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Cooking School

Craft your own gourmet cuisine in this interactive culinary experience. 

Whether considered a Chef or a cooking novice, the creatively inspired cooking classes at Mansion on Forsyth Park’s 700 Kitchen Cooking School are a culinary experience perfect for individuals and groups of up to fifteen to enjoy. While crafting and eating delectable creations in entertaining, hands-on classes, each person lends a helping hand in preparing the meal—from peeling shrimp and cooking grits to making praline sauce and homemade biscuits. Join James Beard Featured Chef Peter Russo as he oversees a variety of interactive programs in a state-of-the-art, full size kitchen with in-depth discussion and explanation of culinary technique and simple tricks that make cooking a very approachable form of art.

TripAdvisor users consistently rate 700 Kitchen Cooking School the top experience in Savannah. The experience is perfect to spice up a group event with exciting, relationship-building culinary activities, whether it be for a bridal shower, birthday party, executive retreat, honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Classes listed below our examples of the menus we offer. Please see the calendar for exact classes and schedules.

Join Chef Peter as he shares the historical and cultural influences that have shaped the cuisine of the coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina.


  • Low Country Crab Stew
  • Angel Biscuits
  • Chicken Country Captain
  • Smoked Gouda Grits
  • Herbed Succotash
  • Green Tomato Cobbler



Come learn some fun easy hors d’oeuvres that you will love to make at your next party!


  • Wild Mushroom Tarts 
  • Pickled Blue Berry Brie Crostini
  • Crab Rangoon
  • Spicy Ponzu 
  • Pork Shrimp Dumplings
  • Chicken Satay 
  • Peanut Sauce 
  • Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms topped with Toasted Pecans


Learn the art of cooking homemade pasta and classic Italian sauces with Chef Peter Russo.


  • Quick Tomato Sauce
  • Lemon Gnocchi with English Peas & Brown Butter Sauce
  • Fettucine Carbonara with Cream Sauce



Learn the preparation techniques and recipes behind some of the signature dishes at 700 Drayton Restaurant.


  • Black Eyed Pea Bacon Soup
  • Roasted Chicken with Faro Risotto
  • Pan Seared Scallops with Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Frozen Grand Marnier Mousse



Shop for locally grown, fresh produce at the Forsyth Park Farmer’s Market and then prepare a delectable meal from the ingredients to share with your friends and family.  Menu may vary due to seasonality of items that are available. 


Bring your significant and come cook with Chef Peter as you taste and cook with some of the fine wines from the Kessler collection.


Explore the cuisine of Northern Italy and learn how it differs from those of the other Italian regions. Via a first-hand taste testing, you’ll discover how supermarket balsamic vinegars compare to the higher priced artisanal balsamic vinegars.


  • Osso Buco (Braised Veal Shanks)
  • Risotto Milanese (Saffron Stewed Rice)
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Peppered Balsamic Strawberries with Marsala Zabaglione


Caribbean cooking is a blend of ingredients and traditional cooking styles from all over the world. Join us as we discover these tropical dishes as we delve into a class filled with island flavor and flare! 


  • Shrimp & Pineapple Salad
  • Coconut Rice & Beans
  • Roasted Fish with Caribbean Spices and Citrus
  • Glazed Spicy Sweet Potatoes
  • Caribbean Rum Cake
  • Planter's Punch

Select a date to view and reserve classes.

1. What is the cancellation policy?

Classes may be cancelled/changed up to 48 hours in advance with no penalty. Cancellations/changes made after this time will be subject to cancellation penalty equal to the full amount of the class plus tax. Refunds will not be provided for no shows.

2. How long are the classes?

Approximately 3 hours.

3. What should I wear to class?

Please wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Aprons will be provided.

4. Do I need to bring anything with me to class?

Nothing needed but your appetite for learning and gourmet food.

5. Will I get to taste what is prepared?

Absolutely! The class cost includes a meal with a tasting of everything prepared. You’ll also get to take home the recipes for the meal you prepare in class.

6. Do you offer private classes?

Yes. We offer multiple class formats and can customize menus for corporate groups or special ocassions. To find out more about our private classes please contact us at or at 912.721.5006.

7. Will there be alcohol served?

Yes, after knife skills have been completed, guests may enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine.

8. Is there an age limit on classes?

All over the age of 12 are invited to participate. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

9. Are gift cards available?

Yes, gift cards are available for purchase at the front desk of the hotel or online at

For additional questions, please contact us at 912.721.5006 or

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