Chef Joy Crump's Foode Opens in Fredericksburg
Foode, Chef Joy Crump, Beth Black, and Jeremy Harrison's Fredericksburg, Virginia, eatery, is now open in the historic National Bank of Fredericksburg located at 900 Princess Anne Street. In 2016, Chef Crump purchased the nearly 200-year old building, which is perhaps one of the most significant structures in Fredericksburg's rich cultural history. Most notably, both President Lincoln and Jefferson Davis spoke from the main steps of the building in the late 1800s.
Renovations to the building have resulted in a 90-seat restaurant with two dining rooms, an open kitchen, seating inside the original bank vault, a bar and refinished architectural features. Foode boasts a lunch and dinner service, with an elevated cocktail program.
In its initial location on Caroline Street, Foode was a fast-casual model with counter service that served gourmet food that was approachable and filled with ingredients from the local community. Foode now runs table service and an unpretentious fine dining model with a menu full of Foode classics and new elevated gourmet offerings.
In 2010, Chef Crump landed her feet in the charming town of Fredericksburg with the vision of creating a culinary concept supporting the local community and promoting southern-inspired dishes. Crump, a 2014 “Top Chef” contestant, apprenticed under a number of talented Southern chefs after earning her culinary degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta—all in preparation for owning and operating FOODE. Her Southern flair is showcased in dishes like Spiced Sweet Potato and Kale Risotto, Chicken and Waffles, and her spin on the Southern classic, Shrimp and Grits with black beans, pickled red onions and Stewed Tomatoes. In 2016, Crump and her business partners expanded FOODE's operation by purchasing and renovating the historic National Bank of Fredericksburg at 900 Princess Anne Street. The nearly 200-year old building, formerly the Farmers Bank Building, is perhaps one of the most significant structures in Fredericksburg's rich cultural history. The renovations have resulted in a 90-seat restaurant with two dining rooms, an open kitchen, a full bar and seating inside the bank's vault. Highlighted architectural features include the original wood floors, fireplace mantelpieces, and sections of the original teller station.