January 12, 2015 // 10:50 AM
The Harvest Table Enhances the Community Experience
Written by Scott Miller
New Holland, Pennsylvania, is known as “the Garden Spot.” Recent renovations at Garden Spot Village in New Holland celebrate the community’s blessings while raising the dining experience to new culinary heights.
Inspired by Lancaster County’s rural heritage, natural materials and a palette of earth tones create a warm, welcoming environment that reflects the community’s uniquely friendly culture. The atrium and the Share & Care Shop have been transformed, and Garden Spot Village has unveiled an all-new retail venue and coffee shop called Refresh: Coffee, Gifts, Essentials. The coffee bar offers a variety hot and cold Starbucks beverages, sandwiches and fresh grab-and-go snack foods. But the real showstopper is The Harvest Table—an upscale, farm-to-table casual eatery featuring live cooking stations, an open pizza oven, a chef’s table, a room within a room, leading-edge ordering technologies and more. If you haven't been in to visit yet, you can tour it virtually.
The Food Network has had a huge impact on what people want when it comes to food, and that impact isn’t lost on Garden Spot Village. People expect not just inspired cuisine and artistic presentation, but stunning architecture, aesthetics, and service that is both entertaining and extremely enjoyable.
“As stewards of the dining experience, we understand the dynamic nature of dining expectations and the need to provide an environment where the dining experience has the opportunity to develop and evolve over time,” says Steve Lindsey, chief executive officer at Garden Spot Village.
To bring its innovative vision to life, Garden Spot Village partnered with RLPS Architects to create a great food space that is inviting, enjoyable and captivating. They combined regional references like mortise-and-tenon construction, a room within a room that’s reminiscent of a corn crib and decorative details like canning jars with selectively dropped ceilings and dramatic uplighting. The results are at once stunning and completely down to earth.
Garden Spot Village chose Sodexo as its culinary partner. The new executive chef is Michael Pezzillo, who has been a bright light in the regional food scene from Atlantic City to Philadelphia to Chester County, where he was chef/owner of Café Mosaic.
“I’m a farm-to-table chef. I like looking at what’s fresh and planning a menu from that,” Pezzillo says. “I like using sustainable local products, going to the farmer’s market to get the ingredients. That’s what I love about Lancaster. We have access to all the local farms.”
Within Harvest Table, multiple rotating themed dining destinations offer something for every taste preference—from favorite comfort foods to creative flavor combinations and made-to-order options. All are fresh and flavorful enough to entice any self-respecting “foodie.” No matter what makes your taste buds tingle, check out the Harvest Table and see what’s cooking.
The public is welcome to experience the new Main Street at Garden Spot Village.
For more information, visit www.gardenspotvillage.org.