Dinner in the Meadow is an annual event held each fall in beautiful Louisburg, NC that combines the beauty of nature with fine dining. This year, the magical date is September 15, 2024. The event cultivates a unique experience where guests are treated to a magical evening under the stars, surrounded by the serene countryside and entertained by live music while savoring a delectable meal prepared by renowned chefs. It is also a time to highlight and announce the 2024 winner of the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Grant Winner!
Setting the Scene in the Meadow
The dinner is held in an idyllic meadow, at bucolic Meadow Lane Farm, which is transformed into an exquisite dining area adorned with farm-chic decorations. As soon as you arrive, you will be greeted with delightful appetizers, freshly made cocktails and warm smiles. The surroundings are breathtaking, with lush green meadows and stunning flowers setting a picture-perfect scene. As you mingle, you will be entertained by local musicians and/or DJs playing familiar melodies, old and new, which create a serene ambiance that further enhance the festive atmosphere. There will also be a silent auction to peruse, so plan on getting some holiday shopping out of the way early this year!
Renowned Chefs Creating Masterpieces
The centerpiece of the evening is the exceptional gastronomic experience curated by renowned chefs from the Carolinas. The menu is comprised of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients provided by our local farms, farmers and artisans, that are skillfully crafted into mouth-watering dishes. Each course is beautifully presented and paired with a perfectly matched wine, cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage of your choosing, which is guaranteed to enhance the flavors of any dish.
Engaging with Passionate Farmers and Producers
Throughout the evening, you will have the opportunity to chat with passionate farmers and producers from the area who brought their fresh produce and artisanal products to be showcased at the event. It is always fascinating to learn about their farming practices and how they produce the high-quality food that ultimately reaches our plates. The conversations promise to be enriching, adding depth to this truly unique culinary experience.
Creating Memories and Strong Connections
The Dinner in the Meadow is a wonderful opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for good food, great conversations, and appreciation for nature and farming. Sharing stories and laughs with strangers quickly turn into lasting friendships that evolve year after year as you meet up at the next years Dinner in the Meadow. You will also have the opportunity to meet our wonderful sponsors, who are instrumental in the Dinner being a success year after year. (Learn about sponsorship opportunities HERE!)
Supporting a Noble Cause
What makes the entire night even more special was that all proceeds from the event are donated to support the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and cultivating small farms in North Carolina. The winner of this year’s $5,000 grant will be announced at the Dinner and you will have the opportunity to meet the farmers and hear about their endeavors! It promises to be a heartwarming event, watching these passionate farmers coming together to discuss their farms and the big plans they have for their grant! It is truly a worthy cause set in front of a background of agricultural and gastronomic delights!
Dinner in the Meadow was a truly magical experience that combines gastronomy, nature, farming and community. The event celebrates the beauty of the local landscape and showcases the culinary talents of the region. By supporting the local farmers and producers, connecting with like-minded individuals, and contributing to a noble cause, the evening is a memorable experience that you will cherish for years to come. If you haven’t attended Dinner in the Meadow yet, mark your calendars for September 15, 2024 and prepare yourself for a unique and unforgettable experience. From the first course through until your last bite of dessert, this beautiful community dinner will leave on cloud nine… and already dreaming of the next year’s extravaganza!