Sam Beall in Memorium

Sam Beall, proprietor of the famed Blackberry Farm resort and father of five, died late Thursday in a skiing accident in Colorado, according to a news release from Blackberry Farm - he was 39 years old. 

"The Beall family and the Blackberry Farm team are understandably shocked by this heartbreaking news about the man they loved dearly as a son, brother, father, friend and host. They welcome the thoughts and prayers of all those whose lives were touched by Sam’s hospitable nature, visionary leadership and adventurous spirit.

Sam Beall was born at Blackberry Farm. He lived 14 years in Alabama when his father’s business was based in Mobile, Alabama. After attending The University of Tennessee and The California Culinary Academy, he apprenticed at The French Laundry, where he worked in the dining room, the kitchen and the garden.

According to his following biography on the Blackberry Farm website he followed a path that would benefit those seeking an exceptional life experience while visiting the resort:

"Also, working at the Ritz-Carlton, Cowgirl Creamery and California wineries, he fell in love with heirloom ingredients, artisanal food products, wine and a way of life not previously seen to his years growing up.

As the proprietor, Sam honors his parents by protecting and evolving the unique place that they originally discovered in 1976. During his leadership, the farm has seen the evolution of the Farmstead, the Wellhouse, expansion of retail program, the creation of two new restaurants, and the accumulation of accolades ranging from Travel + Leisure’s Number 1 hotel in North America, Bon Appetit’s #1 Hotel for Food Lovers, and three James Beard Awards. Along with his wife, Mary Celeste, and their five children, Sam lives -- and cooks -- from the farm. Blackberry Farm is, to him, not simply a business, but his life, and he brings equal measures of passion, celebration and knowledge to Blackberry Farm and the effort to continue to raise the level of service and experience to new heights." - Blackberry Farm 

Blackberry Farm has hosted Central Coast wineries and winemakers and been the home-away-from-home for the Hospice du Rhone for several years. Our condolences to his family and those he worked with...we were fortunate to have had him come into the world of wine and food and help lead the way for great memories.

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