Please join Old Edwards Inn and Spa for an Alabama takeover with David Bancroft of Acre in Auburn, AL, and Rob McDaniel of Helen in Birmingham. This dynamic duo will present a multi-course menu full of summer’s most delicious flavors alongside pairings from the Old Edwards sommeliers and live music in the beautiful setting of The Farm at Old Edwards.
About David Bancroft
Born in Alabama and raised in San Antonio, TX, David Bancroft’s passion for food began at an early age. Bancroft grew up eating some of the best cuisines the South has to offer, including Alabama’s famous white sauce BBQ and bacon collard greens, along with Texas’ crave-worthy beef brisket and breakfast tacos. Bancroft parlayed his love of food into a passion for cooking, inspired by his family’s approach to home-style dining. Bancroft spent time on the Alabama family farm hunting and fishing with his grandfather and learning how to smoke brisket and barbecue while developing a deep appreciation and care for the meat and its procurement process. After finishing high school, Bancroft returned to his Alabama roots to attend Auburn University, where Bancroft served as the kitchen steward for his fraternity and later went on to serve as the head chef at Amsterdam Café in Auburn during his senior year. Feeling confident in his experiences and looking for a way to utilize his self-taught skills as a farmer, forager, and chef, Bancroft opened Acre restaurant with his wife, Christin in August 2013.
About Rob McDaniel
Chef Rob McDaniel and his wife, Emily, own and operate Helen, a contemporary Southern grill in downtown Birmingham. McDaniel’s passion and respect for traditional Southern cuisine were first inspired by the foods his grandmothers prepared while he was growing up in Haleyville, Alabama. When McDaniel isn’t in the kitchen, he can be found spending time outdoors, whether it’s on a boat with his wife and twin daughters or out in the woods hunting, fishing, or foraging.