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2013 James Beard Award               Best Chef Southeast

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501 Union Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37902

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ESQUIRE

The Best New Restaurants in America 2017

October 2017

Right now, we just want to break bread with good friends. We don't want gimmicks or concepts. And we don't want to be rushed. What we want is to be transported. And yes, of course we want another great bottle of wine. Because we want to toast the return of real restaurants.

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GARDEN AND GUN

Five Surprising Southern Food Towns

October.November 2017

Pack your bags for these emerging culinary hotspots.

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TENNESSEAN

These are Tennessee’s 10 best restaurants

September 18, 2017

From a whimsical tea room in Gatlinburg to an intimate, 24-seat eatery in Nashville, these are the top restaurants in Tennessee.

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EATER

The 12 Best New Restaurants in America

July 26, 2017

From San Francisco to Knoxville, where to eat right now across America

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GQ

The Most Luxurious, Romantic Resort Is Not on a Beach

July 7, 2017

Looking to take your partner on a super-luxe vacation? Skip the beach and book a flight to Tennessee.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

A Blackberry Farm Chef Goes for a Broader Audience

June 20, 2017

Nothing is off limits to him now. One of his most popular specials is a plate of fiery gochujang ribs topped with scallions and peanuts.

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VIENNA COFFEE CO.

Customer Highlight, J.C. Holdway

April 2, 2017

Back in December, we featured J.C. Holdway as our customer highlight. The restaurant features our delicious certified Organic Guatemala Santa Isabel coffee, served in a French press. Here is what they had to say about their experience with Vienna Coffee Company...

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GARDEN & GUN MAGAZINE

Garden & Gun’s Fried Chicken Bucket List: A state-by-state guide to the best birds in the South

January 17, 2017

“You can’t go wrong with the spicy if you need a quick fix when you’re traveling. The fried chicken I served at Blackberry Farm was the love child of John Fleer’s and Popeyes.” —Joseph Lenn 

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TENNESSEE CRAFT BEER MAGAZINE

Joseph Lenn Showcases Traditional Wood-Fire Cooking and Local Beer at J.C. Holdway in Knoxville

January 17, 2017

Blackberry Farm alum and James Beard award-wining chef Joseph Lenn opened J.C. Holdway to showcase locally and regionally sourced ingredients cooked using traditional wood-fire techniques. The restaurant name and mission also honor Lenn’s Uncle Joe Holdway,

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GARDEN & GUN MAGAZINE

The Year in Southern Restaurants

December 29, 2016

In 2016, restaurants below the Mason-Dixon line continued to expand and play with regional flavors and ingredients. These five stood out.

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EATER

The Most Beautiful Restaurants of 2016

December 21, 2016

Feast your eyes on these 19 stone cold stunners...Occupying a former photography studio, J.C. Holdway boasts a sophisticated interior with plenty of wood (the kitchen revolves around the hearth), incredibly high ceilings, and windows to match.

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KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL

J.C. Holdway Deliciously Showcases Regionally-Grown Food

October 24, 2016

Chef Joseph Lenn’s solo venture, J.C. Holdway, had been one of the more anticipated restaurant openings this year. The 2013 James Beard Award-winning chef opened his eatery in the Daylight Building last month...

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WBIR | CHANNEL 10 NEWS

Sharing Our Favorite Things

October 20, 2016 

The Channel 10 news team goes over a few of their favorite things...

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KNOXVILLE WEEKEND

KDUB Drinks :: Old Fashioned

October 17, 2016

JC Holdway makes simple, southern food well. And Ben Gordon gives us a demo of their classic, signature old-fashioned.

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EATER

How a Beard Award Winner is Heating Up Knoxville's Dining Scene

September 29, 2016

Chef Joseph Lenn is back in the kitchen. Lenn made a name for himself as the chef of Tennessee's fine-dining destination Blackberry Farm, where he spent 10 years — five as executive chef — and where he became the first person in Tennessee to win the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast. Lenn left Blackberry Farm last year to open his own place in nearby Knoxville, and earlier this month, J.C. Holdway let in its first eager customers.

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KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL

James Beard Award-Winning Joseph Lenn Opens J.C. Holdway Restaurant Downtown

September 14, 2016

 

It's taken more than a year to get there, but Chef Joseph Lenn officially is back in the kitchen with the Tuesday afternoon opening of J.C. Holdway Restaurant, 501 Union Ave. This is Lenn's first chef-owned operation since the Knoxville native left Walland's Blackberry Farm in April 2015 after 10 years of service.

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KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL

J.C. Holdway Restaurant Design Plays Up View

September 14, 2016

Johnson Architecture Inc. is no stranger to working with restaurants. In addition to Blackberry Farm and Copper Cellar, the newly opened J.C. Holdway Restaurant on Union Avenue is one of its latest clients. Daryl Johnson, CEO of Johnson Architect, and Jeff Williamson, the point person for the project, said the biggest challenge was creating a design that took advantage of all the window space without impacting the view.

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GATHER WITH ME

Gnoshing about J.C. Holdway

September 11, 2016

It seems as though all of Knoxville and much of the southeast has been awaiting the day that Joseph Lenn, former executive chef at Blackberry farm, would open his own restaurant. That day has come and we were treated to a preview of what he’s planning to show to the world on Tuesday when J. C. Holdway opens its doors to the public for the first time.

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KNOXVILLE MERCURY

A Sneak Peek of Knoxville's Most Anticipated New Restaurant, J.C. Holdway

September 8, 2016

For Knoxville’s serious eaters this weekend marks the end of a long wait as Chef Joseph Lenn finally opens the doors to J.C. Holdway. The James Beard Award-winning chef’s restaurant on Union Avenue has brought some national attention to the Daylight Building as it was recently listed on Eater.com as one of the fall’s 23 most anticipated restaurant openings. Chef Lenn eased open his doors on Wednesday night...

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INSIDE OF KNOXVILLE

Chef Joseph Lenn Opens J.C. Holdway at 501 Union Avenue

September 8, 2016

It’s been a long time coming. It was just over a year ago I profiled chef Joseph Lenn, at that time the only James Beard Award winning chef in the state of Tennessee. After his stint as head chef at Blackberry Farm, he’d decided to open his own restaurant and the location would be on Union Avenue in downtown Knoxville. 

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EATER

The 23 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of Fall 2016

August 31, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year for restaurant openings. The fall season, generously defined by Eater as everything from September through the end of the year, is a time for blockbusters, a time for "summer openings" to still debut before city-dwellers scatter for the holidays, a time for tone-setting for the new year to come.

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KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL

Chef Joseph Lenn Confirms That Opening of J.C. Holdway is Near

August 24, 2016

Chef Joseph Lenn has confirmed that the opening of his Knoxville restaurant — J.C. Holdway — will occur "just after Labor Day'. That's if all goes as planned. The restaurant, located in the Daylight Building at 501 Union Ave., has been under construction for nearly a year. It is named after Lenn's late great uncle, J.C. Holdway, who was a lover of restaurant dining.

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GARDEN & GUN MAGAZINE

The Southern Hot List

(February/March 2016)

The Kitchen Magicians: Seven enterprising chefs who are following their passions at their innovative new restaurants. Joseph Lenn won a James Beard Award for his work at the ultraluxe Blackberry Farm resort in Walland, Tennessee. Named for his great-uncle, the forthcoming J. C. Holdway will bring his confit guinea hen with dumplings and other tradition-inspired dishes to a more relaxed setting in Knoxville. “It’s a much smaller kitchen, which I like,” Lenn says. “I can keep my eye on everything.” 

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