6th annual SFA Taste of the South at Blackberry Farm

  • Monday, January 14, 2013

  From January 10–13, the Southern Foodways Alliance will host its ninth annual Taste of the South weekend in conjunction with Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Each year, this gathering honors the farmers, artisans, chefs, and scholars who shape the foodways of the American South while raising funds for the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. The event plays host to the annual meeting of the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans, and Chefs. Since 2006, the Fellowship has fostered camaraderie and mentorship among the individuals who grow, nurture, and interpret the bounty of the Southern harvest. Each January, the fellows come together at Blackberry Farm to break bread and share knowledge while reinforcing the vital link between field and table. This year's newly inducted fellow is chef Sean Brock of McCrady's and Husk in Charleston, South Carolina. The fellows have chosen David Shields of the University of South Carolina as their scholar-in-residence. Shields is a culinary historian whose work on the antebellum cuisine of the South Carolina Lowcountry has led to the re-cultivation of such historically important crops as Carolina Gold rice. Chef Joseph Lenn of the Barn at Blackberry Farm will host three guest chefs for the weekend: Tyler Brown of the Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee; Vivian Howard of Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina; and Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary in Charleston, South Carolina. Together, the four chefs will prepare a Saturday-night gala dinner for the sold-out crowd, in honor of the assembled Fellowship. Jamey Whetstone will serve as the weekend's guest vintner. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Whetstone has worked in the wine industry in Napa, California, since 1998. He founded Whetstone Wine Cellars in 2002, and produces acclaimed Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Viognier. The weekend culminates in an auction with silent and live packages donated by friends of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Donors to this year's auction include fashion designers Natalie Chanin and Billy Reid, artist William Dunlap, 21C Hotels, and the Charleston Wine and Food Festival.   About The Southern Foodways Alliance The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. They set a common table where black and white, rich and poor (all who gather) may consider our history and our future in a spirit of reconciliation. A member-supported non-profit, based at the University of Mississippi, the SFA stages a symposia on food culture, produce documentary films, collect oral histories, and publish compendiums of great writing. For more information please visit SouthernFoodways.org and follow them on Twitter, @Potlikker.   About Blackberry Farm Blackberry Farm, often described as “Easy to get to. Hard to leave” is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Named the #1 Food & Wine Resort in the World and the #2 Hideaway in America in 2012 by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, and #1 Resort in North America by Travel + Leisure’s 2011 World’s Best Awards, this 62-room Relais & Châteaux property offers some of the world’s finest wines, cuisine, fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, sport clay, cycling, and mountain biking opportunities. In addition to an abundance of outdoor activities, Blackberry Farm offers an Aveda-Destination Spa and a series of annual culinary, enrichment and adventure events. For reservations and information, please call (800)-993-7824 or visit BlackberryFarm.com.

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