About Chef and The Farmer
For additional reservation inquiries, please call our reservationist Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
Go to nowhere and turn left...you'll discover an extraordinary, epicurean experience where Chef Vivian Howard practices culinary artistry in a place steeped in tradition. Vivian has returned to her southern roots to create Chef and the Farmer. It celebrates simplicity, freshness and its own heritage.
Anchored in a building that has meant much to a small community where Vivian was raised, she and partner Ben Knight converted a 100 year old mule stable into a warm, inviting, uniquely modern atmosphere. Chef and Farmer, like its name, blends the old and the new, seamlessly, comfortably and unforgettably.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm -
If your preferred reservations are not available on-line or if your group is over 5, please call our reservationist Monday - Friday 9am -5pm.
Herritage & Gordon
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The "ULTIMATE Birthday Cake" |
$15 cake - serves 2-4 guests | $40 cake - serves 10 or more guests
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Chef and The Farmer Ratings and Reviews
This was a dinner for my wife and I to ...
This was a dinner for my wife and I to celebrate our 48 th. anniversary. It was everything that we thought it would be. The food and service was 5 star. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if Vivian was there so we could meet her, but we had an 8:30 reservation and she had already left for the evening. We also went to the boiler room prior to our reservations and had a drink. We look forward to maybe going there next time for dinner. Overall, it was a great experience!
George and June Barnes from Nashville,NC
As we arrived, I was questioning the dec ...
As we arrived, I was questioning the decision to drive 90 minutes for a dinner that may be a little weird. Also, I was a bit concerned about portion size. After the first bite, all my concerns vanished! I can't really tell you a favorite dish, because every course was outstanding. I was hoping to have the pork belly skewers, but it wasn't on the menu this night. But I did have the flatbread with smoked chicken and blueberry bbq sauce with goat cheese. This , as well as every dish and dessert was an orchestra of flavors that you can taste individually AND as a whole. Outstanding restaurant! Very unique - not your average restaurant. We will highly recommend Chef and the Farmer to anyone wanting a special experience.
We enjoyed our meal and our visit to th ...
We enjoyed our meal and our visit to the Chef and Farmer very much. Excellent wine and beer, interesting food and absolutely great service. We ordered the chocolate chess pie with bourbon ice cream for dessert, expecting to eat the ice cream and ask for a box to take the rest home. It was so good we devoured it like we hadn't eaten in a week.
I thought the food was going to be prete ...
I thought the food was going to be pretentious, small portions and just glorified southern food. However, it was phenominal, not just plain chicken and waffles. There were layers of flavor, a variety of ingredients done super well. I didn't know I liked butter beans but I do if V makes them.
The food was superb! We had Ahi Tuna, an ...
The food was superb! We had Ahi Tuna, and Cornish Game Hens, yellow squash, bread with heirloom tomatoes, Tom thumb, grilled peaches with country ham, all the food was so good. The service was impeccable! The waiter had excellent wine pairing suggestions, he was kind and respectful and very helpful and accommodating. There room was comfortable, and the restrooms were clean.
Staff: First let me say driving to Kinst ...
Staff: First let me say driving to Kinston not my favorite but when I get there, well worth it. Oysters at the Boiler Room, perfect. Service at Chef was outstanding from front staff to managers. Vivian, I don't believe was there, but her staff were on point. It was so seamless I am not sure who my waitperson was, all were excellent!
Food: Souse Plate, a must, pretty and perfect. Tom Thumb, ample and flavorful, however a bit salty. Cornish hen, prepared beautifully, however again a bit too salty. Spoke with another diner about the hen and he relied "a bit salty for me".
All in all, a must for serious food people.
We've been watching 'a chefs life' for a ...
We've been watching 'a chefs life' for a couple years and really wanted to try it. finally an opportunity arose for 4 of us to check it out. Got there an hour early and tried the boiler room first. That place was terrific. Loved the great oyster dishes, loved the drinks.
Chef and Farmer was so far beyond our expectations. Loved the interesting dishes, all 4 were just great. Especially the pork and watermelon dish!!
The wait staff was so nice and friendly, not at all put off by our questions about Vivian and Ben.
The desserts were spectacular too. The entire evening was a pure pleasure
Apps were just plain perfect. We got swe ...
Apps were just plain perfect. We got sweet potato bread, flatbreak with slow cooked chicken, and the ham wrapped peaches. They were all superb. Wife got tomato pie and it was amazing. I got roasted cornish game an it was a severe letdown. It was very difficult to eat and exceptionally salty. I think there must have been a mistake but our waiter was just so sweet I couldnt bring myself to complain to him. I wished I had gotten something else or just more apps. I had the gose on tap and it was a great cleanser. Wife had the by glass pinot noir. If we come again Ill skip the entree or try somthing else and get some dessert. In all it was just perfect, standout cornish game hen entree was just such a letdown, otherwise everything would be straight 5s. Thanks for the experience.
The "Chef and The Farmer" was absolutely ...
The "Chef and The Farmer" was absolutely the best place my wife and I have dined in a while, if not ever. From the appetizer, main course to desert, it was superb. I have dined around the globe and would consider this restaurant one of North Carolinas best kept secrets! You will not be disappointed. Keep up the great work!
This was an outstanding dining experienc ...
This was an outstanding dining experience! We drove all the way from Chesapeake, VA to Kinston, NC to enjoy Chef Vivian's take on Southern cuisine, and it was wonderful! We will be coming again in the future! Thanks Vivian and your wonderful staff! A first class experience!
This was a special occasion because my s ...
This was a special occasion because my sister was visiting, so we traveled to Kinston and stayed overnight to enjoy our special dinner. We had a 6:45 dinner reservation, but arrived early and sat at the bar for a fabulous craft cocktail. Our bartender, Jordan, was knowledgeable, friendly and so entertaining we gave up our table to eat at the bar. The craft cocktails are very high quality and made with house made herb elixirs. The food, albeit expensive, was delicious and not a morsel was wasted! I would definitely return for another special occasion.
The appetizers and sauces were out of th ...
The appetizers and sauces were out of this world! We all found all the food to be delicious, savory, unique and served promptly and with excellent service. Don't miss the Flash Fried Collards! Can't wait to return!
The C & F did not disappoint! The cuisi ...
The C & F did not disappoint! The cuisine is especially inventive in the summer, with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Simple ingredients shine in their sophisticated preparations but the food remains accessible and deliciously satisfying. Had a terrific champagne with supper, as well. Such a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Dining at Chef and Farmer was a goal for ...
Dining at Chef and Farmer was a goal for a long time, but personal health problems and a very demanding work schedule interfered. We were seated quickly and our server, Merrin, was a delight. She gave us good descriptions of menu items and was able to confidently answer any questions. She was very attentive to our comfort. We ordered the large bread which came with cubed tomatoes and strips of red onions. All delicious. We ordered the peaches wrapped in ham which was the start of the deluge of tastes and textures that continued through our chicken and pork loin entrees. We ended the meal with blackberry cobbler and peach upside down cake. Being fans of the show for two years, we came with high expectations and they were exceeded in every way. We will definitely recommend C & F to others and we most certainly will return. Before leaving we ordered a copy of Vivian's book. We talked about the experience for the entire 85 mile trip home. This was a special day for this old soldier and his favorite lady.
My wife and I are huge fans of the TV sh ...
My wife and I are huge fans of the TV show "A Chef's Life" that we watch on SCTV/PBS. We traveled from Columbia, SC to Kinston, NC and spent a night for the sole purpose of celebrating our 35 Wedding anniversary at the restaurant. We were not disappointed! We started out at the Boiler Room with drinks and raw oysters and then mover over to The Chef and the Farmer for our dinner reservation at 8:30. We were a tad early so we stopped into the gift shop and purchased some Rubs and Blueberry BB sauce. later we returned to purchase Vivian's upcoming cook book. Our meals were wonderful - As a southern South Carolina boy I love my okra and collard greens so we had to try the Okra with buttermilk ice cream and the flash fried collard greens. They were fabulous as well as interesting. What we liked about all the food was the combinations of flavors and textures - definitely an enjoyable experience for the taste buds. The highlight of the evening at least for my wife was a visit to our table by Ben who had been told it was our anniversary. We enjoyed our conversation with him and discovered he is quite personable and entertaining. We think the show would benefit from more Ben. Thanks so much for a great evening! Steve and Sharon Hunt
Huge fan of the show, Chocolate chess pi ...
Huge fan of the show, Chocolate chess pie & okra appetizers were great. The chicken entree was not & the grouper soup left my husband with food poisoning:(
Suggestions would be a kid friendly kids menu and more selection on the menu. The show leads you to believe there are more choices available and nightly/ seasonal specials... Unfortunately I would not go again
Still love the show however!!
We had watched the show and made our fir ...
We had watched the show and made our first pilgrimage to Kinston just to eat at C&F. We were not disappointed! Everyone we ran in to in town was there for the restaurant as well, and we also tried Lorraine's restaurant on the main drag. Kinston was charming and the food was out of this world. I convinced my mom to try the okra and ranch ice cream and made her a believer! The country ham wrapped peaches were delicious, and so was the "mocktail" I had - the Cranbeery. Just wonderful, all the way around.
I have traveled all over the country and ...
I have traveled all over the country and Internationally. The Chef and the Farmer is hands down one of the best restaurants I have eaten at. The menu changes seasonally, so the food is always very fresh. It's exciting to see what new creation the chef will have on her menu. The wine list is great. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates real food from a quality kitchen!!
I was excited to visit this destination ...
I was excited to visit this destination restaurant after watching The PBS show about it. The service was good and the experience was nice. I was slightly underwhelmed by the overall dining experience with respect to cost/value, but glad I got to sample some of the menu.
Fantastic meal. We enjoyed the ribeye a ...
Fantastic meal. We enjoyed the ribeye and the pork shoulder. Highly recommend the fried okra and ham wrapped peaches as well. Dessert flight with three options was sinfully delicious!! Very highly recommend!!! 5 Stars
My husband and I visited Chef and The Fa ...
My husband and I visited Chef and The Farmer for our 3rd anniversary dinner and it was a wonderful experience! The food was delicious, the service was outstanding, and the staff were exceptionally friendly. We will certainly be back!
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