A portion of Main Street in downtown Pilot Mountain was closed Saturday evening and turned into a dining area during a fundraiser held for Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve in Westfield.
The sold-out event featured a multiple course dinner prepared by several noted chefs, most from the Winston-Salem area, who had donated their services for the evening. According to Minglewood Farms owners Bill and Margie Imus, several chefs had a long established relationship with the farm after using its produce in their restaurants and businesses.
The meal, dubbed Foothills Dinner on Main, was preceded by a cocktail reception with wine tasting, appetizers and live music by Nic Croucher of Winston-Salem.
Guests also toured a selection of booths set up by participating Pilot Mountain Farmers Market vendors offering information on area agriculture and their respective products. Vendors included Nikki’s Pickles, Kai’s Hens, Roma Ready, Biltmore Wines, Walnut Grove at Big Creek Farms and Borrowed Land Farm.
After their meal, attendees enjoyed an evening of dancing with music provided by Janus 4-14. The up-and-coming band was formed by Mount Airy natives Chad Barnard and Shane Mauck and has released two full-length albums.
The evening was organized by Bill and Margie Imus along with Niki Farrington and Scott Needham of The Livingroom Coffeehouse, with the support of several area growers who take part in the farmers market.
According to Margie Imus, proceeds from the evening will go toward the support of Minglewood programs designed to reach into the Surry County Schools system.
“We want kids to have a relationship with nature,” Bill Imus explained. “North Carolina has been blessed with various flora and fauna and we want children to be able to engage and protect the nature around them.”
“We’ve grown and continue to grow a diverse variety of crops,” he continued. “We want to encourage that. That’s the future of farming.”
Minglewood Farms and Nature Preserves is located at 238 Minglewood Road in Westfield. Its owners have farmed at the site for 30 years.
Two-and-a-half years ago they added the nature preserve and transitioned to a non-profit outdoor learning center. Its stated mission is “to educate students and the surrounding communities about sustainable food production and environmental stewardship.”
A variety of programs are available by appointment. The farm can be contacted at (336) 351-2945.
“This is a wonderful evening with a great small-town atmosphere,” Margie Imus noted. “The turn-out is phenomenal and we’ve had a lot of participation. Pilot Mountain has stood up for this and allowed people to see the best of a small town.”