Jul 28, 2021
One of America’s most inspiring destinations is tucked away in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Blackberry Farm has grown to represent the very best in farm to table, sustainable practices, appreciation for the land, excellence in culinary arts, and creating an environment for team members that is inclusive, supportive, and still demanding of excellence. Sarah Steffan grew up in a hard-working family, a large family influenced by the example set by her parents – an example that included commitment, work ethic, appreciation for family, fun, and an abundance of love. It is that excellence that frames her “no turning back” commitment to doing even the smallest task well and enjoying the process. As she states: “Nothing comes from nothing.” You have to be in it, you must want to do the work, and you must never give up on that pursuit of excellence.Join us as Sarah Arielle Steffan, Executive Chef at Dogwood Restaurant at Blackberry Farm talks about her culinary education, her time in France, starting a new restaurant from the ground up, building and inspiring a team of cooks, and all the while finding time to enjoy life and become the type of woman she expected of herself.