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A Great Harvest Review From Leo Weekly

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Who doesn’t like to spend a summer Saturday morning browsing a farmers market, loading up on fresh veggies, enjoying a breakfast burrito or a barbecue sandwich, listening to music and running into friends? That’s what I love about Harvest Restaurant: It’s like a big farmers’ market that’s open all year, with air conditioning and table service!

So it’s no surprise that Ivor Chodkowski, a longtime leader in Louisville’s field-to-table movement and proprietor of farmers market favorite Field Day Farms, was the mind behind 6-year-old Harvest, a local destination that celebrates farm-fresh local food and the farmers who grow it.

Decor speaks of the farm, too, with rough-hewn wood tables and room dividers; side chairs are comfortable, blond wood, and oversize portraits of local farmers adorn the walls. A large wall map of the region bears circles and arrows connecting each farmer with the location of his or her property. Tables along the walls have small farmhouse-style lamps for cozy illumination. Tables are set with good, white napkins, assorted old-style flatware and fancy stemless wine glasses.

A bar along one side of the room is equipped with a massive list of 150 bourbons and another 50 whiskeys and ryes from around the world, plus cocktails and well-chosen selections of beer and wine too. We enjoyed a light, hoppy Founder’s All Day IPA ($4) and a “Berry Patch” cocktail ($10), a smooth and seductive blend of Rain vodka with strawberry-rhubarb and lime juices and basil syrup

I’ve admired Harvest since the very start, but I have to say that the arrival late in 2015 of Executive Chef Patrick Roney from his post as chef de cuisine at The Oakroom has taken Harvest to the next level. After a near-flawless dinner the other night, I’m not shy about declaring the food at Harvest on par with the city’s top tables.

Nine starters on Roney’s menu range in price from $10 (for Ivor’s black-eyed pea hummus) to $17 (for a Capriole goat cheese board).

Ten main courses, divided into pasta, pasture and creeks-and-lakes sections, are priced mostly in the $20s, with the Harvest burger holding the low end of the bill of fare at $17. A smoked Marksbury Farm pork chop tops the listed prices at $29, but market price on an eight-ounce Black Hawk Farms rib eye turned out to be $50.

I don’t like black-eyed peas and I’m meh about hummus, yet Ivor’s black-eyed pea hummus ($10) somehow combined those two things into a textured, rich and earthy dip that I wanted to lick the dish and wished there had been a lot more. It was plated on a long, narrow board with a dish of thin-sliced, crispy garlic toast fashioned from Blue Dog seeded baguette and assorted pickled veggies including carrots, green beans, kohlrabi julienne, hot-sweet curry-scented pickle rounds and more.

Heirloom tomato and charred cucumber salad ($12) was a delight. Generous portions of perfectly-fresh heirloom tomatoes in shades of yellow, orange, purple and red were plated with watercress and dill leaves, crescents of faintly smoky, quick-grilled cucumber, curry-scented onion pickle and a slab of Kenny’s Tomme de Nena cheese and encircled with a tangy orange gastrique.

Early tomato gazpacho ($12) achieved a remarkably creamy texture from pureed heirloom tomatoes. I can’t remember having better gazpacho in Spain than this bright, flavorful mix, topped with dollops of aromatic chive oil and micro-greens, iced with frosty chunks of cucumber-basil sorbet.

Potato gnocchi with mushroom ragout ($23) was a startling meatless entrée, a creative blend of field-grown salad topped with a variety of mushroom pieces that could almost pass for chicken and pork, tender rectangular house-made gnocchi, a mound of gently earthy Grana Padano cheese and an intense dark mushroom broth poured into the bowl at tableside.

The smoked Marksbury Farm pork loin chop ($29) was a very fine piece of locavore pig meat, dense but tender, lean save for a strip of edge fat. It had been gently smoked until its flavor rested in the zone between pork and ham, plated on a mix of several varieties of Ivor’s farm-grown beans held together with bean puree and finely chopped kale and kale stems. It was topped with a foamy coffee- and bourbon-scented red-eye gravy, a frothy presentation that was trendy a few years ago and perhaps came along from the Oakroom with the chef. It was a bit on the salty side, and so were the gnocchi, but not enough so to warrant a complaint.

Desserts were insanely good. A double scoop of rich, creamy yet tangy house-made lemon ice cream studded with frozen blackberries ($5) was opulent, not cloying, with subtly-flavored blackberry bits that carried hints of sugar.

Homemade angel food cake ($9) bore an unusual payload of chocolate bits, plated on a dark, intense bourbon hot fudge sauce with a ball of rich vanilla bean chantilly topped by four Muth’s chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Dinner for two came up to $125.14 and a $30 tip for our cordial, professional server Robin. •

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Harvest Featured in the Courier-Journal

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We are very proud of the latest write up in the C-J. For the full feature click here


Harvest Restaurant – Taste of the Town

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Prima Supply recently came to film Ivor for a new video call Taste of the Town. Here is the film and if you wish to discover more about Prima Supply click here


Just minutes from downtown Louisville, Harvest sources an impressive 80% or more of their ingredients within a 100-mile radius. We had the unique opportunity to sit down with Harvest’s Executive Chef, Chef Patrick Roney, and one of the co owner’s of Harvest, Ivor Chodkowski. On top of tasting some seriously savory, delicious meals, we also visited Ivor at his farm, Field Day Family Farm. Harvest’s mission is “to serve outstanding, regionally inspired, seasonal ‘farm-to-table’ cuisine.”

Harvest Welcomes Chef Patrick Roney

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voice tribune


“Harvest was one of the first restaurants I ate at in town. I loved the philosophy, how they treat their farmers and treat the community – just everything they were doing really intrigued me.” Those were the thoughts of Patrick Roney when he first visited the esteemed restaurant on East Market Street. Roney wasn’t living in Louisville at the time but would often take vacations here due to his wife’s being from Southern Indiana. Now, years later, Roney is the executive chef of Harvest.


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Harvest Welcomes Chef Patrick Roney


Roney is originally from Maryland and has worked as a chef all over the country. He was living in Florida working on private yachts when he met his now wife. During time off, she would introduce him to her hometown. “We would come back here for vacation, and I fell in love with the food scene in Louisville,” Roney recounts. “So I decided when we wanted to cash in our sea legs that we would settle down in Louisville.”


For the Full Article in The Voice-Tribune by Remy Sisk Click Here

USA Today – Featuring NuLu and Harvest Restaurant

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USA Today featuring Harvest Restaurant

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Again Harvest makes it into the national news…. this time in an interesting feature by USA Today called Heartland Hotspots. The video looks at the exciting things that are happening in NuLu.


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Harvest Featured in Southern Living

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Southern Living mentions Harvest’s fried chicken, click here for the full article

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Harvest Recognized as “Best New Restaurant” Semifinalist

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Harvest restaurant last week was named a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s “Best New Restaurant” Award. The award honors “a restaurant opened in 2011 that already displays excellence in food, beverage and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.”

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The Beards–known as the “Oscars of the food world”–will be presented on May 7 at the Lincoln Center in New York. See a list of all semifinalists here.

The James Beard Foundation is a New York based non-profit created in honor of Chef James Beard and dedicated to the food industry. The finalists will be announced on March 19.

Mardi Gras Dinner Menu

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Mardi Gras Dinner Menu

january 31 – february 21, 2012

the harvest team has been preparing our own take on some traditional new orleans dishes

come help us celebrate

from bourbon street to the bourbon capital


Release Date: Jan 24, 2012

January 23, 2012 — In honor of the awe-inspiring upcoming Mardi Gras celebration and parade hosted by New Orleans, from Tuesday, January 31st all the way to “Fat Tuesday”, February 21st , Harvest restaurant will host a veritable “carnival” of flavors with awesome dishes inspired by the tastes of Louisiana. While the tradition of feasting during Carnival may go back to the second century, Louisiana raised Executive Chef Coby Lee Ming calls on her formative years to create an innovative menu using locally sourced ingredients that gives ample reason to feast and celebrate in Louisville this month.

Dishes that bring a bit of Bourbon Street to Louisville, the Bourbon Capital, include appetizers such as Crispy Boudin Croquette with Sunny Side Egg, Mustard Glaze, and Spicy Greens, and New Orleans style BBQ prawns with French bread; Main courses like Smoked Vegetable Etouffee with Crispy Grit Cakes and Arugula Salad, or Abita Beer Braised Creole Chicken with Roasted Garlic Chive Grits, among others.

Patty Knight, one of Louisville’s few Executive Pastry Chefs, bakes up some mouth-watering rare treats, such as Mini King Cake, Bread Pudding with Whisky Sauce, and an Abita Beer Float.

Harvest Mardi Gras Menu will be a la carte, and available from Tuesday, January 31st through Tuesday, February 21st. (Regular menu items will be available as well throughout.)

Harvest is located at 624 East Market Street, and is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, and weekend brunch. Reservations recommended, (502) 384-9090, or through

Media contacts: Philip Ruskin, Melissa Zhang, Ruskin International, (917) 215-9439, (212) 749-5511,,


*menu subject to change based on availability*