Events / Dinner

Toast of Atlanta

Sat, March 02, 2013

8:00 PM
The Beard House
Member Price: $130 Public Price: $170 Phone: 212.627.1111
Reservations Policy

All restaurants, unless otherwise noted, are located in Atlanta.

Ford Fry
The Optimist, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, and King + Duke (opening in March 2013); and
No. 246, Decatur, GA

Drew Belline
No. 246, Decatur, GA

Adam Evans
The Optimist

E.J. Hodgkinson
JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Joe Schafer
King + Duke (opening in March 2013)

Pastry Chef Taria Camerino
Rocket Farm Restaurants

Ford Fry, who runs a popular family of restaurants in Atlanta, has become an indispensable player in the city’s thriving dining scene. His latest venture, the Optimist, was named “Restaurant of the Year” by Esquire in 2012, while his highly anticipated King + Duke is on the way.

Event photos taken by Geoff Mottram.


  • Hors d’Oeuvre
    • Preserved 2012 Tomato Jelly Doughnuts with Heritage Pork Dripping Glaze
    • Cauliflower Panna Cotta with Georgia Caviar and Preserved Georgia Pecan Truffles
    • Crispy Pickled Sardines with Chorizo, Collard Green Gremolata, and Lemon
    • Pickled Baby Vegetable Crudités with Lemon Fromage Blanc and Shiitake Bacon
    • Rabbit Rillettes with Charred Figs, Hot Mustard, and Toast
    • Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée 2004
  • Dinner
    • Toad in the Hole > Quail Egg and Rustic Toast with Chicken of the Wood Mushrooms and Chicken Jus
    • The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris 2011
    • Cold Fried Chicken Torchon with Field Pea Salad, Crispy Chicken Skin, White Barbecue Sauce, and Pickles
    • Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny-Les-Beaune 1er Cru 2010
    • Georgia Ricotta–Preserved Meyer Lemon Cappelletti with Roasted Young Artichokes, Spring Carrots, and Pea Sprouts
    • Schiopetto Blanc de Rosis 2010
    • Roasted Black Bass with Buttery Razor Clams, Charred Georgia Spring Onion, and Smoked Bone Marrow Broth
    • Domaine William Fevre Vaulorent Chablis 1er Cru 2010
    • Wood-Roasted Rib-Eye with Foraged Mushrooms of the Moment, Sunchoke Gratin, Oxtail, and Whipped Marrow
    • Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux 2007
    • Bag of Amenities > Clinton Hill Chocolate, Fatback Pralines, Gin and Urban-Foraged Herb Shrub, Peaches and Cream, and Milk Fudge
    • Cocchi Barolo Chinato NV
  • Special thanks to Delta Air Lines for the use of their BusinessElite® amenity kits.​