Zest and Zing


Save the Date 

Join us for this fun event that will connect farmers and foodies. Enjoy delicious food and drink while watching a heated chef vs. chef competition. Don't miss this opportunity for fun while learning more about the Kansas farmers that grow your food.

Your ticket includes appetizers, drinks and a swag bag full of useful and fun kitchen gadgets.
Updated: Online ticket sales have now ended. The remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $35 until we are at capacity. See you May 1st!


Master of Ceremonies

Chef Alli

Chef Alli

Chef Alli has been stirring up a love of farm-fresh cooking for more than a decade. Owner of Chef Alli's Farm Fresh Kitchen, she is a TV personality, chef, wife and mom. She and her husband, Pat, raise three sons on the family's farm in northeast Kansas.



Chef Gary Hild

Chef Hild is an executive chef with more than 30 years of experience. He is a past winner of the Kansas City Chefs Association’s Chef of the Year award and was the 2007 Chef of the Year of the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation. He is executive chef at the Culinary Center of Kansas City.


Chef Richard McPeake

Chef McPeake is an award-winning professional chef with more than 35 years of experience. He has developed more than 30 restaurant concepts and is a top-selling author.



Danni Boatright

Danni "Boatwright" Wiegmann

Danni “Boatwright” Wiegmann is a sports fanatic and winner of "Survivor Guatemala." She has worked as a sports personality for both television and radio, and now owns Sideline Chic, a sports products company specifically designed for women.

Danni loves food and farmers.


Angela Muir

Angela Muir is the girl behind the blog Handmade in the Heartland. On her blog Angela shares recipes, diy tutorials, craft projects, fashion advice and Kansas City restaurant reviews with her readers. She lives in the northland with her husband Matt and their two kids Max and June. She loves Kansas City, farmers and food!


Could it be you?

One lucky attendee will join the judge's table and help declare a winner.



Derek & Katie Sawyer

Derek and Katie Sawyer are the fourth generation to own and operate the Sawyer family farm, outside McPherson, Kan. He grows corn, soybeans, sorghum and wheat. Most of these crops feed cattle on their farm. You can follow Derek on Twitter at @cowsandsod.

Katie works off the farm as a full-time marketing and public relations director. She helps on the farm when needed but makes her largest contribution through blogging and advocacy. You can follow her at @Sawyerfarm and find her blog at www.newtothefarm.wordpress.com

 Nick Guettterman

Nick Guetterman

Nick Guetterman is a fourth-generation farmer in Johnson County. He farms with his dad and three brothers growing corn, soybeans and wheat.


Craig & Amy Good

For more than 30 years, Craig Good has worked with livestock at Good Farms. In 1981 Craig and his wife, Amy, moved back to the family farm to focus on raising purebred heritage breed hogs and 100 percent pure Angus cattle. The couple raise pigs for Heritage Foods USA, a company that connects growers and chefs, restaurants and foodies with animals that have Heritage genetics, are antibiotic free and raised on pasture.


Updated: Online ticket sales have now ended. The remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $35 until we are at capacity. See you May 1st!

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Schedule of events

May 1, 6-9 p.m.
Culinary Center of Kansas City
6Appetizers and drinks
6:30Mystery ingredients revealed to chefs
6:45Chef vs. Chef competition begins
7:30Finished plates due to judges
8Winner announced

 Thank you to our sponsors

Johnson County Farm Bureau logo

Wyandotte County Farm Bureau

Hauser Farms


Thank you to our partners


Sideline Chic logo


Good Farms Logo

And a special thank you to Farm Bureau member of Kansas Sue DeWeese, 7th District Chair for the KFB State Women’s Leadership Committee.

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