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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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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)

 

New Cooking Classes Added To The Schedule

CCKC Cooking ClassesWe’re adding cooking classes to our schedule just as quickly as we can! Take a look at these latest additions…

Midwest BBQ Institute:
The Secrets to a Perfect Steak,
Including the Sous Vide Technique

Sun
, Oct 22  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Bruce Campbell
Preparing a great steak isn’t just about following a recipe, it’s about techniques. Today, Award-Winning BBQ Guru, Bruce Campbell, will bust many of the myths as he shares his tips and secrets to achieving the perfect steak… every time.  He’ll cover basic skills that are needed when choosing your steak like grades, aging, when (and when not) to splurge on Prime, cattle breeds, hormones and antibiotics, fresh vs. frozen, plus a discussion on grass vs. corn-fed beef. Bruce will also teach a lesson on preparing steaks using the trendy Sous Vide technique!
Demonstration | Tastings
$60.00

Lessons in Pan Sauces & Searing
Wed
, Nov 1  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Richard McPeake
An important class that ups the ante on your mad cooking skills. Learn a “pooling” sauce, a nappe Sauce and a Balsamic Butter Glaze as we test our skills and make Pork Marsala, Turkey Smitane, and more!  And then there are quick sauces you can make from that pan, as well!
Hands-On | Tastings
$60.00

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Contemporary Southern Cuisine

Fri, Nov 10  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Shanita Bryant
Let Chef Shanita introduce you to a variety of essential cooking techniques as she walks you through mouthwatering recipes, starting with Red Velvet Waffles, Shrimp & Grits, Scallops & creamy Sweet Potato Risotto. We’ll end on a sweet note as she shows you how to prepare one of her famous southern dessert specialties!
Limited Hands-On | Dinner
$75.00

Sweet Southern Lovin’ from the Oven
Sat, Dec 2  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Shanita Bryant
After learning a few universal baking techniques like measuring (yes, there is a correct way to do it), mixing, whisking, rolling and tips for making the perfect pie crust, you’ll  learn to make some of Chef Shanita’s favorite Southern treats, including Bread Pudding, Buttermilk Pie, Sweet Potato Pie and more!
Limited Hands-On | Tastings
$60.00

How To Survive The Holidays
Mon
, Dec 3  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Savannah Mallory
Learn to make comforting, low-stress dishes and menus that will leave you plenty of time to enjoy the holidays. We’ll start off by making a special lightened-up holiday cocktail that you’ll enjoy while Chef Savannah teaches easy cooking techniques like basic knife skills, sautéing, the proper way to whisk (yep, there is a right way to do this!), tips to making a homemade broth, Caramelized Onion Beef, Stew , Roasted Winter Squash Soup and Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette. Then you’ll grab an apron and practice some of those culinary skills you’ve learned. Finally, we’ll cap off the evening with a fancy-schmancy New Orleans dessert – Bananas Foster.
Limited Hands-On | Tastings
$55.00

 

 

Wanna Cook Like A Pro? …Then Learn From One!

Richard McPeakeMeet Professional Chef Richard McPeake, who teaches our wildly popular 9-week Pro-Series class starting this Tuesday.  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, Chef McPeake has 30+ years of  experience as a professional chef and has been commanding classes here at The Culinary Center for more than 16 of them.   Yes, friends, he knows his way around a kitchen… especially a teaching kitchen!

If you think you’re ready for a culinary challenge – and you’re giddy at the thought of wearing a chef coat to class each week – register today and reserve your seat in Richard’s class today.

*****
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being offered until Monday at 9 a.m. –
SAVE 10% ON YOUR CLASS REGISTRATION
to our Pro Series I starting Tuesday, February 24!

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Designed after a typical first year of chef training, this 9-week course meeting Tuesdays starting February 24 will take your cooking skills to a whole new level.  As part of your registration fee, you will receive a piece of our new Pro Series Cookware line – a 10″ stainless steel sauté pan to boot!  This class will not be offered again until fall.

Haven’t you always said you wanted to learn how to cook … or to learn to cook better?  What are you waiting for?!

Click here for more information about the Pro Series I culinary series at The Culinary Center.