Special Events



& Packages

New Years Eve Dinner & Stay Experience


Make a toast to the New Year with this elevated package that includes dinner for two at 1856 – Culinary Residence, followed by a celebration on The Rooftop at The Laurel Hotel & Spa. Enjoy an evening under the stars around warm fire pits and a lively dance floor with music from a lively DJ. Everything leads up to a grand Champagne toast at midnight with stunning views of Samford Hall as your background.

Here’s to a wonderful night and a fantastic New Year!

Christmas Eve Tasting Dinner

DECEMBER 24th, 3:00pm

Elevate your holiday experience with 1856 – Culinary Residence on Christmas Eve! Join us for a special Christmas Eve Dinner that includes our multi-course tasting menu, incredible wines and special holiday favorites.

Dine & Stay Package

Take the Elevator Home!  

Experiencing 1856 – Culinary Residence is the perfect opportunity to extend an already exceptional dinner into the perfect weekend in Auburn!  The Laurel Hotel & Spa entrance is just around the corner in the Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center.  Treat yourself to the most luxurious stay on The Plains.  

Past Events

Thanksgiving Tasting Dinner

NOVEMBER 23rd, 3:00pm

Make this year truly memorable with our annual Thanksgiving Tasting Menu Experience. Our team is thrilled to prepare an incredible Thanksgiving-inspired tasting menu that will allow you to eat, drink, relax and simply enjoy a special evening with your loved ones. Don’t miss the chance to savor this specially curated menu by our 2023 – 2024 Chef in Residence, Ford Fry.

Epicurean Experience


The Epicurean Experience is the ultimate package of specially curated moments to immerse yourself in the world of food, wine and mixology.  Join world renowned chefs for a cooking demonstration and lunch in the Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center along with wine education and tastings from our own Master Sommelier in Residence, Thomas Price.  The itinerary is filled with education, enjoyment and of course, exceptional food.  You will return home from an Epicurean Experience filled with great memories.

Uncle Nearest Dinner Experience

NOVEMBER 9th, 6:00 pm

Join us in celebrating Fall with a whiskey dinner featuring four Uncle Nearest expressions, 1856-Culinary Residence’s signature cocktails, and an 8-course tasting menu curated by Chef-in-Residence Ford Fry.

We are thrilled to announce that Victoria Eady Butler, 5th Generation Master Blender and the great-great-granddaughter of Nearest Green, who has been honored as the three-time Master Blender of the Year, and Fawn Weaver,  CEO of Uncle Nearest will be joining us for this exciting event. 


An Urban Summer Retreat

Indulge yourself in luxury by avoiding the crowds and escaping to our urban retreat at The Laurel Hotel & Spa and 1856 – Culinary Residence. The Summer Escape package includes a $100 incidental hotel credit, 20% discount on up to two spa treatments and a rooftop infused summer cocktail upon arrival. Two-night minimum stay required. Rounding out the weekend with a dinner experience makes for the perfect weekend.

The Summer Chef Series

A Special Month of Renowed Guest Chefs

Summer is heating up in Auburn, and we’re not talking about weather. We’re talking about the powerhouse lineup of Chefs that will be visiting 1856-Culinary Residence for a special LIMITED ENGAGEMENT month of menus and culinary artistry that will light up the summer!

Chef Chris Hastings (Hot & Hot Fish Club – Birmingham, AL)   Friday & Saturday, July 7 & 8 and Tuesday & Wednesday, July 11 & 12

Chef Rob McDaniel (Helen – Birmingham, AL)         Friday & Saturday, July 14 & 15

Chef Chris Hathcock (Recently, Husk Restaurant – Savannah, GA)  Tuesday, July 18 – Thursday, August 3

Mother's Day Lunch


May 14th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us this Mother’s Day for a memorable lunch with the ones you love. This specially curated four course tasting menu experience is one you don’t want to miss. Stay tuned into our social pages for the reveal of our unique menu!

Easter Lunch


April 9th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Spring is in the air! 

Join us this Easter Sunday for a memorable lunch with the ones you love. This specially curated tasting menu experience is one you don’t want to miss. Stay tuned into our social pages for the reveal of our unique menu!

Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

The Ultimate Romantic Getaway Experience!

Treat your most special someone to the perfect romantic Valentine’s getaway with our special limited package.

~ Romantic overnight accommodations ~

~ Sunset experience on The Rooftop

featuring an oyster display & special sparkling cocktail ~

~ Dinner for two at 1856 – Culinary Residence ~

~ Send off brunch in The Library ~

Battle of the SomMs

Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00pm

1856- Culinary Residence Master Sommelier, Thomas Price, will go head-to-head against Master Sommelier, Emmanuel Kemiji. Who will win? Join us and vote through each course as these two duke it out in a duel pairing through the seven course tasting menu crafted by our Chef in Residence, Tyler Lyne. See the special one night menu here, but the pairings will not be revealed until the day of at the Battle dinner!

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205 S College Street Auburn, AL 36830