the calendar…

More Info: JCA: Mexican New Year's Eve FiestaJunior Chefs Academy (ages 9-14)
Mexican New Year’s Eve Fiesta

Wed, Dec 27,  2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ariel Johnston
Hands On  |  Tastings

Junior chefs will travel south-of-the-border for an authentic New Year’s Eve Fiesta!  Experienced cooking instructor, Ariel Johnston, will show how to prepare awesome Mexican dishes to ring in the New Year! You’ll throw on an apron and get lots of hands-on cooking time as you and learn culinary techniques like mixing, measuring, knife skills, cookie decorating techniques.  You’ll also get lots of practice time for your newfound skills as you help prepare tasty Mexican recipes like Homemade Guacamole, savory Empanadas de Pollo (that’s fancy Mexican talk for seasoned chicken in a pastry pocket!),  and Cilantro Lime Rice. We’ll end by whipping up a batch of warm Sugar Cookies.

More Info: A Sensational Surf & Turf MenuFlavorful Weekend Nights:
The Splendid Table…
A Sensational Surf & Turf Menu

Fri, Dec 29,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Molly Flynn
Limited Hands On  |  Dinner
Enjoy working alongside Chef Molly and your fellow classmates as you learn how easy it is to prepare an elegant surf & turn dinner at home using trending ingredients from land and sea.  This will surely become one of your favorite go-to menus for entertaining.

More Info: JCA: Chinese New Year CelebrationJunior Chefs Academy (ages 9-14) – Adult/Child Option
Cook Global, Eat Local.
A Tasty Chinese New Year Celebration

Fri, Jan 2,  1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Katie Newell
Hands On  |  Tastings

The Chinese New Year isn’t until February this year, but why not start the celebration early and learn to make the traditional foods of this popular Asian holiday so you can make them for your family and friends on the actual day.

More Info: Li'l Kids: Let's Make Cinnamon RollsLi’l Kids in the Kitchen (ages 5-8)
Let’s Make Cinnamon Rolls
Wed, Jan 3,  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Thomsen
Hands On  |  Tasting & Take-Home, Ready-to-Bake Cinnamon Rolls

Get those aprons on and grab your li’l chef (ages 5-8)! We’re up to our ears in cinnamon and sugar and flour and butter as we turn into pastry chef teams! Today, we’re going to learn to make cinnamon rolls from scratch — TOGETHER! All four hands will be mixing, kneading, shaping and sprinkling as we learn real baking tricks and techniques alongside culinary instructor, Laura Thomsen.

More Info: At The Chef's Table... A Special Wine DinnerFlavorful Weekend Nights:
At The Chef’s Table…
A Special Wine Dinner featuring Chef Molly Flynn

Fri, Jan 5,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Molly Flynn
Limited Hands On  |  Dinner & Wine Flights

Enjoy an evening of masterful culinary instruction, great food and wine. Chef Molly is a seasoned chef who knows how to put that special touch to a meal, plus she has a teaching style that’s fun and easy to understand.  Get ready to be amazed as you watch Chef Molly show off her mad cooking skills while she teaches you to prepare a gourmet dinner that you’ll want to recreate over and over again in your own kitchen.

More Info: The Art of Smokology: Smoking 101Midwest BBQ Institute:
The ‘Art of Smokology’ – Smoking 101
Sun, Jan 21,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Instructor: Richard McPeake
Demonstration  |  Tasting

Richard McPeake (a/k/a Educator of “Que”) shares his extensive experience in this very special, power-packed 4-hour class. Whether you think you’re pretty good or you don’t know a thing, this class is GUARANTEED to take you to a new level. Chef will cover all the basics of backyard smoking so you’ll learn the secrets to perfect BBQ: use of a smoker and how they work; various fuels; types of wood; matching wood with foods; product identification; meat selection; trimming ribs, pork and briskets; time and temperature; proper techniques of smoking; developing “smoke ring” and “bark,” how and when to apply a rub; when, why and how to use a mop; making a dry rub; the four “flavor” stages; sauce testing; proper pork shredding techniques; what to look for in BBQ from start to finish; and discussions of BBQ regions. And you’ll learn, step-by-step, some incredible recipes!

More Info: Learn To Cook Like $%@# Gordon RamsayLearn to Cook Like $%@# Gordon Ramsay
with Chefs Tosha Gutheridge & Stephane Laporte

Sun, Jan 21,  5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tosha Gutheridge & Stephane Laporte
Limited Hands On  |  Dinner

Chefs Tosha Gutheridge & Stephane Laporte are “bringin’ it” for the first time with us here at the CCKC as they share their deep culinary experience in the kitchens of the uber popular Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Vegas restaurants. 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!)

More Info: Mastering Knife SkillsMastering Knife Skills
Thu, Feb 1,  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Molly Flynn
Hands-On | Snacks
Chef Molly will teach you how to masterfully perfect knife skills fundamentals such as basic cuts, mincing, brunoise, batonnet, julienne, and more. Plus, several advance techniques, to boot.  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.

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

Sat, Feb 10,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Molly Flynn
Limited Hands On  |  Dinner

Bring one of your favorite aprons if you like, a sense of humor and your best “Julia voice” and let’s learn how to cook some classic French recipes straight from the works of Julia Child. We’ll create awesome French beauties like Coq Au Vin and Trout a la Meuniere.  And don’t worry, Chef Molly will include a lovely French dessert, as well.

More Info: Vegan for EverybodyVegan For Everybody
Mon, Feb 26,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Molly Flynn
Limited Hands On  |  Tastings

You might just be pleasantly surprised to discover the variety of rich and tasty dishes you will be able to savor using grains, legumes, nuts, oh yes, and veggies.  See, it isn’t just about veggies!  Chef Molly will teach culinary skills as she walks you through some incredibly delicious plant-based recipes.



From Disney’s Coco Movie to Date Night… We Have It All!

No matter the culinary entertainment you want, we offer it at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. We’re constantly busy adding classes to the schedule… Take a look at a couple of new classes to hit the calendar in November!

Romantic Dinner for TwoFlavorful Weekend Nights: Cooking for Couples!
A Romantic Chateaubriand Dinner for Two
Fri, Nov 10, 6:30 – 9  p.m.
Instructor: Richard McPeake
$75 per person
A consummate date night dinner that will be hands-on all the way as you learn to make Chateaubriand, and more. Enjoy a romantic dinner of Chateaubriand for Two, Plaza III’s Famous Garden Salad with Low-Fat Ranch Dressing, White Cheddar Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus with Caramelized Tomatoes and Award-Winning Chocolate Nut Gateau with Chocolate Ganache.

Disney-Pixar's 'Coco' Cooking ClassDisney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Movie Cooking Class:
Cooking with Miguel & Friends
Sat, Nov 18, 10 a.m. – Noon
Instructor: Ariel Johnston
$50 per person (ages 6+)
This class is a special partnership inspired by Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco‘ that opens in theaters nationwide Nov 22. Today, kids (ages 6+) will go on an extraordinary culinary journey inspired by aspiring musician, Miguel, and his charming trickster friend, Hector. Join the fun as kids work with an experienced cooking instructor to learn some awesome culinary skills as they help to make some authentic Mexican dishes. Everyone throws on an apron to prepare some tasty Mexican recipes like Miguel’s Favorite Guacamole, his favorite dog Dante’s delicious Empanadas de Pollo (that’s fancy Mexican talk for seasoned chicken in a pastry pocket!) with Cilantro Lime Rice, and Hector’s Scrumptious Sugar Cookies. Each attendee will be entered for a chance to win passes to attend a special advance screening of ‘Coco’ on Mon, 11/20, plus kid-friendly ‘swag’ like movie posters, pins and more.
(PLEASE NOTE: Kids ages 6-8 must attend with an adult who will also need to purchase an additional seat at $50; kids ages 9 and up may attend unaccompanied if they like)


Join Us For A Friday Night Food Fight!

Introducing a NEW cooking class concept
offered by The Culinary Center of Kansas City…

Friday Night Food Fight
Friday Night Food Fight
An Iron Chef-Inspired Mystery Box Cooking Party
Offered Three Times This Summer!
Friday, June 16, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 25, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Much like the popular Food Network cooking shows, this interactive and fun Friday night food competition will place you in small teams where you’ll be pitted against other chef wannabes, all with mystery boxes of ingredients and a cruel clock.  Folks, we have been providing these kinds of interactive experiences for 20 years now!  We can absolutely guarantee a fun … and delicious… evening! 

We’ll greet you with a specialty cocktail we like to call the ‘Chef’s Little Helper’, and then all you weekend kitchen warriors will be let loose to transform your ingredients into a restaurant-quality dish to feed the entire motley crew.  Bartering?  Uh-huh… if you wanna.  Trips to our pantry?  Sure… within reason.  And, our chefs and staff will be right there with you during the evening cheering you on, fetching equipment and providing real cooking education as you go.  

Expect a fair amount of kitchen “trash talk” as we anticipate that a few of you will get quite cocky as you compete for some seriously good prizes. (e.g “Hey, where did you get your training, Le Cordon Poo?”)  Not to worry though … our chefs will make certain that the drama stays at a minimum… and that your dish comes out like a star.  

You’ll strategize, plan, barter, cook, create and beautifully present your tasty dish.  We might even throw in a few challenges, just to keep things exciting.  In the end, we’ll all sit down around the table and dine on our culinary creations.

The judges will pick the winners and provide light-hearted feedback.  Pull together your own winsome cooking team or we’ll put you with some new friends.  Either way, it’s a good, clean and tasty way to party on a Friday night!

This hands-on class includes dinner and PRIZES!

Click on the desired date below and reserve your spot today…
Friday, June 16, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 25, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Crazy Good Deals on Some Crazy Good Classes!

We have a few seats remaining in some upcoming classes and it’s time for you to claim them. Our Class Coordinator, Lisa, has put together a list of deals that should not be overlooked. Go get ’em!

Last-Minute Delicious DealThu, May 4  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Authentic Homemade Italian Lasagna
Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel
Limited Hands-On | Tasting
Was $60   SAVE 20%    NOW $48.00

Fri, May 5  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
‘Cinco de Pizza’ Party!
Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel
Hands-On | Tasting
Was $75    SAVE 10%    NOW $67.50

Sat, May 6  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner Among The Vines
Chef Jason Bowers
Limited Hands-On | Dinner
Was $75    SAVE 10%    NOW $67.50

Sun, May 6  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
A Night in Old Havana
Chef Sandy DiGiovanni
Limited Hands-On | Dinner
Was $75    SAVE 10%    NOW $67.50


Register early for Class and SAVE!
Saturday Morning Flash Demos

Sign up in advance online up to the day of class for $25
or walk in the morning of class at $30.

Grill Like A Pro:
Top 10 Tips to a Perfect Steak

Chef Bruce Campbell  |  Sat, May 6

Register Now


These Last Few Seats Mean Last-Minute Savings!

We have a few seats remaining in some upcoming classes and it’s time for you to claim them. Our Class Coordinator, Lisa, has put together a list of deals that should not be overlooked. Go get ’em!

Last-Minute Delicious DealSat, Mar 4  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cook Healthy! Live Well!
Cooking Series, Class #4
Satisfying Soups & Sauces That Sing

Chef Gary Hild
Limited Hands-On | Tasting
Was $65   SAVE 10%    NOW $58.50

Sat, Mar 4 |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Couples Cook!
Date Night in the Pizza Kitchen

Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel
Hands-On | Tasting
Was $75    SAVE 10%    NOW $67.50

Sun, Mar 5  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cook Healthy! Live Well! Cooking Series, Class #5
Perfect Proteins for Energy & Vitality

Chef Gary Hild
Limited Hands-On | Tasting
Was $65    SAVE 10%    NOW $58.50

Sun, March 5  |  5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Cake Decorating 101: Beginning Techniques
Chef Shannon Hartnett
Hands-On | Snacks
Was $55    SAVE 10%    NOW $49.50

Tue, March 7  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Weekday Cooking: Vegetable Cookery
Chef Katie Newell
Limited Hands-On | Lunch
Was $65   SAVE 10%    NOW $58.50

Tue, March 7  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Pâte à Choux & You
Chef Jason Provo
Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home Pastry
Was $60   SAVE 10%    NOW $54.00


Saturday Morning Flash Demos

Register early for Class and SAVE!
Sign up in advance online up to the day of class for $25 or walk in the morning of class at $30.

Biscuits & Gravy
Chef Charlie Hammond  |  Sat, Mar 4

Bellisima Balsamico!
Chef Jesse Vega  |  Sat, Mar 11

Tortillaria! Real-Deal Handmade Tortillas
Chef Sergio Lara  |  Sat, Mar 18

Albóndigas! It’s Not A War Cry! It’s A Tasty Spanish Meatball
Chef Raven Naramore  |  Sat, Mar 25

Call us at 913-341-4455 to save 10% or register online.


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


New Couples Class Just Added!

Quick! Reserve your seats in class before it fills up. We just added a new class to our schedule for Sunday, October 23. Check it out…

50 Ways To Feed Your LoverCouples  Cooking Class:
50 Ways To Feed Your Lover

Sunday, Oct 23  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Looking for something different to do for date night? Interested in learning to cook with your favorite significant other?   Well, this is your chance to grab your favorite person and join us in our kitchen as we learn some delicious recipes perfectly suited for all you “Romeo & Juliets.”  It’s hands-on all the way (… not like THAT!) as we work alongside Chef Jim Tinkham an expert culinary instructor.  Chef Jim is passionate about sharing some of his favorite recipes, perfect for spooning into the mouth of your luvva.  You’ll enjoy Blue Cheese Mousse, Pistachio & Scallop Stackers, Arugula & Watercress Salad with Cherry Tomatoes & Champagne Vinaigrette, Sexy Surf and Turf, and to end the evening on a sweet note, Strawberries with Brown Sugar & Sour Cream!  

This Hands-On Class includes Dinner.

Register Now