photo by SPYN/Luis Garcia

Chilean seabags ceviche with plantain chip

photo by Jason Dailey

Sopa de Calabaza Rostizada

photo by Jason Dailey

photo by Jason Dailey

photo by Jason Dailey

photo by Jason Dailey

photo by Jason Dailey

COMIDA KCPOSTPONED

due to COVID-19

Dear Greater KC Hispanic Collaborative Supporter:

The Greater KC Hispanic Collaborative has been closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. It is still unclear how severe this outbreak will be. Given this uncertainty, Greater KC Hispanic Collaborative is taking proactive steps to help ensure the health and safety of our committee members, sponsors and our community at large. It is with much disappointment we have made the difficult decision to postpone our premier event COMIDAKC, scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Union Station. We are working with Union Station to reschedule the event for a later date.

The COMIDAKC event supports student scholarships and programs and much of these funds come from your sponsorships, ticket sales, general donations and the auction that takes place on the night of the event. We will, of course, offer refunds, but hope you will consider these students who are continuing their education and are still in need of scholarship and programming assistance.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and support of our decision to put your health and safety as our top priority, please look for a new announcement soon with the new date for COMIDAKC.

If you have questions or would like a refund, please contact Valerie Coyazo at 913-710-1932 or by email at Valerie.coyazo@evergy.com

Valerie Coyazo
Greater KC Hispanic Collaborative
Chair

Amarilis Valdez-Dempsey
Greater KC Hispanic Collaborative
Vice-Chair

AboutComida KC

A World Tour of Latin Flavor

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 educational programs of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative (GKCHC), a 501c3 organization.

Comida attracts over 800 guests including community leaders, professionals, and corporate sponsors from the Greater Kansas City region.

About the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative

The G.K.C. Hispanic Collaborative is a 501c3 charitable organization formed by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors to implement their youth and young adult development programs such as:

  • Latinos of Tomorrow
  • KC BizFest
  • Young Latinos Professionals

The programs are set-up in a seamless developmental pipeline to assist students starting in 8th grade level in junior high through high school completion and preparing them for college. It continues to assist students through any post-secondary certification, undergraduate and graduate/professional degree completion programs.

more to come…

HonoraryChairs

TERRY & ZULEMA CARRASCO BASSHAM

We are truly honored to announce the 2020 Comida KC Honorary Chairpersons: Terry D. and Zulema Carrasco Bassham!

Terry Bassham, Chairman and CEO of Evergy, and wife, Zulema Carrasco Bassham, will serve as the 2020 Honorary Chairpersons for Comida KC. 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.

EventDetails

A World Tour of Latin Flavor

Comida 2020, is the 7th 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.

Choose your Passport Level below and click Passport Purchasing.

Passport Levels

VIP Event Ticket $200
General Admission $150

This year’s Comida event will showcase 18 well-known local chefs, 1 visiting chef, 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.

La Arte de Comida / The Art of The Food.

Cocktail 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.

Comida KC2019

La Mesa Familiar / The Family Table

Comida KC2017

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OurChefs

More To BeAnnounced

Our Chefs & Restaurants

Chef Patrick Ryan, Port Fonda
Cacao
Chef Miguel Benítez, Chips & Coins
Chef Rick Mullins, Cafe Sebastian
Chef Vaughn Good, Fox & Pearl
Chef Julio Juarez, JJ’s
Chef Edson & Leonice Ludwig, Porto Do Sul
Chef Rafael Cambron, Carriage Club
Pierpont’s
Chef Joel Yepez, Sheraton
Chef Pablo Muñoz-Sevilla, Tannin Wine Bar
Chefs Leonice and Edson, Porto do Sul
Chef David Friesen, Betty Rae’s
Chef Fernanda Reyes, Taco Naco

 

OurMixologists

More To BeAnnounced

OurMixologists

Katy Wade, Fox and Pearl ~ Colombia
Mark Escobar, The Quaff ~ Guatemala 
Jake Ortner, Extra Virgin/The Rieger ~ Cuba
Bryan Arri, Fern Bar ~ Venezuela 
Zac Snyder, The Restaurant at 1900 ~ Argentina
Darrel Loo, Waldo Thai ~ Bolivia
Kenny Cohrs, Hereford House ~ Nicaragua
Taylor Dumsky, The W ~ El Salvador
Rocky Varela, Indian Hills Country Club ~ Honduras
Arturo Vera-Felice, The Restaurant at 1900 ~ Puerto Rico

 

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