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Featured Chef to be joined by the chefs of Blackberry Farm

2018 Guest Chef Nancy Oakes

Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Boulevard

San Francisco, California

Chef Nancy Oakes has reached and sustained a level of awareness and culinary excellence held by few chefs in America today. She strongly believes that her diners need to be comforted by her food as well as the surroundings and service. She feels that the room and food presentation should flatter guests in a way that make each one know he or she is personally cared for.

Clearly, her customers have felt cared for and they have spoken: she is indeed San Francisco’s most beloved Chef. Virtually every readers’ poll of San Francisco Bay Area publications names Nancy Oakes as the most popular chef, and Boulevard as the favorite restaurant in San Francisco, including the San Francisco Chronicle Reader’s Poll and the Zagat guide for seven years in a row.  She is also one of a few restaurants to receive a coveted Star in the Michelin Guide seven years in a row.  Her peers have spoken as well, and in 2001 Chef Nancy Oakes garnered a tremendous and much-deserved James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef in California” and in 2012 the “Outstanding Restaurant Award”.   The James Beard Foundation also nominated Nancy Oakes for the “Outstanding Service Award” in 2002 and 2004.

In other media, Boulevard, The Cookbook, written by Chef Oakes with Co-Chef Pamela Mazzola received both the James Beard Foundation and IACP nomination for 2006 and was picked by the Amazon Cookbook Editor at the top of his favorite cookbooks in 2006.

Oakes’ energy and sense of community are reflected in the time and talent she has devoted to cooking for charitable organizations such as Meals On Wheels of San Francisco, Share Our Strength, The San Francisco Food Bank, CUESA, Make A Wish, Alex’s Lemonade and Maitri to name a few.


Honors & Awards

MICHELIN Guide – One Star, 2007- 2014

James Beard Foundation

  • – Nominated “Outstanding Restaurant Award” seven years running
  • -Awarded “Outstanding Restaurant” in 2012
  • – Nominated “Best Chef’s in California” four years running
  • – Awarded, “Best Chef in California” in 2001
  • – Nominated “Cooking from a Professional Point of View”
  • Boulevard; The Cookbook 2006
  • – Nominated “Outstanding Service Award” (2002, 2004)


  • – San Francisco Bay Area’s Most Popular Restaurant 1998-2004
  • – San Francisco Bay Area’s Second Most Popular Restaurant 2005-2013

Academie Culinaire de France; Filiale des Etats-Unis

Exxon Mobil Outstanding Achievement in Service, Elegance & Quality 1999-2003

Food & Wine Magazine – Best New Chef 1993, San Francisco’s Quintessential

Spot 1998, Best Restaurant San Francisco 2000

Chef Oakes joins the illustrious ranks of these featured chefs and restaurants below who have made L’Amour du Vin such a prestigious event. If you have had the pleasure of attending in the past, these chefs need no introduction. If you are new to L’Amour du Vin, you’ll most certainly recognize some of our culinary superstars.

Past Featured Restaurants and Chefs

2017, Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Boston, MA

2016, Frank Stitt, Highlands Bar & Grill/Chez Fonfon/Bottega Restaurant & Café, Birmingham, AL

2015 Stephen Barber, Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena, CA

2014 Patrick O’Connell, The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA

2013 Dean Fearing, Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz Carlton, Dallas, TX Accompanied by the Chefs of Blackberry Farm

2012 Jeff Carter, Dancing Bear Lodge & Restaurant, Townsend, TN Accompanied by the Chefs and Artisans of Blackberry Farm

2011 Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, GA Accompanied by the Chefs of Blackberry Farm

2010 Bill Telepan, Telepan, New York, NY Accompanied by the Chefs of Blackberry Farm

2009 Eric Ziebold, CityZen, Washington, DC Accompanied by the Chefs of Blackberry Farm

2008 Peter Glander, Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

2007 Three Relais and Châteaux Property Chefs: Dean Maupin, Clifton, Charlottesville, VA Tarver King, Woodlands, Summerville, SC John Fleer, Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

2006 John Fleer, Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

2005 Southern Graces, Knoxville, TN

2004 Chris Stallard, Little Star, Knoxville, TN Gary Ogle, The Lord Lindsey, Knoxville, TN

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