How a renowned local chef is (successfully) aiming to change the lives of hospitality workers nationwide

Legendary pitmaster and Beard Award winner Aaron Franklin, who has been a brisket-serving staple at the festival since the beginning, said the heart and soul of the event is the same today as it was when it began. ‘The feels and the hugs and the high fives are always there,’ Franklin said. ‘This is the only event I cook at out of the entire year. I don’t (usually) do these things, but we will always be here.’