KC’s Leading Chefs Come Together for Kids

Food fans won’t want to miss Cook for Courage, a charitable showdown featuring some of the city’s best chefs.

Which of KC’s culinary stars makes the best smoked ribs? That’s the big question at the 2nd Annual Cook for Courage cook-off May 31, where a roster of amazing chefs will compete for bragging rights under the Historic 12th Street Bridge in the West Bottoms. The lineup includes Colby Garrelts of Bluestem and Rye; Howard Hanna of The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and Ca Va; Jonathan Justus of Justus Drugstore; Patrick Ryan of Port Fonda; John Smith of Pig & Finch Gastropub; and Jason Wiggin, executive chef for Sporting Kansas City.

Guests are invited to sample the ribs and a side dish prepared by all the chefs and vote on their favorite while listening to the music of Brett Blakemore. The votes, along with a celebrity panel of judges, including Sporting Kansas City Defender Matt Besler, Chef Debbie Gold, former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, and owner/founder of The Roasterie, Danny O’Neill, will determine the winner. The Funnel Cake Truck will be on hand to provide sweet treats for dessert.

Of course the real meat of the event isn’t those sure-to-be-tasty ribs—it’s that the evening of delicious fun raises money for the Child Protection Center, a nationally accredited child advocacy center that serves approximately 800 children each year at no charge.

Tickets start at $100 and the main event is 6 – 8:30 p.m. Last year Cook for Courage sold out, so snag your spot now, and check out highlights from last year’s events in the video below.

Photo via Child Protection Center’s Facebook page.