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July Cooking Class Spotlight: Top Classes

CCKC Cooking ClassesBefore summer winds down and school starts back up, join us at The Culinary Center of Kansas City for some hands on culinary education! We have a full line up of classes and offer something for everyone including appetizers, desserts, international cuisine, kids and teen classes and more! We are proud to introduce some new classes and new instructors, as well as bring back some of your favorites. Below are 10 not-to-miss classes! Click them for more information and to sign up.

You can view our entire calendar online, or check out our classes by category, if you are looking for something specific. We can’t wait to see you in our kitchens!

Summer Fruit GaletteSummer Fruit Galettes 
Sat, July 3  | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Chef Natasha Goellner
July continues the peak season for summer fruits! Just check out your local farmers’ markets … they’re brimming with an abundance of bright, colorful, ripe beauties! Pastry Chef Natasha Goellner knows exactly what to do with these gems and is ready to share her expert tips and baking techniques as you learn to make a versatile Fruit Galette using fresh berries and other fruits.  MORE >>

Tortilla Heaven! Learn To Make Authentic Mexican Tortillas From Scratch
Tue, July 6th | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Chef Chef & Lead Instructor Jill Garcia Schmidt
Tortillas from scratch? Si, you heard that right! Seriously, it’s just a few simple ingredients… We are bring this class back by popular demand. You’ll learn how to make authentic corn tortillas and flour tortillas, and techniques to guarantee success every time!  | MORE >>

Make Friends with your Instant Pot & Pressure Cooking
Wed, July 7th |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Chef & Lead Instructor Jill Garcia Schmidt
Are you feeling under pressure? Let’s make sure it’s dinner and not YOU! Seriously, it’s July and it’s hot outside! Who needs to turn on an oven and heat up your kitchen when you can prepare a delicious meal in one pot – an Instant Pot! | MORE >>

Junior Chefs Bread making Intro To Bread-Making For Kids! with Pastry Chef Erik Sharp (Junior Chef, Ages 9-14)
Sat, July 10  |  10:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Pastry Chef Erik Sharp
Our Junior Chefs (ages 9-14) will be rollin’ in the dough (and probably covered with flour) at this hands-on bake-a-thon. Bread-maker extraordinaire and experienced instructor, Chef Erik Sharp, will teach the kids how to mix, knead, ferment, shape and bake yeast bread. Kind of our own version of Alton Brown, that crazy kid-friendly food scientist that kids of all ages love. MORE >>

Learn Thai ClassPassport to Thailand: Learn to Make Authentic Pad Thai and More!
Sat, July 10  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Chef & Lead Instructor Jill Garcia Schmidt
Join us for one of our most popular cooking classes, where you’ll enter into an amazing culinary experience with one of the best in the business. It’s your chance to step behind the scenes and into the world of a culinary pro. Chef will explore the underlying principle to cooking authentic Thai cuisine which is to balance flavors, textures, and colors into delicious dishes. Did you know that only in Thai cooking can you find the co-existence of all major flavor characteristics: sweet, sour, spicy, salty and bitter? Uh, huh… it’s true! MORE >>

PLant based Diet cooking classSo You Want To Move To A Plant-Based Diet?
Sun, July 11  |  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tracy Richter
Welcome Tracey Richter as she joins the amazing instructor staff at The Culinary Center of Kansas City! Did you know that most people already eat vegan at least one meal each week and don’t even realize it? It’s true, and Tracy Richter will show you how to move even further away from what she refers to as an ‘accidental vegan’ to preparing plenty of flavorful meatless dishes on purpose. |  MORE >>

Girls Night Out, grilling Italian StyleGrills Night Out – Italian Style!
Thu, July 15  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bruce Campbell
“Selvaggio!” in Italian means “go crazy!” So, this won’t be an “ordinary” girls’ night out. Grab your girlfriends, and be prepared for something different and fun! This class’ recipes will be inspired by Italian cuisine featuring fresh ingredients and grilled specialties. The one and only Bruce Campbell, an award-winning BBQ Pro, hosts this interactive crazy ‘girls on the grill’ event! | MORE >>

Curry cooking classCurry Flurry! Favorite Indian Classics
July 16  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Chef Sandy DiGiovanni
The curry will be flyin’ in our kitchen this evening (along with all kinds of other tantalizing Indian spices!). We’re so very happy to welcome Chef Sandy DiGiovanni (of NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant fame) back in our kitchen…..she loves Indian cuisine and can hardly wait to show us how to make these favorite Indian classics, brimming with tantalizing tastes and fragrant aromas.  |  MORE >>

Ricotta & Mozzarella classFresh Mozzarella & Ricotta
Sun, July 18  |  3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Lisa Sharpe Elles
Learn how to make homemade cheese from our KU Chemistry Professor and Culinary Instructor Dr. Lisa Sharpe Elles. Forget about that supermarket stuff because we’re going to show you how to make fresh cheese – from scratch. It’s not hard to do. And trust us, after you learn how, you’ll be hooked. We’re talking tender, fresh mozzarella cheese packed in a watery brine that retains its freshness and moisture. But wait… there’s more! You’ll also learn to make soft, slightly sweet Ricotta cheese and then discuss how the cheeses are used to create delicious dishes. | MORE >>

TEENS Learn To Grill With A BBQ Champ!Teen BBQ Cooking Class
Sun, July 25  |  11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Instructor : Chef Todd Johns (from Plowboy’s BBQ)
Hey all you high schoolers age 14-18, here’s your chance to learn the basics of grilling with 2009 American Royal World Series winner Chef Todd Johns (Team Pork Pullin’ Plowboys).  In this interactive class, you’ll will learn important grilling basics including food safety, fire safety, temperature zones, how to safely operate gas and charcoal grills, the importance of cleaning work areas and tools, and lots more. And you’ll help create some of today’s incredible BBQ menu that features Butterfield Pork Tenderloin, “Moink” Balls, a flavorful side dish and grilled Cobbler for dessert! |  MORE >>

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