Fredericksburg Chef Joy Crump to Cook at the James Beard House

by | Feb 6, 2016 | Business

By Susan Larson. File photo of (L to R) Joy Crump and Beth Black preparing for the 2014 Fredericksburg Sandwich Invitational. Photo copyright Fredericksburg.Today.

FOODĒ General Manager Beth Black and Executive Chef Joy Crump are on a roll. In the past year, they’ve won the Virginia Culinary Challenge and opened a second restaurant — Mercantile, at 205 William St. in downtown Fredericksburg. Crump competed on the national reality television show Top Chef.

Now Crump has been invited by the prestigious James Beard Foundation (JBF) as a visiting chef for their JBF is Dining program in the historic James Beard House.

Crump will present Virginia Spring Supper at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Her menu has not yet been published.

“Cooking at the James Beard Foundation in New York is to a chef what attending the Oscars is to a struggling actor. It’s not a nomination, but it’s an invitation to the big leagues,” Joy wrote on Facebook. “It’s standing where the best have stood. In short, it means A LOT and after so much support and hard work from our whole team, we were invited to show off all the wonderful things happening in our region during a dinner in April.”

Tickets are $130 per person for JBF members; $170 per person for the general public. Reservations are accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 212-627-2308 or online at jamesbeard.org/events.

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire — including JBF is Dining. Meals are served in the James Beard House at 167 West 12th St. in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The house is maintained by JBF as a “performance space” for visiting chefs.

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