Phil Posey has been the director of the instrumental studies at William Jewell College for 40 years, conducted the Kansas City Wind Symphony and created the Liberty Symphony Orchestra. He likes the communal nature of the Chinese hot pot.
Nurturers by nature — Judith Galas is an educator, and Cindy West is a nurse-turned-Realtor — the couple are vested in serving food to those in need within their community through the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen or LINK.
Sheryl Kaplan of Overland Park enjoys gathering family around for the Passover Seder. No flour is consumed at Passover, so Kaplan serves her Chocolate Toffee Matzo. To keep the sweet a treat, she serves it but once a year.
Technology professional Cathy Briles shares her recipes with family and friends on her cooking blog. She takes pride in her low-carb lifestyle, which spurs tinkering and adapting recipes she finds at home and on her travels. Her hobby of photography fits nicely with her interest in sharing her food creations.
Advertising executive and activist Judy Sherry shares her recipe for Brunch Puffs that have a cream cheese filling and cinnamon coating. Sherry founded Grandparents Against Gun Violence in 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Clarissa Randolph of Mission learned how to bake while growing up in Green Bay, Wis. In addition to her favorite family recipe for Blackberry Sour Cream Pie, she enjoys making hearty Midwestern fare and Indian food.
Terry and Lori Kueker of Overland Park host an annual Mardi Gras party for friends. The party features appetizers — like their Fleur-De-Lis-ious — which features Andouille, vegetables and Creole seasoning in a puff pastry cups.