Whatever is in the air, just about every big-name chef is set to visit Kansas City in the next three months as part of an avalanche of new cookbooks and food personality tours. And whether you're the one responsible for dinner nightly or simply setting the DVR to record a nightly reality cooking show, odds are that you're going to want tickets to see some of the celebrity chefs coming to town.
Book Talks at Unity Temple (707 West 47th Street on the Plaza, unless otherwise noted), sponsored by Rainy Day Books (the price of admission includes a signed copy of the book):
The Casserole Queens Cookbook. Saturday, September 17, at 11:30 a.m. Crystal Cook & Sandy Pollock have perfected the art of the casserole. Find out how. Tickets are $17.99.
Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook. Monday, September 26, at 7 p.m. Bobby Flay talks about his life on television and as a restaurateur. Tickets are $35.
Cook Like a Rock Star. Saturday, October 8, at 12 p.m. Chef Anne Burrell will hold a cooking demonstration and dish about her Food Network show, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. This talk is being held at the Overland Park Convention Center. Tickets are $27.99.
Good Eats 3: The Later Years. Monday, October 24, at 7 p.m. The Food Network's Alton Brown brings his kitchen shtick to KC. Tickets are $37.50.
Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations. Friday, November 11, at 7 p.m. Martha Stewart will discuss her latest guide to entertaining. Tickets are $75.
No Reservations host and chef Anthony Bourdain brings his straight-talking to The Midland on Saturday, October 22, at 8 p.m. Bourdain's show is the updated version of his 2008 tour (when he also visited The Midland), in which he talks about life in the kitchen and the culture of food around the world. Tickets cost from $37.50 to $77.50.
The Bakin' With the Boss Tour is at The Midland a few weeks later on Monday, November 7, at 8 p.m. The show stars Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, who will talk about the TLC reality show set in his New Jersey bakery. Tickets cost from $31.50 to $77.75.
Which shows are worth the price of admission to you?