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6 Classes in November You Don’t Want To Miss

CCKC Cooking ClassesThere’s a cooking class for everyone at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.   Whether you’re a regular in our kitchens, or it’s been awhile since you’ve been to a class or you’ve never been to The Culinary Center at all, check out these SIX classes on our November schedule!

More Info: Classic Steak House DinnerFlavorful Weekend Nights:
Classic Steak House Dinner
Sat, Nov 11,  6:30 – 9  p.m.
Instructor: Jesse Vega
Limited Hands-On  |  Dinner
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Who can resist a good steak? It’s the perfect meal to serve to family and friends when you want to impress. Just imagine the luscious flavor, aromas, and tantalizing tastes you will experience. Chef Jesse Vega, leads our steak-fest. He’s passionate about teaching you the right way to make a steak dinner as he shares some of his favorite recipes: Salted Potatoes with Steak Butter, Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce, Peppercorn and Herb Grilled Steak with Pinot Noir Steak Sauce. Come in and tie on an apron for the fun and we will even toast to our success at the end of the evening!

More Info: Santa's Favorite Holiday Freezer DishesLadies Who Lunch!
Inspired (& Inexpensive) Holiday Table Designs
Wed, Nov 15,  11 a.m. – 1  p.m.
Instructor: Larry Wheeler
Demonstration Class  |  Light Lunch & Gift
It’s a special 2-hour class that’s all about girlfriends, humor and holiday-inspired decorating ideas! To top things off, we’ll serve you a luscious light lunch prepared by our very own CCKC Chefs. Each guest will take home a little sumpin’ sumpin’ from Larry.  (Sorry fellas, this one’s just for us girls!)

More Info: Vegetarian Comfort FoodCookWell: Vegetarian Comfort Food
Sat, Nov 18,  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Molly Flynn
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings
Chef Molly Flynn will share some of her favorite tried-and-true vegetarian recipes that have the “umph” to sustain us through these cold wintry months. Chef Molly will teach fundamental culinary techniques as she walks you through the steps to create belly-warming recipes such as Five Bean Chili with a surprise fall harvest ingredient, Mini-Lasagna with fresh made-from-scratch Pasta (that you’ll get to make yourself!), Butternut Squash Enchiladas with Black Beans & Goat Cheese, and a creamy, dreamy dessert – Chocolate Risotto with Port Poached Pears.  This is a menu that everyone in your family will love!

More Info: An Affair to RememberFlavorful Weekend Nights: Cooking for Couples!
An Affair To Remember
Sat, Nov 18,  6:30 – 9:00  p.m.
Instructor: Jason Bowers
Limited Hands-On  |  Dinner
Join us for one of our signature Flavorful Weekend Night® dinners, designed specifically for the two of you. We’ll greet you with a glass of champagne and the table will be set for romance. Chef Jason Bowers, will show off his incredible culinary skills as he creates a memorable evening with a lovely menu of Red, Yellow and Green Tomato Chilled Soup with Toasted Cumin Crème Fraîche and Roasted Anaheim Pepper Chutney.  Avocado Purée Soyu Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Rock Shrimp and Pineapple-Pepper Compote served with a Soy-Sesame Ginger Reduction, Herb Infused Basmati Rice with Pomegranate and Lemon Basil.  Dessert will be Caramel Crème Brûlée.  You’ll get a bit of hands on tonight alongside Chef Jason, as well.

More Info: BBQ Workshop: Sauces, Rubs & MarinadesMidwest BBQ Institute:
BBQ Workshop: Sauces, Rubs & Marinades
Sun, Nov 19,  5:00 – 7:30  p.m.
Instructor:  Richard McPeake
Limited Hands-On  |  Tastings & Take-Home BBQ Sauce & Rub
Chef Richard McPeake, Educator of ‘Que” and expert pit master, will educate you on the ABCs of preparing a great sauce, rub, and marinade. You’ll learn all about choosing the right spices, storing them properly, their expected shelf life, pros and cons of using powders vs. ground spices, and knowing which spices complement each other. Chef will demonstrate how to prepare KC Style BBQ Sauce, Zesty Piquant Pepper BBQ Sauce, “Your Own” BBQ Rub, and Brisket marinade.  Armed with all this valuable information, you’ll tie an apron on and try your hand at making your own signature sauce

Le Crêperie: Sweet & Savory CrêpesLe Crêperie: Sweet & Savory Crêpes
Sat, Nov 25,  10 a.m. – 12:30  p.m.
Instructor:  Lauren Lane
Hands-On  |  Tastings
Join one of our newest culinary instructors, passionate foodie Lauren Lane will teach 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!  Once you master the fundamentals and tips that Lauren will share, you’ll be able to create tons of your own variations to serve to your family, or when entertaining.

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Welcome our Newest CCKC Instructor…

One really great task we look forward to at The Culinary Center of Kansas City is attending New Instructor Demos.  When we’re talking with folks who are potential instructors here, one step in the process is to invite them in to ‘show us their stuff.’  They do a shortened version of a cooking class that they’d like to offer at CCKC. We stand in as the class members, asking questions and taking notes like students in our real classes do.  This is a chance for the instructor to feel out our kitchens, and it gives us the opportunity to see if they’re a good fit and ready to take on some classes in our schedule.

Today, we had the pleasure of watching a New Instructor Demo by a chef who we all agreed is definitely CCKC material. In fact, we put two classes on the schedule immediately!  A seasoned chef and natural teacher at heart, Jason Bowers brings a wealth of talent and knowledge to the table. After graduating at the famed Johnson and Wales Culinary School, Bowers stayed the next few years on the East Coast before returning with his wife and family to his native Midwest. He went on to work as Executive Chef at Dean and DeLuca in Leawood before opening Café Trocadero in midtown Kansas City in 1999. He has also served as Executive Chef at Cerner Corporation and Hotel Phillips here in the KC area.  (Folks, this guy is the real deal and you’ll love learning from him. It’s like you get to peer behind the curtain of how a chef thinks and feels as he cooks.)

Register today for seats in one of Jason’s upcoming classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.  (Click on the class title below for more information or to sign up.)

The Chef’s Table – Spring Treasures
Friday, April 14  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Limited Hands-On, Dinner included
Join Chef Bowers as he highlights the intense and nascent flavors of spring in a sophisticated menu which includes dishes such as Freshly Harvested Greens with a Hot Bacon Vinaigrette, Rice Noodles with Spinach, Mushrooms and Asparagus, a delicate seared fish with a Red Wine Cherry Glaze, marinated and grilled steak with Avocado and Ramp Salsa and as the finale, an Orange Chocolate Crème Brûlée. 

A Tribute to Escoffier
Friday, May 5  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Limited Hands-On, Dinner included
Georges Auguste Escoffier, known as the “king of chef and the chef of kings” was a French chef and restaurateur who almost single-handedly revolutionized his profession and the public’s palate nearly 100 years ago. His impact on the world of cooking still resonates to this day. Let’s explore traditional French Escoffier-inspired cooking methods this evening with an experienced local chef as he walks you through a stylish menu.  You’ll learn how to break down a whole fish as well as how to prepare two beautiful sauces to pair with your tender fish – a Vin Blanc and a Beurre Blanc.  Master the art of seasoning and this menu’s flavor profiles as you learn to cook with fresh herbs and explore the various types of salts that chefs use to achieve their spectacular results. We will learn as he prepares Roasted Lemon Sole with Smoked Shrimp and Feta Stuffing and Fresh Fruit Salsas and Chutneys, among other beautiful courses.

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