the General Store

Amazing local food, lovingly prepared

We’re well-known across the state and across the country for our high-quality locally sourced dishes. For your special day, we make sure your food is amazing, giving you and your guests an experience to remember.

The Perfect team for the perfect venue

Unlike many other caterers, Saxapahaw General Store catering uses a close-knit team of professionals who have worked with each other, and have worked on events in the Haw River Ballroom, for years. 

Years of Experience making it flawless

Since the General Store is in the same building as the Haw River Ballroom, we’ve been working events in the Ballroom for a long time. They’re our friends and our neighbors. And we know how to optimize the space for your needs.


We offer catering for pick-up in the store, for delivery, or for on-site service at your selected venue. We just need 48 hours notice for most pick-up orders. We can prepare platters of sandwiches from our menu; salads; boxed lunches; casserole-style meals such as lasagna, eggplant parmesan; hors d’oeuvres; desserts; and more.  Service can include beverages from a broad selection of sodas and waters.  For the perfect alcoholic pairings, we offer hand-selected wines from small producers around the world, and we source some of the best brews from North Carolina and beyond–available in bottles or kegs. In addition to food and beverage, we provide complete turn key service from set up through breakdown including meal service and bars.

If you’re considering an event in Haw River Ballroom, we are the primary caterer for the venue–one of the premier sites for weddings and corporate events in the state with its breathtaking 42-foot-high ceilings, state of the art sound, and rustically elegant aesthetic.  It’s located next to the General Store and is part of the old Saxapahaw mill, lovingly reinvented in 2011 by its talented owners. Contact us for quotes and appointments, and see below for sample menus for events.

For catering orders of all sizes, or to request a quote for your large event, please email our catering team at  Please include the date of event, number of people, and type of food you have in mind. We’ll take it from there.

Nic filling water glasses in preparation for a wedding at the Ballroom
The historic Haw River Ballroom is a truly magical place for a wedding or any special event.
We provide beautiful, healthy and locally sourced dishes.
One of our many entree options, the short rib sliders are made with sustainably produced and locally raised pork short rib.
From hors d'oeuvres that your guests can't get enough of to full dinner service, we offer a full range of catering

What People are Saying

"Cameron, Patti, and the incredibly professional staff of Saxapahaw Catering made our wedding an evening to remember. The ballroom was stunning; the food fantastic, and the service flawless. Many of our friends said it was the best wedding they had ever attended. (Our married friends said it was the second best!)"

Curt & Lisa

"Let me just say, everything was absolutely spectacular for the wedding.  We were blown away and I can't tell you how many of our guests told us it was the best food they have ever had at any wedding they'd been to.  To be able to have such an amazing meal with so much of the food sourced locally absolutely meant the world to us and we are so thrilled we had the opportunity to work with you and your staff."

Corey & Samantha

"We had a beautiful wedding in an incredible venue with fantastic music, but what we still hear about from friends and family *all the time* is how delicious the food was. We *highly* recommend the Saxapahaw General Store for wedding catering. They were accommodating to our needs in the planning stage, and the day of, their staff handled everything beautifully. With their food and service, they gave our wedding a sense of authenticity, comfort, and style."

Lauren & Django

"Thanks for the great food and professional service.  We love you guys."

Katie, Chapel Hill, NC