SPECTACLE Grill

CCVI has sourced and ordered a metal cage with iron crosses similar to the one used by Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann.

The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) is known for planning some seriously fun, food-loving fundraisers to help raise money for the organization.

CCVI's newest fundraiser, SPECTACLE, will be held on Wed., June 29 from 6 to 11pm, and it promises to be just that.

The group has rounded up 12 Kansas City chefs who will collaboratively prepare a meal together in the style of a traditional South American asado (similar to barbecue). The dinner will feature many different kinds of succulent grilled meats, utilizing a special open-fire grill cage, the likes of which Kansas City has not seen before.

CCVI executive director Nicola Heskett has sourced and ordered a metal cage with iron crosses similar to the one used by Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann who is considered a world-wide expert at cooking with fire. The grill is being assembled out at the Boys Grow Farm specifically for this event.

With this special grill, Kansas City’s best chefs will prepare whole animals, vegetables and sides over the fire, under it, in it and around it just like it's done in South America.

Chefs participating in SPECTACLE include:

  • Brian Aaron, Executive Chef at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
  • Stuart Aldridge, Chef and General Manager at Broadway Butcher Shop
  • Michael Corvino, Executive Chef and General Manager of The American
  • Dave Crum, Chef and General Manager at Arrowhead Specialty Meats
  • Josh Eans, Executive Chef/Owner of Happy Gillis and Columbus Park Ramen Shop
  • Ted Habiger, Executive Chef/Owner of Room 39, Sasha’s Bakery and Brewery Emperial
  • Howard Hanna, Executive Chef/Owner of The Rieger and Ça Va
  • Stewart Lane, Research & Development Chef at Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions
  • Jennifer Maloney, Executive Chef of Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Janet Ross, Sous Chef at Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
  • STRETCH, A true Renaissance man, STRETCH is a restaurateur, sculptor, TV personality, and entrepreneur
  • Brandon Winn, Executive Chef at The Webster House

“I am only able to participate in a few fundraisers each year, but this is one I definitely wanted to take part in,” says Chef Josh Eans, who co-owns Happy Gillis and Columbus Park Ramen Shop with his wife, Abbey-Jo. “What chef doesn’t want to play with fire, and on this grill that none of us has ever had the opportunity to use before? I’m pretty excited about it.”

Tickets for SPECTACLE are on sale now at $500 for a patron couple, $125 per person for General Admission and $100 per person for 20/20 Club Members of CCVI.

CCVI is an organization that prepares young children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to function at their highest potential in the sighted world. Proceeds from SPECTACLE will go to support their efforts.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ccvi.org.