Happenings/Events Atlanta chef Ford Fry preparing his burger for Shake Shack.

Published on September 16th, 2015 |

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Ford Fry’s Carpetbagger Burger a Shake Shack collaboration on Sept. 19

Shake Shack at Buckhead Atlanta will unveil its latest culinary collaboration in Atlanta on Saturday (Sept. 19): the Carpetbagger Burger, crafted by renowned restaurateur and chef Ford Fry and

Shake Shack Culinary Director Mark Rosati.

Inspired by carpetbagger steak—a classic 1950s dish that works oysters into a hefty cut of steak—the Carpetbagger Burger ($8.50) is a butter-grilled double cheeseburger made with Shake Shack’s

Chef Ford Frey

Chef Ford Fry

100 percent all-natural Angus beef and topped with smoked and caramelized onions, house-made pickles, Comeback sauce and a crispy fried oyster.

Exclusively offered at the Buckhead Shack on Saturday, September 19, only 200 limited-edition Carpetbagger Burgers will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Looking at the chef partners that Shake Shack has paired with in the past to create collaborative burgers, I’m super flattered to be asked,” said Fry. “I look forward to hanging out at Shake Shack and bringing something awesome to the Atlanta community.”

Since opening his first restaurant JCT. Kitchen & Bar in 2007, Chef Fry has built a dining empire of Atlanta’s restaurants including Marcel, The El Felix, Superica, no. 246, The Optimist and Oyster Bar, King + Duke and St. Cecilia.

Over the years, Fry and his restaurants have been lauded in numerous national and local publications including Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Chicago Tribune, Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Esquire, Food & Wine, Garden & Gun, Sky, Southern Living and the Washington Post.

“At Shake Shack, we’re constantly drawing upon our fine dining roots to tap into the local food scenes of our Shack communities,” said Rosati. “Chef Fry is one of Atlanta’s most celebrated culinary hometown heroes with a flair for soulful, downright delicious cooking, and we’re honored to team up with him to bring this incredible burger to our Buckhead Shack.”

Shake Shack’s collaboration with Fry marks the restaurant’s one-year anniversary in the city’s newest luxury retail, residential and office development in the heart of the Buckhead neighborhood.

As a part of its mission to Stand For Something Good®, Shake Shack has embraced the Atlanta community through partnerships with local charities and schools including Camp Twin Lakes and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), as well as nearby bakers and food purveyors including Cacao Atlanta, H&F Bread Co., Sublime Doughnuts and Monday Night Brewing.

Chef Kevin Gillespie to aid Meals on Wheels
Chef Kevin Gillespie, of Glenwood Park’s Gunshow and new Revival in Decatur, will have a pop-up chef demo at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market this Saturday (Sept. 19) to help Meals On

Chef Kevin Gillespie

Chef Kevin Gillespie

Wheels provide more farm-fresh produce and healthy meals to Atlanta seniors in need.

Shoppers will be able to donate to Meals on Wheels Atlanta when they stop by the demo tent to watch the red-bearded chef transform market produce into dishes such as spicy sausage and kale soup. Donations offset the cost of vegetables provided to Meals on Wheels Atlanta.

The Peachtree Road Farmers Market is the largest producer-only market in Atlanta, held each Saturday at The Cathedral of St. Philip parking lot, in the 2700 block of Peachtree Road in Buckhead, from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon.

In the mood for something smokey? Terminus City chopped whole hog BBQ sandwiches are for sale to satisfy the ‘cue cravings.

When he’s not chopping or mixing, Gillespie will set down knives and pull out pens to sign copies of his hog-wild cookbooks “Pure Pork Awesomeness” and “Fire in my Belly.”

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