Harvest to Home’s new fine-dining restaurant, the Kitchen, has been selected to appear on CityTV’s popular television series, The Prairie Diner.
Hosted by standup comic and food junkie Jody Peters, The Prairie Diner travels across the Prairies in search of new taste adventures. The show previously asked its fans to help select a restaurant on which to profile, and the Kitchen cooked up the winning number of votes.
“The fact that we were nominated by other people is the most important thing to us,” said Harvest to Home owner Greg Holtby. “It really does make you feel good, it makes you feel like you’re making a difference and what you’re doing is needed and appreciated.”
Since opening in 2010, Harvest to Home has focused on using locally-produced ingredients to provide Lloydminster with meals and catering services.
In May 2015, it began a restaurant division called the Kitchen, which offers a 36-seat venue inside Harvest to Home, along with a fine-dining experience.
Filming at Harvest to Home is expected to take place throughout this week and camera crews will also take a trip to the Holtby family farm. The show is currently taping for its third season, which is expected to begin airing around February 2016.
“We always knew we had something special here. Growing up on the farm, local ingredients weren’t a trend, they were a way of life, you always ate garden fresh vegetables,” said Holtby.
“We wanted to bring that authenticity to our own Kitchen when we opened earlier this year, and pair it with a fine-dining atmosphere,” said Holtby. “We couldn’t be more proud of how the community has come to accept and support the Kitchen. This TV show more than proves that for me.”
Holtby doesn’t yet know which episode the restaurant will be featured on, but he says viewers should expect to see at least one of the Kitchen’s beef dishes under the spotlight.
Despite only operating the Kitchen for about three months, the restaurant has already notched strong customer reviews, thanks in part to a rotating menu that keeps food items fresh and unpredictable.
“We work closely with quite a few local producers and we try to feature some of their items at different times,” Holtby said. “We change our menu fairly frequently because it’s not an expensive menu, and we try to offer our customers with some variety like that or a special.”
The Kitchen is the first restaurant from the Lloydminster region to be profiled by the The Prairie Diner and the show has previously visited over 75 other restaurants.