We've cooked up a batch of creative holiday party ideas. So reserve your date and mark it off your to-do list. We'll take it from here.

Each of the following event ideas includes:

  • holiday décor
  • non-alcoholic beverages
  • customized recipe booklet 'party favor'
  • warm & cheerful 'non-office' ambiance

Down with boring holiday lunch events!  Do something different for heaven’s sake!  Step into our kitchens where your guests will be greeted with an apron and a beverage.  A CCKC Chef will teach you how to create one of the tasty dishes from your menu, then it’s your turn to make that dish!  Afterwards, your group will celebrate around the table with a seasonal holiday menu!  Who will sing for their lunch? Anyone? ‘Tis the season to be jolly you know. (Not interested in getting your hands dirty?  A CCKC Chef can entertain you instead with a culinary demonstration.)

Let your guests mix and mingle in this holiday-inspired cocktail and appetizer reception right in our comfortable kitchens!  Our Chefs will create some impressive party fare and the fun begins when your guests get some hands-on fun as they create (and eat!) one of the items on the menu.  Get crazy and add a Mixologist to the mix to show you how to make trendy Craft Cocktails.  Or what about a lesson in Local Brews paired with beer-inspired foods?  Uh huh.  We thought you’d like that.  Rudolph would be impressed with these kinds of reindeer games! 

Our lights will be twinkling here in historic Downtown Overland Park as you enjoy a fabulous meal, exceptional service and warm holiday cheer.  Choose from several seasonal holiday-inspired menus and begin (or end) your evening with a smidge of hands-on cooking if you like.  Not to worry - those festive holiday outfits (or ugly sweaters?) are safe!  How’s that for a new “take” on the old holiday get-together?  (We’re happy to substitute a Cooking Demonstration by one of our Chefs for the hands-on activity if desired.  See? We’re flexible.)   

Would your group enjoy a bit of friendly competition mixed in with their holiday party?  Well, gather Donder & Blitzen and bring them to our kitchens for a fun evening where, much like the popular cooking shows, teams will cook from mystery boxes of ingredients to create a fabulous (yes, we promise it will be fabulous!) dinner.  Sprinkle in a bit of bartering and treat your guests to a few crafty cocktails and you have yourself a memorable evening!   You could even say it glows!

Give meaning to your holiday party AND have fun as your group feeds the needs of our community.  Don your gay apparel (read: aprons) and let our Chefs lead you as you cook and package nutritious and delicious home-made food to donate to some well-deserving folks in Kansas City.  Then celebrate your good deeds together around the table as you dine on a delicious meal (or heavy appetizers).  Change it up a bit and decorate cookies to go with cherished children’s holiday books to be donated to a local shelter.  Or perhaps making homemade apple pies for a local food kitchen would make you happy!  ‘Tis the season for giving!

Your group creates 'Ugly Sweater' cookies or cakes. Or you could decorate plain ole' traditional holiday cookies, if you want. Yes, we will make you lunch, dinner or appetizers.

Let’s go “old school” and make classic holiday treats to share.  We’ll have all the trappings of a festive party including hot cocoa, holiday music and cheerful beverages, if desired.  Then your group will divide up and create those tasty cookie jar treasures that we all remember.  Thumb Prints and Snowballs and the like.  While they are cooling we’ll have lunch, dinner or heavy appetizers.  Each guest will take home cookies in a decorative container.  Some things just never go out of style do they?

Teams of elves battle to win Santa's good favor as they build and decorate holiday cakes. Donate them to local charities? Yes you could... or you could eat 'em. We provide lunch, dinner or appetizers.

Add Some More ‘Jolly’ to your Party
with any of the following:

  • Bar Service We offer beer, wine, mixed drinks and even specialty drinks unique to your event!
  • Party Favors: Check employee gifts off your list and send them home with a customized apron, edible gifts, gift baskets, etc
  • Apron Decorating ‘Pre-Party’ – each guest (team?) decorates an apron (or a chef’s hat) to wear the rest of the event.  Can you say prizes for the most creative?  We can.
  • Want live music?  No problem.

Or let us customize an event just for your group!

Call or email for more information
or to reserve your date.



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 Hours:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
12 - 4 p.m.


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