Chef Patrick Roney
Patrick Roney spent 10 years working as a private chef on yachts. He moved to Louisville with one goal in mind – to work at the Oakroom, Louisville’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant.
But even Roney thought it would take more than a few months to land at the restaurant in the Seelbach Hilton Louisville.
“My wife’s family is from the area and we’ve eaten our way through most of the restaurants in Louisville, I’m thrilled to be here at Harvest, the restaurant has such a remarkable reputation.
Patrick has a way of giving a dish a deceptively simple, yet refreshingly creative twist without ever being contrived. Harvest are committed to expanding our menu, driven by our solid philosophy of providing fresh, locally sourced produce.
Ivor Chodkowski is a busy man; father, farmer and a leader in the region’s small farm and locavore movement. He runs a community-supported agricultural operation; he’s a founding board member of the Food Literacy Project, an initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of clean food.
He’s a farm activist and one time president of the Community Farm Alliance and set up Grasshoppers Distribution, which creates markets for local small farmers by connecting them with local restaurants.
In February 2011 Ivor was a guest speaker at the TEDx tele-conference on Local food production, which was broadcast to a global audience. He’s also the man responsible for growing the humble omelet stand at the Bardstown Rd Farmer’s Market into Harvest Restaurant… one of the most talked about places to eat in Louisville.
Award winning menu
Ivor Chodkowski and partners Jim McArthur, and brothers Peter and Patrick Kuhl gathered not just an extraordinarily talented team but also a group of passionate and community-minded investors to grown their downtown Louisville restaurant.
And so it was that on 23rd April 2011 Harvest opened it’s doors to an eager and excited public. Diners and accolades started rolling in and before the year was out Harvest was awarded winner of the Open Table ‘Diner’s Choice’ and in early 2012 was nominated semi-finalist in the James Beard Award for ‘Best New Restaurant’.
If you’ve never heard of the prestigious Beard award – it’s like the Oscars of the food industry! Month on month Harvest continues to receive raving attention from all sectors of the press, the public and the food industry. Clearly there is an appetite for Harvest’s local vision. The recent figures show over 3500 Fans on Facebook and more the 11,000 visits per month to their website.