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Joy Crump

Founding Partner and Executive Chef

FOODE + Mercantile and 718 Venue

A culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Crump began her home-based business, FOODE in 2009. By 2011, Crump partnered with Beth Black, transitioning FOODE to a brick and mortar in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. In 2014, the duo opened their second restaurant Mercantile, also in Fredericksburg. And in May of 2021 they added event space 718 Venue to their portfolio. 

Crump is an executive chef, restaurateur and property owner with over 15 years experience in Culinary Industry training and management. Crump has had the honor of appearing as a chef-testant on the Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef,” cooking at the James Beard House on several occasions, and is actively involved in the James Beard Foundation’s Impact Programs for Food Policy, Chef Advocacy and Change.