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Raise a Toast with Brent Grider

Meet our favorite ‘Wine Guy’ here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City…

Brent GriderBrent Grider, Beverage Manager and Sommelier for Stock Hill Restaurant in Kansas City, teaches wine appreciation classes at the CCKC. Brent holds the title of Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommelier, and is certified through Bar Smarts™ for his knowledge of cocktails and spirits so, well, he knows his drinks and loves sharing his passion and knowledge with others.

He started in the beverage industry as a barista in several local coffee shops and worked his way up to management, including years with coffee giant Starbucks.

Next Brent began his foray into full-service restaurant management, beginning at an Italian restaurant on the Country Club Plaza, then with McCormick & Schimick’s. As Bar Manager there, Brent managed the wine and cocktail menus, beginning to put his tasting skills to work, providing guests a selection of wines and cocktails that worked in harmony with the menu.

Later, serving as General Manager at Benton’s Prime Steakhouse in the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, Brent worked to gain recognition for Benton’s wine list and bar program.  And he succeeded – Benton’s Prime Steakhouse was honored with the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine for a wine list that comprised of more than 200 selections of wine and with local recognition of “Best Bar” by the Pitch magazine.  He went on to become Complex Director of Restaurants & Bars before moving to his current position as Beverage Manager & Sommelier for Stock Hill, where he continues to share his passion of wine and spirits with associates and guests any chance he gets.

We are lucky to have Brent share his knowledge and passion for wine and spirits at classes at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!  Check out one of his upcoming classes:

Understanding Bordeaux Wine
Monday, September 25, 2017,  6:30-9:00 p.m.
Demonstration | Wine Tasting & Appetizers
Explore one of the world’s most collectible and age-worthy wines.

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Bourbon – American History in a Glass
Friday, October 27, 2017,  6:30-9:00 p.m.
Demonstration | Bourbon Tastings & Appetizers
We’ll taste our way through Bourbons from Kentucky, Washington State, and beyond as we learn how it’s made and what makes it unique.

ABC’s of Wine Tasting
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Demonstration | Wine Tastings & Appetizers
Relax and sit back as you learn the basics about wine tasting (or refresh your skills) with a pro.

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Join Us for the Heartland Winemaker’s Dinner

Heartland Winemaker's Dinner featuring Robller VineyardHeartland Winemaker’s Dinner
featuring Röbller Vineyard & Winery

Saturday, Sept. 17  | 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
at The Culinary Center of Kansas City
7920 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS

After this very special wine dinner/class, we promise you’ll look at Missouri wines in a whole new way.  On September 17, we are pleased to feature one of Missouri’s best – Robller Vineyard in New Haven, Mo., which is a gorgeous vineyard nestled on 18 acres of rolling vines in the heart of Missouri wine country.   Winemaker Jerry Mueller is passionate about the wines produced by his family’s vineyard which uses very traditional French methods of vinification in order to create world class wines from estate grown grapes.  This approach generally takes significantly longer but the results are an amazing complexity and balance in each wine produced. It is a path less traveled that creates a superior outcome.  Jerry’s philosophy lies in the belief that the land defines the fruit which in turn defines the wines.  Winegrowing is not just this family’s livelihood but rather an expression of their passion and dedication to the land and their culture. 

Jerry will lead us in a very special and entertaining evening focusing on multi-course perfect pairings of food and Robller Vineyards wines.  Our own Culinary Center of Kansas City chefs will prepare dishes highlighting Missouri artisans such as Cool Cow products from Martha & Tom’s Farm in Owensville, MO, (a family owned and operated sustainable farm located in the heart of historic Missouri German wine country.)  The menu will be designed around, and sourced from seasonal and local products and will include highlights such as a Poulet Mirabelle (chicken with plums, olives and tomatoes), Beouf en Daube (beef braised in red wine), and a beautiful cheese course with a Robller Port to round out the menu.

The wine dinner will highlight some of the wines for which Jerry is the proudest. It’s a power-packed dinner event brimming with culinary experience and acumen. Join us for this incredible evening of great wine and a fabulous farm-to-table gourmet dinner.

($75/person includes dinner, wine pairings and wine education)

Register NowOr call 913-341-4455 to sign up over the phone.

Winemaker's Dinner with Robller Vineyard

3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE Summer-Palooza!

3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE is this week!
And we’re having a SUMMER-Palooza…
 Join us for music, food and all-around summer fun. 
Come play with us.   
 The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
Friday, August 19  5 – 9 p.m.

GAMES & FUN!
  ‘Kitchen Korn Hole’
with decent prizes

FREE LIVE MUSIC
  ‘Good Time Charley’

FREE WINE TASTING
Stone Pillar Wines

FREE BEER TASTING
Free State Brewing

FREE COOKING DEMO & TASTINGS
Christina Robson talks Pesto

FREE ARTISAN FOOD TASTINGS
 Blackberry Hill Farms

ORGANIC FARMER STEVEN WILL BE UNDER THE TENT 
Can you say farmers market produce?

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
cause you need 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.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF OTHER ACTIVITIES
YOU’LL FIND AT LOCAL LIFE TONIGHT.

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland Park

See You at LOCAL LIFE Tonight!

There’s a “Wing Dang Doodle” 
in Downtown Overland Park tonight.
That’s fancy talk for “party” 

…and YOU’RE INVITED!

Music, food and great shopping. Don’t miss out.
Come play with us for 3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE  
at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
Friday, July 15  5 – 9 p.m.

FREE LIVE MUSIC
  Beau Bledsoe & Guitarras Ibericas

FREE WINE TASTING
Airfield Estates Vineyard

FREE ARTISAN HOOCH TASTINGS
Holladay Distillery
Union Horse Distillery
Defiance Brewing

FREE COOKING DEMO & TASTINGS
Healthy Chef Lauren Abel

FREE ARTISAN FOOD TASTINGS
Tall Grass Toffee

ORGANIC FARMER STEVEN WILL BE UNDER THE TENT 
Can you say farmers market produce?

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE

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 LIST OF OTHER ACTIVITIES
YOU’LL FIND AT LOCAL LIFE TONIGHT.

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland Park

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

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.

Celebrating Local & Organic At Local Life Friday

* * 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.

Get Your PARTY On!

Join us this Friday (2/19) for
3rd Friday  LOCAL LIFE 
  in Downtown Overland Park  where we will be dishing out
a heaping helping of LOCAL.Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland ParkWe have a WING-DANG-DOODLE of a good time planned!
We have ordered BEAUTIFUL weather for it, so plan to stroll Downtown Overland Park between 5:00 and 8:30 p.m.

At The Culinary Center of Kansas City, you can enjoy the following FREE activities:  

  • FREE BOURBON TASTING
    Wicket & Peg  (Kansas City, MO)
    (come early for a special tasting of Bourbon Brownies… uh that’s why I said)
  • FREE WINE TASTING
    Queen of Hearts Wines – 5 varietals
  • EAT.FOOD.ART  GALLERY OPENING
    with live art demonstration by Nicole Emanuel 

    We completely redecorated our CCKC office, and it now doubles as the Eat.Food.Art Gallery. Check out our new digs and watch artist Nicole Emanuel with InterUrban ArtHouse at work, creating food-related art for our gallery!
  • FREE FANCY KNIFE SKILLS DEMO & FOOD TASTINGS
    Chef Gary Hild
    As always, we’re offering 10% off classes by our featured LOCAL LIFE chef. Sign up that night at CCKC for any of Chef Gary Hild’s classes on our schedule and save 10% on registration.

Click here for details about the other fun things going on in Downtown Overland Park at Local Life!