Cassidee Dabney talks about Appalachia, grief, and the power of positive screaming.
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Episode 47: Cassidee Dabney
At Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, many, many hands go into crafting magical moments for guests—many of whom return year after year, and plenty for whom this is a bucket-list trip. As executive chef at The Barn, Cassidee Dabney is responsible for a major part of that experience, and while there's nothing else she would rather be doing, the position comes with a lot of pressure. This past summer, Dabney sat down on the porch of the farm's Pencil Cob cottage to talk about the region's cuisine; cooking for people with high expectations; the tragic loss of Blackberry's proprietor, Sam Beall; and why she leads a group scream in the dining room.
p.s. She got the dog.
Learn more about Cassidee: blackberryfarm.com
Follow Cassidee (and her puppy!) on Instagram: @cassidee
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