Grow Cook Eat Farm and Food Tours
Explore Rabun County and travel around the county tasting, talking, and experiencing why Rabun County is the Farm to Table Capital of Georgia.
In January 2015 the State House of Representatives designated Rabun County as the Farm to Table Capital of Georgia. Rabun County has five Best Chef’s America and many locally owned farms. We also have 6 dedicated Farm to Table restaurants however, many of our restaurants use farm fresh produce on a regular basis even though they don’t advertise as strictly Farm to Table.
Farm to table is not just a tagline for Rabun County but a way of life for so many of our residents.
Chef Eric Pitts, Private Catering Chef, will begin our day with a foraging experience at Mill Gap Farms in Clayton, Georgia. You will get your hands dirty finding the foods that we will be cooking for our meal. While at Mill Gap Farms you will also get to explore this wonderful property and meet the farmers Chuck and Amy Mashburn.
We will leave the farm and head to Beechwood Inn Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant to join Best Chef’s America Gayle and Dave Darugh in their chef’s kitchen to prepare the items you just foraged for previously. At Beechwood Inn Carlton Chamblin, Farm 2 Cocktail owner and forager himself will meet us in the garden and teach us and then let us make many different cocktails that you will be able to taste and then take the recipes back with you to your home.
From this point, we will load back in the Bennett Shuttle Service van and transport to Stonewall Creek Vineyards where owner Mark Diehle and Tasting Room Manager Gail McDaniels will take you down to the vines and inspect, prune, or pick. Then take a stroll back up to the tasting room and get to partake in several of their delicious and award-winning wines.
Finally, we will take a ride out to Hillside Orchard Farms where you will be able to pick whatever is growing in season at the time of the tour. They also have a fabulous country store with wonderful items grown, made, and jarred here in Rabun County.
Read what participants from our tours have to say:
“We really enjoyed the tour. We learned a lot about farm to table food and recognizing edibles. Will definitely buy a book and explore further on our own .We felt that the hosts at each of our stops were very informative and generous. As first time visitors to Clayton we learned a lot about the area and other places we would include in a future visit. The tour guides and hosts did a wonderful job. Thank you.”Linda and Frank Cassara
“Even though I was a single on the tour, Stevelyn and Teka made sure I didn’t feel alone! I learned a lot about our favorite place to visit and even booked a night at the Inn for the weekend.The tour is definately worth the cost and I really enjoyed our lunch at the Inn and making drinks with Carlton! “Karen Williams
“Sherry and I are new to the area and the Grow, Cook, Eat tour was a great way to learn about Rabun county. In addition to the scheduled stops, the tour guides were well informed about the entire county and shared a lot of information about the area, local businesses and restaurants and upcoming events. We covered a lot of ground but never felt rushed. All the stops were educational and gave us an opportunity to experience things we would not of discovered on our own and to meet the entrepreneurs behind the great things happening in the county. The group was small so everyone had an opportunity to fully participate and get the most out of every adventure. The hosts at each stop were absolutely the best and made everyone feel comfortable. We learned about foraging, locally grown and produced foods, mixology, sampled wines and picked black raspberry’s to take home. Our guides Stevelyn and Teka were fun, easy going, and knowledgeable. They are the best. We feel we got great value for money and highly recommend this tour. ”
Ron and Sherry Padavich
TOURS DATES AND TIMES FOR 2020 TO BE ANNOUNCED
All tours will begin and end at the Northeast Georgia Mountains Food Bank at 46 Plaza Way, Clayton, Ga. Joe and Stevelyn at Bennett Shuttle Service will be our guide along the way. All you have to do is climb aboard the shuttle then sit back and enjoy the ride. We affectionately say we eat and drink our way across the county.
We can also put together private tours. Each tour personal tour can be customized for the occasion. Give us a call to let us know the dates needed & the total number in your party. We will organize the tours based on the minimum requirement of eight people and a maximum at one time of twenty-four.