Best Farm To Table Restaurants in North Georgia: Rabun County Features Many of the Best Farm to Table Restaurants in Georgia – Affirming Rabun County’s Designation by the State of Georgia as the “Farm to Table Capital of Georgia.”
Best Farm To Table Restaurants in North Georgia
In 2015 the State of Georgia designated Rabun County as the “Farm to Table Capital of Georgia.” https://explorerabun.com/georgia-state-house-resolution-58-wp_-county-farm-table-capital-georgia/ Rabun County is positioned to claim this identity because no region in Georgia is more perfectly located amid such a diverse variety of high-quality farms, mills, dairies, ranches and vineyards.
This recognition as Georgia’s Farm-to-Table Capital isn’t something that this region needs to grow into because we’ve been walking this walk for decades. It is part of who we are and this is our opportunity to embrace that identity, celebrate it locally, and champion it to the rest of the state and the country.
Rabun County has long been known for farm fresh bounty. As early as 1917 the traveling public flocked to the Dillard House to dine on just-picked produce from Carrie and Arthur Dillard’s gardens. In 1922 Lura Buchholz opened Beechwood Inn as a Summer House, feeding her guests fresh farm products. We found an old ad from 1931 and it stated that “the inn had all the modern conveniences: fresh vegetables from our garden, fresh milk from our dairy, chickens and eggs daily from our poultry yard, and the most appetizing things to eat on the market.”
Today we have more restaurants, more award winning chefs, and more markets offering fresh and local products than anywhere else in Georgia. Local restaurants utilize the abundance of regionally-grown products to create a Farm-to-Table freshness that’s unparalleled in this in the state. While many farms ship their products across the country — a process that can take days — local restaurants can pick up fresh product in the morning and serve it to patrons for lunch and dinner.
Clearly small farming is in vogue with the few product oriented chefs and consumers who care where their food comes from. But it’s not sustainable to be just a small farmer. You need to be a businessman, too. We know that Chefs have a unique opportunity to influence change in our food system – both through our connection to customers and each other, and through our own buying power.
We have been thrilled through the years as one by one other nearby venues have re-vamped their menus to include fresh farm products. Some, like Chef Jamie Allred of Fortify Kitchen and Bar, have made fresh and local their mantra.
As Chefs we are thrilled to live in a region that supports such a variety of nearby small farms, orchards, dairies, mills, vineyards, and ranches. This makes our region the perfect location to support a growing number of the Best Farm to Table Restaurants in North Georgia.
Here is our list of the Best Farm to Table Restaurants in North Georgia:
Beechwood Inn Bed and Breakfast: Beechwood Inn offers Farm to Table Dinners and seeks to reconnect food to its origins and people to their food by serving local, seasonal, and sustainable food for breakfast, at our nightly wine-thirty, and for our Saturday Chef’s Table-Style Dinners. To further enhance our diner’s farm to table experience we operate Grow, Cook, Eat – Culinary Garden, an organic vegetable, herb and edible flower farm in Rabun County. Our Chefs may have sown the seed for your dinner back in March, observed the sprouts coming out of the ground, tended them, admired them as they pulled them from the soil, and finally they put the finishing touches on the whole project by preparing it for your plate. Our farmers collaborate closely with the kitchen to grow heirloom and native landrace crops, expanding even more the potential for our kitchen to provide an outstanding dining experience. We proudly farm organically, and utilize a broad array of heirloom and native varieties grown in this region for centuries. These landraces create a biodiverse, sustainable and flavorful alternative to every day foods. The Inn features Executive Chef Chefs David Darugh “Best Chefs America 2013/14/15/16” and Pastry Chef Gayle Darugh “Best Chefs America 2013/14/15/16” www.beechwoodinn.ws
Dillard House: The original Farm to Table Rabun County restaurant, the Dillard House has been offering local farm fresh fruits and vegetables since the early 1900’s and they continue this process today. When you visit the Dillard House Restaurant you might expect just a meal, but it’s a true Southern culinary event that awaits you. Our menus consist of generous portions of homemade Southern dishes from recipes handed down over the years from Dillard House chefs and generations of Dillard family members. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served “family-style” every day of the year. http://www.dillardhouse.com/restaurant/
Farmhouse Restaurant at Persimmon Creek: The Farmhouse Restaurant at Persimmon Creek is a small Boutique Eatery located in Persimmon Valley. The chef says “we are 80% self-sustainable with Produce and I buy All Natural Proteins from various places around the Country. My menu changes weekly. We buy and serve items available that week.” This small farmhouse eatery is truly one of the finest and most unique dining experience anywhere in the North East Georgia Mountains. Owners Vincent and Donna Scafiti have captured the beauty and essence of what is Persimmon Valley. With nearby vineyards and farms, we bring you the finest, freshest local ingredients available. 706.782.9834 Reservations www.thefarmhouseatpersimmoncreek.com
Fortify Kitchen and Bar: At Fortify Kitchen & Bar: Expect great food, delicious cocktails and impeccable service in a comfortable environment. We will always support our local farmers and give back to the great community we call home! Chef Jamie Allred, selected in 2013/2014/2015/2016 for inclusion in Best Chefs America, is recognized by his peers as one of the most influential chefs in the nation. Jamie considers his greatest reward to be working with local farmers to offer a special taste of mountain earth to all who have the opportunity to savor his dishes! 706-782-0050, 69 North Main Street, Clayton, GA 30525, www.FortifyClayton.com
Lake Rabun Hotel: Every Thursday night during the months of April and continuing through November, the restaurant features a local farmer/food crafter from Rabun County and surrounding counties in the Northeast Georgia region. The Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant features and supports local farms and their sustainability through purchasing and serving regional fresh produce, meats, and mountain trout creatively prepared. It has been an Open Table Diner’s Choice Restaurant since 2011. 706-782-4946 www.LakeRabunHotel.com
Red Barn Café at Tiger Mountain Vineyards: Beautifully refurbished, the 75 year old Red Barn at Tiger Mountain was once a dairy barn where Dr. John Ezzard, current owner and winemaker, milked cows as a boy. With a spectacular view of the vineyards, visitors can enjoy fine cuisine, a glass of 100% Georgia-grown wine, and the warmth and beauty of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Lunch and small plates with wine pairings are served in the café and on the patio. Open April through November, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, The Red Barn Café features live jazz, bluegrass, and folk music. Relax with a glass of fine Tiger Mountain wine inside the barn or out on the rock patio overlooking the vineyards. From the tasting room to the café, and back again, you can sample all of Tiger Mountain’s fine vintages. www.tigerwine.com
The Chophouse at LaPrades: The Dining Room at The Chophouse at LaPrade’s Marina exemplifies an upscale atmosphere. Comfortable seating available in the Main Dining Room, Bar, Outside Terrace and Banquet Facility. The restaurant is casual and offers the finest local foods. Open for lunch and dinner service. Comfortable setting with attentive service, catering to every guests wants and needs in an organized and timely fashion. The menu features American cuisine, with regional southern accents. All products served are a premium grade with an emphasis on fresh fish, prime steaks and chops, finest quality produce and hand-made desserts. An extensive wine list and cocktail menu is featured.
These are some of the Best Farm To Table Restaurants in North Georgia
Our hope is that a few of our diners who experience our local foods and sustainable practices will want to make their own connection to time, season and place and will be encouraged to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle and diet.
Best Farm To Table Restaurants in North Georgia