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Blackberry Farm Proclaims Highly Regarded Epicurean Event Schedule for 2008.

WALLAND, Tenn., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackberry Farm announces its 2008 Food and Wine series which hosts some of the most renowned names in the epicurean world. Celebrated as a favorite travel destination for bon vivants and gourmands, Blackberry Farm, a Relais Chateaux and Relais Gourmand destination, is home to a Wine Spectator Grand Award wine cellar.

"We strive to bring our guests experiences that they simply cannot find anywhere else in the world," says Sam Beall, Proprietor at Blackberry Farm. "With the talents of the 2008 lineup and the unique setting of our new Barn and FarmStead, it just doesn't get any better."

Exploring all facets of the gastronomic world, Blackberry Farm leads guests on three-day culinary adventures of cheese, wine, cooking, and gardening. Blackberry Farm's expanded Food & Wine Series, presented with culinary program partner Lexus, showcases the art and craft of some of the most exciting culinary talents from around the globe. [See below for complete schedule]. During the year's twenty events, these chefs, winemakers and Blackberry Farm will work together to showcase their skills and talent in the kitchen, garden, vineyard or on the table. Guests of these three-day experiences will attend cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, lunches, dinners and receptions with visiting chefs, winemakers, artisans and vintners.

In 2008, Blackberry Farm will take a new step in creating the most unique culinary experience for guests, while hosting the events in the newly completed FarmStead. The centerpiece of the FarmStead is a 1700s bank barn that now houses Blackberry Farm's Viking Demonstration Kitchen, three dining rooms, an 8,000 square foot showcase wine cellar, bakery and kitchen. Guests will also have the opportunity to step outside of the kitchen during events such as Smoky Mountain Table and Glorious Cheese where Blackberry Farm artisans take them out into the fields and gardens to dig deep into the "earth to table" philosophy that the FarmStead embodies.

Contact Sarah Elder for more information or a complete schedule of 2008 Food and Wine Experiences at Blackberry Farm by calling 865.380.2626 or emailing selder@blackberryfarm.com.
 JANUARY 3-5, Taste of the South
 Southern Foodways Alliance Celebration and Gala
 Chef Linton Hopkins
 Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, GA
 Chef Andrea Reusing
 Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC
 Chef Billy Allin
 Cakes & Ale, Decatur, GA
 Jon David Headrick
 Jon David Wines, Charlotte, NC
 Julian and Preston Van Winkle
 Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Frankfort, KY

 JANUARY 20-22, Naturally Dynamic
 Guest Chef Vincent Nattress
 Meadowood, Napa, CA
 Guest Vintner Michel Chapoutier
 M. Chapoutier, Rhone Valley, France

 FEBRUARY 3-5, Graceful Living
 Guest Chef Michael Romano
 Union Square Cafe, New York, NY
 Guest Vintners Dick and Ann Grace
 Grace Family Vineyards, Napa, CA

 FEBRUARY 24-26, An ArtfulTable
 Guest Chef Art Smith
 Table 52, Chicago, IL
 Guest Vintner Justin Hunnicutt Stephens
 D.R. Stephens Estate, Napa, CA

 MARCH 9-11, Vive la France
 Guest Chef Jean Andre Charial
 Oustau de Baumaniere, Provence, France
 Importer Martine Saunier
 Martine's Wines, Novato, CA

 MARCH 13-15, Red Hot
 Guest Chef Richard Reddington
 Redd, Napa, CA
 Guest Vintner Ann Colgin
 Colgin Cellars, Napa, CA

 APRIL 6-8, Tierra
 Guest Chef Grant Achatz
 Alinea, Chicago, IL
 Guest Vintner Peter Sisseck
 Dominio de Pingus, Ribera del Duero, Spain

 April 20-22, Essential
 Guest Chef Ryan Hardy
 The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
 Guest Vintner Manfred Krankl
 Sine Qua Non, Ventura, CA

 MAY 19-21, California Classic
 Guest Chef Bradley Ogden
 Bradley Ogden, Las Vegas, NV
 Guest Vintner Doug Shafer
 Schafer Vineyards, Napa, CA

 JUNE 1-3, East Meets West
 Guest Chef David Chang
 Momofuku, New York, NY
 Guest Vintners Ann Favia-Erickson and Andy Erickson
 Favia Wines, Napa, CA

 JUNE 22-24, Going Coastal
 Guest Chef Mike Lata
 FIG, Charleston, SC
 Guest Vintners Heidi and Ted Lemon
 Littorai Wines, Sebastopol, CA

 JUNE 29-JULY 1, Down Under
 Guest Vintner Richard Mintz
 Guest Chef Colin Crowley
 Two Hands Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia

 JULY 27-29, Kitchen Full of Kids
 Helen DeFrance
 Author of At Home Cafe

 AUGUST 3-5, Local/Global
 Guest Chef David Myers
 Sona, Los Angeles, CA
 Guest Vintner Nicolas Rossignol
 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol, Volnay, France

 AUGUST 10-12, Glorious Cheese
 Guest Cheesemakers Sue Conley and Peggy Smith
 Cowgirl Creamery, San Francisco, CA
 Cheese maker Kristian Holbrook
 Blackberry Farm

 AUGUST 17-19, Smoky Mountain Table
 Master Gardener John Coykendall
 Guest Vintner Walt Flowers
 Flowers Winery, Sonoma, CA

 SEPTEMBER 14-16, OR16
 Guest Chef Nate Appleman
 A16, San Francisco, CA
 Guest Vintner David O'Reilly
 Owen Roe Winery, Willamette Valley, OR

 NOVEMBER 16-18, Paramount
 Guest Chef Nancy Silverton
 La Brea Bakery and Mozza, Los Angeles, CA
 Guest Vintners Maurizia and Luca Di Napoli Rampolla
 Castello dei Rampolla, Panzano, Italy

 DECEMBER 4-6, Wine Geek 101
 Sommelier Andy Chabot and
 The Blackberry Farm Team

 DECEMBER 7-9, Grand Grenache
 Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel
 Eric Solomon Selections
 Domaine de la Janasse
 Domaine de Marcoux
 Oenologist Philippe Cambie




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. This 63- room Relais and Chateaux and Relais Gourmand property offers some of the world's finest wines, cuisine, fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, cycling, sporting clay and mountain biking opportunities. In addition to an abundance of outdoor activities, Blackberry Farm offers an Aveda-Destination Spa and a series of annual cooking schools and culinary events along with other world- renowned guest chefs and vintners. For reservations and information, please call 800) 993 7824 or visit our website, http://www.blackberryfarm.com/.

CONTACT: Sarah Elder of Blackberry Farm, +1-865-380-2626, selder@blackberryfarm.com

Web site: http://www.blackberryfarm.com/
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