Our mission is to bring local and sustainable food to Denton. We refuse to compromise on quality, so we source our fresh ingredients from local farmers' markets & suppliers whenever possible. No matter the time of year, you can be sure you're eating the best local food of the season.
Nancy Minahan has owned and operated several businesses for several decdes, but not one in the restaurant industry until now. Food has always been one of Nancy's first loves and she has always been involved with cooking meals for friends, growing a garden and preserving her bounty. Despite that, she never really intended on opening a restaurant - which has given her the nickname: the "reluctant restauranteur."
So many restaurants were lost after the pandemic and Nancy is passionate about local, high quality food and supporting local farmers. She knew, now more than ever, there was a need for a centrally located restaurant on the Eastern Shore that features the bounty produced by local farmers. Caroline's was born in 2021 to fill that void.
Please join us to celebrate the food of the Eastern Shore.
We do not have a strict dress code. The main restaurant is upscale dining, while the sidebar has a casual atmosphere.
For dietary restrictions, we can accommodate no contact, but we cannot accommodate no exposure. Guests with gluten allergies may find gluten-free items on our menu or have the items containing gluten be accommodated. We can accommadate most restrictions with advance notice.
Caroline's Table takes reservations for up to 6 guests online. For parties larger than 6 and special accommodations, please call us at: 410-490-4495
There is a full parking lot behind the restaurant with access from Franklin Street. There is also street parking out front on Market Street.
There is handicap parking at the back of the main building, accessed from Franklin Street. There is a ramp into the main restaurant & the sidebar from the back of both buildings.
Caroline's Market is the last piece to the Caroline's trifecta, fullfilling the desire to make farm-to-table food accessible for more people on the Eastern Shore. Caroline’s Market Corp (CMC) was formed as a non-profit organization to create and manage a farmers’ market for the mid shore region of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Our mission is to aggregate goods from local farmers and producers in one central area and make those goods available to local residents, visitors, and travelers to and through the mid shore.
Statement of Need:
There are numerous small to mid-size farmers that struggle with access to markets and customers. It is not cost efficient to deliver small orders to restaurants and families, and it is difficult for many to pick up goods from individual farms scattered over the mid shore area. Surprisingly there are local residents that find it difficult to access local fresh food despite being in the middle of an agricultural area. We will be creating a regional market conveniently located in a historic carriage house in the middle of the mid-shore in downtown Denton, MD. We are seeking grant funding to help with the restoration of this historic building to make it suitable for a long-term, year-round market space. In addition to local farmers, we will open space as available to local crafts and other locally produced food items. It is our intent to encourage local CSA’s to offer pick up at Caroline’s Market and be able to process SNAP payments. In addition, we will coordinate with local food banks and shelters for placement of excess food.
Scope of work:
The scope of work to upgrade the carriage house will include: pouring a concrete floor and building a solid foundation, raising the existing structure during this process and then reinstalling on the new foundation, appropriate doors and access to the structure will be installed, existing electrical will be upgraded to allow individual stalls to have electricity and coolers, lighting will be installed, an exterior stairwell will be constructed to allow for access to storage on the second floor, the exterior of the structure will be painted to match the existing red barn color. The roof does not need work as it was upgraded within the past 10 years and is in good shape. Exterior to the structure we will need to pour a concrete pad for walk-in refrigeration and freezer space. Engineering, architecture, and permits will be needed to do the described upgrades will need to be done before construction starts.
We are collecting estimates to do the rehabilitation and repurposing work on the carriage house and have relationships with a dozen farmers at present from Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, and Queen Anne’s counties. Each week we hear of more interested farmers. With appropriate funding in place, we plan to be open for the 2024 market season.