Sip & Savor Spring

MARCH 28 - 31, 2019

In The Know Volunteer

David Bancroft


  • Thursday, March 15th: James Beard Foundation Dinner     view event


David Bancroft is Executive Chef/Partner of Acre Restaurant in Auburn, Alabama. Acre opened in August 2013, a joint venture with family and close friends. Born in Alabama but raised in San Antonio, Texas, David’s passion for cooking began at an early age, smoking brisket and making BBQ. He also spent some time in coastal Louisiana, serving as a deck hand in the Chandeleur Islands. David returned to his Alabama roots to attend Auburn University’s School of Business. After being selected as “kitchen steward” for his fraternity, he was inspired and ready to begin his culinary career in the restaurant industry.


David is a self-­‐taught chef, farmer and forager who showcases the sustainable ingredients provided by local farmers, fisherman in Alabama. He also tends to three on-­‐site gardens, reinterpreting the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine. Acre is wrapped in edible landscapes designed to provide fresh seasonal harvest used to create delicious offerings which change daily, depending on what is ready on the urban farm. Fruit trees are surrounded by vegetables and fresh herbs;  the on-­‐site vegetable garden provides guests with both heirloom and newly introduced varieties of produce which is harvested, prepared and served immediately.


His commitment to the Alabama farming community have earned him recognition on local, regional and national platforms-­‐ most recently, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Taste of the South, ESPN, USA Today, and many more. He was named “2014 Chef of the Year” and “2016 Restaurateur of the Year” by the Alabama Restaurant Hospitality Alliance. The Auburn Chamber of Commerce recently awarded him “Small Business Person of the Year” , and received his second nomination from the James Beard Foundation for “Best Chef: South in 2017.


To further his philanthropic contributions, David founded, planned and executed the “Alabama Oyster Social”, whose primary goal was to raise funds for Alabama oyster farmers. The Social has gained invaluable support from nationally recognized chefs and restaurateurs, and raised over $35,000 at its third annual event in 2017.


When David is not cooking, he enjoys hunting and fishing on his family’s farm in LA (Lower Alabama) and spending time with his wife, Christin, son, Walker and daughter, Kennedy.


  • All persons must be of legal drinking age or older to attend most events
  • No dogs or pets are allowed at any event venues
  • Any advance discount tickets are released in limited quantities and can sell out at any time without notice
  • All tickets sales are final & non-refundable
  • All events are rain or shine & event programs are subject to change without notice

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