If you’ve ever walked into Elliotts on Linden in search of a donation for a community event, chances are you’ve never been turned away. Since they opened their doors almost 20 years ago, Elliotts on Linden has used food and philanthropy as avenues for bringing the community together.
Elliotts on Linden and its sibling eateries, The Sly Fox, The Roast Office and Elliotts Provisions Co. have made it their mission to give back to the area from which they’ve all experienced success. Whether it’s the simple act of donating a gift card for a school auction or charity event, or preparing a free meal for the participants of the Tour de Moore, the Elliotts Corporation takes pride in helping out.
Elliotts on Linden in particular strives to give back in a less conventional way — by shedding light on the farmers who provide fresh ingredients for the restaurant daily. In the past, they’ve donated food to the local farmers market and list each farming partner on their menus.
“It’s really important that the community recognizes what comes to their table,” co-owner Kelly Elliott said.
Meals prepared at Elliotts on Linden are curated using local produce and meats. With each dish that comes out of their kitchen and with each crate of tomatoes purchased by the restaurant, a local farmer is being supported. When a farmer doesn’t have the time or resources to bring food to the restaurant, the Elliotts on Linden crew takes it upon themselves to pick it up from the farmer in a refrigerated truck.
"You don’t need to bring prime steak down from New York City. You can find beautiful cuts of meat at local North Carolina farms. We bring in local lamb, but we pair it with a wine to show how beautiful it is,” Elliott said. “All it takes is a little bit of creativity.”
By getting to know their distributors and taking time to interact with those who walk into the restaurant in need of a donation, Elliotts on Linden has cultivated a close-knit environment.
“Building relationships with the community makes us better as a whole,” Cara Edwards, restaurant manager said. “We say we’re a company, but we’re all more like a family.”
Elliott recalls a time when the area was a sleepy village. The majority of people who stepped foot in Elliotts on Linden were retirees or out-of-town golfers. The year was 2000 and they’d just opened the restaurant.
As 2020 makes its debut and an abundance of young families settle amongst the pine trees, the clientele at Elliotts on Linden has altered slightly — now, a blend of natives and newcomers.
Elliott and Edwards said they’re looking forward to all of the ways in which the Elliotts corporation can continue to give to the area and help it thrive.
“That’s what life is about, right? You give back what was sovereignly given to you,” Edwards said.
And as for donations, Elliott said, you just have to ask. She said that although it’s hard to fulfill every single philanthropic request, they’re almost always able to help out in some way. All they ask in return is that if possible, donation requests are made in person.
“We like to get to know people and learn more about what they’re doing for the community,” Elliott said. “It’s amazing what makes this community. We give a lot, but you can never give back enough.”