To the many devoted foodies in the Kentuckiana region and beyond, Harvest restaurant with its innovative and award winning ‘farm-to-fork’ cuisine is one of the best restaurants in Louisville KY. Harvest opened it’s doors to the public on April 23, 2011 and has enjoyed a remarkable run of success – customers and accolades just keep rolling in. In November 2011 they were voted Open Table’s ‘Diners Choice’ and in March this year they progressed to the Semi-finals in the prestigious James Beard award for ‘Best New Restaurant’ 2012. The Beard award is considered the Oscars of the food industry. Slow Food USA is a national non-profit dedicated to creating a world where the food we eat is healthy and sustainable – good for farmers and workers and good for the planet.
The National Congress is an event when Slow Food leaders come together and set the organization’s direction for the next four years. The organization has over 1,500 leaders from 225 chapters representing nearly every state. Louisville’s vibrant food culture and community, as well as its commitment to local farmers, was a key factor in choosing to hold this year’s gathering here. The conference will be held at The Brown Hotel and Mayor Greg Fischer will open the event.
Slow Food President Josh Viertel says there were many reasons to choose Louisville for this year’s Congress. “There’s amazing stuff that’s happening with the food culture there, whether it’s barbecue or bourbon,” he said. “There’s a sense that there’s kind of a return to slow foods values in what’s happening in a lot of the businesses, farms and restaurants in Louisville and the surrounding area that we really want to reinforce.”
Harvest Restaurant is located at 624 East Market Street in the popular NuLu district amongst a thriving strip of exceptional downtown Louisville restaurants and has been nationally recognized for leading the charge in the growing ‘farm-to-table’ movement with it’s regionally inspired cuisine. Harvest source over 80% of their produce from sustainable farmers and growers within a 100 mile radius of the city and much of their supply comes from co-owner Ivor Chodkowski’s farm just 5 miles away. He said “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the best Louisville restaurants and now we are thrilled to be hosting the dinner, it’s going to be a great showcase for our local producers and the whole farm-to-table movement.”
Last year Slow Food USA’s work reached 150,000 children in schools, school gardens and school cafeterias to help them understand where food comes from, understand how to grow it, prepare it, and share it. Approximately 150 leaders are expected to show up in Louisville for the event and will spend the three days discussing future work to improve food and farming nationwide.
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