Cook For Courage 2014

On 5.18.14, Kansas City's best chefs came together for a BBQ cook-off!


On Sunday, May 18, 2014, the Child Protection Center (CPC) brought to Kansas City its 1st Annual Cook for Courage! A big thank you to Oklahoma Joe's Kansas City BAR-B-QUE for helping to kick-off CPC's inaugural event as the leading sponsor! CPC's signature event featured Kansas City's finest Chefs: Ryan Brazeal of Novel; Michael Corvino of The American Restaurant; Colby Garrelts of Bluestem and Rye; Howard Hanna of The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange,Ça Va; Patrick Ryan of Port Fonda; and Celina Tio of JULIAN, Collection, and The Belfry. These amazing chefs generously chose to share their gifts with CPC for the benefit of children in Kansas City.

The chefs competed in a barbecue cook-off to prepare the best smoked ribs! Event guests came for a fun, engaging and delicious time while enjoying music from Chad Abernathy! Event guests had the chance to sample both the ribs and a side dish from each chef. Event guests, along with a celebrity panel of judges including, former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, CEO of Sporting Club, Robb Heineman, food writer and photographer Bonjwing Lee, and owner of The Roasterie, Danny O’Neill, had the opportunity to vote on their favorite ribs and side dish. Event guests enjoyed a signature cocktail by renowned Kansas City mixologist Ryan Maybee of Manifesto and The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, with bourbon provided by Dark Horse Distillery, and the most exquisite air-roasted coffee by The Roasterie while enjoying the ambiance of the Historic 12th Street Bridge in the West Bottoms!

The VIP Pre-Party took place from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The Main Event took place from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Why barbecue? Because barbecue is Kansas City. Why CPC? Because CPC helps children who have experienced abuse develop the courage to overcome. Thank you so much for your support! We cannot wait until next year! 

Thank you Bobby Pitts of Worth It Films for creating an amazing event highlight and promo videos!

http://<iframe src="" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="">Cook for Courage 2016 | Child Protection Center Kansas City</a> from <a href="">Oliver J Hughes</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>

                                 Cook For Courage 2014                                                                                             "The quintessential Kansas City flavor"










Thank you TC Photographer for capturing memorable photos!
Larger high resolution photos by TC Photographer available for download from our Facebook Page!  

Photos by event guests also available on Twitter #CookForCourage & Instagram #CookForCourage


Cook for Courage Sponsors














Jenny Atterbury & Ed Stevens









Atterbury Family Foundation












Dan Nelson


Beth Phillips & Brent Powell


Jill & Jim Wehner
















Rusty Kugler














Micaela and Jim Staley