Real. Good. Party.

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Apr. 3 | Modified: Apr. 5
Real. Good. Party.

Rallying community support is essential to the day-to-day operations of FARM Café in downtown Boone.

FARM (Feed All Regardless of Means) is a nonprofit restaurant that is geared to feed the less fortunate in the community, as it operates on a pay-what-you-can or work-for-what-you-eat model.

“FARM Café is a community café, and we operate to feed those of less means, and because we are a café that exchanges labor for a meal, we always need extra fundraising support from the community,” FARM Café executive chef Renee Boughman said. “Only 5 percent of the food we serve is donated, and the rest is purchased like a regular business or café would.”

Like other establishments, the café must also allocate funds for administrative costs and other day-to-day operations, including rent. To help cover the remaining 95 percent of daily costs, FARM relies heavily on donations.

To stave off any shortfall, the nonprofit is preparing for what it hopes will be the first of many major fundraising events.

As such, FARM Café is hosting a “Real. Good. Party.” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Harvest House (247 Boone Heights Drive, Boone).

The party is not a traditional sit-down dinner, but features heavy hors d’oeuvres. In addition to food and drinks, with beverages from Appalachian Mountain Brewery, there will also be a live and silent auction, with an array of artwork, jewelry and gift certificates to local restaurants and business up for grabs.

There will also be a 50-50 raffle, with half of the proceeds going to FARM Café.

Soul Benefactor will also be on hand to set the evening’s mood with live music.

“We want it (the party) to be fun, to have good music and be celebratory of the fact that we are still part of the community and to gather funds for the upcoming year,” Boughman said.

The party is just one of many ways people can help and promote the café, which is nearing its third year in existence.

“Fundraising is a wonderful way for people in the community to help feed their neighbor,” Boughman said. “Maybe they don’t have the time to come down to the café because we only serve lunch, but they do support what we do, and this is a wonderful way to come out and participate when they are not able to dine in on a regular basis.”

Individual tickets to the party are $40 apiece or $75 for two, which includes hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets each. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (828) 386-1000, or come by the café at 617 W. King St. in Boone. To learn more about FARM Café, visit

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