Max's Harvest: Farm-to-Table/Slow Food Coming to Delray's Pineapple Grove
- CFByrne Apr 24, 2011 12:23 PM
I'm excited about how this coming addition to Delray looks to be shaping up.
Bill Citara has the scoop:
"He helped make "California cuisine" popular in South Florida, now Dennis Max is spreading the farm-to-table gospel that originated in California to white-hot Delray Beach, where in June he expects to open his own outpost of that now-nationwide culinary trend, Max's Harvest...
"As for Harvest's physical space, which as Taste was slammed for being even more uncomfortable than it was cold and uninviting, Max plans a warmer and comfier "California Country" redo, with a front dining area that opens onto a garden-like patio set with tables and candles...
"Indoors, Taste's butt-busting seating will be replaced with more derriere-friendly booths, banquettes and bistro chairs, while the small back patio will be re-landscaped to become a place for "food-wine cocktail party grazing."
And the PB Post added:
"Max said he's reaching back to his roots in California for the same style of creative American cuisine that launched his restaurant empire decades ago. Then, as now, an emphasis on fresh, healthy ingredients is making a comeback.
"Max said Max's Harvest is similar to a Miami restaurant called Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, which features food harvested locally from farmers and fishermen."
Sounds great, though this trumped-up ad-agency line made me cringe - " where in June he expects to open his own outpost of that now-nationwide culinary trend, Max's Harvest..." Let's hope that just means he's too busy paying attention to sourcing the food and coming up with recipes to worry about mumbo-jumbo
Signs of life this afternoon...
"Now hiring FOH & BOH" sign on front door.
Three fellows in chef's coat spotted...
Jan Norris has a lengthy and revealing interview with Dennis Max here:
I would only take issue with one point. Regarding "farm to fork", Max says "I’m very pleased that young people are so aware" and "there’s a new movement with the young people – a whole essence of purity, clean living styles they’re wanting. They’re willing to support an authentic way of life, if you will."
I think this movement actually has largely been driven by an awakening in boomers.I only hope Max was talking about young people IN ADDITION to boomers, and that this isn't a signal his new spot will be geared to hipsters or "trend-setters", i.e. "young people".
Sounds like we could see an opening around the first weekend in June.
Max's Harvest opens tomorrow evening (Thursday). From outside, it looks like they've changed the interior in a very nice way. And I'm hearing good buzz from locals who've been inside.
But the rubber meets the road when real people start dining off the menu tomorrow. I'll likely go Thursday or this weekend, stay tuned for write-up. Menu and details on their website.