10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road Chatt Hills, GA 30268
Proceeds from the Trifoliate Award Dinners support the making of This Postage Stamp of Native Soil, which is a history and film project exploring the history of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia through its families, landscapes, tribes, and people. The aim is to focus on a small geography, a postage stamp so to speak, exploring the many layers of history and pre-history that underly the current landscape.
Trifoliate award dinners are intimate dinner gatherings honoring Southern chefs. The chef’s menus will emphasize a sense of place, with many of the ingredients harvested mere steps from the dining table. Though each event will vary in tone and presentation, attendees will enjoy signature cocktails, wine pairings, art performances and an unforgettable evening.
Few chefs pay tribute to the modern South like Joey Ward. The Atlanta native thrives on using hyperseasonal ingredients from local farms to create clever dishes that surprise and delight. Only 20 years old when he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2005, Ward honed his craft under the tutelage of Kevin Gillespie, first at Woodfire Grill and then at Southern dim-style restaurant Gunshow. Ward continued to demonstrate a fresh approach toward elevated Southern comfort food when he ventured out on his own in late 2019, opening two concepts under one roof: small-plate-focused Southern Belle and experimental tasting menu Georgia Boy. When both restaurants temporarily closed due to the pandemic, he and his team packaged Southern Belle fixin’s into on-brand takeout meals. When doors re-opened, diners found Southern Belle’s shareable plates refashioned into a multi-course tasting menu. Whether served from dim-sum cart, slid across a chef’s counter or boxed into a to-go container, Ward’s take on regional fare is consistently well-executed and with a generous helping of whimsy.
We expect to have a documentary to share with the Chattahoochee Hills community and the world in 2022. Read more about the story of making the film, the interviews we conduct, the people we meet along the way, the stories we hear at thispostagestamp.com.