205 S College Street
Auburn , AL 36830
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1856 is the country's first tasting-menu-only teaching restaurant – a truly unique and elevated experience where education meets experiential dining. A roof-to-table experience, 1856 – Culinary Residence’s menu is shaped by the produce grown on the rooftop garden of the Rane Culinary Science Center. Seasonally-inspired and rotating often, the menu is set by our Chef In Residence and executed by our culinary team and students.

Chef Ford Fry is the inaugural Chef in Residence at 1856 – Culinary Residence. He founded Rocket Farm Restaurants in 2007 and currently oversees its prolific portfolio of 23 restaurants in markets including Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Houston, and Cary, NC. Rocket Farm Restaurants includes some of the South’s most beloved concepts, including Beetlecat, St. Cecilia, The Optimist, Superica, La Lucha, State of Grace, and more. While the concepts each have their own identity, they share a commitment to their respective communities and to serving exceptional food made with local ingredients and attention to detail. 

Master Sommelier Thomas Price has spent the last 35 years working in some of Seattle's most prominent restaurants, including his own. Shortly after obtaining his Master Sommelier certificate in 2012, Price joined Jackson Family Fine Wines as National Director of Wine Education. He also worked as a visiting sommelier with Auburn University's Hospitality Management program over the last eight years.

Experience 1856: Every year, a nationally acclaimed chef will work alongside our Ithaka Hospitality Partners team as well as Auburn University's culinary science faculty to create a unique restaurant concept, providing an ever-changing culinary experience for students as well as clientele in a beautiful, intimate environment, with vegetables, produce and herbs coming from an operational rooftop garden, created and managed by Auburn University's Horticulture Program, looking out over our iconic Samford Hall.