The Culinary Center of Kansas City is honored to have been recognized with the following awards:

  • Kansas Department of Commerce
    Woman-Owned Business of the Year
    (Service Industry Firm)
    , 2016

  • Downtown Overland Park's
    People's Choice Award - Best Business, 2016

  • The Culinary Center of Kansas City
    Best Places To Work Award, 2011
    (Laura’s favorite award!)
  • Impact Award and the 1999 President’s Award for contributions to business and community
    by The Downtown Overland Park Partnership, 2008

  • ​Johnson County Solid Waste Management Committee’s 2010 Green Business Award winner. Their committee awarded “Businesses that are leading the way towards a more sustainable community through their efforts in reducing their waste and conserving resources.”
  • Plan It Green “People’s Choice” Exhibitor Award winner at Missouri Meetings & Events expo, 2008. 
  • Matthew 25 Award from City Union Mission for Outstanding Corporate Involvement through our All Hands for Hunger program, 2012. 


"Main Dish" Laura Laiben is honored to have been recognized with the following awards:  

  • Named as one of Kansas City’s Most Influential Women by KC Business Magazine, 2012
  • ACF’s Greater Kansas City Chef’s Association
    President’s Award, 2007  & 2014
  • 25 Under 25 Award by Kansas City Small Business Monthly, 2006
  • Top 25 Women Who Mean Business in KC
    by the Kansas City Small Business Monthly, 2003
  • Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program,
    Member and Fellow for 8 years
  • Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau,
  • Board of Directors
  • Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s
  • Speaking of Women’s Health, Committee Member since 2011
  • Overland Park, KS Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 3 years
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Slow Food Association, past member
  • Kansas City Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, past member



25 Date Night Ideas in Kansas City
(View the video on Youtube)

Visit KC / 2018


'Vegetable Butchers' from culinary center teach cooking skills at OP Farmers' Market
KC Star / 2018


Fun and healthy lunches for kids include blueberries, spinach and tomatoes 
KC Star / 2014


Healthy recipes win kids trip to the White House

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire / 2014


12 Kansas City Companies That Won't
Stand for Soul Sucking 9 to 5 Workdays / May 5, 2014


Cooking Up Inspiration
at the Culinary Center of Kansas City

KC Star / April 10, 2014


Meet and Retreat in Kansas City
KC Star / April 10, 2014


Mix a Pinch of Planning with a Dash of Dreams
KC Star / April 10, 2014


35 KC People, Places and Things
That Makes Us D
KC Star Food Issue / June 11, 2010


Way More Than a Cooking Class
What You're Missing KC blog / March 31, 2010


Best Night Out 2010
The Pitch / 2010


Where Can I Take Cooking Classes in Kansas City?
Kansas City Cooking Examiner / July 19, 2009


Bake Like a Pro: Upcoming Events
Lisa Cason blog / June 26, 2009


Corporate Team-Building Exercises Move
Into The Kitchen

KC Star / 2002


A Flavorful Recipe for Teambuilding
MIssouri Meetings & Events / 2008

The Culinary Center of Kansas City®

Located in Historic Downtown Overland Park 

7920 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204

Phone: 913/341.4455

Fax: 913/341.5070


Kitchen Shop

Monday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday  9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday  Noon - 5 p.m.


We will close at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec 27.

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