2017 Cook For Courage

Cook for Courage 2017 a Success - Save the Date for 2018

COOK FOR COURAGE 2017 WAS SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who supported the CPC and helped to make COOK FOR COURAGE SUCH A SUCCESS!

See the video recap here.

The Child Protection Center (CPC) was excited to bring to Kansas City its 4th Annual "Cook for Courage - KC's Best Que with Local Brew" event!

The CPC's signature event featured amazing local chefs: Clark Grant of The Capital Grille; Matt Nichols of JJ's Restaurant; Jakob Polaco of AepBobby Stearns of Ophelia's Restaurant and Izaak Winter of Newport Grill. These incredible chefs generously choose to share their talents with the CPC for the benefit of children in Kansas City.
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, these local chefs competed in a barbecue cook-off to prepare the best smoked ribs. In addition, local breweries including Boulevard Brewing Company, Cinder Block Brewery, Kansas City Bier Company, Martin City Brewing Company, McCoy's Public House and Brewery and Torn Label Brewing Company competed for the best brew!
Patrons were invited to come and enjoy the ambiance of the Historic 12th Street Bridge in the West Bottoms, while listening to music by Fullbloods, Toughies and The Conquerors - three local Kansas City bands! Each patron had the opportunity to sample both the ribs and a side dish prepared by each chef. Dessert was provided by Heirloom Bakery and Hearth. Patrons, along with a celebrity panel of judges that included food and beer writer Pete Dulin; former Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Trent Green; Owner of Port Fonda Chef Patrick Ryan; KSHB Morning News Anchor Lindsay Shively; Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith; and Tanner and Jade Tolbert from Bachelor in Paradise, had the opportunity to vote on their favorite ribs, side dish and brew!
The VIP Pre-Party featured a signature cocktail from Lifted Spirits, appetizers by Travis Meeks of Jarocho and music by the band Fullbloods, and took place between 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. The Main Event took place between 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Why barbecue? Because barbecue is Kansas City. Why the CPC? Because the CPC helps children who have experienced abuse develop the courage to overcome.

Dress Code Guidelines:

For the ladies: "smart swank" - As the saying goes "comfort is key." Remember, you'll be eating ribs on a bridge, but that doesn't mean you can't swank it up.  Just do it with finger licking food in mind.  Try a spring dress with your favorite pair of flats or substitute stilettos with a pair of wedges.  No need to attempt a balancing act while snarfing down ribs and countless sides!

For the gentlemen: "dashing down" - don't think you can't be dashing while using your digits to dig in and eat.  A suit might stuff up your swagger for this particular event. Dare to dumb down your attire while sporting a dashing ensemble.  Leave the ties and suit jackets at home for this one!  That’s what your work week is for!


Thank you John Woods for creating this amazing recap video from our 2017 Cook for Courage event!

Cook for Courage 2017 from John Woods on Vimeo.


Cook for Courage 2016 | Child Protection Center Kansas City from Oliver J Hughes on Vimeo.

Thank you Bobby Pitts of Worth It Films for creating two amazing videos from our 2014 Cook for Courage event!