The Park Place shopping center located at 117th and Nall in Leawood will be hosting “Taste of Park Place & Celebrity Chef Competition” on Saturday, April 26, from 2-6:30 p.m. From 2-4 p.m.

Enjoy sampling a variety of culinary delights from all of the restaurants, check out the shops and receive a complimentary $5 savings card and V.I.P. offers at select retailers. Throughout the afternoon, view shopping bags displayed in Park Place merchant windows that have been carefully hand-painted by talented Kansas City area artists, including Mike Savage and Tom Corbin. Bags will be available for purchase April 11-30th via an online auction at

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., a Celebrity Chef Competition will take place at Mestizo featuring Chefs John Smith of Pig & Finch, Tate Roberts of EBT and Kiersten Firquain of Bistro Kids. Their culinary skills will be judged by Aarón Sanchez of Mestizo and Allegre (a familiar face on the Food Network’s Chopped show), nationally renowned and James Beard Award winning Chef Michael Smith of Michael Smith’s and Extra Virgin as well as Chef Celina Tio of Julian, The Belfry and Collection (also seen on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue). Chef Jasper Mirable of Jasper’s Italian Cuisine will emcee.

Tickets for Taste of Park Place are $15 in-advance or $20 at the event. Tickets for the Celebrity Chef Competition are $40. Admission into both events is $55/person. To purchase tickets, please visit newhouseshelter/events/. Proceeds of the event benefit Newhouse- an area domestic violence shelter.

About Newhouse

Newhouse is a women’s shelter providing comprehensive services to women who have experienced domestic violence. Newhouse’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools that allow women to make positive choices and lead self-sufficient lives. One out of four women experience domestic violence and 365 days a year, Newhouse provides women a safe, healing environment, which includes physical, spiritual, psychological, and emotional support. For further information or to make a donation, please visit

About Park Place

Park Place embraces the complete lifestyle from playing to working and every activity in between. Park Place features local, regional and national specialty shops, world class restaurants, luxurious services and renowned office tenants in an environment of tree-lined streets and community areas, truly making it Leawood’s downtown, as named by Mayor Peggy Dunn. It is the development’s focal point and serves as a community green space during warmer months. Park Place will soon be home to AMC Theatres headquarters. For more information, visit