Blackberry Farm

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James Beard Award 2014


(Walland, T.N.; May 7, 2014) — The Barn at Blackberry Farm under the direction of Andy Chabot, director of food and beverage and sommelier, has won the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program. Andy began his career at Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateaux property, in 2002, and has been a significant part of the wine program including leading the team for the past nine years. The Barn at Blackberry Farm is the first restaurant in the South to win a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program.

"I am honored to have accepted a James Beard Award from the James Beard Foundation," said Andy Chabot.  "I am so proud of the wine team at Blackberry Farm and this award would not be possible without the dedication and high level of service from each member of our team and the Beall Family."

Chabot is a graduate of the CIA and originally developed an interest in the restaurant industry while working in local restaurants near where he grew up. Prior to Blackberry Farm, Chabot at a young age, found his interest was in front of the house operations.

“This remarkable award came from years of real determination, commitment and passion by Andy and his team," said Proprietor Sam Beall. "A James Beard Award further validates that our humble little place in the hills of Tennessee offers the highest level of excellence in wine service and everything else that we do!"

This is the second James Beard Award for Blackberry Farm. Chef Joseph Lenn, executive chef of The Barn, won a James Beard Award in 2013 for Best Chef Southeast.

About Blackberry Farm
Located 25 miles from Knoxville, Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateaux property, is the perfect destination for business retreats and pleasure getaways. The 4,200-acre estate is celebrated as an unrivaled food and wine destination, providing the ultimate in farm-to-table cuisine and a wine collection of more than 160,000 bottles from around the world. Described as “foothills cuisine,” Blackberry Farm pays homage to locally sourced and seasonally fresh products grown on the property’s four-acre garden. Activities abound at Blackberry Farm, and include Day in the Life of Chef and Gardener programs, fly fishing, horseback riding, fox hunting, hiking, wellness, spa, sporting clays, yoga, cycling, and more. For more information on Blackberry Farm or to make a reservation, please visit: 

About the James Beard Awards
Covering all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more—the James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Nominees and winners are fêted at a weekend of events in New York City that has become the social and gastronomic highlight of the year.