Local on Main: PBO’s Farm & Art Dinner

by Main Street Pittsboro

Spring has sprung and all of Pittsboro is bright green with a lot of yellow pollen mixed in. These bright hues bring to mind two things: the promise of farmers’ fields found just outside of downtown abundant with fresh growth, and the renewed sense of creativity for local artists of all genres.

In Pittsboro, small farms and a robust creative culture is a way of life. So, Main Street Pittsboro is celebrating this good life with a pop-up dinner that has a super-local twist. We’ve gathered area farmers, chefs, restaurants, craft beverages, and visual and performing artists to bring local creativity right to our main street.

Local on Main

Join us for the inaugural “Local on Main: PBO’s Farm & Art Dinner” fundraiser for Main Street Pittsboro on Sunday, May 19th, 5-8pm.


A limited number of $103 tickets are available starting Monday, April 15th.  This special event has generated a lot of buzz so we do expect to sell out. Buy your tickets at this link or point your smartphone camera at this QR code to reach the page and conclude your purchase.

** A limited number of $100 hardcopy tickets are available at Pittsboro Roadhouse, Small B&B Cafe, Kathie Russell Law, and Postal Fish Company.**
** A limited number of vegetarian entrees are also available. Email greg@pittsbororoadhouse.com to request your vegetarian entree.**

Dine On Hillsboro Street

Here’s the plan: we’re going to block off Hillsboro Street north of the courthouse for folks to gather. First up is cocktails at a cash bar (bring plastic and cash just to be sure) in the Page Vernon Pocket Park with a local instrumental duo. Then we’ll move down the block a bit to tables and chairs aligned down the middle of the street and decorated with fresh flowers for a seated three-course dinner prepared by chefs from local restaurants. Local ambassadors will be hosts and share tales of the town— our history, our character, and our culture— while the setting sun gives way to stars above the courthouse tower. A live local jazz band will play while dinner guests enjoy the bounty of local farms, and the creativity of culinary artists who turn those fresh raw resources from the fields into plates of color, texture, and flavor supported by creative treats for the eyes and ears.

An evening like this requires a whole lot of people and it all starts with…

Local on Main: The Farmers

Adventure Farms – shitake mushrooms

Burnette Ranch – sausage

Celebrity Dairy – goat curd

Boxcarr Handmade Cheese – redbud cheese

Busy Bee Farm – honey

Copeland Springs Farms

Dinner Bell Farms – vegetables

East Branch Ginger – baby lettuce, micro green garnish

Gary Thomas Farms – strawberries

Goat Lady Dairy – chevre

Granite Springs Farm – anaheim peppers, beets, spring onions

Green Panda Farms – spicy micro greens

Homeland Creamery – milk

Latta’s Eggs – eggs

Lil Rooster Farms – fresh greens

Lyon Farm – rhubarb

Mapleview Farms – milk

Norm’s Farm – elderberry

Owl’s Nest Farm – rhubarb

Phillips Farms of Chatham – strawberries

Salty Catch – shrimp

Screech Owl Greenhouse – poblano peppers

Smithview Farm – short ribs

Sweetwater Pecan Orchard – pecans

Local on Main: The Culinary Artists

Angelina’s Kitchen – salad

Chatham Ciderworks – beverage

Cumulonimbus Chocolatiers – dessert

The Country Bakeress – dessert

Fire Clay Cellars – beverage

Nazz’d Brewworks and Grille – appetizer

Pittsboro Roadhouse – appetizer & dessert

Pickle Jar Cafe – entree

Postal Fish Company – fish course

The Root Cellar Cafe – appetizer & dessert

Small B&B Cafe – dessert

Starrlight Mead – beverage

Thirsty Skull Brewery – beverage

Virlie’s Grill – dessert

Local on Main: The Visual & Performing Artists

Ashlie Campbell – design

Martha Danek – illustration

Tracy Lynn and Dave Smith – music

Beth Goldston – bird etchings & painting

Julia Kennedy & Bett Wilson Foley

Lara O’Keefe – pottery

Edwin White – metal etching

Dave Quick Jazz -music

Buy Your Tickets

Buy your $103 tickets at this link or point your smartphone camera at the QR code to conclude your purchase. (A $3 service fee is included in your ticket price.)
You can also by $100 tickets in person at Small B&B, Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store, Postal Fish Company and the Kathie Russell Law Office.

Volunteer for Local on Main

Volunteers are welcome (and needed!) to be a part of this special fundraiser. Click here to volunteer.

About Main Street Pittsboro

Main Street Pittsboro is a non-profit organization working on “economic development within the context of historic preservation.” That means we aim to keep Pittsboro’s downtown core unique, fun, and vibrant to attract shoppers and new businesses that are (ideally) locally-owned while being mindful of the town’s history that ultimately sets Pittsboro apart from all other small towns. We work with our partners to bring events downtown, enhance and improve building facades, and make downtown more attractive, accessible, and liveable. Your support is vital.

Pittsboro’s Mobile Payment System

We are delighted to work with Mobipaid, a mobile payment system, based in Pittsboro. Yep, we keep it local every chance we get and hope you will, too.

A Main Street Pop-up-Dinner

Most pop-up dinners take place in restaurants or event spaces, but we’ve decided to go big *and* go home by taking this to the main street of Pittsboro (a.k.a. Hillsboro Street). So come on along! Enjoy a hand-crafted feast with friends in our picturesque small town on the edge of big things. If rain is forecast, we will be forced to move the event inside the Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store.

Did You Know…

• Did you know that agricultural and agribusiness (food, fibers, and forestry) industries account for 33% of Chatham County’s total income?

• Did you know that Chatham County was characterized as a “creative goldmine” by leaders at the State Arts Council and that the Open Studio Arts tour is one of the oldest in the state?


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  1. Jay Niver April 16, 2019 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Want to volunteer, have tons of experience, but seems cumbersome to go through you template for general volunteer opportunities. I expected something specific to this event.

    My sister just bought a ticket, but I can’t afford the entry fee, so would love to work in return for being a part of this.

    Thanks, Jay

    • Main Street Pittsboro May 10, 2019 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Hi Jay – Thanks for your offer. We’d appreciate your help with set-up and tear down.

  2. Sam White April 19, 2019 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Sounds like fun.

  3. Main Street Pittsboro April 21, 2019 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Jay, We’d love to have your help!! We’ll share your contact info with the folks who will be delighted to hear from you. Thank you.

  4. Hope WT May 2, 2019 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I make local, seasonal bouquets. Are you interested ?

  5. CLilly May 10, 2019 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Are there vegetarian and vegan options available from the participating restaurants? I’d love to go but dont want to pay 100.00 for a salad.

    • Main Street Pittsboro May 10, 2019 at 11:21 am - Reply

      We’re glad you asked. Yes! A limited number of vegetarian entrees made by Angelina’s Kitchen was a late addition to the dinner. When you buy your tickets, tell Greg or email him at greg@pittsbororoadhouse.com to let him know you need a vegetarian dinner.

  6. Mike Reese May 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    What are you raising funds for and how much actually goes to that?

    • Main Street Pittsboro May 21, 2019 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Hi Mike – Thanks for asking. Currently, we are an all-volunteer organization so 100% of the proceeds of tickets and raffle sales go to pay for whatever wasn’t donated for the event. We will use the balance for continuing to promote downtown such as advertising downtown Pittsboro in major media outlets, hosting or participating in other Pittsboro events, promoting downtown businesses, and infrastructure improvements.

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