Jordan & Aurora Coffey,The Chefs
Working his way up from a dishwasher to eventually leading the team as the Executive Chef of American Harvest, Chef Jordan Coffey knows every aspect of the kitchen. After cutting his teeth under Springfield's August "Augie" Mrozowski, Jordan did a two year stint staging and studying at multiple top-tier restaurants in Chicago, accompanied by his future wife and fellow Springfield native, Aurora, whose drive, determination, and love of food made them the perfect match.
After Aurora graduated at the top of her class at Robert Morris University's School of the Culinary Arts while simultaneously earning her Bachelor's in Hospitality Management, the two returned to Springfield with one goal: to bring a new face to the Springfield culinary scene.
Together, they elevate the idea of farm-to-table. With two minds and hearts dedicated to the restaurant, they are able to take the experience of dining beyond your expectations and to a level not previously seen in Springfield. Let their exquisite cocktails and inventive plates redefine central Illinois' culinary for you.
“This is a great opportunity for not only Springfield, but the Midwest to see all the beautiful products grown right in our backyards. We are thrilled to be able to work with the farmers first-hand and develop food we are truly proud of. It means a lot to us to be able to do what we love and share that with our customers. We hope everyone will consider the restaurant as a second home and feel warm and welcomed every time they walk through the doors.” -Aurora
August Mrzowski & Sharon Ehrat, The Owners
After initially hiring a high-school-aged Jordan Coffey as a dishwasher into his first restaurant gig, you can't tell the story of the Coffeys and American Harvest without Augie Mrzowski, one of Springfield's premier restaurateurs. Together with his wife, Sharon, they worked with Jordan and Aurora to bring Springfield American Harvest Eatery.
Veterans of the food and hospitality industry, Augie and Sharon bring a lifetime of experience. Between the two they have held virtually every job in the industry from sales representative to line cook to restaurant owners and caterers and everything in between. Their first endeavor together was Augie's Front Burner, which has been a downtown Springfield staple for almost two decades.
They have spent their lives learning the ins and outs of the food business and are always working to find new ways to bring innovative thoughts and ideas to the gourmet community. They take pride in their ability to work together as a team. Augie and Sharon always want to show Springfield that they very much support the local farmers and community and want to couple this passion with their love for simple and seasonal food.