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First Look: Joe Schafer gives us a glimpse into King + Duke’s menu

Ford Fry’s highly anticipated open-hearth cooking restaurant, King and Duke, opens Monday in the space formerly home to Nava in Buckhead. With a 65-seat patio facing Peachtree Street, customized Elijah Craig bourbon labels, and a private dining room hidden by a belted door (see more of that below), this restaurant is drawing attention from all over. Executive chef Joe Schafer spared a few minutes between completing mock dinner service and preparing for today’s Friends and Family lunch to give us a glimpse into King Duke’s menu and more.

Q&A with new Parish chef Joe Schafer

ATL Food Chatter: July 26, 2010 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter)Joe Schafer, the former sous chef at Midtown’s Tap, has recently taken over as executive chef at Inman Park’s Parish Foods and Goods. (Both Tap and Parish are owned by Concentrics Hospitality.) Shafer, a twenty-nine-year-old native of Senoia, Georgia, is a 2001 honors graduate of the culinary program of the Art Institute of Atlanta who also worked as sous chef in several other local restaurants including the Globe and Rainwater. He describes his cooking as “rustic Southern, lightened and refined with European technique.” Shafer says that he will be lightening up Parish’s menu while staying “rustic and approachable.” He took some time out via e-mail to share some of his plans for Parish and why he loves going to Asian restaurants:

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