We recently had a chance to visit Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, a season-forward, farm-to-table eatery and wine bar in Delray Beach owned by the Pennsylvania-based Dave Magrogan Group. The restaurant launched their new seasonal menu offerings for summer in June 2017.
Harvest Seasonal Grill will accommodate a vast range of dietary needs with allergy-friendly and gluten-free concessions, vegan items and dairy-free offerings. Plus, most of the dishes on the menu are under 500 calories. Additionally, the eatery will offer an extensive menu of organic wines by the glass, along with craft-brewed draft beers, and a cocktail menu boasting seasonally rotating libations made with fresh fruits and herbs.
The upscale-casual restaurant’s mantra “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” is apparent in every detail. Harvest seasonal will change its offerings with the seasons (every three months), with menu items reflective of the time of year and produce available.
Displayed proudly at the top of the menu are the local farmers and purveyors that Executive Chef William Ring (formerly of 32 East) and the team at Harvest work with. These include Natural Nomad Farms of Delray Beach, Heritage Farms of Boynton Beach, and Marando Farms of Ft. Lauderdale. There are several other local vendors listed – very impressive that they are all local to Florida, especially when this brand has other restaurants in another state.
Another component that was very impressive is the kids menu at Harvest Seasonal. It features nutritious offerings such as salmon, local chicken breast, mixed green salad, unfried french fries, and more. This is super important and other restaurants (and parents) should take note of this.
All images appearing in this post photographed by Holli Lapes, property of My Wellness RD, LLC
(L) White, Greens & Orange Sangria – White Wine, Gran Gala Orange Brandy, Basil, Green Goddess Cold-Pressed Juice
I’m not sure if there actually was cold-pressed juice in this drink – I did’t taste it. But, I think that cold-pressed juice is a novel addition to a cocktail and can work quite nicely with something like a sangria. Major kudos: this sangria was not watered-down.
(R) Amuse Bouche – Steak Tartare with cured egg yolk
This amuse bouche isn’t on the menu – but it should be! I’m actually not a huge fan of steak tartare but I definitely enjoyed this rendition.
(L) Summer Tuna Tartare – Watermelon Yuzu Vinaigrette, Avocado, Ginger Soy Reduction, Basil Oil, Cashew Dust, Spiced Sesame Wonton
The tuna had a nice mouth-feel to it, but the avocados weren’t quite ripe enough yet.
(R) Avocado Artichoke Dip – Organic Yogurt, Kale, Roasted Red Pepper Oil, Herbed Naan Flatbread, Black Lava Salt
The artichoke dip was certainly one of the star dishes of the evening, most people at the table commented about it. It was rich and creamy, but made as such with healthy fats such as avocado and yogurt. The red pepper sauce is like a healthier version of a buffalo-dip.. score!
(L) Pesto Caprese Flatbread – Tomato, House-Made Mozzarella, Basil Pesto
(R) BBQ Pulled Pork Flatbread – Chipotle Blackberry BBQ Sauce, Poblano Coleslaw, Mild Cheddar
I enjoyed the sweetness coming from the blackberries in the BBQ sauce.. plus, the addition of the berries sneaks some antioxidants in – nice! The flatbread reminded me of (a better version of) matzoh. I hear that some actually prefer the gluten-free version of the flatbread at Harvest Seasonal, I’ll have to try that next time.
Super Grain Salad – Quinoa, Farro, Freekeh, Tuscan Kale, Moroccan Carrots, Dried Blueberries, Toasted Almonds, Tangerine Mint Yogurt, Toasted Pumpernickel Breadcrumbs, Feta, Ginger Carrot Hummus Vinaigrette
I totally loved this Mediterranean-style salad! It was savory and filling. Expect the blueberries to be swapped out with pomegranates once the fall season arrives.
Nutty Watermelon Salad – Watercress, Strawberries, Blueberries, Toasted Almonds, Lime Vinaigrette
This watermelon was so unique and refreshing, another super-food winner.
Seared Sea Scallops – Stone Ground Cornmeal, Sweet Corn & Basil Risotto, Heirloom Tomato Relish, basil Oil, Corn Shoots, Micro Basil
Yum, the risotto was so good! I also really enjoyed the basil oil – I love basil!
Going right along with the summer theme, this s’mores in a cup was the perfect ending to a great meal.
We love this concept and the values that it supports! Be sure to catch these seasonal goodies before they are gone! The fall menu is anticipated to launch at the end of September.
About Harvest Seasonal Grill + Wine Bar:
Harvest Seasonal Grill is a Pennsylvania-born harvest-centric eatery and wine bar owned by the South East-based Dave Magrogan Group. The green concept offers an under 500 calorie, seasonally changing, local farm-to-table-menu; 50+ wines by the glass; seasonal cocktails and local beer; along with eco-friendly décor, a patio, bar dining, and private dining rooms. Harvest Seasonal Grill has six locations outside of Florida and one in Delray Beach, Florida, with expansion plans for an additional 8 locations in Florida.
About My Wellness RD:
Holli Lapes, RD, LD/N is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in South Florida. Holli is the founder of The South Florida Sage (http://thesoflasage.com/) a food & drink blog featuring culinary experiences from the Miami, Broward and Palm Beach area.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary tasting at Harvest Seasonal. All opinions are my own. All images appearing in this post are photographed by Holli Lapes, property of My Wellness RD, LLC and are not to be used without permission.
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