REAL WEDDING: Carson + Joseph 10.5.19

Carson Alene Smith, a fourth-generation member of the Allred family, owners of K&W Cafeterias, was married on October 5th, 2019 to Joseph Thomas of Raleigh.

Carson is the daughter of Natalie and Todd Smith, granddaughter of Gary Allred and Sue Bowen Allred, and great-granddaughter of K&W Cafeterias Founder Grady Allred and his wife, Vivian.

The K&W Cafeteria legacy has been a key factor in shaping the economy of Forsyth County for more than 80 years, and this most recent union in the family symbolizes the continuation of the company’s heritage of providing quality food at a reasonable price for people from all walks of life.

Since the very beginning, K&W Cafeteria has served as a fundamental part of Forsyth County as a whole and the region overall. Not only has the restaurant offered the prospect of a hot, home-cooked meal to locals, travelers and everyone in between, K&W has stitched its mark into the fabric of the area’s culture in a uniquely Southern way, as well.

Nearly everyone born and raised in and around Forsyth County has at least a handful of memories of Sunday dinners with family after church spent enjoying scratch-made Southern classics like golden-brown fried chicken, perfectly seasoned mashed potatoes and buttery coconut cream pie.

More than 80 years after Grady Allred began building the company that would become a recognizable reminder of a time when days passed more slowly and everyone was a little kinder, K&W continues to grow to meet the demands of the digital age without losing sight of its hometown beginnings and traditional family values.

After expanding into catering some years ago, K&W has refined its offerings and process for providing the perfect custom menus and first-class service for weddings and other social events. At Carson’s wedding, K&W provided a menu that included kale salad, pasta, prime rib, chicken kabobs with sauce, fire-roasted vegetables, rosemary potatoes and assorted bread.

Cocktail hour offered prosciutto-wrapped shrimp, mini crab cakes, crostini, strawberry bruschetta and salmon. There were also two ice sculptures with shrimp cocktail and oysters.

Today, Forsyth County brides and their guests can enjoy menus that range from simple recipes reminiscent of Grandma’s home cooking to elegant, innovative dishes and everything in between. Regardless of a bride’s tastes, style or guest list, K&W adds unmatched Southern hospitality to weddings in Forsyth County and beyond.


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