save the dates: kansas city…

There are a couple of upcoming charity events in Kansas City that I’m helping to organize, and I’d like to tell you about them.

One of them – the Harvesters Chefs Classic – I have helped organize for a few years now.  The other one, the Child Protection Center’s Cook for Courage event, is a new one that I helped create this year.





Cook For Courage


My sister is a television news reporter in Kansas City. She encounters sad stories every day. Even sadder, many of them involve children. So, my sister joined the board of the Child Protection Center (CPC), Kansas City’s nationally accredited child advocacy center that provides forensic interviews for children from Jackson, Cass, and Lafayette counties who are victims of sexual or severe physical abuse, neglect, or who have witnessed homicide or extreme violence. She and her fellow committee members asked me to join the planning committee for their first annual keystone fundraising event – Cook for Courage. I was happy help.

On Sunday, May 18, 2014, six Kansas City chefs will fire up their smokers for a barbecue rib competition.  Each chef will also prepare a side dish.  I, along with former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green; Robb Heineman, CEO of Sporting Club; and Danny O’Neil, owner The Roasterie, will serve as local “celebrity” judges, along with the highest bidder for a fifth guest judge’s seat.  Please come and support this great cause that truly doesn’t get enough attention.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the CPC website.



(The American Restaurant)

(bluestem and rye)

(The Rieger Grill & Exchange and ça va)

(Port Fonda)

(Julian, Collection, and The Belfry)

Here is a promotional video for the event.







Patrick Ryan presenting.


The Chefs Classic, held in late June, raises money for Harvester’s, a food bank in the greater Kansas City area. I have served on the event’s planning committee for the past three years.

Every year, the chef of The American Restaurant (now Michael Corvino) and I invite three guest chefs from Kansas City, and three from abroad. In the years that I’ve sat on the committee, I’ve helped invite chefs like Sean Brock (Husk and McCrady’s), Curtis Duffy (then at Avenues, now at Grace), Shawn Gawle (then pastry chef at corton, now at saison), William Bradley (Addison at the Grand Del Mar), Michael Laiskonis (then pastry chef at le Bernardin), Matthias Merges (yusho), Kelly English (Iris), Nancy Olson (then pastry chef of Gramercy Tavern), and Vinny Dotolo (Animal) to Kansas City.

You’ll find photos of last year’s dinner here.


Nancy Olson


This year, we are pleased to welcome the following chefs to Kansas City for the 2014 Chefs Classic, which will be held on Sunday, June 29 at The American Restaurant (for reservations, please visit the Harvester’s website):


(Passed Hors d’Oeuvres)
(Justus Drugstore; Smithville, Missouri)

(Novel; Kansas City, Missouri)

(The American Restaurant; Kansas City, Missouri)

(bluestem and rye; Kansas City, Missouri and Leawood, Kansas)

(Formely of The American Restaurant; Kansas City, Missouri)


(niche and Pasteria; St. Louis, Missouri)

(Soon to be at Merchant; Minneapolis, Minnesota)

(Manresa; Los Gatos, California)


Past honorary chairs of the Harvesters Chefs Classic have included Clark Hunt, Chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs; Joe and Carol Suhor; and Carla and Danny O’Neill, owners of The Roasterie.  This year, Kent Sunderland of Ash Grove Cement Company will serve as the honorary chair of the event.

~ by ulterior epicure on May 2, 2014.

2 Responses to “save the dates: kansas city…”

  1. U.E., this is a good post. I’ve fallen out of the habit of checking your blog, and picked this up on Zite. It was neat to read many of your early enthusiastic posts, especially when you had the impression that you were looking for some legal gig. (I’m a UM law grad, too, 1971.)

    My wife and I, in reverse order, are foodies, and I must thank you for a post that led us to eat at Asador Exteberri last summer on a hiking trip.

    So, you have made my life better in a small way (in the overall order of things), and I thank you for that again.

    I wouldn’t offer advice to you on the specifics of your postings, especially when first responding, and more especially when you haven’t asked for any. In the meantime, I propose that that you read them all again and give them a “cold read,” as we anointed know the term.

    All the best in your pursuits, and know that some people think great things are ahead for you. I hope we have a chance to meet someday.


    Kirk Rider

  2. Reblogged this on Child Protection Center, Inc. and commented:
    We are so thankful for the involvement of the Ulterior Epicure, Bonjwing Lee, behind our upcoming signature event Cook For Courage! On 5.18.14, Cook For Courage will feature BBQ smoked ribs by some of the best Kansas City chefs in town. Cook For Courage will take place on the 12th Street Bridge in the Historic West Bottoms! Join these legendary chefs in helping vulnerable children develop the courage to overcome the trauma of child abuse.

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