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1. Executive chef. Joseph Lenn is the executive chef at The Barn at Blackberry Farm, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, and leads the culinary team. He attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Charleston, South Carolina, where he honed his creative talent and skill in the kitchen. Before leading the team at The Barn, Chef Lenn assisted chef Sean Brock in opening The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville and worked at the Peninsula Grill in Charleston with Chef Bob Carter. Lenn’s multi-course menu at The Barn is inspired by fresh, seasonal food produced at Blackberry Farm and the foothills region of the Smoky Mountains.
2. Sam Beall. As the proprietor of Blackberry, Sam has been influential in crafting and developing the cuisine at The Barn and accumulating its vast wine collection. Beall is not a chef at The Barn but has extensive knowledge in fine dining. He attended The California Culinary Academy and apprenticed at The French Laundry in California where he worked in the kitchen, dining room and garden. He also worked at the Cowgirl Creamery and at California wineries.
3. Farm-to-table food. What makes Blackberry Farm unique from other resorts is that a portion of the 4,200-acre property is set aside for farming. Vegetables, herbs, honey, cider, cheese and more are produced at Blackberry and executive chef Joseph Lenn creates a cuisine at the luxury Tennessee restaurant with fresh foods that comes from his surroundings. Lenn also uses fresh products from the surrounding Smoky Mountain region.
4.Wine cellar. The Barn has an impressive 180,000-plus wine bottle collection and 8,000 unique selections on the wine list. A team of sommeliers led by Andy Chabot (also director of food and beverage here) are excited to share their knowledge and navigate guests of all oenophile-levels toward the perfect food and wine experience.
5. Culinary events. Both The Barn and Blackberry Farm offer a wide range of culinary events. Spend the day with one of The Barn chefs as they guide you through their daily culinary routine. Sign up for a cooking demonstration, whiskey tasting, private wine tasting or a beer tasting. Out on the farm, guests can schedule a day with master gardener John Coykendall. He’ll gladly teach willing students about the history and craft of sowing, harvesting and seed-saving. You can also spend time with him in the fields harvesting the day’s produce for The Barn’s culinary staff.