We’ve recently had several people tell us how much they adore going to The Kitchen at Elkin Creek for Sunday pizza, so we thought it was a great time to republish this post.
Down a dirt-and-gravel road in Elkin, you’ll find grapevines perched along the hillside. Look closer and you’ll see what first might appear to be an old schoohouse. The site of a grist mill that was built in 1896, you’ve reached the spot where two creeks join together to become one. You’ve discovered The Kitchen at Elkin Creek, part of Elkin Creek Vineyards. It’s open on Sundays, which regulars sometimes refer to as “Pizza Sunday.”
Nick White, vineyard manager and chef, makes sour dough bread and made-to-order pizzas in the wood-fired, brick oven. Light fare is also an option, with select meats and cheeses that pare well with the wine offerings—six acres of Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier that bring wine lovers here (the tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Nick and his wife, Jennifer, along with co-owners Louis and Carrie Jeroslow, came to be the current owners of Elkin Creek—and inhabitants of the grist mill—in an intriguing, vine-like winding way. Although Nick and Louis had local ties to the area, the couples met while they all worked for the Blue Man Group (yes, those famous blue men!). When Nick and Jennifer chose the vineyard for their 2008 wedding, that’s when the lure of the land started to work its way into their hearts.
“We loved the story of the merging creeks,” says Jennifer. When the four converged on the area before and during the wedding, she says that they made a deep connection with then-owner Mark Greene. Long story short, Greene asked if they would take over for him, and after an 18-month kind of apprenticeship, they did. with a laugh. “We moved in a la Beverly-Hillbillies-in-reverse…in April 2012,” says Jennifer. “And everything we did with Blue Man Group translates here,” she says, laughing.
The translation is working. The wine, the pizza, the people are all a hit.
For more details including wedding and special events booking and newly added cabins, visit elkincreekvineyard.com.