Yesterday, Bob and Mary met Chef Drew Belline for lunch at St. Cecilia’s in Buckhead. Drew is a childhood friend of Jeff’s, who like Jeff, fell in love with the culinary world while still in high school. As Jeff was working at a Subway, Drew was working at Roasters, both located near Chattahoochee High School. We met with him to ask him if he would play a BIG part in our Chef’s Sunday Supper fundraiser. We obviously need chefs for this event, and Drew graciously said to us, “I’m in!” He is going to take a little time to figure this whole deal out and we cannot wait to see the results. We talked a little about the food, how many people we expect, the costs of the food, advertising ideas, etc. And truthfully, one of the best parts of the lunch was our walk down memory lane of when Jeff and Drew were kids.
Drew is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, and he headed straight to New York after graduation to sharpen his culinary skills. While there, he worked under several highly esteemed chefs. He returned to Atlanta and continued his career in several upscale restaurants here. In 2007, Belline was named a Rising Star Chef by Starchefs.com and has also been featured in Food & Wine, Bon Appétit and Southern Living. In January 2013, he was selected as the Springer Mountain Farms Chef Appreciation recipient. Drew is currently a Vice President of Ford Fry’s Restaurants in Atlanta. We consider ourselves lucky to have Drew on our team for this event. Talk about expertise!!