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.

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Honorary Chairs

Honorary Chairpersons: Terry D. and Zulema Carrasco Bassham!

INTERNATIONAL CHEF CARLOS GALLARDO

Ecuadorian chef with studies in France, Argentina and the US. He is the CEO of TASTE ECUADOR, an international program that promotes Ecuadorian products with traditional Ecuadorian cuisine and international vanguard cuisine. Previously he acted as dean at Universidad De Las Américas (UDLA) in Quito, for 15 years. He counts with a long experience in the private and scholar sectors. His objective is simple: Let the world know that Ecuadorian products are the best in the world.

MI RANCHO TEQUILA'S ROSE MARGARITA

MI RANCHO TEQUILA is proud to present the ‘Rose Carolina” cocktail that will be served exclusively made with Mi Rancho 100% Agave Tequila by Jarocho’s mixologist Nicholas Holt at COMIDA 2018. What can we say but Spectacular!!!! Cheers!!! WE CAN’T WAIT

HONORARY CHAIRPERSONS: TERRY D. & ZULEMA CARRASCO BASSHAM

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.

Sabor, Unidad, y Pasión

NTDF supports ComidaKC

D'Latinos- El Tenedor

Sabor, Unidad, y Pasión

NTDF Supports ComidaKC

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Comida Promo

CHEFS

CESAR MINA

Chef

The Capital Grille is a fine dining restaurant known for its dry aged steaks, ,

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PABLO MUÑOZ

Chef

Chef Muñoz began his culinary journey in school, but just

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JOHN SANTIAGO

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Executive chef, John Santiago of 28 years old was born and raised in  

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KEVIN NICHOLLS

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Kansas City Chef to Lead Boutique Hotel’s Culinary Program and New Restaurant, Parker 

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HOWARD HANNA

Chef/Owner The Rieger ⎮ Ça Va Champagne Bar

Chef Howard Hanna has always believed that the best

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NATE FELDMILLER

CHEF

Cafe Europa is located in the Crestwood shops in Kansas City, Missouri.  

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TOBY FREELAND

CHEF/CULINARY SCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Chef Toby was a leading chef in corporate dining service in Kansas City

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ZAID CONSUEGRA SAUZA

OWNER & OPERATOR

A native of Mexico City, Zaid Consuegra is the Owner and Operator of Pirate’s Bone,

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CARLOS FALCON

CHEF/OWNER

Carlos Falcon is a chef-owner of Mexican Seafood restaurants

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GABRIEL MEJIA

CHEF

As the Marriott Kansas City Downtown’s Chef for all food and beverage outlets, Chef Gabriel Mejia leads the charge in creating a variety of culinary creations.

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CARLOS GALLARDO

INTERNATIONAL CHEF

Ecuadorian chef with studies in France, Argentina and the US.

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JULIO JUAREZ

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Julio was born in Oaxaca, Mexico where he was raised being around and in the restaurant business.

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CARMEN CABIA

EL TENEDOR

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

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PATRICK RYAN

EXECUTIVE CHEF

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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CARLOS MORTERA

CHEF/OWNER, THE BITE

Born in QUERÉTARO, Mexico, Chef Carlos Mortera is inspired by a variety of cultures

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MIXOLOGIST

JOSHUA SCURLOCK

MIXOLOGIST

Before he ever stepped foot in a bar, Joshua Scurlock (Been as he is known in the hospitality community) was learning to be wildly

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MARK ESCOBAR

MIXOLOGIST

Mark Escobar is a local craft bartender and eight year service industry veteran currently calling downtown’s Lifted Spirits home.

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BERTO SANTORO

MIXOLOGIST

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

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JAKE ORTNER

MIXOLOGIST

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

MIXOLOGIST

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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JAMESON HUCKABA

MIXOLOGIST

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 BUSH

MIXOLOGIST

Jonathon “Tex” Bush is the bar manager at Manifesto and The Rieger.

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KYLE BENNETT

MIXOLOGIST

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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RESTAURANTS

ANAKAREN IBARRA

CHEF/OWNER

Anakaren Ibarra grew up in a Mexican household in Kansas City,

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DAVID FRIESEN

CHEF

David and Mary met while in college at Columbia, Missouri, and ice cream would follow them through their relationship.

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ANITA’S CUISINE

CHEF/OWNER

Anita’s career started early in life as a child. As a child, Anita helped her grandmother bake

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CACAO

RESTAURANT

A charismatic and charming individual with a passion for great food and the culinary arts.

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PRICING

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.

Comida is an annual event sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative, and benefitting the Latinos of Tomorrow, Young Latino Professionals 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.

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

PASSPORT

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This year’s Comida event will showcase 18 well-known local chefs, 1 visiting chef from Chicago, Michael Andino, and direct from Ecuador, award winning Chef Carlos Gallardo. Restaurateurs, as well as, Tequila tastings by Mi Rancho Tequila and 8 Mixologists from the Bartenders Guild of Kansas City – will be creating contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes and libations from a variety of Latin and Hispanic cultures.

VIP Sabor, Unidad, y Pasión Prelude Reception ~ 6 – 7pm

Comida KC Main Event ~ 7 – 11pm.

Union Station Parking $5

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

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LOCATION

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

UNION STATION

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.

OUR SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor $20,000

Benefactor Sponsor $10,000

Corporate Sponsor $5,000

Business Host $2,500

Chefs & Restaurants

Comida KC Committee Sponsors