Chow Town

Food is the universal symbol of 'Home'

On the drive to school a recent morning, I thought about my recent turn of events and how thankful I am for the life I have paved for myself.

When I decided to settle in Kansas City, I had no ties to the city, state or area.

I simply fell in love with the community and wanted to plant my roots somewhere I found aesthetically pleasing along with having an exciting culinary agenda.

It didn’t take me long to enroll in culinary school and find a few great mentors along the way.

The only thing missing was a sense of “home.”

I went to school each day learning a lot of techniques and information that would help in my future career endeavors.

However, there was a strange sense of lacking that hovered over me.

After a year and a half of school, a bad break-up and different part-time jobs here and there, I realized none of these were the answer to finding that lacking sense of home.

Finally, I decided to convince one of my best friends from Philadelphia to come stay with me.

I bribed Sarah with a new beginning, a beautiful city and awesome home-cooked meals everyday.

Needless to say it didn’t take long to convince her it was the right move, so to speak.

After a recent Catering and Event Management class, I prepared our first home-made meal in our Westport abode.

The menu consists of grilled lamb chops with my favorite Tzatiki sauce, roasted purple and red potatoes bathed in a garlic and herb butter, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus with hollandaise sauce.

Yep, this is the home I’ve been waiting for all my life.

Good friends, good food and a beautiful city.

Chelsey Parker left Burlington County, New Jersey at the age of 19 to travel around Europe with the Air Force as an active duty enlisted member. She fell in love with many different cuisines and cooking styles during her two year stay. Now 24, she is attending The Art Institutes International of Kansas City's Culinary Program and cooking for Milbourn's Food and Drink Co. in Platte County.