Farmhouse Cafe
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This is our mission. We believe personal connections are best fostered over food & drink. Come meet your neighbors, fellow residents of the Triangle, and enjoy healthy, local food & drinks.


Chef Patrick Cowden has spent over 30 years at the helm of a variety of restaurants working with all types of cuisines. His attention to seasonal Eastern North Carolina ingredients brings a fresh quality while his playfulness creates unique and exciting flavor pairings.

Expect light bites for breakfast with health conscious options. Pair breakfast with a speciality coffee drink or even a locally made kombucha. Lunch consists of creative sandwiches and salad bowls.

Dinner at Farmhouse aims to bring people closer together with sharing plates focused on matching well with our beer and wine lists. These options will change frequently with the seasons. Expect some incredible community based food events as well such as the annual crawfish boil, oyster bakes, and cookouts of all types.

Chef Cowden also controls the food operations and is an owner of Green Planet Catering, the countries first certified B-corp catering company as well as The Pharmacy Cafe in downtown Raleigh which is a modern take on a counter-service soda fountain.

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Executive Chef Patrick Cowden, who attended New England Culinary Institute, a long time resident of the Triangle has steered the course of such places as Michael Jordan’s 23 Sport Cafe, The Grill at Glen Lennox, Michael Dean’s, Jean Claude’s Café, and his own restaurant Patrick’s Seasonal Cuisine which was located in North Durham. Before taking the helm at Green Planet Catering and opening The Pharmacy Cafe, Chef Patrick spent long stints as Executive Chef of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe and The Weathervane Restaurant at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. 

As a Chef and North Carolina native who is committed to North Carolina products and local producers, he showcases these fine products and farmers on his menus. Patrick has taken part in numerous Farm-to-Fork picnics and was a finalist in the Best Dish of North Carolina sponsored by the Dept. of Agriculture. This commitment coupled with a passion for exciting Southern inspired cuisine makes Chef Cowden a natural fit for The Farmhouse Cafe.



Daniel Whittaker started his hospitality career while still in school at The University of Alabama. In 2007 he co-founded Green Planet Catering, the country’s first certified B Corp catering company. At the beginning of 2011 he started Whittaker Consulting which focuses on consulting work/seminars for companies focused on local food, sustainability, and/or community education. In 2015 Whittaker also created a neighborhood focused casual cafe, The Pharmacy Cafe, located in a historic pharmacy on N. Person St. in downtown Raleigh.

Daniel is a former 40-Under-40 Award winner, named one of Cary Magazine’s Movers & Shakers for 2015, and has the honor of being named a Green Advocate of the Year from the City of Raleigh. He also sits on the advisory council of the N.C. Conservation Network. Daniel’s passion for sustainability and community development makes an exciting partnership with Newland Communities at Wendell Falls.