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Warm Fuzzies For Your Friday

All Hands for Hunger

All Hands for Hunger

Mimsy, our Private Events Manager, was just updating her notes and realized just how much food our All Hands for Hunger events have provided for local charities lately.

This one just gives us a nice fuzzy feeling in our hearts and we had to share.

In the month of August alone, the five All Hands for Hunger cooking parties provided 1,092 servings of delicious food (and pies!) for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, New House Shelter, Operation Breakthrough, Sunflower House and TNK Children’s Foundation.  We have been offering this interactive cooking party model for 4 years now, and we are well over 100,000 servings donated.  Uh huh… that really makes us warm all over!

Representatives for the nonprofit recipient groups drop in on our interactive cooking parties to share with them the mission of the organization and provide information on exactly for whom the group is cooking.   Talk about making the connection!  So, our chefs-for-the-day not only come together to have some fun and learn new cooking skills and recipes, they know they’re making a difference in the lives of those in need in our Kansas City community. And, by the way, everyone sits down around the table to dine together in this model as well… ’cause you gotta eat, right?

There’s a win-win for you !

To find out more about organizing an All Hands for Hunger interactive cooking party for your group, contact Mimsy at 913-341-4455 or mimsy@kcculinary.com.

Cooking Parties @ The Culinary Center

A Visit To Newhouse

Newhouse ShelterStaff at The Culinary Center of Kansas City took a field trip this week to tour Newhouse Shelter, one of six shelters for victims of domestic violence in the Kansas City metro area.  Newhouse is one of the recipients of food prepared in our CCKC All Hands for Hunger teambuilding events.  All Hands for Hunger groups prepare pans full of delicious dishes for local nonprofit groups.  We like to tour and learn more about the recipient charities to understand their mission and  find out how the food is used.

We learned a startling and sad statistic during our visit to Newhouse:  1 in 4 women will be victimized by domestic violence in their lives.  That means the 6 shelters with just over 420 beds that offer help for victims in Kansas City can support just a small fraction of the women who actually need help.  Newhouse was the first domestic violence shelter in KC when they opened in 1971, and one of the first in the country.

There are many ways that you can help Newhouse break the cycle of domestic violence (besides the obvious:  plan an All Hands for Hunger event for your group at The Culinary Center!)  Here are a few other ideas:

  • Donate items needed by the women and children staying at Newhouse. In particular need are makeup, hair products and (new) underwear.
  • Volunteer your time at Newhouse helping with childcare, cooking or serving in the kitchen, answering hotline calls, maintaining the shelter’s garden, working at fundraising events, teaching classes, etc.
  • Invite a Newhouse employee or volunteer to speak to your group about domestic violence.

Visit NewhouseShelter.org for more information about how you can help. If you are in need of help or know someone who is, call the Newhouse domestic violence hotline at 816-471-5800.

To plan an All Hands for Hunger event for your group at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, contact our Event Manager Mimsy Winston at mimsy@kcculinary.com or 913-341-4455.

Rockin’ The Power Lunch

CCKC Power LunchFriday’s Power Lunch at The Culinary Center of Kansas City was nothing short of a blast.  Our newest type of interactive cooking party, The Power Lunch is a fun teambuilding solution for a small group. We had teams of co-workers, friends and even some perfect strangers who worked together in a Mystery Box Culinary Challenge.

Each team was assigned a meal course and given some mystery ingredients with which they had to strategize, plan, barter, cook and present their dish in just one hour. When time was up, they all enjoyed the delicious and creative lunch they had prepared.

If you missed out on this Power Lunch, but would like to get in on the next one, never fear! We’re planning to schedule another one.  Give us a call to let us know you’re interested, and we’ll keep you informed when the plans for Power Lunch #2 are in place. Give our Event Manager Mimsy a call at 913-341-4455 or email her at mimsy@kcculinary.com.

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Does Your Office Staff Have What It Takes To ‘Represent’ In The Kitchen!

Lace up  your gloves (read: oven mitts)
Step into the ring
(read: our cool kitchen)
and show us what you’re made of
(read: cook the tastiest dish from a mystery box of ingredients)
in our newest interactive concept …

CCKC Power Lunch

A 2-Hour Corporate Mystery Box Culinary Challenge
to find out who makes the best lunch in Kansas City!

Perfect for small groups looking for a fun interactive cooking experience!
Friday, April 22  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$40/person

Here’s how it works:

  • Register a team (or two!) of 3+ folks from your office .
  • Arrive at 11:00 on 4/22 and your team will cook from a mystery box of ingredients (including local KC artisan products) without recipes.
  • You’ll have 1 hour to create a winning lunch dish – strategizing, planning, bartering, cooking, creating, communicating and beautifully presenting.
  • When the cooking is done, everyone dines on a tasty lunch!
  • Teams will receive light-hearted feedback from The Culinary Center facilitators.
  • Win fun prizes and SERIOUS bragging rights!
  • We’ll begin promptly at 11:00, and we’ll have you out the door and headed back to the office by 1:00 … before the boss even knows you’re gone. (oh what the heck, invite the boss to participate!)

Register Now

Jan/Feb Is The New December

Hosting a holiday party for employees is traditional for most businesses at this time of year. But how about if you do something beyond the norm, and host a winter party instead?

JanFebIsTheNewDecemberJanuary/February is the new December when the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, and the joy of the New Year begins. People will be able to relax and enjoy themselves without stressing whether they met end-of-the-year goals, what they’re going to buy for Aunt Sally, and if the house has enough lights on it to one-up the next-door neighbor. It’s a perfect time for a “tad-bit-late” holiday season soireé…to say thank you! …or to say “I appreciate you!” or just to say “We made it!” 


The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s
Top Six Reasons why January and February are awesome:

  1. It’s a brand new start to a great new year.
  2. January 24 is Global Belly Laugh Day, and well, we like to laugh a lot around here and encourage everyone else to laugh until their belly hurts.
  3. January is National Soup Month, and we love soup. In fact, have you tried our Cognac Tomato Soup Shots with Grilled Cheese Triangles? Well, you should, because they’re delicious! We happen to have them on our appetizer menu and the soup is in our “Dinners on Demand” freezers!
  4. Mardi Gras! We love beads and Hurricanes, and one of our private event menus is dedicated to Bourbon Street. Let’s party!
  5. February is the month of love, and Valentine’s Day may be the day to spend with your sweetie, but it’s a great month to show love to all friends and co-workers and let them know how much you appreciate them.
  6. The Winter Solstice is over, so the days are getting longer, the evenings lighter. Before you know it, it will be spring. Which means it’s the start of wedding season! The Culinary Center of Kansas City is a great event space. We’ve hosted lots of wedding showers and bachelorette parties, and we would love to do yours.

So, what do you do if you think the idea of a winter party sounds fabulous?
Schedule an event here at The Culinary Center, of course!
We can do everything from a heavy appetizer buffet to a seated dinner where you make one of the items on your menu to a full-fledged interactive party where everyone makes a part of the meal that you all eat together. Or continue to have the “giving” spirit and create food that is donated and then we feed you a full meal. You can also go completely out-of-the-box and turn The Culinary Center into a private casino or a private music venue.   The possibilities are endless!

For more information, visit our CCKC Unique Events webpage. Then contact Mimsy, our Private Events Manager who specializes in exceptional culinary experiences, at 913.341.4455 or mimsy@kcculinary.com.

Still Planning Your Group’s Holiday Party?

We Have Some Last-Minute Holiday Party Ideas
for your Group from The Culinary Center of Kansas City

Down to the wire searching for a great holiday gathering for your staff/group?  We have a few openings left in our party line-up for some fun and budget-conscious holiday parties that could very well prove to be the perfect fit for your group. Choose one of the following and be the first to snag one of our last openings.
Call or email Mimsy
at 913-341-4455 or  mimsy@kcculinary.com

Gingerbread HouseSanta’s Workshop:
Gingerbread Decorating Party

Bring your group together for an old-fashioned gingerbread decorating session complete with Christmas music, hot cocoa and all the holiday trimmings. While they last, we have an assortment of read-to-decorate gingerbread projects for your group to choose from: gingerbread houses, stackable trees, edible greeting cards, Santa’s sleigh with reindeer or gingerbread men. We’ll provide the decorating materials and Santa’s Royal Icing, and you can let your imagination run wild! It’s edible holiday fun at its finest. Take home your creations in a baker’s box ready to enjoy for the holidays or choose to donate your masterpieces to a local charity. Includes hot cocoa bar and a sweet treat!

Cookie DecoratingAn Old-Fashioned
Cookie Decorating Party

Let’s get your group in the spirit of the season as they decorate holiday cookies together. Each guest will decorate 8-12 cookies in various shapes. They will have the option to take their cookies home in a personally decorated container or enjoy them right there on the spot! Add an element of competition by letting us provide a children’s book to each group of guests and challenging them to decorate the cookies to go along with the book, after which they will package their creations with the book and donate them to a local children’s charity. Whichever way you choose, it’s great holiday fun.   Includes hot cocoa bar and a sweet treat!

Holiday Apron ArtHoliday Apron Art
Your guests will create their very own holiday aprons using a wide variety of decorating materials that we provide. Let’s choose some winners from the group and give out a couple of prizes, ok? Well, why not? It’s the holidays, and it’s all about the fun. Add an element of competition, if you choose, and break your group into teams, with each team challenged to create a holiday apron incorporating your company name or motto. Now there’s an idea!  Includes hot cocoa bar and a sweet treat!

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Discounted Pricing
$40/person – minimum 18 guests (or $720) – Inclusive of service charge but applicable tax still applies; additional guests $40 each
Here’s what you get:  

  • your choice of one of the holiday activities listed above; each activity is scheduled for 2 – 2 1/2 hours
  • sweet treats for your group to nosh on while they work … er, “play”
  • authentic homemade Mexican hot cocoa bar complete with marshmallows
  • coffee & iced tea service
  • festive and warm holiday atmosphere in a unique setting
  • exceptional service
  • Optional:
    • Add additional savory or sweet treat for $5/person per item
    • Add alcoholic beverages (beer/wine/mixed drinks/specialty cocktails?) as a hosted or cash bar for additional charge (can you say “add ins” for the hot cocoa?)
    • Add party favors for an additional charge

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Party Times Still Available
(parties may be scheduled in 2-3 hour events any time between the hours listed below)

  • Thu 12/3 between 10 & 4
  • Mon 12/7 between 10 & 4
  • Wed 12/9 between 10 & 4
  • Wed 12/16 between 10 & 3
  • Mon 12/21 between 10 & 3
  • Tue 12/22 between 10 & 5
  • Wed 12/23 between 10 & 4

NOTE:  Evening Party Times Still Available on Thu 12/3, Wed 12/9, Tue 12/22 and Wed. 12/23.  Sorry, the above pricing structures do not apply to evening events; please call for more details on how we can create an exceptional evening event for your group

Meet Mimsy Winston

Mimsy Winston

Help us welcome one of our newest CCKC team members, Mimsy Winston! Having worked in event planning for more than 13 years, Mimsy is what we call a party perfectionist. As the Events Manager Specializing in Exceptional Culinary Experiences, Mimsy coordinates special events at the Culinary Center, combining two of her favorite things: food and festivities!

As a young child, Mimsy recalls helping her mother prepare meals by peeling carrots as she stood on a stool. As she grew, so did her interest in food, and by the age of 11 she was using the stove to prepare meals on her own. Mimsy explains “I’ve always loved to experiment with new recipes; tweaking this or that and making improvements. The best part of cooking – in my opinion – is taking classic recipes and making them my own.”

After attaining an undergrad degree in advertising in 2002, Mimsy has put her skills to use in many roles, including Advertising Graphic Designer at the Kansas City Star, Marketing Manager and Event Planner at First National Bank, and most recently a Tradeshow and Events Manager at NCM Associates. Throughout her career she has planned both company-wide events and events for the public, and through this, she realized she’d found her calling.

“My favorite part of event planning is the relationship I am able to build with clients. I love the happiness people experience after a successful event. When you know you had a part in that, it can be really rewarding,” says Mimsy.

For many years, Mimsy has also planned parties and events such as baby showers, wedding showers, and the occasional birthday party for her friends and family, and says the best part of any event is the food, duh! One particular crowd favorite is her “Bacon Lollipops” which many refer to as “Crack Bacon.”

At The Culinary Center, Mimsy is able to plan a large variety of different events, and that’s the way she likes it!  To contact Mimsy or to plan your next event at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, email her at mimsy@kcculinary.com, or call her at 913-341-4455.