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Nicholas and Leslie Goellner are the passionate duo behind Kansas City's The Antler Room. Nicholas is not your typical chef. He trained as an Olympic fencer, and worked as a congressional aide before switching gears and attending the French Culinary Institute in New York. Leslie managed top NYC and SF restaurants before returning home to Kansas City where she met Nicholas. One night while watching Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, they discussed Nick working at Noma in Copenhagen. It was the beginning of a whole new chapter, one that left them ready to take on their next globetrotting adventure.
The Antler Room executive chef, Nick Goellner, was nominated for the second year in a row for Best Chef in the Midwest region.
Goellner’s globetrotting menu is delivered in small plate format — there are no entrees — via his warm and refreshingly casual clubhouse. Instead of white tablecloths and candles, the restaurant has a long bar, pale wood accents and as much natural lighting as possible.
Husband-and-wife owners Chef Nick Goellner and Wine Director Leslie Newsam Goellner serve small plates inspired by Mediterranean, East Asian and Midwestern cuisine. The wine list boasts international natural wines, including varietal pét-nats and grower Champagnes.
The Antler Room executive chef, Nick Goellner, was nominated for one of the prestigious James Beard’s Awards in 2019 for the Midwest region.
This civilized spot is spearheading the natural wine movement in the country’s dead-center, offering an extensive, international natural wine list, paired alongside a rotating menu of small plates. Dishes are heavily inspired by Mediterranean, East Asian, and Midwestern flavors, showing a unique, complimentary hybrid of various cultures and cuisines. Select by the glass wines are available for just $5/pop on specific days-- though we’d stick around for the restaurant’s extensive wine list, featuring 10+ skin contact wines and a slew of sparkling options.
Mediterranean meets Midwest at this husband-and-wife-run spot—go here if you need convincing that some of the most exciting cooking in America is happening far from the urban centers of New York and L.A. This is what happens when a husband and wife—Nicholas and Leslie Goellner—travel around the country, (him) cooking at and (her) managing restaurants, before returning to their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, to open the ideal neighborhood spot.
In this edition of Feast TV, Chef-owner Nick Goellner’s talks with us about The Antler Room, Kansas City’s hottest new restaurant located on Hosptial Hill, his experiences and the dishes that are prepared.