1. How Do I Request A Donation From The CCKC?
    Check out our Donation Request page for all the details.
  2. Can I view online a full pdf version (the "print version") of the catalog of classes?
    There are 2 ways to view our Class Schedule:  Day by Day calendar (click on "Register for Classes" in the right margin) and Full PDF of class catalogue (click on "Home" in the left column to find and view the full catalog online).
  3. Can I bring a friend/mother/child/husband to just sit in the back and watch?
    We would be happy to register additional people in a class, prior to the day of the class, assuming there are spaces available.  However, it will not be possible to sit in the back and just watch a class or event.   In order to make this a pleasant learning experience for all students, and due to liability issues, no young children or babies are allowed to accompany you in class or wait for you in a separate room at The Culinary Center.
  4. What does the "MBQI" logo mean in the description of a class? 
    Classes marked with the MBQI logo are part of The Culinary Center's Midwest Barbecue Institute, which provides serious and comprehensive education in the art of barbecue and smoking.
  5. Do you offer any discount if I sign up for multiple classes? 
    At this time, we do not offer any discounts for multiple class registrations ... but you sure will become our best friend!
  6. Can I bring my own food or alcoholic beverages to classes and events?
    Our policy does NOT allow for outside food or beverage to be brought in for any event or class (except unopened bottles of wine, in which case you will be charged a $35 corking fee per bottle). However, we have full bar capabilities and we do offer alcoholic beverages for purchase (beyond what is already included in your chosen class or event). We are happy to work with you and your needs for special dietary restrictions, special bar requests, etc. with advance notice.
  7. Which of your entrances should I use when I come to a class/event?
    We have two teaching kitchens: The Tuscan Kitchen and the Santa Fe Kitchen. Unless specifically noted on the class description on our website, you may enter through our Santa Fe entrance (7920 Santa Fe Drive) and we will direct you to the kitchen where your class or event will be held.  We do have a Foster entrance (7919 Foster Street), however it is not our main entrance and if another event or class is going on you would need to go around the building to our main entrance as stated above.  
  8. What is the minimum age for your "adult" cooking classes? 
    There is a minimum age of 14 for our adult classes. Adult classes are those that do not specifically note the age range for which the class is designed. In order to make this a pleasant learning experience for all students, and due to liability issues, no young children or babies are allowed to accompany you in class or wait for you in a separate room at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
  9. What if I want to sit with my friends during a class or event? 
    At the time of your reservation, please let us know if you are with another party so that we can seat you together. This can be done by typing in this information in the "Comment/More Information" box on the final confirmation page of your online registration.  If you don't let us know in advance, we can't guarantee that you'll be able to be seated together as we designate seats prior to student arrival.
  10. What should I wear to cooking classes?
    For hands-on classes, comfortable clothing and kitchen-safe shoes are required.  For any of our Pro Series classes you must wear a white chef coat (available through our Kitchen Shop).  Other than that it's up to you ... chicken suit? pajamas? business Casual?  Whatever makes you happy.
  11. What if inclement weather is forecasted and I have a cooking class to attend?
    We will make a determination no later than 2 hours prior to a class. In the event of a cancellation of a class due to inclement weather, we will make every attempt to notify you by phone or email using the information you provided to us upon registration. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU DON'T GIVE US A NUMBER WHERE WE CAN REACH YOU QUICKLY, YOU WILL NOT GET THE INFORMATION VIA PHONE. We have the capability to email everyone in the class with a single email so it is likely that this is the method we will use first to notify you.  PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE USING THE EMAIL THAT YOU GAVE US TO OPEN AN ACCOUNT BEFORE REGISTRATION.   We encourage you to check your email.  If we do choose to notify everyone via phone and we are not able to speak with you in person, we will leave a message. We will assume that you listen to your phone messages on a regular basis. We encourage you to call us if you are in doubt. Unless you hear from us either via the phone number or email provided to us at registration, the class will be held.
  12. What is your cancellation policy?
    We will gladly refund your class fee or transfer you to another class as long as your request is made more than 5 calendar days prior to the class date (10 days for groups of 6 or more). If you discover that you are unable to attend class within the 5 days prior, we encourage you to find a substitute to take your place. We appreciate knowing who that substitute is so our name tags are correct. Please understand that no exceptions can be made to our policy. Please understand that our instructors are paid based on the numbers in the class at 5 calendar days prior to the class so that they can plan for you appropriately.  There is a minimum number of students required in order for a class to occur. We reserve the right to cancel a class for any reason, at any time, in which case you will receive a full refund.
  13. What does "H", "LHO" and "D" mean in the description of classes?
    "Hands-On Classes” are designated as "H" in the description of the class.  These classes involve hands-on participation by students to a greater degree. Please check specific class descriptions for more information. Students must wear kitchen-safe clothing and shoes. “Limited Hands-On Classes" are designated as "LHO" in the description of the class.  These classes involve hands-on participation by students, but to a more limited degree. Usually the student will be involved in one or two cooking processes during the class. Please check specific class descriptions for more information. Classes that have are designated with a "D" are "Demonstration Only" classes meaning that students will learn from observing the instructor.
  14. What will I get to taste during a cooking class?
    “Tasting” at the end of a class description means you will get to taste all or most of the items that are demonstrated or discussed in class. Keep in mind that our students rarely go away hungry! You may be served the tastings one at a time or all at one time at the end of class. “Lunch” means you will be served a full lunch, seated at tables. “Dinner” means you will be served a full dinner, seated at tables.  "Buffet" means you will be served a full dinner, buffet-style.
  15. How can I cancel/change a class if I am within your cancellation policy?
    1) Sign into your online account and click on “My Classes”,  2) Find the class you are canceling and click "Change”,  3) Click on the box in front of the registered name,  4) Click on the appropriated choice.  When you finish, your account will show an account credit which can be used for future purchases. Refunds are given only as class credit when done online.  For your next purchase, the shopping cart will NOT automatically apply the credit and deduct the cost of your purchase from your account credit before it charges your credit card.  You must click on the button in the middle of the page “Apply Account Credit”.  To receive a refund back on the credit card you purchased the class with, please call our office at 913-341-4455.
  16. Is it safe to use my credit card online? 
    Online payment via credit card is secure, fast, and easy and will guarantee that your registration is processed immediately. 
  17. What methods of payment do you accept? 
    Our online system allows us to accept Visa, Master Card and Discover.

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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