Tapas to Meze Cooking Class

Tapas to Meze – Small Plates from the Mediterranean: Mealtime around the Mediterranean is a major part of daily life. In every country around the Mediterranean, small plates of flavor-packed foods provides a perfect accompaniment to the local drink, be it sherry, pastiz, wine, prosecco or ouso.

The Instructors

Classes are led by Beechwood Inn’s Executive Chef David Darugh. Chef Darugh grew-up in his parent’s restaurant in Sonoma, California, and studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, Johnson & Wales in Providence Rhode Island, in Dijon, France and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In addition to Chef David Darugh, his wife Gayle, the Inn’s Head Pastry Chef, will share many of her famous dessert and pastry recipes.

The Package

The Tapas to Meze cooking class starts at 2:00PM.  Dinner will be paired with wines from around the world. Participants will receive class materials with recipes, tips and techniques along with a Beechwood Inn apron. If you would like to extend your visit to tour the North Georgia Mountains following the cooking school, we will offer participants a 10% discount off our normal rates. Space is limited to 6 people and rooms are first come first serve.

The Cost
Cost of the Tapas to Meze Cooking Class is $195.00 per person for lodging guests, $220 per person for non-lodging guests. For the multi-course cooking classes we charge a 20% gratuity in addition to the class to facilitate private table service of your dinner creation.

The day of your Class: Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class time. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. Our chefs reserve the right to make menu/ingredient substitutions based on what might be fresh and locally available.

Cancellation Policy: Prepayment is required to reserve a class space. Students who cancel their reservations 7 days prior to the scheduled class will receive a full refund, less a small processing fee. No-shows and cancellations made less than 7 days before the class will not receive a refund. If you have questions about the cancellation policy or need to cancel a reservation, please contact the Inn at (706) 782-5485.

Sample Menu: Tapas to Meze:


Spain: Buñuelos

Morocco: House Made Spicy Hummus with Pita Chips, Glass of Beechwood Inn Wine

Algeria: Shrimp Charmoula, Barely Cooked Marinated Shrimp 2014 Douloufakis Femina Malvasia, Greece

France: Rustic Goat Cheese and Green Onion Galette with Fresh Herbs –  2012 Stolpman Estate Syrah, California

Spain: Zesty Roasted Pepper Salad with Manchego and Sour Dough Croutons, Aged Sherry Vinaigrette, EVOO, Organic Micro-Greens

Italy: House-Made Fettuccini
with Last of Season Fresh Basil Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes, and Local Organic Fennel Sausage, 2012 Nardone, Aglianico, Compania, Italy

Greece: Galatoureko – Phyllo Pastry and Custard, with Honey sauce

Fresh Brewed Coffee and Herb Teas