Posts Tagged ‘Downtown Overland Park’

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A Taste of the Tropics

June 16, 2017

The  Caribbean Jerk Chicken is a big hit at our Peace, Love & BBQ, Caribbean-themed Local Life at The Culinary Center of Kansas City tonight. Lots of folks are asking for the recipe, so we’re sharing it here on the CCKC Kitchen Talk Blog.  Turn up the steel drum music and enjoy!

Note: we used boneless chicken thighs for ease of sampling and small plates. Take license with the recipe and get creative…

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Caribbean Jerk Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon Ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Ground sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup White vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Orange juice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup Chopped white onion
  • 3 Green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 lb chicken wings

In a large bowl, combine the allspice, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, garlic powder and sugar. With a wire whisk, slowly add the olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, and lime juice. Add the Scotch bonnet pepper, onion, and green onions and mix well. Add the chicken wings, cover and marinate for at least 1 hour, longer if possible. Preheat an outdoor grill. Remove the wings from the marinade and grill for 6 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. While grilling, baste with the marinade.

 

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Celebrate Third Fridays @ LOCAL LIFE!

September 15, 2016

Know what this Friday is?
It’s the Third Friday of the month and that means
we’re celebrating September LOCAL LIFE
in Downtown Overland Park!

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland Park3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE
Here’s what we’ll have going on this month!

  The Culinary Center of Kansas City
Friday, September 16  5 – 9 p.m.

FREE LIVE MUSIC
  Lacy Gordon

FREE WINE TASTING
Gen5 Wines

FREE BEER TASTINGS
Defiance Brewing

FREE SPIRITS TASTINGS
J Rieger & Co.
and
Restless Spirits

FREE COOKING DEMO & TASTINGS
Chef Matthew Puttroff

FREE TASTINGS FROM A LOCAL MAKER
Hugo Tea

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
Enjoy beverages and tasty things while you listen to music

And that’s all just at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!
There are a lot more live music and special events
going on in Downtown Overland Park.

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Local Life in Review…

May 26, 2016

If you weren’t in Downtown Overland Park for Local Life last Friday, you missed a party, my friends.  The weather turned out to be great despite a rainy week all around it. There were lots of people walking the streets of Downtown OP, shopping, listening to music, sampling food & drinks, eating and enjoying the atmosphere of our creative community.

At The Culinary Center of Kansas City, we had local makers Dēz Nüts handing out samples of some new nut recipes they’re developing (delicious!), we sampled our Mexican Pozole soup and Bacon Jam from the Dinners on Demand freezers in The Kitchen Shop, Defiance Brewery, Writer’s Block Wines and Union Horse Distillery all gave out tastings of their drinks (tasty!), the legendary Joe Kieltyka of the original Stonewall Inn did a cooking demonstration making pizza and offered samples and recipes (wow!),  gypsy jazz trio Mire Pral performed a free concert and our chefs prepared Roasted Garlic & Savory Herb Cheesecakes served with crostini for purchase at the cash bar.  Our friend Andy was out front with some of his creations from wine barrels and Farmer Steven had a colorful display of vegetables along with information about CSAs and Just Natural Farms. This place was hoppin’!!

Lucky for you, if you did miss it, we celebrate Local Life on the Third Friday of each month, so you can join us Friday, June 17. Mark it in your calendar now, because you won’t want to miss the fun.

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It’s Another Awesome “3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE” This Friday!

May 14, 2016

Can You Taste Summer?  We Can!!
We’ll be servin’ it up too with
FREE music, hooch and food tastings!
Join us for Third Friday LOCAL LIFE

at The Culinary Center of Kansas City
in Downtown Overland Park!

Friday, May 20  5 – 9 p.m.

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland ParkFREE WINE TASTING
‘Writer’s Block’ Wines

FREE VODKA & WHISKEY TASTING
Union Horse Distillery

FREE COOKING DEMO & TASTINGS
featuring the legendary Joe Kieltyka
from the original Stonewall Inn

LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
  Gypsy Jazz Trio, Mire Pral

FREE ARTISAN FOOD TASTINGS
Dēz Nüts

FREE FOOD SAMPLES
Taste food from our Dinners on Demand freezers
in The Kitchen Shop

VISIT ORGANIC FARMER STEVEN QUARLES

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
beer, wine & savory cheesecake ‘small plates’ for sale 

And that’s all just at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!
There are a lot more live music and special events going on in Downtown Overland Park.
Click here for a complete listing.

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Celebrating Local & Organic At Local Life Friday

April 15, 2016

* * PARTY LOCAL * *

We’ll be celebrating local and organic
at The Culinary Center of Kansas City
in Downtown Overland Park
at 3rd Friday Local Life!

Friday, April 15  5 – 9 p.m.

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland ParkFREE WINE TASTING
Sample sustainable, organic wines

FREE COOKING DEMONSTRATION
Learn to make pizza & sauce
with CCKC Instructor Daniela Mancinelli Abel

ENCORE LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
by John Murphini (aka John Murphy)

EAT.FOOD.ART.GALLERY
featuring paintings by the best food artists in town – our staff!

FREE BOOZY BOTANICALS
Try simple syrups created by a local maker

FREE FOOD SAMPLES
Taste food from our Dinners on Demand freezers
in The Kitchen Shop

VISIT ORGANIC FARMER STEVEN QUARLES
out front with his wares!

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
Beer, Wine & Spring Pea Guacamole ‘small plates’ for sale 

AND
Save 10% Off Selected Classes
Sign up tonight at Local Life for any of Instructor Daniela Mancinelli Abel’s April or May classes and save 10% on registration!

And that’s all just at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!
There’s a lot more going on in Downtown Overland Park.
Click here for a complete listing.

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Free Music & Bacon Bourbon…

March 17, 2016

Do we have your attention now?!

Kitchen Sessions @ Local Life3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE
in Downtown Overland Park
Friday, March 18,  5 – 9 p.m.

HELP US KICK OFF KITCHEN SESSIONS!
FREE LIVE FOLK MUSIC

Betse & Clarke with guest musician Brett Hodges

FREE ARTISAN WINE TASTING
Silver Creek Cabernet & Chardonnay

FREE BEER TASTING
3 beers from Defiance Brewing Co.

FREE BOURBON TASTING
Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon

FREE COOKING DEMO & FOOD TASTINGS
Chicken Fajita Bites

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
Beer, Wine, ‘Fizzy Piggies’ & Appetizer Plates for sale

FOOD SAMPLES & BIG SALES
Taste food from our Dinners on Demand freezers
and save BIG on items in our Kitchen Shop

And that’s just all at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
Click here for a list of all the other fun things
going on in Downtown Overland Park at LOCAL LIFE!

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You Like Us… You Really Like Us!

February 25, 2016

Thanks everyone!  We won the #1 Peoples Choice Award for Favorite Business in Downtown Overland Park! What an honor!   

2016 Downtown Overland Park People's Choice Award

CCKC ‘Main Dish’ Laura Laiben accepted the People’s Choice Award from Overland Park Council President Paul Lyons and Downtown OP Partnership Executive Director Kate Sweeten

We learned the happy news  on Tuesday at the Downtown Overland Park Partnership Annual Meeting luncheon. Our CCKC ‘Main Dish’ Laura Laiben accepted the honor on behalf of all of us at The Culinary Center who are fortunate to share our love of food with you all.

Voter names and info weren’t shared with us, of course, but we did receive a list of the great reasons the voters gave for choosing The Culinary Center of Kansas City. It truly does make us want to wave our whisks when we read all the lovely comments.  Here are just a few of the responses…

They have a variety of classes to take, their food is awesome, and they have lots of awesome kitchen gadgets to buy!

They were my go-to source for gifts this year – cookbook, kitchen gadgets, meals from their freezers. What a great resource close to home.

Great classes with fun instructors.

Responsive to local needs, supports “shop locally”, great staff.

Their frozen “Dinner on Demand” meals are so convenient!

My wife and I enjoy the variety of classes offered. We have met great people, learned new and exciting recipes, and it makes for a very creative date night option.

Had an amazing teambuilding event and love the wine tastings during Local Life.

They have done amazing things to make Downtown Overland Park a foodie mecca!  Love Local Life!!!

I love the classes that they offer.  They are always very friendly and the Tuesday Lunches rock.

Truly, we thank you all for the kind comments. We love you too!

Downtown Overland Park People's Choice Award

CCKC Director of Marketing & Retail Marti Palmer, Dean of Deliciousness Delia Hernandez and Main Dish Laura Laiben celebrate winning the People’s Choice Award!

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