Comida 2018 at UNION STATION
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Thursday, April 26th

Comida 2018, is the 5th Annual Latin Culinary Arts Experience.

Comida is Kansas City’s first Culinary Arts event that showcases the cuisines of Latin America, Brazil, & Spain. The event includes visiting celebrity chefs, local chefs, restaurateurs, and cutting edge mixologists.

Comida educates the community about the diversity and variety of Latin cultures through unique cuisines, specialty cocktails, visual and performing arts.

Event proceeds benefit the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City (HCCGKC) and educational programs of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative (GKCHC), the HCCGKC’s 501c3 sister organization.

Comida attracts over 600 guests including community leaders, professionals, and corporate sponsors from the Greater Kansas City region.



We are truly honored to announce the 2018 Comida KC Honorary Chairpersons: Terry D. and Zulema Carrasco Bassham!

The CEO of KCP&L: Kansas City Power & Light, Terry D. Bassham and his wife Zulema Carrasco Bassham have graciously accepted to serve as the Honorary Chairpersons for the 2018 Comida KC Board. They are already at the forefront of charitable and civic engagement in the Greater Kansas City area, serving on the boards of many civic, charitable and arts organizations; and spearheading cultural, charitable, educational and community improvement initiatives through these organizations.

They have contributed time, effort and money to campaigns and initiatives with Children’s Mercy Hospital, ArtsKC, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Urban Neighborhood Initiative, the Mattie Rhodes Center, Boys & Gilrls Clubs, Genesis School and others.

They have brought their charitable and civic spirit to Kansas City from El Paso, TX, where they met and married, and where they were also involved in numerous community initiatives. They were, and continue to be, greatly involved with programs and initiatives that directly impact the Latino community.

“It is a great honor to have such committed civic leaders serve as honorary chairpersons of Comida KC. We look forward to working with them, and making this event even better than previous editions” – Amarilis Valdez-Dempsey & Valerie Coyazo, Co-Chairs of Comida KC.

Comida KC is an annual event sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative, and benefitting the Latinos of Tomorrow (LOTs), Young Latino Professionals of Greater Kansas City and KC Bizfest that directly contribute to the professional and entrepreneurial development, growth and education of Latino youths and young adults in the Greater Kansas City area.

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Carmen Cabia Garcia, born in Spain, is an accomplished Catalan chef who discovered her passion for cooking in Barcelona,

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As executive chef/owner of Port Fonda, Patrick Ryan is at the forefront of the culinary revolution in Kansas City, Missouri. He takes a simple, 

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Berto’s career began some 23 years ago in the family’s restaurant in New Jersey.

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Jake Ortner is the bar manager at Bluestem. A native of Missouri, Jake grew up in a rural area east of Lone Jack, MO.

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Rocky Varela is currently the head bartender at Indian Hills Country club in Mission Hills, Kansas. Rocky has 17 years in the service industry,

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Before his work with Ignite Wood Fire Grill in Lenexa City Center, Jameson worked in a diverse range of bars and restaurants spanning nightclubs,

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Jonathon “Tex” Bush is the bar manager at Manifesto and The Rieger. A Kansas City native, he has worked in restaurants and bars around the city for 15 years.

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Known for his passion for creativity and hospitality, Darrell Loo of Repeal 18th Bar & Bistro in North Kansas City prides himself on precision and technique.

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Born and raised in Topeka, KS, you can now find Kyle behind the stick at both The Monarch Bar and Cocktail Lounge on the

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Thursday April 26th ~ Comida 2018, is an event created by Eric Negrete, Design, as the first Latin American event of Culinary Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, showing a cultural variety of different countries through its dance, music and unique dishes. It is noteworthy that the proceeds from the event will be used for educational, civic and business development offered by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and its sister organization nonprofit, Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative programs.

2018 Honorary Chairs: Terry Bassham, CEO of KCP&L & Mrs. Zulema Bassham


Passport Levels

This year’s Comida event will showcase 13 well-known local chefs and restaurateurs, as well as, Tequila tastings provided by Mi Rancho Tequila. and 8 Mixologists provided by the Bartenders Guild of Kansas City – all of which create contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes and libations from a variety of Latin and Hispanic cultures.

$125.00 Individual passport until February 16th. Main event includes: you travel among our 14 celebrity & local chefs, and restaurants experiencing over 40 tastings from various Latino & Hispanic cultures. Each food station will have a stamp available for you to stamp your passport with each chef’s or restaurant’s logo.

Also, our all female Mixologists team create specialty cocktails from selected Latino & Hispanic countries. We have an evening of entertainment and a dance floor for your enjoyment. A silent auction and raffles occur through the evening.

Union Station Parking $5

Thank you for your support. Passports will be available at check-in with passport photo.


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UNION STATION 30 West Pershing Road Kansas City, MO 64108

Memories from Comida past and 2018 updates…

>Follow this year’s event on Twitter & Instagram @comidakc #comidakc

  • “Debbie Gold ‏@Debbie_Gold 15 Apr 2017 Great tequila tasting tonight at the Consulado de Mexico en Kansas City #tequilatime #Mexico #agava #comidakc “

    Debbie Gold @Debbie_Gold 15, Apr 2017

  • “#ComidaKC what a great event! I’m so happy to have been a part of it this year! I can’t wait until…” 

    Vania Soto 17, Apr 2015

  • “Bought 2 VIP Passports to #ComidaKC featuring 2 local favorites @nelson_atkins & @ChefMichaelKC. A can’t miss night!”

    Wilm's View ‏@LocalKCFan  20 Mar 2015

  • “Had an awesome time serving cocktails at #ComidaKC yesterday!”

    Minnie Dalton‏ @MinnieEDkc  13 May 2016

  • “The “C” is for #ComidaKC — a spectacular world tour of Latin Flavors”

    Katie Van Luchene‏ @KatieVanLuchene  17 Apr 2015


30 West Pershing Road

Thursday April 26th, 2018

For ticket information please send us a message or call the Hispanic Chamber offices at 816-472-6767.


Presenting Sponsor $20,000

Benefactor Sponsor $10,000

Corporate Sponsor $5,000

Business Host $2,500

Chefs & Restaurants