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Well, Butter My Biscuits!

Flash Demo: BiscuitsLearn how to make perfect homemade biscuits from an expert baker! 

Culinary Center of Kansas City instructor Mari Ruck will lead our Flash Demo™ this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2 – 3 p.m.  A complimentary glass of wine or beer comes with this awesome class…  can’t beat that with a biscuit!

In this one-hour demonstration class, Mari will show you how to make light, fluffy, golden biscuits that will melt in your mouth. Once she goes over the recipe, tips and tricks, you’ll get to taste some of these beauties. Yum!

Click the button below to register for this DELICIOUS way to spend your Saturday afternoon.Register Now


Save Some Dough on Baking & Pastry Arts Classes

We have some fabulous Bakery & Pastry Arts Classes on our cooking class schedule at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, and you can save some dough if you sign up by Wednesday, Feb 22.  Call us at 913-341-4455 to save 10% or register online.

"A party without a cake is just a meeting." - Julia ChildSun, Feb 26  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mad About Muffins
Chef Mari Ruck
Limited Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home Muffin Batter
$50   $45.00

Thu, March 2  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Fancy Schmancy Desserts
Chef Richard McPeake
Hands-On | Tasting
$60   $54.00

Sun, March 5  |  5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Cake Decorating 101
Chef Kay Maier
Hands-On | Snacks
$55   $49.50

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

Sat, March 25  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Puff Pastry Perfection
Chef Jason Provo
Limited Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home Palmiers
$60   $54.00

Sun, March 26  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cookie Love Fest!
Chef Mari Ruck
Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home, Ready-to-Bake Cookie Dough
$60   $54.00

Sun, March 26  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Le Crêperie: Sweet & Savory Crêpes
Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel
Hands-On | Tasting
$55   $49.50

Sun, April 30  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Chef Mari Ruck

Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home, Ready-to-Bake Cinnamon Rolls
$60   $54.00

Register online or call us at 913-341-4455 to receive a 10% discount.

Let’s Talk Turkey

Let's Talk TurkeyWhether you’re hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner or just taking a side or dessert to the gathering, it’s time to shine. We’re here for you!  Impress them with your dishes – and we’ll show you how to do it.

The Culinary Center of Kansas City has two classes this coming Sunday that will help you present a poppin’ holiday meal, from start to finish.

Wow! What could be better, you ask?!  Let me tell you, we could offer a discount on the classes! Yep, that’s right. There’s a lot to be thankful for here, my friend. We’ve taken 15% off the remaining seats in these two Sunday classes. Quick, what are you waiting for? These seats won’t last long, so reserve yours now…

Baking for the Holidays –
Beyond Pumpkin Pie!
Sun, Nov 6  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Was $55   SAVE 15%   NOW $46.75
In this 3-hour class, baker extraordinaire/instructor Mari Ruck will arm you with NEW recipes for holiday desserts, and you’ll learn some important baking skills and techniques that take you beyond pumpkin pie and into the realm of Sticky Toffee Pudding (a classic English holiday treat), Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce (Oh, my gosh!) and Kahlúa Fudge Cake (a flourless chocolate torte, with pizzazz!)  You’ll taste all the goodies in this Demonstration class, and, of course, get the recipes – because they will become your new favorites and you’ll want to make them over and over again each year, that’s why!

Let’s Talk Turkey Dinner
Sun, Nov 6  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $65   SAVE 15%   NOW $55.25
Here’s the class that will de-mystify the cooking of the ole’ holiday bird! Whether you plan to oven roast, grill, smoke, or fry your turkey, Chef Richard McPeake, an amazingly seasoned culinary instructor and chef of 30+ years, will explain absolutely everything you need to know.   Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of cooking the PERFECT (yes, I said it!) turkey, including choosing, thawing, fresh vs. frozen, injecting, brining, roasting techniques, proper cooking temperature, safe internal temperature, proper carving techniques, and so much more.  Ever heard of the “slow-chill thawing method” or a “turkey cannon?”  You will after this class!  And, if that’s not enough, he’ll cover making a turkey stock, and how make an amazing holiday dressing.  Recipes learned in this class include:  Roasted Maple Brined Turkey, Shiitake Mushroom Gravy, Brussels Sprouts in Browned Butter (Soooo good!), Scalloped Cheesy Corn With Bell Peppers, and a creamy Pumpkin Crème Brulee. Whew! After this class, cooking Thanksgiving dinner will be a breeze!  There will be plenty of Tastings in this Limited Hands-On class.

Thanksgiving cooking classes

p.s. We have a couple of other cooking classes on the Last-Minute Deal too… check them out:

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Couples Cook! Alsace, The Beautiful
A French Gourmet Wine Dinner for Two
Fri, Nov 4  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $75   SAVE 10%   NOW $67.50

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Couples Cook! Thai One On
Sat, Nov 5  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $75   SAVE 10%   NOW $67.50

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Couples Cook! Old School Mexican Favorites
Sat, Nov 5  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Was $75   SAVE 15%   NOW $63.75

Weekend Savings in our Kitchens

We have a few seats still available in two of our Sunday classes and you know what that means… a bargain for YOU!!  Act now, those seats are bound to sell quickly.

Li'l Kids in the Kitchen Cooking ClassesLi’l Kids in the Kitchen (ages 5-8):
Li’l Kids Love Cupcakes & Cookies

Sun, Oct 30  |  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Was $85/adult-child team   SAVE 10%   NOW $76.50
Baker/instructor Shannon Hartnett will teach valuable and little-kid-friendly baking techniques – how to measure, how to create the perfect icing and more, as you make cookie and cupcake recipes like Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, and Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes. YUM. YUM. And then, all the little bakers will decorate their awesome sweet treats at our fabulous Sprinkles Station!

French Baguette Cooking ClassOh La La! French Baguette!
Sun, Oct 30  |  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Was $55   SAVE 15%   NOW $46.75
A seasoned culinary baker and instructor, Mari Ruck, will take you through a hands-on, step-by-step process from learning to make baguette dough using a pre-ferment to create a classic baguette, sized for the home oven. Best of all, you will take your fresh-baked baguette home to share with your family – if you don’t eat it all on the ride home, that is.

Meet Mari Ruck, Diva of Dough!

The Culinary Center of Kansas City is fortunate to have some of the best and the brightest culinary  educators in the industry. Our instructors come with a wealth of knowledge and skill in the culinary arts, from all walks of life. We spotlight one of these gems each month,  giving you a peek into their world.

Next up – Mari Ruck, bread baker extraordinaire...

Mari RuckMari Ruck has been teaching great classes with us since we opened! She started cooking as a hobby in high school. In college, she studied accounting at Oregon State (but food was her passion). She studied abroad in France, and the cooking school she attended there has inspired a lifelong love of French food. She co-owned The Food Bin, a specialty food store, from 1983 to 2004. After college, bread baking took priority and led Mari to the Chef Program at Johnson County Community College, graduating in 1999.  Her passion for food continues to grow…

Who or what inspired you to become a chef/instructor?
A college exchange to France years ago… I didn’t know food could be so good.

What is your most indispensable cooking tool?
My knives.

Biggest pet peeve in the kitchen?
Got to have good lighting!

Who is your favorite chef?
Can I say me???  Ok then Peter Berley.

What was your worse experience in the kitchen?
Eating my mother’s cooking.

Join Mari for some of her great upcoming classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City… don’t delay, seats are limited!

Sunday, March 20 – Cinnamon Rolls 101

Monday, April 25 – Handmade Ice Cream & Gelato