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About the Event

This exclusive event will bring together three Atlanta hospitality legends: Chef Ford Fry of Ford Fry Restaurants, Chef Kevin Gillespie of Red Beard Restaurants and Chef Linton Hopkins of Resurgens Hospitality Group. These titans of distinction will be honored by a roast of the crispiest kind.

 

Following a cocktail reception is a three-course dinner, prepared by distinguished chefs from our honorees award winning restaurants, with each adding their special flair and elegance to the evening.

 

Legendary Events' new event facility Flourish, with it's unique décor and design, will provide the backdrop for the evening.

 

Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

 

Click here to view photos from 2014.

 

Meet the Roastees
Chef Ford Fry
Ford Fry Restaurants

As chef-owner and founder of Ford Fry Restaurants, Ford’s passion is to draw people together. His culinary inspirations cover many years and much of the country: from eating out with his family as a child in Texas, to studying at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, to spending time as a fine dining chef in Florida, Colorado and California—and eventually as a corporate chef in Atlanta. Although the corporate chef position didn’t stick, Fry’s love for Atlanta stuck with him and it has proved a recipe for success so far. As a James Beard “Restaurateur of the Year” semi-finalist Fry’s goal is to continue creating restaurants that are relevant, timeless and inspired, in spaces that are unique and soulful. Fry and his restaurants have been included in numerous national and local publications, such as Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Chicago Tribune, Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Esquire,  Food & Wine, Garden & Gun, Sky, Southern Living and the Washington Post.
Chef Ford Fry
As chef-owner and founder of Ford Fry Restaurants, Ford’s passion is to draw people together. His culinary inspirations cover many years and much of the country: from eating out with his family as a child in Texas, to studying at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, to spending time as a fine dining chef in Florida, Colorado and California—and eventually as a corporate chef in Atlanta. Although the corporate chef position didn’t stick, Fry’s love for Atlanta stuck with him and it has proved a recipe for success so far. As a James Beard “Restaurateur of the Year” semi-finalist Fry’s goal is to continue creating restaurants that are relevant, timeless and inspired, in spaces that are unique and soulful. Fry and his restaurants have been included in numerous national and local publications, such as Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Chicago Tribune, Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray,Esquire, Food & Wine, Garden & Gun, Sky, Southern Living and the Washington Post.
 
Chef Kevin Gillespie
Red Beard Restaurants

While always pushing himself to look at the restaurant industry in innovative ways, chef, restaurateur, speaker and author Kevin Gillespie’s passion lies in serving quality food every day. After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, the Georgia native worked in restaurants in Atlanta and Oregon before opening Gunshow in 2013. In 2015, Gillespie opened Revival, a fresh take on the family-style dinner. Red Beard Restaurants was established in 2015, allowing Gillespie to ensure smart expansion and provide consulting services to other start-ups. Gillespie was one of three finalists and “fan favorite” on the sixth season of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” He was named a 2015 semi-finalist and 2016 finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: South award and been a semi-finalist for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award for three consecutive years, nominated for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef and named Forbes’ 30 Under 30. Eater included Gunshow in its annual “The National 38” list of places to eat in America in 2015 and 2016. In 2014, Gunshow earned a spot on GQ magazine’s list of “12 Most Outstanding Restaurants” as well as Esquire magazine’s list of “Best New Restaurants of 2014.” Gillespie released Pure Pork Awesomeness in 2015, a follow-up to James Beard Award Finalist Fire in My Belly. He is a member of Slow Food Atlanta, Southern Foodways Alliance, Community Farmers Markets Chefs Advisory Board, Georgia Organics and the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Southern Barbecue.
Chef Kevin Gillespie
While always pushing himself to look at the restaurant industry in innovative ways, chef, restaurateur, speaker and author Kevin Gillespie’s passion lies in serving quality food every day. After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, the Georgia native worked in restaurants in Atlanta and Oregon before opening Gunshow in 2013. In 2015, Gillespie opened Revival, a fresh take on the family-style dinner. Red Beard Restaurants was established in 2015, allowing Gillespie to ensure smart expansion and provide consulting services to other start-ups. Gillespie was one of three finalists and “fan favorite” on the sixth season of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” He was named a 2015 semi-finalist and 2016 finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: South award and been a semi-finalist for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award for three consecutive years, nominated for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef and named Forbes’ 30 Under 30. Eater included Gunshow in its annual “The National 38” list of places to eat in America in 2015 and 2016. In 2014, Gunshow earned a spot on GQ magazine’s list of “12 Most Outstanding Restaurants” as well as Esquire magazine’s list of “Best New Restaurants of 2014.” Gillespie released Pure Pork Awesomeness in 2015, a follow-up to James Beard Award Finalist Fire in My Belly. He is a member of Slow Food Atlanta, Southern Foodways Alliance, Community Farmers Markets Chefs Advisory Board, Georgia Organics and the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Southern Barbecue.
 
Chef Linton Hopkins
Resurgens Hospitality Group

Linton Hopkins is internationally acclaimed chef-owner of Restaurant Eugene, Holeman and Finch Public House, H&F Bottle Shop, H&F Burger, The Café at Linton’s, Hop’s Chicken and Eugene Kitchen. An Atlanta native known for celebrating the rich bounty of local produce with community-driven cuisine, Hopkins delivers radical and meaningful experiences to exceed guest expectations. Hopkins graduated from Emory University and the Culinary Institute of America before opening Restaurant Eugene in 2004 with his wife Gina. The duo then opened Holeman and Finch Public House in 2008 and H&F Bottle Shop in 2011. Hopkins was chosen as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs (2009), 25 Best New Chef All-stars (2013) and selected by its editors as a Best New Chef comprising the inaugural culinary team for its Chefs Club Manhattan restaurant (2014). Hopkins also garnered the 2012 JBF: Best Chef Southeast award. The intense popularity of the H&F cheeseburger prompted three H&F Burger outposts in Turner Field in 2013, prior to the first standalone H&F Burger and new Hop’s Chicken concept at Ponce City Market in September 2015. In 2013, Hopkins joined Delta’s culinary team with Eugene Kitchen to produce specialty in-flight fare. The Hopkins partnered with the Atlanta Botanical Garden on the Café at Linton’s and the debut Linton’s in the Garden, coming 2016. Co-founder of Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market, Linton is involved in good-food movement committees, served as President of the Southern Foodways Alliance and partnered with Michelle Obama to celebrate the First Lady’s Chef’s Move to Schools Initiative. He insists that making mayonnaise from scratch, and teaching others to do the same, can change the world.
Chef Linton Hopkins
Linton Hopkins is internationally acclaimed chef-owner of Restaurant Eugene, Holeman and Finch Public House, H&F Bottle Shop, H&F Burger, The Café at Linton’s, Hop’s Chicken and Eugene Kitchen. An Atlanta native known for celebrating the rich bounty of local produce with community-driven cuisine, Hopkins delivers radical and meaningful experiences to exceed guest expectations. Hopkins graduated from Emory University and the Culinary Institute of America before opening Restaurant Eugene in 2004 with his wife Gina. The duo then opened Holeman and Finch Public House in 2008 and H&F Bottle Shop in 2011. Hopkins was chosen as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs (2009), 25 Best New Chef All-stars (2013) and selected by its editors as a Best New Chef comprising the inaugural culinary team for its Chefs Club Manhattan restaurant (2014). Hopkins also garnered the 2012 JBF: Best Chef Southeast award. The intense popularity of the H&F cheeseburger prompted three H&F Burger outposts in Turner Field in 2013, prior to the first standalone H&F Burger and new Hop’s Chicken concept at Ponce City Market in September 2015. In 2013, Hopkins joined Delta’s culinary team with Eugene Kitchen to produce specialty in-flight fare. The Hopkins partnered with the Atlanta Botanical Garden on the Café at Linton’s and the debut Linton’s in the Garden, coming 2016. Co-founder of Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market, Linton is involved in good-food movement committees, served as President of the Southern Foodways Alliance and partnered with Michelle Obama to celebrate the First Lady’s Chef’s Move to Schools Initiative. He insists that making mayonnaise from scratch, and teaching others to do the same, can change the world.
 
Emcees

Jeff Dauler
Star 94.1
Jeff & Jenn Morning Show


Jenn Hobby
Star 94.1
Jeff & Jenn Morning Show

Guest Chefs
Guest Chef Gena Berry
Gena Berry
Culinary Coordinator
 
Guest Chef Mark Alba
Mark Alba
Legendary Events
 
Guest Chef Chris Edwards
Chris Edwards
Restaurant Eugene
 
Guest Chef Chrysta Poulous
Chrysta Poulous
Ford Fry Restaurants
Guest Chef Andreas Muller
Andreas Müller
Revival
 
Guest Chef Joey Ward
Joey Ward
Gunshow
 
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Sponsorship/Tickets
TITLE SPONSOR
$30,000
SOLD
  • All printing and web presence includes your company name or logo as Title Sponsor / “Presented by”
  • Front row center stage table for 10
  • Gobo at primary event bar
  • Evening of event signage includes your company name or logo as Title Sponsor
  • Press releases include your company name as Title Sponsor
  • Prominent presence on the Roast website with your company name or logo
  • Opportunity to provide product along with sponsorship dollars
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    HOST THE ROASTEE
    $20,000
  • All printing includes your company name or logo as Host the Roastee (presence reflective of sponsorship level)
  • One table for 10 guests
  • One table for 10 for one honored Roastee and their guests
  • Company name listed on all four Roastee Tables
  • Evening of event signage includes your company name or logo as Host the Roastee
  • Press releases include your company name as Host the Roastee
  • Prominent presence on the Roast website with your company name or logo
  • Opportunity to provide product along with sponsorship dollars
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    EPICUREAN SPONSOR
    $15,000
  • All printing includes your company name or logo as Epicurean Sponsor (presence reflective of sponsorship level)
  • Evening of event signage includes your company name or logo as Epicurean Sponsor
  • Press releases include your company name as Epicurean Sponsor
  • Prominent presence on the Roast website with your company name or logo
  • Opportunity to provide product along with sponsorship dollars
  • One table for 10 guests
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    ROASTING SPONSORS
    $10,000
  • Presence on the Roast website (company listing)
  • Opportunity to provide product along with sponsorship dollars
  • One table for 10 guests
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    TABLE SPONSORSHIP
    $5,000
  • Presence on the Roast website with company name
  • Opportunity to provide product along with sponsorship dollars
  • One table for 10 guests
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    Individual Ticket
    $500
    Beneficiary

    The Atlanta Community Food Bank is one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the Southeast. We support a network of 600 partner nonprofits - community and faith-based organizations - across 29 counties in greater Atlanta and north Georgia. Together, we connect over 750,000 people each year with more than 61 million pounds of food – or more than 50 million meals. But our work isn’t just about food – it’s about community change. We engage, educate and empower the community to fight hunger. The transformational change we catalyze in the community leads to transformational change in the lives of our clients. For more information, visit acfb.org.

     

    Host Committee

    David Abes
    Buckhead Life
    Restaurant Group
     

    Justin Anthony

    True Story Brands

     

     


    Holly Beach
    Ste. Michelle

    Wine Estates

     


    Tony Conway
    Legendary

    Events

     


    Mary Moore
    The Cook's

    Warehouse

     


    Kyle Waide
    Atlanta Community

    Food Bank

     

    Contact
    FLOURISH 

    3143 Maple Drive

    Atlanta, Georgia 30305


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