Comida KC Thursday April 23rd, 2020 @ Union Station

Comida KC

Honorary Chairs

We are truly honored to announce the 2020 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 2020 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.

About Comida KC

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.

 

Event Info

Comida 2020, at UNION STATION
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Thursday, April 23rd

Thursday April 23rd ~ Comida 2020, 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.

2020 Honorary Chairs: Terry Bassham, CEO of KCP&L & Mrs. Zulema Bassham

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm VIP, Reception

    During the VIP reception you will get the opportunity to mingle with participating chef(s) in a more intimate setting before the main event begins.

  • 7:00pm - 11:00pm 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

DAVID FRIESEN

OWNER

I started Betty Rae’s Ice Cream in 2016 with my wife Mary Nguyen, 10 years after we both worked in the same ice cream parlor in college. After the ice cream job I baked bread and pastry, and worked in a lot of small food spots.

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JEANYLLE STEWARD

CHEF/OWNER

Jeanylle Steward, the owner and chef at Coco’s Cafe is excited to be launching her authentic Puerto Rican restaurant this summer on the West side of Kansas City. She brings a revitalized and modern approach to the Kansas City culinary scene from her home town Chicago.

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PATRICK RYAN

EXECUTIVE CHEF/OWNER

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

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CARLOS TEJEDA

CHEF

Carlos Tejeda was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. His love of cooking developed at the early age of 7

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JOEL YEPEZ

CHEF

Chef Joel Yepez was born and raised in Guanajuato Mexico. He moved to the United States in 1997

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CHEF RAFA

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Rafa spent his teenage years in Mexico and then moved to Kansas. Perusing a culinary career he

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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

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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

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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

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GRACIELA GUTIERREZ

CHEF

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

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FERNANDA REYES

CHEF

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

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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

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Mixologists

COURTNEY CROCKETT

Courtney Crockett has been a resident of Kansas City for close to 15 years and an active member of the KC bar community since 2012.  In December she took over

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JENN TOSATTO

MIXOLOGIST

‘Jenn Tosatto began her Bartending career in a dark and awful frat bar in Springfield Missouri. Though not the ideal setting, she dedicated herself to learning all she could and moving up in the industry. Her career took her to Kansas City where she began at Bar Natasha.

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ANDREA SCHERER

MIXOLOGIST

Andrea Scherer is a proud Kansas City native and a graduate of Park University.  She has spent her entire career working in restaurants and

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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

Jameson has a broad range of hospitality experience from working in fine dining, sports bars, and cocktail lounges. Born and raised in Kansas City, Jameson spent

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DARREL LOO

MIXOLOGIST

Originally from Malaysia and known for his passion for creativity and hospitality, Darrell Loo prides himself on precision and technique. Midwest regional winner of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience

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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. Call the Hispanic Chamber at 816-472-6767

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