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The Katharine Celebrates Community with Monthly Dinner Series

Chefs, brewers, farmers, and more “Keep it Local” with new collaboration!

Beginning this August, The Katharine Brasserie & Bar will host monthly dinners celebrating local artisans, farmers, distillers, winemakers and guest chefs. This dinner series pays homage to Katharine Reynolds – the restaurant’s namesake – and her love of and devotion to her beloved community.

To kick off the dinner series, Executive Chef Adam Barnett will host Winston-Salem’s own Wise Man Brewing for a collaborative dinner on Thursday, August 16 at 6:30pm. The intimate dinner will be held on The Katharine’s newly refurbished outdoor patio, offering guests four courses showcasing Chef Barnett’s classic French cuisine, carefully curated to complement the flavors of each course’s beer pairing. Limited seating is available; $65 tickets may be purchased here.

On Wednesday, September 19th, Chef Barnett will welcome Hoots Beer Company for the second installment of the dinner series. Once again, Chef Barnett will highlight this award-winning local brewery by pairing each dish with a Hoots’ beer selection. Tickets for this event will be available soon!

On October 11th, The Katharine will host one of the country’s finest lamb producers, Craig Rogers of Border Springs Farm, for a fall feast in the dining room. Border Springs, located just 10 miles from the North Carolina border in Patrick Springs, Virginia, is a family-owned farm producing natural lamb, which has received national praise by chefs and media alike. Chef Barnett will work closely with Rogers to create a memorable four-course menu showcasing the farm’s award-winning lamb. In addition, each dish will be paired with a wine from New Zealand’s Craggy Range Vineyards. Stay tuned for tickets to this intimate wine-paired dinner.

Follow along on Instagram @katharinebrasserie or on Facebook for updates on other upcoming dinners and events.

Two Winston-Salem Nonprofits Welcome New CEOs

Two of our member nonprofits are welcoming new leadership, as CEO announcements have been made for both the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. We join the community in welcoming these new leaders in their new roles.

Randy Eaddy, Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

 Randy Eaddy, corporate attorney and long-time arts advocate, will serve as the Arts Council’s President and CEO. Eaddy will succeed Jim Sparrow who held the position for five years before resigning effective July 31 to become Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Ballet.

“This opportunity came along at a good place in my life,” said Eaddy, who has served on The Arts Council Board for seven years and chaired several committees. “I was transitioning out of law practice and had not made further commitments.  My experiences with The Arts Council have been among the most rewarding I have had as a volunteer in the nonprofit world. I enthusiastically accepted this chance to make a significant contribution to this community.”

Eaddy is retiring from the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton law firm after almost 25  years as a partner there.

Eric A. Aft, Second Harvest Food Bank

Eric A. Aft has been appointed as the next Chief Executive Officer of  Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, the region’s lead agency addressing hunger and its causes. Aft assumes the reins after the long-planned retirement of Clyde W. Fitzgerald, Jr., who passionately served the organization in numerous roles throughout its entire 36-year history, including the last 10 years at the helm.  

Eric A. Aft

“Making sure that people can access healthy food when they need it is central to our work and vital to the well-being of our communities,” said Aft. “It is also true that families want and deserve more. We will continue to build awareness and engage more people around the issues of hunger and poverty. Our goal is to strengthen and expand our programs and initiatives that support transformational change, including Providence, our nationally recognized culinary job training program. We will seek new ways to use technology and data to enhance the way we do business and focus our energies to make the biggest difference possible. At the heart of our approach is working collaboratively with the many communities we are honored to serve, because everyone has something to bring to the table. I will be out in the communities regularly, and look forward to connecting with our old friends and new ones.”

Salute to Business: LMI Builders, Inc.

While LMI Builders, Inc. was originally established in Lexington, NC in 1997, the Triad-area general contractor added a Winston-Salem location in 2011 to better serve the large volume of projects that have been garnered there in recent years. LMI’s superb staff of employees takes pride in bringing their clients the best quality projects; on time and within budget. Providing services in every aspect of construction, LMI Builders regularly oversees office, retail, restaurant and industrial jobs, and in the process has earned a reputation of professionalism and quality workmanship.

Winston-Salem’s thriving business community has been a tremendous asset to the company’s success, having provided LMI with the opportunity to work as general contractor for many local businesses, including District Bar and Grill, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Ziggy’s Nightclub and most recently the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. LMI also had the privilege of performing the complete glass block and masonry restoration at PTRP’s Wake Forest Bio Tech Place.

LMI Builders is proud to be a part of the Winston-Salem business community and looks forward to many years of success and contribution to the area economy.

LMI Builders Salute to Business

From left to right: 1st row Mark Owens, Winston-Salem Chamber, Jodi Williams, LMI Builders, Inc., Joe Williams, LMI Builders, Inc., Kevin Robert, Twin City Quarter,  2nd row: Rodessa Mitchell, Winston-Salem Chamber, Terry Barber, Twin City Quarter, Richard Brooks, Twin City Quarter,  Dan Joyner, Image360

8 Leadership Principles and 4 Career-Development Steps for Young Professionals

The Winston Under 40 Lunch with Leaders series connects young professionals with our community’s most distinguished leaders. The wisdom and insights gained from these conversations help to build the next generation of successful professionals with strong leadership skills.

In June, we heard from David Stevens, the Mid-South Division President at SunTrust Bank. Here are some of David’s thoughts on leadership and career development.  

I don’t have the market cornered on what it takes to be a great leader or all the answers to how you should manage your career. But, I have been charged with leading some large business units over my 37-year career. I have seen and experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly side of leadership. I have made some great career decisions and some that I would love to have a do-over on.

I defined my personal leadership style based on a question which came not from any of my superiors, not in a job interview, or in a professional review. It came from my wife. One day, she asked me what it was that I did which made people want to follow my lead.  

Here is the answer I gave her and what I have since defined as my leadership style and principals:

I believe in what I am doing and the purpose of my company – at SunTrust that purpose is helping our clients and communities achieve their financial goals and dreams – we call that lighting the way to Financial Well-Being. I believe in it and it is easy for folks to see my passion about our purpose.

My teammates know I will always do the right thing and that when I commit to something it is the gospel. If I commit, it will happen, even if it might bring some heat on me down the road. That may not seem like a big deal, but in the world we live in today, it is a differentiating quality.

My teammates know I care and have a vested interest in their success. I know them well, personally and in business, and want the best for them. This doesn’t mean that I never have tough conversations or tell them where they need to improve. Some of the best bonds I have built with people have been over very difficult conversations.

I try to model work life balance – people don’t want to sell their soul for a company. They need balance to help them be their best while at work. My teammates know I have a life outside of the bank and that it is equally important to me. I expect them to do the same.

It’s not about me. It’s about the client and the teammates. Said another way, my teammates know I am focused on the best outcomes for them and our clients –  not advancing my career. That is the focal point of every leadership decision I make.

I have high standards and demand the best from my teammates. When your teammates know you believe in the cause, you can be trusted, care about and invest in them, you make it fun and are not in it just to advance your career; you can then set high standards and demand their best.

I have fun doing my job. That type of style tends to be infectious and make folks want to be a part of it. I take what I do seriously, but I don’t take myself too seriously and try to have fun doing what we do.  My career is full of stories and I share them as a means of communicating important messages and lasting memories for folks. Even the worst experiences of your career have value and can be used for the greater good down the road.

I give back to my community – we are nothing without the communities we live and work in and we all need to help our communities prosper by giving back.

Being purposeful about developing your leadership skills is an important quality. So is being strategic about your career plan and charting out your path to achieve your ultimate career goals.

Over the course of my career, I developed a decision matrix which helped me to frame potential career moves and decide whether or not they would be a good fit for me.  

It is an easy 4 step process:

1. Determine your personal and family goals, dreams and desires- and make sure your career path choices are consistent with these non-negotiables.

These should all be very specific to you but might include the following:

Where you want to live
Cost of living, quality of life, school system if you have children
Proximity to immediate family
Participation in children’s school and athletic events
Proximity to close friends and business networks
Work hours and travel demands of a job
The level of compensation you require

2. Complete a candid self-assessment of your personal strengths/weaknesses and likes/dislikes.

Be honest with yourself – you will be the only one that will see this work. Some of these will guide you to what training and development work you need to do, but many will just be your personal preferences. Know them and don’t run a red light or kid yourself just because you want a bigger job. A self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses/likes and dislikes is a great way to make an informed career decision.

3. Play and plan for the long game – set long term career aspirations.

Don’t just think “what do I want my next job to be” – think 2 or 3 jobs down the road. Will the job you are considering advance you towards your end game?

4. Once you have a bead on the next possible career progression opportunity:

Test it against your personal and family goals, dreams and desires – is it a fit?
Test it against your personal strengths/weaknesses and like/dislikes – Is it a fit?
Ask yourself – what gaps do I have and what training/development do I need and get a plan
Test it against your long term game plan – will it help advance you towards your ultimate career goals?

The next Lunch with Leaders will bring us insights from Maurice Green, Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. This event is coming up on August 16th at the Marriott Downtown. RSVP Here.

To learn more about Winston Under 40 and the Lunch with Leaders series, visit

Salvation Army Receives Grant to Combat Homelessness

The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem has received a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to implement a new pilot program with the goal of a 25% reduction in the population of The Salvation Army Center of Hope Family Residence by helping clients stay in their current housing or find a stable alternative. The new project will also provide life skill sets for individuals taking part in the program to help them maintain self-sufficiency going forward.

The program is directly targeted at serving families, youth, and children. The $226,859 award will fund the pilot program for the next two years.

Tashina Oladunjoye, Salvation Army Director of Social Services, describes the new program, “The Diversion Tool can put us on the road to a long-term answer to the tragedy of homelessness. This program will, in effect, serve as a vaccine against homelessness. We are deeply grateful to the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation for making this possible.”


Collaboration Builds Social Capital Through the Arts

Although school is out for the summer, a collaborative group is making sure that children have a full schedule of enrichment opportunities to enjoy. The following feature on Happy Hill Arts is shared with permission from the UNC School of the Arts. For more content and photos, click here.  

One by one, about a dozen children file into the multi-purpose room for a dance class at Willows Peake Apartments in the Happy Hill neighborhood. This dance class is part of Happy Hill Arts, a place-based arts initiative aimed at strengthening community pride and cohesion in the historically African American neighborhood adjacent to UNCSA. Collaborators include the Happy Hill Neighborhood Association, the UNCSA School of Dance, the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and other partners.

DigiStar Photo Group/ Bruce Chapman–04/26/18– during a recent afterschool program session at the Happy Hill community center in Winston-Salem, N. C., Thursday, April 26, 2018. DigiStar Happy Hill Afterschool Program CHA

Artists of color lead a variety of cultural arts activities for Happy Hill youth to enhance their educational opportunities, from dance and drumming to photography and storytelling.

The founders of Happy Hill Arts, Amatullah Saleem and Rebecca Bryant Williams, recently won The Winston-Salem Foundation’s prestigious ECHO Award, which honors people and organizations in the city who are instrumental in building social capital. Both women are artists who helped revive the Happy Hill Neighborhood Association in 2015 and now serve as officers. And both are passionate about breaking down the barriers that have separated the neighborhood from the arts school for decades.

 “It is important that people understand the history of Happy Hill is every bit as important to the history of Winston-Salem as Old Salem is. Your history tells you who you are and what your value is. If you don’t have that foundation, you are not rooted in anything.” Williams says.

 By all accounts, last summer’s program was a success. Williams says that organizers noticed a significant transformation in the behavior of the students: “It was really eye-opening to see how the children changed in just six weeks. They were able to increase their focus, and they got a greater appreciation for the importance of discipline and paying attention.”

Such positive outcomes are supported by research. A 2012 large-scale, longitudinal study by the National Endowment for the Arts found that children who are exposed to intensive arts experiences not only perform better academically than their peers who are not, they also become more socially active citizens.

All of the partners in Happy Hill Arts supported adding an after-school component to the program this year, which has expanded the neighborhood’s ability to interact with the UNCSA community when school is in session and the campus is alive with programming opportunities.

Exposing children to the arts, Williams says, is an effective way to tap into their potential. “For African American children in particular, it is important to be able to see people who are successful and who have the same color skin as yours, to realize that that is not a barrier, it is actually an asset.”

The summer program culminated with a well-received performance for families, neighbors and friends during which the children’s work was showcased and celebrated.

Winston-Salem’s First Shared-Use Kitchen Opens at WSSU’s Enterprise Center

Officials from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), the City of Winston-Salem and the S.G. Atkins Community Development Center (SGACDC) cut the ribbon on Winston-Salem’s first shared-use commercial kitchen during a ceremony at The Enterprise Center on Monday, June 25. Shared Use Kitchen Atkins CDC Winston-Salem

Cutting the ribbon on the Enterprise Center’s new shared-use commercial kitchen, (from left) Marla Newman, director of community development for the City of Winston-Salem; Constance Mallette, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration at WSSU; Walter Farabee, Director of talent retention and recruitment at WS Chamber; Carol Davis, executive director for the S.G. Atkins CDC; WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson; and City Council members Derwin Montgomery ’10, and Denise D. Adams.

The Chamber’s Walter Farabee participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony as the Board Chair of the S.G. Atkins CDC.

“Part of the mission of the S.G. Atkins CDC is to help people in this community grow businesses,” said Carol Davis, executive director for the SGACDC. “Until now, we have worked with people who needed office spaces, but now the Enterprise Center can make this commercial equipment available. This is something that has been missing in our local food scene, and we’re happy to have it here.” 

The kitchen, located in the Enterprise Center, is funded through grants from the City of Winston-Salem and the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

The 895-square-foot kitchen has three refrigerators, three freezers, and several pantries with shelving for storage. It also has a six-burner range, a 40-pound fryer, a double convection oven, a 40-quart mixer, and a baker’s station. There’s also an ice machine and a dishwasher. 

The kitchen will help caterers and food entrepreneurs who have products that they want to package and sell in stores and online, Davis said.

The kitchen will be closely regulated by the Forsyth County Health Department. Davis said to be considered, users must have their business plan approved by the Enterprise Center, have insurance and be food safety-certified and have a permit from the health department. 

Shanta Hauser Faison, who has worked as an executive chef for 11 years, is among those who has been waiting for the new kitchen to open. She developed a business plan and received state approval in February to launch Rosey Blooms, a food business named after her grandmother. She’s hoping the commercial kitchen can help her take her business national, starting first with her own recipe of collard greens.

“To know that there’s a consistent and structured place where I can practice and expand my craft without fear of the obtaining the proper support alleviates so many barriers,” Faison said. “Just as importantly, it also provides an environment in which I am able to share my experiences with other chefs in pursuit of a higher goal while learning from their experiences as well.” 

Shanta Hauser Faison, who worked as an executive chef for more than 10 years, has been waiting for the new shared-use commercial kitchen to open.

The Enterprise Center, a development of SGACDC, aims to help people in the communities around WSSU grow businesses. The center also offers: a business incubator; workshops and classes for entrepreneurs; and a conference and banquet center. The center also houses WSSU’s School of Health Sciences Virtual Hospital, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for the Study of Economic Development (CSEM), and WSSU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. For more information about the S.G. Atkins CDC and its programs, please visit the website.

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment.

Duke Energy Donation Supports Electrical Lineman Training Institute at Forsyth Tech

Duke Energy has donated $95,844.00 to support the Electrical Lineman Training Institute at Forsyth Technical Community College by replacing worn equipment and connecting graduates with potential employers across the region and beyond.

Jimmy Flythe, Director of Government and Community Relations, West Region, Duke Energy Carolinas, presented the check to Forsyth Tech. Flythe is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Winston-Salem Chamber.

Check presentation FTCC and Duke Energy

Check presentation from Duke Energy to Forsyth Tech from left: Alan Proctor, chair, Forsyth Tech Board of Trustees; Sharon Anderson, dean, Community & Economic Development Programs; Jimmy Flythe, director, West Region, Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy Carolinas; Bill Adams, part-time director of Occupational Extension, and Gary Green, president of Forsyth Tech.

“The strategic partnership between Duke Energy and Forsyth Tech for the education of the next generation of electrical linemen is an excellent example of business-college collaboration for workforce development,” said President of Forsyth Tech Gary Green. “Because of Duke Energy’s generous support, we are providing career opportunities for young people with excellent wages and benefits.”

Duke Energy has collaborated with Forsyth Tech on numerous initiatives to connect students and educators with STEM, literacy and workforce development opportunities in North Carolina.

“Duke Energy is excited to partner again with Forsyth Tech with this grant to the electrical line technician training program,” said Jimmy Flythe, director, West Region, Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy Carolinas. “Forsyth Tech has a great track record of preparing individuals for excellent career paths and this program is no exception. A career in the line technician trade is rewarding, both financially and personally satisfying knowing the importance of powering our economy.”

Summertime in the City

A Winston-Salem Staycation

What’s your ideal day in Winston-Salem? As part of our Keep it Local series, we asked Lynette Matthews-Murphy, Founder and Partner of Spring House Restaurant and Quanto Basta Italian Eatery and Board Member of the Forsyth County Tourism Development Authority. Lynette’s perfect staycation includes nods to more than 25 individually or family-owned places to eat, shop, and enjoy Winston-Salem! 

On those rare occasions that I find myself with a free weekend away from our busy restaurants, Spring House and Quanto Basta, there’s a strong temptation to hop in the car for a quick getaway from Winston-Salem.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a long-standing love affair with my adopted hometown for over 25 years now.  But…it’s a weekend, in the middle of a steamy summer!  So the question becomes ~ should we escape to the beach or mountains…or are there enough fun and exciting things to do right here that will make this stay-at-home weekend a true “staycation?”  My answer, these days, is a definite “Yes!”   

Winston Salem Staycation

For me, one of the best ways to start the weekend here is with an early morning visit to Cobblestone Farmer’s Market in Old Salem.  Just walking through the historic site brings such peace, and the farmers and producers are so friendly and eager to share their stories.  Pack your bags with the summer’s first garden tomatoes for classic tomato sandwiches (slathered with Duke’s Mayo!) and peppers and mushrooms for a fresh pasta dish, and yummy baked breads from Camino Bakery.  Stashing a cooler in the car keeps everything nice during the adventures to come. 

Next, consider indulging in one of my favorite retail experiences ~ strolling down Reynolda Road at Hanes Park, where the quaint shops and shopkeepers offer the coolest and most original home goods, clothing and artifacts.  Starting at Elizabeth’s with an irresistible selection of candles, pillows, and small furniture pieces; to the great consignment clothing at Yours Truly, and of course, the super-eclectic mix of treasures at Cookies Shabbytiques ~ it’s more exploration than mere shopping.  As you wind your way around the curve, the shop that started the consignment craze back in the 1970’s ~ The Snob Shop, is moving to a larger space to keep up with demand for their beautifully curated selection of clothing, vintage jewelry and accessories. 

Famished and ready to relax, the decision for where to go for lunch is a tough one.  With all the new choices like Trade Street Diner, Crafted: The Art of the Taco, and Local 27101; and old favorites like Mozelle’s, West End Café, and The Carving Board, a true Tex-Mex delight on a summer day is The Porch Cantina, right around the corner. 

Refreshed and re-energized, add the new indie Bookmarks Bookstore in their lovely new space behind Foothills Brewing on 4th Street to your itinerary ~ they often have visiting authors and book-signings in-store, and the new Footnotes Cafe is perfect for an afternoon coffee or Foothills-crafted beer.  Then, with Aperture Cinema only a quick stroll up 4th Street, a movie matinee may be the perfect way to escape the afternoon heat. 

After the matinee, finally ~ it’s the cocktail hour, and the choices are endless here in our beautiful town.   For beer-lovers, new breweries like The Fiddlin’ Fish, Wise Man, and Joymongers are like a magnet for joining up with friends…and kids, and dogs!  Tate’s Cocktails is a terrific place to enjoy creative artisan spirits, and if I may say so myself, we make a perfect summer cocktail here at Spring House called the White Grapefruit Cosmo in our cozy and cool Library Bar…and please plan to stay for a light supper afterwards on our outdoor patio alongside the Chef’s Garden ~ it’s a little oasis in the middle of the bustling downtown. 

I’m thrilled that our city has become quite the dining destination, with new places opening weekly.  Whether you crave a juicy steak at Fratelli’s Italian Steakhouse, to French-inspired dishes at Meridian, robust Irish pub-fare at Finnegan’s Wake, or soul-inspiring Southern fare at Sweet Potatoes ~ you could spend several weeks trying out all the uniquely W-S dining options. 

After dinner, the cool evening beckons folks from all over town to enjoy the free and fabulous outdoor concerts or outdoor movies at Summer On Liberty and in Bailey Park in Innovation Quarter.  In my mind it’s the perfect way to end your fun staycation adventure in our fair city!

As I was writing this, the main reason I absolutely adore this city has made itself clear: every place I’ve mentioned is individually or family-owned!  It’s this community of entrepreneurs, producers, chefs and makers who add such incredible vibrancy and authenticity to Winston-Salem ~ and it’s this originality that makes our town worthy of being a vacation destination for visitors and locals alike. 

Here’s to enjoying your very own Winston-Salem staycation soon! 

Salute to Business: Lindsay & Gardner, CPAs, PLLC

Lindsay & Gardner, CPAs, PLLC, a Certified Public Accounting firm is located in Clemmons and has served the Triad area for ten years.  The firm is dedicated to providing clients with professional, personalized services and guidance for individual and business needs. Lindsay & Gardner, CPAs, PLLC has valuable experience and knowledge assisting clients with accounting and tax needs.

The goal is to be recognized as a leading CPA firm in the community with a reputation founded upon the highest level of professional and personal integrity. We strive to have clients and team members as loyal advocates of the firm. The firm’s objective is to serve clients and work with them to achieve their personal and business goals.

Lindsay & Gardner CPAs strives to be an enjoyable place to work for all team members. The firm’s goal is to hire the best candidates as team members and will ensure that they have the best training and opportunity for professional advancement, personal growth and excellent long-term career opportunities.

Lindsay & Gardner CPAs mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of clients’ needs through research and sound analysis. Lindsay & Gardner, CPAs, PLLC is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.

First row from left to right: Kelsie Jaeger, Lindsay & Gardner CPAs, PLLC, Amy Gardner, Lindsay & Gardner CPAs, PLLC , Teresa Lindsay, Lindsay & Gardner CPAs, PLLC, Mark Owens, WS Chamber of Commerce. Second row: Richard Brooks, Twin City Quarter, Rodessa Mitchell, WS Chamber of Commerce, Jill Atherton, WS Chamber of Commerce, Dan Joyner, Image360