2019 Cook for Courage



Event Chairs: Dan and Kate Nelson, Patrick McInerny and Julie Gibson, Braden and Addie Perry.


The Child Protection Center (CPC) is excited to bring to Kansas City its 6th Annual "Cook for Courage - KC's Best Que with Local Brew" event!

The CPC's signature event will feature amazing local chefs, including Cherven Desauguste of Mesob; Mark Juhnke of Blue Pot Catering; Jonathan Justus of Black Dirt; Vince Paredes of The Farm House; Rachel Rinas of Karbon; and John Smith of EJ's Urban Eatery. These incredible chefs have generously chosen to share their talents with the CPC for the benefit of children in Kansas City.

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, these local chefs will compete in a barbecue cook-off to prepare the best smoked ribs. In addition local breweries, including Casual Animal Brewing, Cinder Block Brewery, Crane Brewing Company, Double Shift Brewing Company, KC Bier Company, and Stockyards Brewing Co. will compete for the best brew!
Patrons are invited to come and enjoy the ambiance of the Historic 12th Street Bridge in the West Bottoms while listening to music by the Heather Newman Band! Each patron will have the opportunity to sample both the ribs and a side dish prepared by each chef. Dessert will be provided by Heirloom Bakery and Hearth. Patrons, along with a celebrity panel of judges including food and beer writer Pete Dulin, Co-owner and Executive Chef of Hogshead KC Clark Grant, Head Distiller of J. Rieger & Co. Nathan Perry, Owner of Port Fonda Chef Patrick Ryan, and contributing Editor of Feast Magazine and Founder of Test Kitchen Underground Supperclub Jenny Vergara will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite ribs/sides and brew!

The VIP Pre-Party will feature appetizers from the Savoy at 21c, a signature cocktail from J. Rieger & Co., and beer from KC Bier Company, and will take place between 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. The Main Event will take 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.

Don't know what to wear?

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.

Our Sponsors





Laura and David Hall

Daniel Portnoy












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.