By Sharon Geltner
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar’s concepts of farm-to-table, local produce, seasonal ingredients concepts, has quickly made it number one in sales of seven restaurants in the Dave Magrogan Group, based in Brookhaven, Pa. The popular Delray Beach, Fla., version is the first in Florida with others (and a second brand) to follow.
Executive Chef Bill Ring, who comes from the highly regarded 32 East on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, cooks by the motto, “Know Your Farmer. Know Your Food.” Ring said anything from fish to eggplant is “delivered and served the same day.” He also gathers fresh herbs from a small onsite garden.
A native Floridian, Ring, who has 20 years of industry experience and was a chef at Max’s Harvest in Delray and Gold Coast Seafood Grill in Boca Raton.
Magrogan, owner and CEO, found Delray Beach so enjoyable, that he bought a home in the “village by the sea.” He decided to locate Harvest Seasonal off of Atlantic Avenue, the popular ocean to I-95 destination. Instead, Magrogan chose a location a couple of miles south of Atlantic Ave., to take advantage of less traffic and more parking.
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, which has a private room for parties and banquets, features mix and match specialty menus, such as those for kids, gluten-free and vegan. Harvest Seasonal recently introduced its summer menu (the fall menu rolls out September 22).
Standouts on the summer menu include: Nutty Watermelon Salad, Avocado Artichoke Dip, Pesto Caprese Flatbread, Cedar Roasted Organic Salmon, Summer Tuna Tartar and Harvest Peach Bourbon. The attention to detail is such, that when the fall menu kicks in, the Super Grain Salad will include pomegranates.
“Most of our meals are under 500 calories and some of the desserts are under 300,’’ said General Manager Phil Cugliotta. “We are based on the ‘chef forward’ concept, we will never sacrifice quality for cost.”
Sharon Geltner is a South Florida author and journalist whose highly-praised fiction novel, “Charity Bashed’’ reveals the hidden and funny underside of Palm Beach society. The novel can be obtained in independently-owned Palm Beach County book stores and through Amazon.com.