Left, 2008 guest chef, Donald Link
From January 9-11, Blackberry Farm will stage its tenth annual Taste of the South weekend in Walland, Tennessee. The gathering honors the farmers, artisans, chefs, and scholars who shape the foodways of the American South while raising funds for the Southern Foodways Alliance.
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.
The fellows have chosen Francis Lam, the culinary writer and commentator, as the 2014 scholar in residence.
Chef Joseph Lenn of the Barn at Blackberry Farm will host guest chefs for the weekend, including Michelle Bernstein, Rodney Scott, and Rob Newton. 2013 inductee Sean Brock will also cook. Together, the chefs will prepare a Saturday-night gala dinner in honor of the assembled Fellowship.
The weekend culminates in an auction with silent and live packages donated by friends of the Southern Foodways Alliance.