The 1810 Country Inn and Winery is going a step beyond the traditional responsibilities of a restaurant by offering classes to those wanting to expand their knowledge of fine food and wine.
About a dozen interested individuals showed up Tuesday evening for the first meeting of The Gourmet Society, which will be an informal club that will explore various aspects of food, said Jeff Sommer, executive chef at the 1810 Country Inn and Winery.
Cameron Young of Thomson dips strawberries into chocolate at Tuesday's gathering.
"Our main focus will be education, and the enjoyment of food and wine. We will be talking about some of the things you can do with food," he said.
The group, with a limit of 20 members will meet the third Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant, located off North Seymour Drive near the 1-20 interchange.
Eventually, members may want to take wine and beer making classes, learn to prepare special dishes, or understand more about blending food and wine.
Chef Sommer, who has been creating classic southern dishes for the restaurant since it opened its doors in October, said "We want to give something back to the community other than just operate a restaurant or business."
Regular newsletters will be sent to group members.
There is a $15 fee to join, and those interested should call the restaurant at 595-8323 the Sunday before the meeting to make arrangements.