Surely it won’t surprise you to find out that I’m excited abut a restaurant called “Harvest.” Harvest is the brainchild of Ivor Chodkowski. I met Ivor last year and he told me then about his plans for this restaurant and I’ve been waiting for it ever since. It’s just dumb luck on my part that my office is now literally two blocks from Harvest. Yay me. I don’t have an exact opening date the email I got said “late April” but I’ll keep my eyes out and let you know as soon as I have more info.
The things about Harvest that I think are most important are this:
- 80% of the ingredients are sourced from within a 100 mile radius of Louisville
- They will eventually will host hands-on events where patrons can eat-and-learn, including farmer dinners and “pick-your-own” farm-to-table dinners that include a trip to the farm, cooking classes, seminars, etc
- The lunch menu seems very vegetarian friendly (again I say “yay me!”)
Dinner entrees feature Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Arugula Biscuit Hoecake and Smoked Peppercorn Gravy, Grilled Bison Hanger Steak with Braised Greens, Whole Grain Dijon Bourbon Jus served with Crispy Onions, Ricotta-herb Gnocchi Bolognese, and Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie with Smoked Black Pepper-Mushroom Jus with Herb Salad, among others. Almost all breads and baked goods are house-made by Pastry Chef Patty Knight, whose seasonal dessert menu will include: Maple Spice Cookie, Vanilla (with Candied Bacon) Ice Cream Sandwich, and Bourbon Poached Sweet Potato with Peanut Brittle and Szechuan Torched Marshmallows.
The “Farm-to-Bar” beverage menu will also focus on seasonal local ingredients featured in crafted cocktails, with many of the bitters, syrups, tinctures, and bar preserves made in-house. In the convivial spirit of the communal table, Harvest will offer classic punches served in vintage cut glass punch bowls designed to share. Craft beers and local Bourbons will be prominent, as will wines by the glass and the bottle– all selected to be delicious, fun, and affordable.
624 East Market Street