Comida KC Thursday April 25th, 2019 @ Union Station

La Mesa Familiar / The Family Table

Honorary Chairs

We are truly honored to announce the 2019 Comida KC Honorary Chairpersons: Terry and Zulema Bassham!

The CEO of KCP&L: Kansas City Power & Light, Terry Bassham and his wife Zulema Bassham have graciously accepted to serve as the Honorary Chairpersons for the 2019 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 & Girls 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.

La mesa Familiar / The Family Table.
Comida 2019, at UNION STATION
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Thursday, April 25th

Thursday April 25th ~ Comida 2019, 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.

2019 Honorary Chairs: Terry Bassham, CEO of KCP&L & Mrs. Zulema Bassham

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm VIP, Reception

    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.

  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm Main Event

    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.

  • Passports

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

Chefs

CHEF RAFA

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Rafa spent his teenage years in Mexico and then moved to Kansas. Perusing a culinary career he graduated from the ACF apprenticeship program at JCCC and have worked in country clubs for most of my career. He’s originally from Cuernavaca,

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RICK MULLINS

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Chef Rick Mullins is the executive chef at Café Sebastienne. Mullins was raised in the Kansas City area and has worked in multiple kitchens of Bread and Butter concept restaurants, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Bluestem. Prior to his arrival at Café Sebastienne, Mullins held the position of Chef de Cuisine at Gram & Dun…

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ZAID CONSUEGRA SAUZA

CHEF/OWNER

A native of Mexico City, Zaid Consuegra is the Owner and Operator of Pirate’s Bone, an alternative coffee shop and vegan café in the Morning Side area of KCMO. Zaid melds his Latino culture and vegan lifestyle together to offer

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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.Around the age of 10 years old he began helping his grandmother in the kitchen where his desire and passion for cooking became a large part of his life. He began his career in the early 2000’s

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ANITA RODAS

CHEF/OWNER

Anita’s career started early in life as a child. As a child, Anita helped her grandmother bake desserts and help with the preparations in the kitchen. Her mother owned a small store and she helped with her business growing up. She always dreamt of owning a business but at that time hadn’t decided on what….

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FERNANDA REYES

CHEF

A charismatic and charming individual with a passion for great food and the culinary arts.Fernanda is an extremely organized and efficient chef in the kitchen with a passion to never stop learning or improving. She preps and plans her daily work to optimize productivity in the kitchen during peak hours. Hardworking, creative, and spontaneous, Fernanda…

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CARMEN CABIA

CHEF

Carmen Cabia Garcia, born in Spain, is an accomplished Catalan chef who discovered her passion for cooking in Barcelona,where she began her first job in a kitchen.She has more than 22 years of experience as a chef, exploring her traditional Spanish culinary roots and blending them with those of various world cultures. Carmen brings to life, her love…

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CARLOS MORTERA

CHEF/OWNER, THE BITE

Born in QUERÉTARO, Mexico, Chef Carlos Mortera is inspired by a variety of cultures to create his signature dishes. While working in some of Kansas City finest kitchens Chef Carlos dreamed of sharing his creativity and passion for food with more than just family and friends. Chef Carlos started The Bite to do what he…

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Interested in Participating?

If you’re interested in participating as a chef, restaurant or vendor, please send us a message. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor $20,000

Benefactor Sponsor $10,000

Corporate Host $5000

Business Host $2,500

Chefs & Restaurants

Comida KC Committee Sponsors