2018 Cook for Courage


Event Chairs: Patrick McInerny and Julie Gibson, Braden and Addie Perry, and Ben and Jamie Short.

The Child Protection Center (CPC) is excited to bring to Kansas City its 5th 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 MesobClark Grant of Hogshead Kansas City; Ted Habiger of Room 39Jonathan Justus of Black Dirt and Justus Drugstore; John Smith of EJ's Urban Eatery; and Bobby Stearns of Ophelia's Restaurant

These incredible chefs have generously chosen to share their talents with the CPC for the benefit of children in Kansas City.

On Sunday, May 20 2018, these local chefs will compete in a barbecue cook-off to prepare the best smoked ribs. In addition local breweries, including Border Brewing Company, Brewery Emperial, Colony Handcrafted Ales, Crane Brewing Company, Kansas City Bier Company, Rock & Run Brewery and Pub, 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, Owner of Bluestem and Rye Chef Colby Garrelts, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri Sly JamesHost of 101 The Fox’s Morning Show Slacker, and Owner of Port Fonda Chef Patrick Ryan, will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite ribs/sides and brew!

The VIP Pre-Party will feature a signature cocktail from Lifted Spirits and beer from Kansas City 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 























Nancy and Rich DuVall 


Laura and David Hall


Josh and Cassandra Landy


Melissa and Tom Schroeder


Jenny Atterbury and Ed Stevens
















Josh and Joey Heinrich 


Cynthia and Kenneth McClain 


Kate and Dan Nelson 





Ron Stricker’s Auction Company


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!