Made in America
Featuring Chefs and Authors Megan and Colby Garrelts
From America’s heartland to the heart of Montana comes an exciting Cookbook Live® event at The Resort at Paws Up featuring the renowned Chef Colby Garrelts and Chef Megan Garrelts of Kansas City. He is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Midwest, and she is a James Beard Award finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Both are once again in the running for James Beard Awards in 2019. Together, they’ll show you how they put the comfort in American comfort food, demonstrating some of the 50 handcrafted recipes from the pages of Made in America: A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes. And of course they’ll prepare plenty of tasty bites just for you.
Whether your vision of home involves family members gathering around the table for mom’s pan-fried pork chops or helping your grandmother bake a lemon meringue pie, those memories will come right back to you as the Garrelts breathe new life into the recipes that made them.
Chef Colby Garrelts and Chef Megan Garrelts
Megan and Colby Garrelts are the chef-owners of two highly regarded restaurant brands in Kansas City, Missouri: Bluestem and Rye. They’re also coauthors of two tasty cookbooks—Bluestem: The Cookbook and Made in America. The James Beard Foundation named Bluestem as a semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant not once, but three times, which is not surprising since Chef Colby Garrelts was named 2013 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest, and Megan Garrelts is a James Beard Award finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. And, once again in 2019, both are James Beard award finalists in their respective categories.
An expanded list of the Garrelts’ accolades would tell you that Colby was named 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. And Megan’s recipes have been featured in numerous national publications, from Bon Appétit to Food & Wine.
These highly lauded chefs met while working at TRU in Chicago, which helped formulate their personal visions of fine cuisine. Eventually they realized their dream by opening Bluestem in Kansas City in 2004. It’s a flavorful toast to fine dining and the ideal marriage of their outstanding culinary skills, showcasing progressive American cuisine and new varieties of American desserts. It also provided fodder for Bluestem: The Cookbook.
In 2012, the Garrelts expanded, opening Rye Leawood and later Rye Plaza, restaurants celebrating the Midwestern foods they grew up eating. Their cuisine takes traditional dishes and presents them from a chef’s point of view, while preserving the heritage of the dish. It also provided plenty of inspiration for the chefs’ second cookbook, Made in America.