2021 Cook for Courage

Event Chairs: Spencer and Ashley DuVall 


The Child Protection Center (CPC) is excited to bring to Kansas City its 7th annual "Cook for Courage - KC's Best Que with Local Brew" event! 

The CPC's signature event will feature amazing local chefs, including Linda Duerr of Restaurant 1900; Clark Grant of The Rockhill Grille; Rob Joseph of Banksia Bakehouse and Duck and Roll; Vaughn Good of Fox and Pearl; Vince Paredes of Black Sheep Restaurant + Market and The Farmhouse and Rachel Rinas of Karbon. These incredible chefs have generously chosen to share their talents with the CPC for the benefit of children in Kansas City.

On Sunday, May 31, 2020, these local chefs will compete in a barbecue cook-off to prepare the best smoked ribs. In addition, local breweries, including Big Rip Brewing Company, Casual Animal Brewing Company, city Barrel Brewery, Crane Brewing, KC Bier Co., Torn Label Brewing Co., and Strange Days Brewing, will compete for the best brew.

Patrons are invited to come and enjoy the ambiance of the Historic 12th Street Bridge in the West Bottoms while listening to music! Each patron will have the opportunity to sample both the ribs and a side dish prepared by each chef. Dessert will be provided by Heirloom Bakery and Hearth. Patrons, along with a celebrity panel of judges will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite ribs/sides and brew!

The VIP Pre-Party will feature appetizers from The Savoy at 21c and beer from KC Bier Co. and cocktails from J. Rieger & Co. The VIP Pre-Party will take place from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. The Main Event will take place from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Why barbecue? Because barbecue is Kansas City. Why the CPC? Because the CPC helps children who have experienced abuse develop the courage to overcome. 


Don't know what to wear?

For the ladies: "smart swank" - As the saying goes "comfort is key." Remember, you'll be eating ribs on a bridge, but that doesn't mean you can't swank it up. Just do it with finger licking food in mind. Try a spring dress with your favorite pair of flats or substitute stilettos with a pair of wedges. No need to attempt a

balancing act while snarfing down ribs and countless sides!

For the gentlemen: "dashing down" - don't think you can't be dashing while using your digits to dig in and eat. A suit might stuff up your swagger for this particular event. Dare to dumb down your attire while sporting a dashing ensemble. Leave the ties and suit jackets at home for this one! That’s what your work week is for.

Our Sponsors






Portnoy Family Foundation 











Thank you John Woods for creating this amazing recap video from our 2017 Cook for Courage event!


Cook for Courage 2017 from John Woods on Vimeo.


Cook for Courage 2016 | Child Protection Center Kansas City from Oliver J Hughes on Vimeo.