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Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors Pairing Party was a dinner to remember

Local chefs participated in the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors Pairing Party to benefit local scholarship programs and charitable organizations.
Local chefs participated in the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors Pairing Party to benefit local scholarship programs and charitable organizations. Submitted photo

This past Sunday I was honored to participate and prepare dinner for the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors, family and friends to raise money for local scholarship programs, charity golf tournaments and more. They're also very involved with Camp Quality of greater Kansas City.

The ambassadors are a very close knit group made up of former Kansas City Chiefs, many who played in the Super Bowl IV win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The program is the only group of its kind in the NFL and inductees are hand-picked based on tenure and willingness to participate. The list is a who's-who of former NFL greats, including Kimble Anders, Bobby Bell, Deron Cherry, Kendall Gammon, Bill Maas, Larry Marshall, Curtis McClinton, Ted McKnight, Tony Reed, Ricky Siglar, Jan Stenerud, Art Still and Ken Kremer, just to name a few. Honorary members include Buck Buchanan and Otis Taylor.

The ambassadors are very visible around Kansas City and in the community. They were all together for the ambassadors golf classic where they raised money again for children to go to camp.

Chef Terry Mille from Cowtown Cheesecake Co. along with ambassador Bill Maas organized the event this year at The View in the Marriott at Briarcliff. Along with nine other chefs and mixologists, I helped prepare dinner at live action food stations. More than 400 people were in attendance and the food presentation and flavor was unbelievable, coming from some of the best local award-winning chefs including James Beard Award Winner Colby Garrelts.

I prepared lobster macaroni and cheese while Chef Colby Garrelts of Bluestem and Rye prepared a blackened pork gumbo that was out of this world. Chef Renee Kelly of Renee Kelly's Harvest prepared end of summer vegetables "Ratatouille" with roasted lamb while Chef John Cedric Smith of Pig & Finch prepared corned duck breast served with Boulevard Ale Mustard and a rye crisp.

Chef Shanita McAfee of Magnolia served her famous southern shrimp and grits while Jason Day prepared his nationally recognized “Bacon Explosion,” made of bacon, sausage, pork and barbecue sauce. Chef Jason Wiggin of the Intercontinental Hotel grilled a strip loin and served it with charred corn, roasted tomato and a red wine reductio. Howard Hanna of the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange prepared a filled crespelle with pickled apple, Calabrese chili and a country ham chip. Shannon Kimball of Firebug BBQ smoked burnt ends served with his family cheesy corn recipe.

Chef Mille prepared a fall Apple pie cheesecake with a Fleur de Sel caramel. Mixologist Jenn Tosatto of Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange shook up her signature cocktail "The Goal Line Stand" for guests along with other mixologists from Kansas City.

I have prepared dinner for many groups in Kansas City, but this event may just be the city's best and one many other organizations will be talking about for a long time.

The Ambassadors are working alongside the Kansas City Chiefs and promoting good will throughout Kansas City. Most of the former NFL ambassadors were on hand signing autographs, talking to guests and entertaining the crowd with their stories while two huge screens played the Chiefs game against Miami. A lot of money was raised for the children and the Chiefs brought home a win; a win-win for our city.

For more information about the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors and their events go to