2019 Cook for Courage



Event Chairs: Patrick McInerny and Julie Gibson, Dan and Kate Nelson, Braden and Adelaide Perry


The Child Protection Center (CPC) is excited to bring to Kansas City its 6th annual "Cook for Courage - KC's Best Que with Local Brew" event! 

The CPC's signature event will feature amazing local chefs, including Remy Ayesh of the Crossroads Hotel; Cherven Desauguste of Mesob; Jonathan Justus of Black Dirt; Vince Paredes of Black Sheep Restaurant + Market and The Farmhouse; Rachel Rinas of Karbon; and Daniel Duran of EJ's Urban Eatery. These incredible chefs have generously chosen to share their talents with the CPC for the benefit of children in Kansas City.

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, these local chefs will compete in a barbecue cook-off to prepare the best smoked ribs. In addition, local breweries, including Casual Animal Brewing Company, Cinder Block Brewery, Crane Brewing, Double Shift Brewing Company, KC Bier Co., Torn Label Brewing Co., and Stockyards Brewing Co., 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 by the Heather Newman Band! 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 including food and beer author, Pete Dulin; Owner of Bluestem and Rye, Chef Colby Garrelts; Co-Owner and Executive Chef of Hogshead KC, Clark Grant; Head Distiller of J. Rieger & Co., Nathan Perry; Owner of Port Fonda, Chef Patrick Ryan; and Contributing Editor for Feast Magazine in Kansas City and Founder of the Test Kitchen Underground Supperclub, Jenny Vergara 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, a signature cocktail from J. Rieger & Co., and beer from KC Bier 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


Presenting Sponsor 







Laura and David Hall 

Hinrichs Law Firm, LLC

Josh and Cassandra Landy

Mort and Nancy Nelson 

Portnoy Family Foundation 

Tom and Melissa Schroeder

Ed Stevens and Jenny Atterbury  


Brendan and Julie Donelon 









Josh and Joey Heinrich 

Dan and Kate Nelson

Whitt Potts

Brent Powell and Beth Phillips






Ron Stricker's Auction Company


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.