Joy Crump

FOODĒ, Mercantile, and 6 Bears & A Goat  | Fredericksburg, VA

Joy is known for crafting the seasons’ best locally-sourced ingredients into comfortably refined dishes. A culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Joy honed her skill alongside Atlanta farm-to-table pioneers Michael Tuohy and Kevin Gillespie.

In 2011, Joy opened her first restaurant, FOODĒ, in historic downtown Fredericksburg, VA, with business partner Beth Black. In 2014, the duo opened their second restaurant Mercantile, also in Fredericksburg. And in May 2017, they added microbrewery 6 Bears & A Goat to their restaurant group. Joy has had the honor of cooking at the James Beard House in both 2016 and 2017, and is actively involved in the James Beard Foundation’s Impact Programs for Food Policy, Chef Advocacy and Change. In September 2018, Joy will appear in the James Beard Foundation’s cookbook, Waste Not: How to Get the Most from Your Food.


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Joy is participating in the Sustainable Classroom on 10/19 and the Edna Lewis Tribute dinner on 10/19.