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The Best New Restaurant In Alabama:1856 - Culinary Residence

Southern Living | March 6, 2024

It might seem odd to go to a college campus for a high end meal, but not if you’re at 1856 – Culinary Residence at Auburn University’s new Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center. The “teaching restaurant” where students work under chefs-in-residence (currently Ford Fry) and a chef de cuisine (Thomas Baco-Wang) to create a sophisticated environment for lunch and dinner, with dishes like tagliolini with scallops, toasted garlic, parsley, and lemon.

Auburn’s 1856 – Culinary Residence: Nurturing the next generation of top culinary experts

Soul Grown | August

Students in the culinary and hospitality program get hands-on experience, learning the myriad details of running a restaurant. A chef in residence, who changes annually, oversees how fine dining and the classroom intersect at the restaurant.

Chef Ford Fry is the second Chef-In-Residence at 1856 – Culinary Residence, named for the year Auburn University was founded. An Atlanta-based chef and restauranteur, his porfolio includes nearly two-dozen mostly distinct establishments in four states.

Wine Spectator
Best of Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator |

In summer 2022, the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center at Auburn University opened its teaching restaurant, 1856–Culinary Residence, named after the year of the university’s founding. This high-end restaurant wouldn’t be complete without wine director and instructor Thomas Price’s 650-label, Best of Award of Excellence–winning program, which focuses primarily on France, Spain, Italy, California and Oregon. 

Artful Hospitality & Scholarship

Covey Rise |

In this issue of Covey Rise, we explore the clear mission of The Laurel Hotel & Spa at Auburn University to provide world-class hospitality and an epicurean experience. 

Hotels to Book for a Trip to Alabama

Travel + Leisure | January 26, 2023

Group 86
205 S College Street Auburn, AL 36830