Comida 2017 at UNION STATION
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Thursday April 20th

Comida 2017, is the 4th 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.

  • “Debbie Gold ‏@Debbie_Gold 15 Apr 2015 Great tequila tasting tonight at the Consulado de Mexico en Kansas City #tequilatime #Mexico #agava #comidakc “

    Debbie Gold @Debbie_Gold 15, Apr 2015

  • “#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

CHEF AND OWNER OF MARIO PAGAN AND SAGE RESTAURANTS

Locally and internationally recognized as one of Puerto Rico’s top chefs, Mario Pagan owns two of San Juan’s finest restaurants and is executive chef at Dorado Beach in Dorado. Mario opened his namesake restaurant, Mario Pagan, in Condado last year, and Sage steak loft at Olive Boutique Hotel, also in Condado, in 2015. He is also creating a new menu for Melao, in Dorado, which will open this summer.

Mario’s passion for cooking began, of course, in the kitchen as a young child, watching his mother and grandmothers prepare Caribbean-influenced meals. In 1994, while in Miami in architecture school, he switched course to pursue a degree in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University. He honed his skills in the kitchens of award-winning chefs Carmen González, Pascal Oudin, Norman Van Aken and finally – and most notably — chef Alfredo Ayala, the man known as the father of gastronomy in Puerto Rico. Mario has dedicated his career to advancing Puerto Rican and Caribbean-influenced cuisine. To that end, at the behest of the U.S. Department of State, Mario represented the island at the Milan Expo 2015. In New York, he cooked as a guest chef at the James Beard House and represented the island at Taste of Tennis for five years in a row. The Food and Wine Aspen Classic invited him to cook in 2007 and 2008. Mario also hosted two cooking shows on Fox Latino network, Sabores de Ensueño and Boricuas, and appeared on the third season of Food Netwrok’s The Next Iron Chef in 2009. He also appeared on two episodes of Cocineros al Limite on Fox Telecolombia.

Mario co-authored two cookbooks, Cocinas del Mundo El Caribe and La Gran Cocina Caribeña, published in 2005 and 2004 respectively. He and his restaurants have been featured in top publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune. Mario previously owned Chayote, which he purchased from his mentor Ayala, as well as Sage in Condado and Laurel, which was located in Santurce’s Puerto Rico Museum of Art. Food & Wine featured it in its article, “One of the Best Restaurants in Museums in the U.S.”

HONORARY CHAIRPERSONS: TERRY D. & ZULEMA CARRASCO BASSHAM

We are Truly honored to announce the 2017 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 2017 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” – Eric Negrete, Founder and President 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.

NTDF Supports ComidaKC (SPANISH version)

D'Latinos- El Tenedor

NTDF supports ComidaKC

Comida Trailer 2017

Comida Promo

KC Live

Univision

CHEFS

MARIO PAGAN

CHEF AND OWNER OF MARIO PAGAN AND SAGE RESTAURANTS

Locally and internationally recognized as one of Puerto Rico’s top chefs, Mario Pagan owns two of San Juan’s finest restaurants and is executive chef at Dorado Beach in Dorado.

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MICHAEL SMITH

EXECUTIVE CHEF/OWNER MICHAEL SMITH'S / EXTRA VIRGIN

Michael Smith’s degree from the University of Southern Colorado

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CARMEN CABIA

EL TENEDOR

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

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PATRICK RYAN

EXECUTIVE CHEF/OWNER PORT FONDA

As executive chef/owner of Port Fonda, Patrick Ryan is at

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HOWARD HANNA

CHEF, THE RIEGER

Howard started working in restaurants while in high school in Manhattan, KS. Later he worked in some popular casual restaurants in Lawrence and Manhattan before helping to open Coco Bolos in 1998, first as sous chef then chef. It was there that Howard

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CARLOS MORTERA

CHEF/OWNER, THE BITE

Helmed by Chef/Owner Carlos R. Mortera and Sous Chef Julio Mortera, the menu at The Bite features a balance of sweet, savory and spicy flavors. Combining flavors

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MARIO GALAN

AVENUE BISTRO

Mario is from Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico and has been the Executive Chef at Avenues Bistro since August 2006. His Awards are as follows:

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GERARDO ESPINOSA

CHEF, CAFE EUROPA

Cafe Europa is located in the Crestwood shops in Kansas City, Missouri. The shops are conveniently situated on 55th street, just West of Oak, between the Country Club Plaza and Brookside.

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CARLOS TEJEDA

CHEF, KINGSWOOD Read More

JOSH EANS

CHEF, HAPPY GILLIS

Welcome to Happy Gillis café & hangout. In the midst of pursuing our culinary career together a few things became evident. Above all, food

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CHEFS, PAREDES & WELLFORT

CHEFS, MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN Read More

CHEFS, PETERSON & O’DELL

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MIXOLOGISTS

ANDREA SCHERER

MIXOLOGIST

Andrea Scherer is a Kansas City native who began her bartending career at family restaurants while attending college.

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TRAVIS STEWART

MIXOLOGIST

Travis Stewart has been shaking things up in Kansas City since 2010. He has worked in many of KC’s finest bars including Manifesto,

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RYAN RAMA

MIXOLOGIST

Ryan began a long and rewarding career in bartending in 1997. He has plied his trade in hotel cocktail lounges, nightclubs, and dive bars…

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RYAN MILLER

MIXOLOGIST

Industry veteran and former Vice President of the Kansas City chapter of the USBG,

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LAURA WAGER

MIXOLOGIST

Laura first got into bartending during her time as the bar manager at Bread ‘n’ Butter’s BRGR Power & Light location.

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BROCK SCHULTE

MIXOLOGIST

Brock Schulte has helped develop Cocktail programs in Kansas City since 2009, including M&S Grlll, and the re-opening of Manifesto. 

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ARTURO VERA-FELICE

MIXOLOGIST

Working at a secret government cocktail lab Arturo was involved in a tragic blender accident that left  

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ANDREW OLSEN

MIXOLOGIST

Andrew Olsen is the bar manager at Bluestem. A Missouri native, Andrew grew up on a small farm south of Belton, MO.

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RESTAURANTS

TEOCALI

MEXICAN FOOD

Teocali was established in August 2006. We are centrally located in Kansas City in the Crown Center District.

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ANITA’S CUISINE

Latin American Food

Latin American Food

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CACAO

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ISLE OF CAPRI

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PRICING

Thursday April 20th ~ Comida 2017, 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.f

2017 Honorary Chairs: Terry Bassham, CEO of KCP&L & Mrs. Zulema Bassham

PASSPORT

Passport Levels

VIP Champagne Reception 6-7pm
$225.00 VIP individual passport includes: Champagne reception, hors d’oeurves, meet & greet with our Honorary Chairs, celebrity Chef Mario Pagan, and other VIPs & Dignitaries. As a VIP your tour of Latin flavors continues while you travel among our 13 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 Mixologists team create specialty cocktails from selected Latino & Hispanic countries. We have an evening of entertainment and a silent auction and raffles occur through the evening.

This year’s Comida event will showcase Mario Pagan, an Internationally recognized celebrity chef, 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.

$175.00 Individual passport to 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.

UNION STATION 30 West Pershing Road Kansas City, MO 64108

Memories from Comida 2013, 2015 and 2016 updates…

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

  • “Debbie Gold ‏@Debbie_Gold 15 Apr 2015 Great tequila tasting tonight at the Consulado de Mexico en Kansas City #tequilatime #Mexico #agava #comidakc “

    Debbie Gold @Debbie_Gold 15, Apr 2015

  • “#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

UNION STATION

30 West Pershing Road

Thursday April 20th, 2017

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

OUR SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor $20,000

Benefactor Sponsor $10,000

Corporate Sponsor $5,000

Business Host $2,500

Chefs & Restaurants