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Off the beaten path cabernet producer that's more European in style. He is a Frenchmen and he makes wines in that character.


2603 Highway 411, Madisonville, TN 37354

T: 423.442.5003

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In my opinion, one of the truly iconic artisan culinary figures in this country. Benton's aged country hams are the closest thing I think you would find in this country to classic old world prosciutto. His bacon has an intensity of smoke that you'll find in no other bacon, period. I think that's what defines Benton's bacon for me is the smoke. When I get excited about a product it's probably unique. It's something that truly stands apart from the monotony and the commonality of the rest of the world even in great restaurants.

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Saturday Market

Downtown Maryville / Founders' Square

Church Avenue, Maryville, TN 37801

9am - 12pm

Wednesday Market

New Providence Presbyterian Church

703 W Broadway, Maryville, TN 37801

3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

June - end of August


Farmers Market

The focus is very specific on great produce and product. The product can only be from the 14 surrounding counties, Not just produce but product too. So whether it be honey or breads or cheeses or jams, it has to be entirely local, in addition to its practices has to be sustainable and there can't be what I call riffraff. There's not trinkets or trash or scraps.


Find | Farmers Markets - Maryville, TN


113 South Washington Street, Maryville, TN 37804

T: 865.981.4414



Eat | Restaurants - Maryville, TN

It's literally a converted gas station. My kids probably pick-up food twice a week from here on their way home from school for a quick dinner after late games.


929 Cavern Road,  Townsend TN 37882

T: 865.448.6895

Open Friday and Saturday 4pm - 8pm


Bakery / Pizza

Find & Eat | Food Stores & Restaurants - Townsend, TN

They have a wood-burning oven and they bake bread and sell it to some local stores. On the weekend, they use that same bread oven for word-burning pizza and sell almost all exclusively for pick-up and take out.

3200 Frazier Road, Knoxville, TN 37914

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Dairy Farm

Their buttermilk is made right here in Knoxville, Tennessee and it’s the finest buttermilk you'll ever taste.  It is a classic culture of buttermilk that has bits of butter flakes floating around. It's just so good you can drink it.  It's got the tanginess that a great buttermilk should have and it's exceptional.


Sam Beall is the proprietor of Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.


Chef Sam Beall trained at The California Culinary Academy, apprenticed at The French Laundry, and worked at the Ritz-Carlton, Cowgirl Creamery and California wineries, before moving back to Walland to turn Blackberry Farm into a world class Relais & Châteaux resort.

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June 26, 2012

Blackberry Farm - Walland, TN

Photo Credit: Beall + Thomas Photography

Find | Food Purveyors - Knoxville, TN


130 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919
T: 865.212.0024

Knoxville / Bearden


Chef Bruce Bogartz is staying true to his food. It's certainly a showcase of the south, using great southern ingredients and southern mentality behind the food. He does great sweet potato dumplings, kind of a gnocchi, if you will.  He does a Smoked-cured Breast of Duck, but it’s just cured like half way. I like his Crispy Chicken Livers that he serves with hot pepper jelly.

Eat | Restaurants - Knoxville, TN


212 W Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917

T: 865.247.4344

Old City

Bar / American

It’s more or less a bar, but they serve lots of snacks. The owner does a good job and they serve our cheese and some of our salumi there, but I'm not recommending it just because they serve our stuff. They also serve Allan Benton's products.

Drink | Bars - Knoxville, TN


6 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

T: 828.252.9805


Mexican / Caribbean / International

I go there and order mindlessly, because it’s just such good, authentic Mexican cuisine. I order way too much when I go there, I get everything. I like the Poppers (stuffed  jalapeños) which are made that morning in the kitchen and not some frozen product. They have a great variety of house-made salsas, it’s difficult to pick which one to order. All the smokiness is done there. The Molcajetes, which are hot lava rock bowls, are kind of one pot dishes. They send them out piping hot with pork shoulder Carnitas type.

Eat | Restaurants - Asheville, NC

3445 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

T: 415.752.3430

Laurel Heights

Grocery / Meats

It's a real specialty meat market with just great product meat, fish and even some prepared foods.

Find | Food Purveyors - San Francisco, CA


3585 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

T: 415.751.3516

Laurel Heights



900 Meadowood Lane, Saint Helena, CA 94574

T: 707-967-1205 (make a reservation)

St. Helena


The chef, Christopher Kostow, is really rocking, he’s exceptional. The food is so thematic. He serves the little parts of a rooster, the cockles, the little flabby things, the little red things that hang on top of his head, that you never get to see that in restaurants, very kind of old world, just extraordinary. It’s not that there is a signature course to direct people to, it’s just exceptional and I don’t say the word exceptional lightly.

Eat | Restaurants - Napa, CA

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8575 Orcutt Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

T: 805.546.0305

No Tours

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Edna Valley


Absolutely some of the most exciting wines in this country, Rhone Style Wines. He's a pioneer of Rhone varietals such as syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne, great varietals that too many people aren’t familiar with.


230 N Crystal Springs Road, St. Helena, CA 94574

No Tours

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St. Helena


They’re a small, really still up and coming producer. Superstars, absolutely superstars. Andy Erickson, the husband and owner, happens to be the wine maker of the winery called Screaming Eagle. His incredible wife, Annie Favia, is not only the vineyard manager, but she's a farmer, she manages the vineyards for Screaming Eagle and other greats, whether it be David Abreu or just a host of others.


1984 Summit Lake Drive, Angwin, CA 94508

T: 925.254.0511

By appointment only

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Napa Valley


It's a small winery up on Howell Mountain. Great family producer that has stayed true to small production, a certain style and true to a wine maker and not just any wine maker. Yes, they actually have a wine maker versus making it themselves, but Heidi Barrett is considered one of the great wine makers in this country. It's a great visit, a great location in a less assuming area of Napa Valley.


3780 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena, CA 94574

T: 707.963.3731

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Napa Valley



4026 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena, CA 94574

T: 707.963.4949

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St. Helena


A gorgeous location, Spring Mountain. Half of the property falls off into Sonoma and the other half falls off onto Napa. If you get up there early in the morning you're above the cloud lines and it’s majestic.

Eat | Restaurants - New York, NY

103 West 77 Street, New York, NY 10024

T: 212.362.3800 (make a reservation)

Upper West Side

New American

They have a unique collection of some good fino sherries. I think the atmosphere is a good juxtaposition between real fine dining and something a little bit more relaxed.


54 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

T: 212.677.6221

East Village


It’s an authentic kind of New York, a gourmand experience, and an Epicurean treat for lunch or brunch.

Eat | Restaurants - Barcelona, Spain


Pla de Palau, 2, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

T: +34/93.310.1021

El Born

Spanish / Tapas

They start bringing out food. You don’t even order. I had a gorgeous, little three-month lamb shoulder. It was just to perfection. A cat couldn't have scraped any more off than I did. It’s just all great.

c/ Diputació, 269, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

T: +34/93.488.0977


Spanish / Tapas

It kind of looks touristy, but you go down in this basement and into another world. I don’t speak Spanish and they don’t speak English, but you just point and everything is great.

Find | Stores - Barcelona, Spain


Agullers, 7, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

T: +34/90.232.7777

Sant Pere

Wine / Food

It’s a wine shop and there is a food store portion with the most gorgeous selection of Iberico hams. You can just hang out there and have them slice and taste. The cheese is the same and the wine shop is filled with wines that the greatest enthusiasts in the world would drool over. So that’s just a fun experience.

Can Sunyer, 48, 17007 Girona, Spain

T: +34/972.222.157


Modern Spanish

It’s the type of experience that can re-energize, can inspire, can keep us in love with what can be a brutal industry. Everything from A to Z, from the way they extend hospitality, from the touring of the kitchen, the cellar, the owners, to what I love on the plate. The squab course with a game bird reduction that was so thick, it was like chocolate and I never would have thought that it would be balanced and appropriate, but they just took it to a totally different place.

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