Delighting Lake Norman residents since 2017, The Foundry is the featured restaurant at the Twin Mills Club in Denver, NC — the private Member Club which acts as the centerpiece to the Trilogy® Lake Norman residential community. Known for healthy, flavorful fare — always with a southern twist! — The Foundry is a favorite choice of locals for dinner any night, and both The Foundry and the Twin Mills Events Center are open to the public for dining and for private event bookings.
“Our dining experience is centered on three, tried-and-true food and beverage tenets: We are socially driven, locally inspired, and stylishly crafted,” says Dan Guinle, the club’s General Manager.
The Foundry’s culinary team is known for curating the freshest raw ingredients and crafting beautifully finished, bespoke plates — all perfect for a casual lunch or a celebratory birthday or anniversary dinner. And, local and regional house-crafted features all pair deliciously well with the club’s signature Craft cocktails and barkeeper specials.
“The restaurant supports local farmers and artisans by using recently harvested food, and highlighting the unique character of each ingredient,” explains Dan. “The menu includes popular and culturally inspired foods, all tinged with a hint of the South, including house-made pizzas, pastas, burgers, and salads. Guests can also enjoy excellent boutique wines, beers, and traditional cocktails at both The Foundry and Outfitter Café.
The extraordinary setting couldn’t be more welcoming, boasting a community long table, indoor and outdoor bar, a daily social hour for gathering with friends, and a display kitchen with a wood-fired grill — where the culinary magic happens.
As for the very diverse menu, if you’re into sharing a dish, start with Firecracker Salmon Poke Tacos or vegetarian Squash Carpaccio. From a tempting selection of handhelds and pizzas (that can be made gluten-free upon request) to Chef Brett Faldstein’s specialties that include Short Rib Pot Roast, hand-cut Wood-Fired Steaks, and beer-battered Fish & Chips, there’s a taste for every mood! Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Chef Brett embraced his love of good food at an early age — thanks to his parents and grandmothers who took their preparation of excellent food very seriously! He spent time at Bull & Bear and Howells & Hood in Chicago before relocating to Charlotte, NC, and soon finding his culinary home here at The Foundry.
If you’re planning a significant event — wedding, rehearsal dinner, anniversary, or milestone birthday — you’ve also found the perfect spot.
“For the most unforgettable special events, we also offer several different outdoor locations, from the amphitheater with seating for over 1,000 guests, to rustically elegant meadow views for 200, or an intimate fire and waterfall site for 75 guests,” says Senthil Elangovan, F&B Director.
Latrobe’s Atelier, the venue’s own artist studio, can also serve as the bridal suite for an outdoor wedding, or stand on its own for an elegant cocktail party. The possibilities really are endless, with a collection of patios available for an al fresco cocktail hour under romantic bistro lights, and the option to “dress up” any of the spaces — or keep things simple and chic.
The indoor Event Center offers seating for 150 guests, complete with state-of-the-art audio visual systems, distant forest views, and a clean palette decor that can easily transform to fit your story. Add incredible fare from The Foundry, and what more could you ask for?
“All of our spaces embrace the outdoors as part of the experience, while offering all the comforts of a resort,” says Senthil. “The magic to our venue is the flexibility that our intentional design offers. It’s intriguing, but adaptable, distinctive on its own, yet customizable to fit any individual taste.”
Fine casual dining with an attentive staff and all the flavor you could hope for, visit The Foundry at Twin Mills Club at 310 Exploration Blvd. in Denver, NC. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and offers Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., followed by dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Call the Foundry team at 704-585-8778 for reservations, or reserve your table through OpenTable at https://www.opentable.com/r/the-foundry-at-trilogy-norman-lake-denver. You can also find their menu at https://lakenorman.bluestarmenus.com/the-foundry/. The Foundry and the Twin Mills Events Center are open to the public for dining and for private event bookings.