about bluestem

Their dream became a reality when chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts opened bluestem in March of 2004. With Chef Colby’s Progressive American Cuisine and Chef Megan’s new varieties of American desserts, bluestem is dedicated to providing not only a meal, but a truly memorable experience. The restaurant’s unadorned elegance, staff dedication and attention to detail allow you to simply settle in and enjoy your stay.


bluestem has received local and national accolades including being named as a James Beard Foundation “Best Chef Midwest” 2013 and a Semifinalist for “Outstanding Restaurant” 2015-2018, “Outstanding Pastry Chef” 2017-2019, and “Outstanding Chef” 2019. Chefs Colby and Megan invite you to experience an invigorating marriage of cuisine and hospitality with all that bluestem has to offer, from cocktails and snacks in the bar, to a tasting menu in the dining room, or even late night drinks and dessert.


For employment opportunities please direct resumes to the following:

General Manager Taylor Tantillo: taylor@bluestemkc.com

Chef de Cuisine Joshua Walker: josh@bluestemkc.com


For media inquiries  please contact:

Megan Garrelts



For all charitable requests please contact:

Jamie Friedrich



*Charitable requests must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event date and all requests must have a completed Donation Request Form and your organization’s Tax Exempt Letter attached otherwise they will not be reviewed.


Donation Request Form Click Here



bluestem the cookbook

Bluestem the Cookbook is available for purchase at bluestem restaurant for $45.00+ tax

Made in America cookbook

Made in America Cookbook is available for purchase at bluestem restaurant for $21.99+ tax


Colby and Megan Garrelts

Owners / Executive Chef & Executive Pastry Chef

Megan and Colby Garrelts are the chef-owners of Bluestem, a 2015-2018 James Beard Semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant, as well as Rye Leawood and Rye Plaza. Chef Colby is a 2013 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest award winner, 2019 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Best Chef, 2005 Food & Wine Top 10 Best New Chef and has had his cuisine showcased in the Wall Street Journal and on the cover of Saveur Magazine. Chef Megan is a James Beard Semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef 2017-2019 and her recipes have been featured in numerous national publications including Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Wall Street Journal and Saveur.


Taylor Tantillo

General Manager


Joshua Walker

Chef de Cuisine