Wednesday, November 17

Taste of the South -- January 6-9: SFA Benefit at Blackberry Farm

Savor the best the culinary world has to offer when seven chefs converge at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee for a Taste of the South event, benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Packed with incredible food and wine happenings, the weekend promises to stimulate the palate and relax the mind. Guests can pick up culinary tips and techniques at Blackberry's Cooking School while enjoying all the merriments of the weekend, or just savor the gala dinner on Saturday night.

Taste the bounty of the South from chefs Michelle Bernstein of Azul, Miami, FL; John Currence of City Grocery, Oxford MS; John Fleer of the Inn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN; Jim Gerhardt of Limestone, Louisville, KY; Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL; Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernadin, New York, NY; and Ken Vedrinski of Sienna, Charleston, SC.

And we haven't forgotten the wine. Sam Beall of Blackberry Farm has gathered some of California's most talented winemakers. In keeping with our theme, all have Southern roots -- including Knoxville native Eric Grigsby and Mary Fran Rocca of Rocca Family Vineyards in Napa, Memphis natives Dr. Michael Dragutsky and Dr. David Sloas from Cornerstone Cellars in Napa, and Virginians Jeffery Fink and Bill Cates of Tantara in Santa Barbara.

VIP Package guests will enjoy all events including the "Jack Daniel's Chef's Night Out" dinner, cooking demonstration, lunch at the Maple Cottage and preferred seating during the Auction and Gala Dinner. Sponsors of this event include Lexus, the preferred vehicle of Blackberry Farm, and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey.

To register please call (800) 557-8864. To learn more about the Blackberry Farm, log on to