Bruce Moffett pioneered the farm-to-table movement in Charlotte. Beginning with Barrington’s in 2000, Moffett has been a longtime supporter of local purveyors, not because it’s trendy, but because it’s better. This translates across all aspects of Moffett Restaurant Group and their dedication to support small businesses of all kinds; farmers, artisans and designers. Use the navigation above to see list of partners and colloborators.
The Plaid Penguin
Branding + Design
The Plaid Penguin is a multidimensional food and drink brand experience firm. They design, create and curate the identities, environments, events and experiences of tomorrow.
If your brand touches food or drink, they believe that successful brand engagement is centered around the details of an experience. Think small, we’re told it’s the new big.
Reaching Quiet is a design + build firm renowned for artisan work with concrete, steel and wood. They shape modern environments that are both timeless and sustainable. A master in concrete, wood and steel, Eric regularly collaborates with other design professionals in addition to receiving solo commissions. His devotion to concrete as a medium has helped Reaching Quiet become a leader in the decorative concrete industry and has garnered multiple national and international awards.
Brent Baronofsky Design
Baronofsky, who grew up in Mint Hill, has been creating signature restaurant designs since he moved back here in the late 1990s from Los Angeles.
In L.A., he designed sets for movies before turning to restaurants. He decided to return to his roots because “Charlotte was about to take off. Today, from a culinary standpoint, it has arrived.”
His business, Baronofsky Design, has put together the looks for about 100 area establishments. Those venues include Customshop, Good Food on Montford, Angry Ale’s, Ten at Park Lanes, and Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar. A new restaurant opening later this year in Cotswold Village Shops will show off his flair, as will a second Cowfish location in Raleigh.
Special Event Curators
Relish Carolina is a roaming dinner + activity club that recreates the lost practice of dinnertime. Fueled by innovative ideas, a passion for connecting community and the belief that all grand ideas come from around the dinner table, Relish Carolina curates welcoming and interesting places for our guests to connect. Every event is an ever-changing experiment in culinary and experiential creativity. This summer Moffett Restaurant group is teaming up with Relish Carolina and putting on the Ultimate Italian Family Style Dinner.
Painting in oils has become a passion for this North Carolina artist. Since the beginning of her art career, she has been guided by the widely-respected Andy Braitman and more recently has been studying in a series of master classes with the immensely-talented Curt Butler of Butler Studio. She continues to expand her artistic knowledge by studying in workshops and seminars with talented artists and teachers such as OPA Master Ted Goerschner, Connie Winters, Angela Nesbit, Kelley Sanford, Greg Barnes, Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry.
Diane Virkler was born in Philadelphia, PA. She is the great niece of Edwin Droughman, well known portrait artist in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey and a graduate of Queens University in Charlotte, NC.
Virkler has been painting and studying privately for more than twenty years. She specializes in urban landscapes and works from her own photography. She travels annually to New York and to South America.
Laughing Owl Farms
Produce, Dairy + Meat
Laughing Owl Farm is about good stuff. Good family, good farming practices, good days, and good stories. Dean, Jennifer, Ellie, and Levi work hard to bring those good qualities to others.
You can find this farming family and their CSA workers at different markets around the Charlotte region. On Saturday’s at the NCDA Yorkmont Farmers market and Matthews Farmers market.
Heritage pigs are specialty breeds that haven’t been tainted by the gigantic pork industry. Bourdain has a good point about the mass produced piggies. They really are boring and dry compared to the way hogs are supposed to be. Heritage breeds are fattier, tastier, better marbled and just all around good. The farms that are starting to raise (or have been raising) these breeds are doing more than just selling a superior hog, they are helping to keep these breeds alive. In the 30′s there were 15 breeds of pig that were raised, 6 of those breeds are now extinct. Creating a market for these breeds ensures that they won’t be lost. Give one of these farms a shout and order up some pork or you may be lucky enough to have a local farm that is raising these wonderful beasts. Either way support heritage breeds of pig and any other livestock. You’ll be happy with your choice."
New Town Farms
New Town Farms a small diversified family farm with a focus on certified organic vegetables. We also raise pastured poultry, Heritage breed pastured pork, and free range eggs, We have been in operation since 1991. We market our food through a CSA, The Matthews Community Farmers market, and to local restaurants.
Their focus is on the art and craft of farming, seeking to work within Gods created order to bring forth the best food possible.
We've partnered with Sammy Koenesburg and his team for years.
Charlotte Fish Company
Charlotte Fish Company is a community-supported, sustainable fish market delivering fresh seafood from our dock to your dinner table!
We provide quality, fresh local seafood unlike anything you will find in your local grocery store. All seafood is caught days and even hours before delivery to Charlotte, NC.
Our home port is Ocean Isle Marina. Each week we fish Brunswick Islands/Long Bay all the way up to North of Cape Hatteras to bring the finest, freshest fish to the Queen City.
Matthews Farmers Market
At the Matthews Community Farmers' Market, customers buy food directly from local farmers - that's as fresh, tasty and nutritious as it gets.
The market provides the community with locally raised foods as marketgoers help preserve the tradition of small farms in the area. Customers make a direct connection with the source of their food and get to know the person or farm family who grows it.
During our regular season market, enjoy cooking demonstrations by top local chefs and relaxing live music. You can even get your culinary questions answered and learn basic food prep skills at our weekly Chefs' Secrets class. And, our special events schedule is always full of family-friendly activities and fun contests.
Tega Hills Farm
Located south of Charlotte, NC, in Fort Mill, SC, Tega Hills Farm has been providing microgreens, lettuces, herbs, and other specialty produce to restaurants, country clubs, and individuals in the Charlotte area for over 13 years. We use controlled environment agriculture techniques along with various hydroponic systems to provide year-round local produce to our customers.
NoDa Brewing Company
NoDa Brewing Company opened its doors to the world in October 2011 and is one of Charlotte’s newest home-grown microbreweries for beer lovers in the Carolinas! This unique production brewery in the Queen City’s NoDa neighborhood crafts small-batch premium beers, offering something for nearly every beer drinker.
Birdsong was founded in 2011 with a quest for better beer and a 5-gallon soup kettle. Our vision is similar to many of our favorite craft brewing mentors who have inspired us to open our own brewery: we strive to brew flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers for distribution in the Charlotte, NC area.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB), Charlotte's oldest microbrewery, produces premium, all natural b