"Fresh seafood Direct To You", that's the business premise that has given Forsyth Seafood Market & Cafe’ the recognized position as the best seafood restaurant provider in the area. Forsyth Seafood is boasted by many as the best seafood they have ever tasted anywhere!
The freshness and novel flavor can be attributed to the owner's unique background. Both are from the Beaufort, North Carolina where seafood is king.
Virginia Hardesty and her late husband Charlie Hardesty, started the business in 1984 by peddling shrimp from the back of a truck into the thriving fresh market and 100 seater restaurant that it is today.
Since the passing of the late Charlie Hardesty the business has maintained it’s rich legacy through their daughter Ashley Hardesty who like her parents, values freshness and quality.
Come taste the absolute freshness and wide variety of seafood, complemented with homemade coleslaw, hush puppies, and other great sides.
From the ocean, to our market, to you..."Fresh Seafood Direct To You!”
Visit us at 108 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Winston Salem, NC 27101. 336-748-0793 www.forsythseafood.com
Full Biography-- Virginia Hardesty
Virginia Louise Oden Hardesty was born in Beaufort, North Carolina (the coast of North Carolina). Her parents were the late Curtis and Mamie Oden. Virginia is married to the late, Charlie Leroy Hardesty and has a daughter Ashley Charlaye Hardesty. They reside in Kernersville, North Carolina. She currently owns Forsyth Seafood Market & Café, located in Winston Salem.
Virginia is a graduate of East Carteret High School in Beaufort, North Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Education from North Carolina A&T State University in 1979. She graduated third in her class and first in the Mathematics Department. In her collegiate years she served as Teacher’s Assistant, Math Tutor, President of Alpha Chi Mathematics Honor Society, and played Volleyball. She completed two summer internships with Equitable Life Insurance as part of their Actuarial Science Summer Program. During those summers she resided at Columbia University and New York University.
After graduation, Virginia worked at Western Electric as a Telecommunication Business Forecaster. She used her math abilities to create statistical models that forecasted life and sales of telecommunication products. In 1984, she obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University. She had a successful career with AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Western Electric. She held positions of Business Forecaster, Manufacturing Requirements Planning (MRP) Manager, Production Control Manager, Procurement Manager, and Manager Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises.
In 1998, she left the corporate world to join with her husband in the expansion of their business, Forsyth Seafood Market & Grill, as they opened their second location. Her husband, the late Charlie Hardesty, and she had started the business in 1984 and had diligently and successfully grown the business to the best seafood location in North Carolina and the east coast. Virginia was a key partner from the early days of selling shrimp off the back of a truck to handling the books and the planning aspects of the business. The full time commitment to the business has been a wonderful opportunity for entrepreneurship that has expanded many of the gifts and talents that were honed in the corporate world.
Virginia and Ashley are members of Goler Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Winston Salem where she has served in numerous positions such as Trustee Board Chairperson, Class Leader and Lay Council President. Goler and its Goler Community Development Corporation have executed a long term vision of revitalizing downtown Winston Salem. She has served on the board of Simon G. Atkins Community Development Corporation. She is an active participant in the Martin Luther King Jr. Corridor Improvement Committee and offers assistance in various community organizations.
Virginia is a child of God and is directed by his grace and mercy. God has blessed her family with an excellent business in Forsyth Seafood which they do not take for granted. Her prayer is that they are good and responsible business owners who let God direct their path.
Virginia Louise Oden Hardesty was born in Beaufort, North Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics Education from North Carolina A&T State University in 1979. In 1984, she obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University. In 1998, she left the corporate world to join with her husband in the expansion of their business, Forsyth Seafood Market & Grill, as they opened their second location. Her husband, the late Charlie Hardesty, and she had started the business in 1984 and had diligently and successfully grown the business to the best seafood location in North Carolina and the east coast.
Ashley Hardesty- Full Biography
Ashley Hardesty is a resident of Winston Salem, North Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Textile Management and Brand Manangement in 2013 from North Carolina State University, in Raleigh NC. Since graduating, she has walked in her parent’s footsteps by becoming the Co-owner and Marketing & Branding Coordinator for Forsyth Seafood Market & Cafe located in Winston Salem, NC.
In 2015, she obtained the credential of Certified Nutritional Coach, F.N.C. from the International Fitness Trainers of America in Raleigh, NC. She is the founder and curator of The Table Experience, a Farm To Table dinner party company specializing in organic meals and nutritional education held at unique venues in The Piedmont Triad since 2016. Ashley is currently furthering her knowledge in food by attending Johnson and Wales University pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts where she will meet degree fulfillment and graduate in May 2018. Ashley is an advent solo world traveler and has visited 12 different countries across four hemispheres in 12 months. Ashley is a diligent Christ follower and hopes to continue to serve people through health, wellness and education of healing through whole foods.