Bone – In Pork Chops with Dijon Cream Sauce

Bring your regular pork chops to a whole new level with this flavorful mustard cream sauce. These bone – in pork chops topped with rich creamy goodness are pan-fried and finished in the oven. How good does this sound? Add it with your favorite fall vegetable or even better, blackened grits like these from Anson Mills – a fan favorite no doubt! Remember to always shop local when you can – our pastured raised chops are the perfect protein for this dish, with each pack having two chops. Want to ditch the bone? Try our boneless chops, perfect for a lighter fare. 

Ingredients: 

For the Pork Chops

For the Mustard Cream “Pan” Sauce

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth – I used low sodium
  • 2 tbsp whole grain dijon mustard
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat. Drizzle oil into the pan.
  4. Add pork chops to the pan and sear on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  5. To prepare the sauce, add butter to the pan. 
  6. Add chicken broth. We love this one from kettle & fire. Whisk in dijon mustard, then cream. Stir in salt and pepper.
  7. Return pork chops to the pan, spoon some of the sauce over the pork chops, then transfer to the oven.
  8. Cook for 10 minutes. Spoon liquid from the pan over the pork chops. Cook another 10-15 minutes until pork is cooked through and sauce is thickened.
  9. Spoon more sauce over the pork chops, garnish with black pepper and fresh herbs if desired and serve.

Note – If you are using really thick bone in pork chops, they will retain a lot of moisture. Be sure to reduce the cooking time if using a thinner chop.

Bon appétit!

 

Traditional Braised Short Ribs

Add this classic meal that uses simple ingredients to your Fall menu. These traditional braised short ribs are cooked low and slow and will fill your home with the most delicious smells drawing everyone around the table. Have this cooking in the oven on a Sunday night while you prepare for your upcoming week or serve it up for a family gathering. Either way, it’s guaranteed to leave your crowd wanting more!

Ingredients List

  • 6 bone-in short ribs (about 5 3/4 pounds) – grab these from North Corner Haven!
  • Kosher salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 ribs celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut in 1/2 lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups heavy red wine – a Cabernet Sauvignon would be great
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, tied with kitchen string
  • 2 bay leaves

Cooking Instructions

  1. Season each short rib generously with salt. Coat a pot large enough to accommodate all the meat and vegetables with olive oil and bring to a high heat. Add the short ribs to the pan and brown very well, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook in batches, if necessary.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. While the short ribs are browning, prepare all the vegetables. When the short ribs are very brown on all sides, remove them from the pan. Drain the fat, coat the bottom of the same pan with fresh oil and add the vegetables. Season the vegetables generously with salt and brown until they are very dark and a fond (a crust of sorts) has formed on the bottom of the pan, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Scrape the fond and let it reform. Scrape the fond again and add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat if things start to burn. Reduce the volume of the mixture by half.
  4. Return the short ribs to the pan and add 2 cups broth or until the broth has just about covered the meat. Add water if necessary. Add the thyme bundle and bay leaves. Cover the pan and place in the preheated oven for 3 hours. Check periodically during the cooking process and add more water, if needed. Turn the ribs over halfway through the cooking time. Remove the lid during the last 20 minutes of cooking to let things get nice and brown and to let the sauce reduce. When done the meat should be very tender but not falling apart. Serve with the braising liquid.

Serve these short ribs with some buttery mashed potatoes or even some homemade rolls. A great homemade dish that is full of comfort food flavors. Yum! 

Don’t forget to grab your short ribs from our Farm Shop! Our pasture raised Beef is raised right here on the Farm and can be delivered to your door! Learn more.

As we welcome Fall, we’ve packaged up some amazing experiences perfect for your next Corporate Event, Private Event or Celebration. 

 

Oyster Roast

Fresh air, fire pits and plenty of space to spread out to make it an enjoyable and comfortable event for all guests. As you begin planning your holiday celebrations, consider our Holiday Oyster Roast package at North Corner Haven. The best part? This event can be hosted day or night offering flexibility for your team.

  • Private Venue Rental (Mon – Friday) for up to 6 hours with Concierge Event Management included
  • Oyster Roast with Steamed Oysters & Shrimp, Two Dinner Stations and an open bar for up to 4 hours
  • Live Music (three hours)
  • Optional activities / entertainment (think mobile axe throwing, cigar rolling, whiskey tasting + more!)

Pricing begins at $165 per person*

Wreath Making Workshop

Grab your team or invite your clients for this hands on experience at North Corner Haven! Join us and learn to create a gorgeous medium holiday wreath with fresh seasonal greens and textures – many items foraged directly from the Farm.

After you make your wreath enjoy an afternoon of refreshments and cocktails by the fire – and you get to take your wreath home with you!

  • Private Venue Rental (Mon – Friday) for up to 4 hours with Concierge Event Management included.
  • Wreath Making Workshop per attendee, all supplies included
  • Beer, Wine & Non Alcoholic Refreshments
  • Selection of Appetizers

Pricing begins at $140 per person*

clay shooting in NC

A Sporting Day

Grab your team or invite your clients for the ultimate outing on the Farm. Think flannels and fire pits with this interactive day – the best way to enjoy a southern fall day. Gain some outfit inspiration from this Garden and Gun article. 

  • Private Venue Rental (Mon – Friday) of North Corner Haven for up to 4 hours with Concierge Event Management included
  • 2 hours of Skeet Shooting at our State of the Art Five Stand
  • All supplies included: Ammo, 20g Gun Rental, Eye & Ear Protection
  • Facilitation + Instruction (if needed)
  • 1.5 Hour Cocktail Hour in the Courtyard or in the Farmhouse following shooting including a choice of three appetizers served with beer & wine + specialty cocktail

Pricing begins at $225 per person*

*All pricing subject to change based on date selection and desired guest count. Does not include applicable taxes & fees. 

Schedule your next event with the team at North Corner Haven. Email: [email protected] for more information or head to our contact page here. 

 

*THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT*

AGENDA FOR THE DAY 

10:30am – 11:00am | MEET & GREET

as you arrive, explore North Corner Haven and enjoy a cold pressed juice to invigorate your morning provided by Clean Juice

11:00am – 12:00pm | EASE INTO THE DAY

with a slow flow yoga session & sound bath by Toccare Day Spa (please bring your own mat)

12:00pm | GATHER

on the Farmhouse Porch for a farm to table lunch by North Corner Haven

1:30pm – 3:30pm | ENLIGHTENING SPEAKERS

Nesha Pai | Overcoming Ordinary Obstacles

Mahea SolLer | Holding Trauma In Our Bodies and How to Release It

+ more, Including Nick and Jayme Valo, of Valoie, the most interesting couple in skincare.

Tickets | $59 per person (includes full agenda above, kindly bring your own yoga mat) 

*SOLD OUT*

 

Questions? Get in touch. 

 

As return-to-office culture continues to develop post covid, one thing is clear; your team is ready to hang out in person again! More importantly, many people consider in person interaction to be a driving factor for motivation, happiness and connection within a company. So, as you look ahead to the 2022 Holiday Season (with some admitted uncertainty around gathering indoors) our team at North Corner Haven is here to share why you should consider an outdoor friendly, day party this holiday season. 

Southern Temps and Fire Pits 

If the last two years taught us anything it’s that nine times out of ten, we can live life outdoors – especially when we are lucky enough to live in the beautiful Southeast! Corporate Events or Holiday Parties are no exception. Mild temperatures during the day, even into the late winter, can allow for outdoor activities and gathering within the right environment. At North Corner Haven, our event spaces flow in and out of doors with comfortable fire pits, lounge seating and standing heaters just steps away. Coupled with our stunning indoor Cedar Barn facility  (heated and air conditioned) your guests will have the option to enjoy the space that’s best for them. Also – who doesn’t love S’Mores? 

Festive Food and Beverage 

It’s all about the experience! Engage your guests with a variety of interactive food and beverage stations during your Holiday Party or next Corporate Event. Consider a classic Southern Oyster Roast (there is an “R” in every month Nov – March) to encourage connection across the table or serve them up as an appetizer during cocktail hour. Not an oyster fan? How about a Live Fire Feast cooking up your favorite seasonal vegetables alongside some melt in your mouth proteins like our Forest Raised Pork or Beef? At North Corner Haven, we’re all about incorporating food and entertainment in one place. Lastly, consider a specialty drink that can be served warm or cold depending on the weather. Think Spiked Apple Cider or even a Hot Toddy. Guaranteed to keep your hands warm while enjoying a beautiful Fall / Winter day. 

Work Life Balance

There is nothing worse than being overcommitted during the Holiday Season especially if it means you have to decline a special occasion with friends and family or time with your colleagues. When you host a daytime event this season, it leaves your employees free for the remainder of the evening – it may even mean they get to work on time the next day! 

Book your Holiday Party at North Corner Haven

Whether we’ve sold you on the daytime celebration or you are looking for a more traditional gathering, we’re here to help. Contact us here to learn more about our Corporate Event Options at North Corner Haven.

For many, the words “team building” conjure dated images of trust falls and company picnics. But team building doesn’t have to be the kind of forced fun that elicits groans from your colleagues. In fact, it’s an important part of fostering a positive work culture and building trust across your organization. But for team-building to be effective, you may need to rethink your approach. 

The Necessity of Gathering

After two years of working from home, many workers are excited to get back to the office, while others are less than enthusiastic about returning to the traditional 9-to-5.

Regardless of where you prefer to set up your workstation, it’s impossible to overstate the positive impact of socialization on an organization. Simply spending time with each other and breaking bread is linked to higher morale, a stronger work culture, less absenteeism, and increased performance.

At North Corner Haven, we’re in the business of bringing people together. We’ve seen first hand how a crowd at a team building event can change in just a few hours, transitioning from polite smalltalk to raucous laughter and heartfelt conversation. Humans are social creatures; we’re made to gather, and our “work selves” are no exception. 

Team Building Out-of-Office

No matter how much you love your job, the reality is that many people would prefer to be somewhere besides the office at any given time. Commuting between home and work makes it easy for monotony to creep in, which easily compounds stress levels. 

For this reason, team building that takes place outside the office is the most potent. Spending time with your colleagues in a new environment makes it easier to break down those walls and get to know each other outside the context of work. 

Fostering Creativity and Innovation

Conducting a corporate retreat or team building event is a great way to encourage collaboration and creativity. Taking a breather from the routine of the office helps get people into a more creative headspace. 

Getting out of the city and into nature is proven to enhance creativity. North Corner Haven is a favorite destination among Charlotte-based companies. We’ve created a laid-back, idyllic environment that’s conducive to creative thought and collaboration.

Investing in People

Leadership is all about showing people rather than telling them that they’re appreciated. Putting forth the time and money to break from the standard corporate experience may involve some sacrifices within the company, but ultimately, it’s an investment in the people that you work with. 

Investing in team building means investing in your colleagues’ happiness. These days, employee satisfaction goes well beyond the scope of the office coffee machine. People want to feel valued, and they want their time at work to be well-spent.

At North Corner Haven, we understand that a team isn’t built so much as curated. We provide a luxurious but unpretentious experience for people of all stripes to gather, grow, and cooperate. There will always be more money, but time is finite – and the time you spend together as a team is invaluable. Contact us today for your personal tour. 

A corporate retreat can be a great time for team-building, strategizing, and blowing off steam. But when you’re tasked with organizing a fun getaway for your team, it can be daunting. Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning a corporate retreat. 

Identify the Vision Your Corporate Retreat

Corporate retreats and company trips can take many forms. Spunky young tech companies throw parties that seem more like festivals than corporate retreats. Older, more buttoned-up companies prefer things a little more low-key. 

You have a lot of latitude in planning your retreat, but first you must identify your vision and set some goals for your event. Is this a team-building retreat? A celebration? A leadership development weekend? 

Your vision for the event will dictate your destination. North Corner Haven is perfect for companies that want to foster a “front porch” type of gathering that centers on relaxation and conversation. If you’re in the market for a nightclub type of atmosphere, you might have to look for a private event space a little closer to Charlotte!

Selecting a Corporate Event Venue

Once you’ve identified your vision, you can start searching for venues. You’ll want to find a venue that’s close enough to the city for easy transportation, but far enough away that the event truly feels like a retreat. 

Charlotte-based companies love North Corner Haven because it’s less than an hour’s drive. Our neighbors down in Columbia can reach us in less than 90 minutes. Even though we’re right in the backyard, the spirit of North Corner Haven is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

For corporate retreats, it’s of paramount importance that the venue has the technology to accommodate meetings and presentations. The event staff at North Corner Haven is adept at setting up the technology you need for a successful retreat.

Choosing Ideal Dates

The mild climate of the Carolinas makes North Corner Haven a great year-round destination. The magic of the Spring and Autumn are particularly appealing times to plan a corporate retreat – temperatures are perfect and the earth is in flux. 

Lower demand for private event spaces in the summer and winter makes those times of year a perfect time for a budget-conscious retreat. We make every effort to ensure the comfort of our guests – whether that means heat lamps or electric fans. 

You may also choose to plan your getaway around a public holiday such as Labor Day. Make sure that you plan your retreat well in advance, however, so that attendees can mark their calendars. These times tend to get booked up quickly at North Corner Haven.

Food, Drink, and Lodging

Managing your guests’ basic needs is the most important facet of planning a corporate retreat. Ensuring that the food and drinks are good, plentiful, and served on-time is critical to a successful corporate retreat. 

For overnight retreats, it’s recommended to take advantage of group rates at nearby hotels. Your colleagues will appreciate having lodging booked on their behalf without lifting a finger, and it makes transportation to and from the venue seamless. 

At North Corner Haven, our concierge event planning team will be sure that the practicalities of your corporate retreat are taken care of, and that your team is nourished and rejuvenated. 

And when the business side of things wraps up and it’s time for some fun, we offer a range of unforgettable activities, from wine tasting to clay shooting. Let our team do the work so that your team can grow. Contact us today to get started.

3 Reasons to Buy, Local Pasture Raised Eggs

Eggs are a staple in diets across the world – especially in the United States. On average, Americans consume 287 eggs per year, and for good reason. Eggs are packed with vitamins and nutrients, and are a cost-effective source of protein and amino acids. 

But the nutrient profile of eggs varies enormously between hens. Hens that are fed a poor diet and live in dirty, cramped quarters produce lower-quality eggs than those that are fed well and treated humanely. 

Thankfully, increased awareness of the drawbacks of factory farming has generated a growing demand for farm fresh eggs. Community sustained farms like North Corner Haven have risen to the occasion, and provide a bounty of fresh eggs from happy, pasture-raised hens. Here are just a few of the benefits of eating eggs from healthy and nourished chickens.

Less Cholesterol

Conventional eggs contain more cholesterol than pasture-raised eggs. This is a great indicator of the health of the hens.

In conventional farming practices, chickens are fed a diet consisting mostly in grains, which results in higher cholesterol and higher saturated fat. Higher cholesterol in the hens means higher cholesterol in the eggs!

At North Corner Haven, we feed our hens a balanced diet, resulting in eggs that have a better lipid profile. If you’re watching your dietary cholesterol, farm fresh eggs are the way to go.

More of the Good Stuff

Our eggs have less cholesterol, but more of the stuff you do want. Pastured eggs contain up to 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional eggs. They also contain more beta carotene, vitamin E, and selenium. And of course, all that sunshine means more vitamin D.

Chickens that are allowed to roam freely have a more diverse diet. At North Corner Haven, you’ll see our chickens roaming around in the sun munching on grass and insects, just as nature intended.

Farm Fresh Eggs Taste Better

Of course a better diet for the chicken means a better diet for you. But what about the taste? 

Once we started raising chickens at North Corner Haven, we never looked back. The eggs simply taste so much better. The nutrient-rich yolks have a far richer flavor, and the higher level of beta-carotene is evident in their deep orange hue. 

If you’re used to the tasteless egg whites of your grocery store eggs, you’ll be impressed by the slight nuttiness of the egg whites from pastured eggs. 

We’ve done side-by-side taste tests, and North Corner Haven eggs are the clear winner, every time. 

Environmental Impact

At North Corner Haven, we’re committed to using sustainable agricultural methods to manage the land and build regenerative ecosystems. Our eggs are not only more nourishing for the body, they’re a better choice for the Earth. 

Your purchase of our farm fresh eggs goes a long way in ensuring a verdant and healthy local environment here in the Carolinas. 

To place an order, visit our farm shop. We offer free local delivery in the Charlotte and Lancaster areas.

Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful undertakings for soon-to-be newlyweds. From curating a guest list to finding good vendors, each decision can seem overwhelming. Booking the right Charlotte wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make while planning your wedding.

Not only will the venue serve as the home of your most cherished memory, a good wedding venue will help you ensure that everything else runs smoothly on your special day. 

Professional Staff

The wedding coordinator and event staff will become your best friends on your wedding day. They may not make it into the ceremony, but they’ll be on the sidelines making sure that everything is running smoothly so you can spend time with your loved ones. 

Before the wedding, the team at North Corner Haven will ensure that everything is ready-to-go, from the chairs and tables to the refreshments. We take great care to ensure that you, your guests, and your vendors have a seamless experience during your visit. 

Exceptional Cuisine

The meals and refreshments at a wedding are a huge expense, and all too often the quality doesn’t warrant the price tag. Catering is a difficult business, and there are a lot of considerations to make. Dietary restrictions, seasonal ingredients, and personal preferences can make it difficult to find a caterer that can exceed your expectations. 

North Corner Haven, on the other hand, isn’t just an event venue. We’re a working farm, and we make it a top priority to ensure the quality of our ingredients. Our masterful chefs and kitchen staff bring our ethos of complexity and abundance from the farm to your plate. 

Intentional Design

Weddings require thoughtful planning, no matter how big or small. Our facilities are designed with purpose and intentionality, so that each detail is accounted for. 

From the guests’ arrival all the way through to the reception, you’ll find that North Corner Haven has curated the wedding experience with such intentionality that you won’t even notice us. Your focus will be on your loved ones. 

A Perfect Charlotte Wedding Venue 

North Carolina has no shortage of gorgeous wedding venues. In Charlotte alone, our friends in the industry are some of the best in the game. Part of what sets North Corner Haven apart is our focus on the organic. 

First and foremost, we are stewards of the land. On your wedding day, those values translate into our role as curators of the environment – the sounds, the food, the ambiance. Just as the earth is the foundation of our farm, North Corner Haven is the backdrop of your wedding day. 

With decades of wedding planning experience behind us, we’re prepared to shepherd you through the process. We are more than a North Carolina wedding venue; we are event planning experts. For inquiries, please contact us and let us help you plan the perfect Charlotte wedding.

Located on 600 breathtaking acres of rolling hills, pasture, and ponds, North Corner Haven offers your guests a unique and elegant experience that can’t be found anywhere else in North Carolina or South Carolina. Here are three reasons why North Corner Haven is your perfect Charlotte, NC wedding venue. 

A Memorable Bespoke Experience

No other wedding venues in Charlotte, NC offer the bespoke experience of North Corner Haven. Our professional  wedding team will work with you and your wedding planner to ensure a seamless experience for your and your guests. We offer a variety of luxury full service packages to use as a starting point to build the custom wedding of your dreams. 

Our hospitality is rooted in a genuine love of people and providing once-in-a-lifetime memories for all l clients. North Corner Haven  is offered for a limited number of weddings each year, creating an exclusive opportunity for your guests to enjoy an event they’ll never forget – trust us, although we are conveniently located 25 miles south of Charlotte, our venue will make you feel like you are hours away from your daily life.

The Sustainable Charlotte Wedding Venue

Every aspect of North Corner Haven is designed with sustainability in mind. Our land is managed through the holistic practice of permaculture with every acre designed and maintained with harmonious integration into the local landscape. Our mission is to share the rich heritage the Carolinas countryside has to offer while working to preserve and enhance it.  Allowing us to create a stunning backdrop for your celebration.

At North Corner Haven we also offer select professional and tasteful catering services using fresh and locally sourced food that bridges the gap between farm and table. We offer elevated cuisine made with ingredients grown on our farm and gathered in the surrounding forest. Our ever changing menu is inspired by each of the four seasons to ensure you are served the freshest and most sustainable food possible.

Everything down to your bar package can be curated with sustainability in mind. Your cocktails and beverages can be elevated with fresh berries or edible flowers plucked directly from our garden the day of your event. From end to end, we’ll ensure your event is inspired by sustainable elegance.

 Relaxation Destination

It is difficult to find another Charlotte wedding venue that is as relaxing and restorative as North Corner Haven. Located at the corner where the two Carolinas meet, our property is a secluded getaway destination for guests without extensive travel. Our lush landscape allows your guests to disconnect from the rush of modern life and enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. 

When you’re not busy with wedding activities, you and your guests can enjoy our immersive farm tours, sporting clays, guided nature walks, and other curated experiences. Or, simply relax and enjoy a picnic lunch or settle into a rocking chair on the porch instead. Regardless of what you choose to do, or not do, North Corner Haven helps you find true restoration within.

Book Your Wedding at North Corner Haven Today

Your search for wedding venues in Charlotte, NC ends with North Corner Haven. Contact us today to book your personal tour.